Updated 18 July 2021
Arab News

What’s screening at the Beirut International Women Film Festival

The fourth edition will return after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and works from across the world will be featured. (Shutterstock)

DUBAI: The Beirut International Women Film Festival, which features films about women and/or executed by women, is set to return to the Lebanese capital from July 19-23 with a packed out screening schedule, including the following highlights.

The fourth edition will return after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and works from across the world will be featured.

  • ‘The Girls Who Burned the Night’

    Directed by Saudi auteur Sarah Mesfer, this 24-minute film tells the story of two sisters caught up in a moment of innocent rebellion.

  • ‘I Bit My Tongue’

    In its 25-minute run time, the French-Tunisian film, directed by Nina Khada, raises questions on the crisis of language and identity in North African countries.

  • ‘Frayed Roots’

    When her father dies, free-spirited expat Raya returns to Lebanon for the first time in a decade in this 12-minute short by Nay Tabbara.

  • ‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’

    This 76-minute harrowing documentary that tells the true story of a young Afghan woman’s fight to seek justice after experiencing years of abuse at the hands of her father.

  • ‘Amygdala’

    Farid and Amal are an elderly couple who face upheaval when Farid begins to suffer from episodes of amnesia in this 20-minute short directed by Dana Abdessamad.

  • ‘Al-Sit’

    In a village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has her life mapped out for her by her parents, with competing plans laid out by the village matriarch. This 20-minute short portrays powerful, and powerless, women.