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"Egyptian Jeanne d’Arc, diary of a young woman who challenged patriarchy


On November 13, Al Akhbar spotlighted an 85 minutes Egyptian documentary entitled “Egyptian Jeanne d’Arc” or “Jeanne d’Arc Masriya” (2016), directed by Iman Kamel. The film is a diary of a Bedouin girl named Jihan who resisted the oppressive patriarchal system to become a dancer. The filmmaker traces the whereabouts of Jihan by reaching out to Egyptian artists. She juxtaposes the documentary with mythic story elements, poetic narration and dance to convey stories of aspiration and resistance by Egyptian women since the outbreak of revolution in 2011. The film was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival, and participated in the Eurasia International Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, Malmo Arab Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival Berlin and Afrika Film Festival in Cologne, Germany. It was nominated in 2013 for the German Arab Film Award. (Al Akhbar, November 13, 2010)

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