EWA award at DOK Leipzig goes to « We are inside » by Farah Kassem
For the third year in a row, EWA Network awarded the best female directed project at the DOK Leipzig co-production market. This year, out of 34 projects a total of 21 outstanding projects were directed by women and eligible for the award.
Together with Italian producer and EWA member Enrica Capra, Cecilia Johnson-Ferguson represented the EWA jury and met with each of the project teams over two days. The award was given at the Co-Pro dinner at the Beyerhaus to the Lebanese director Farah Kassem for her project « We are inside ».
« We are inside » portrays a loving revolution from the inside. The director sheds a humorous and tender light on her 83-year old father and his all-male poetry circle. By sneaking into this world with her camera, she challenges the traditional mindsets of these men with wit and irony. We wish Farah and her producer Cynthia Choucair all the best in the completion of this project.
Logline : Returning to her father’s house in the radicalized city of Tripoli after being away for a decade, Farah discovers the secluded bubble in which Mustapha and his friends live. Realizing that it’s only through poetry that he wishes to connect, she decides to join Mustapha’s male-dominated poetry club.