Aswan Women International Film Festival To Honor Egypt’s Mona Zaki
The Aswan Women International Film Festival is dedicated to women in the film industry, both locally and abroad. The first edition of the festival held in 2017 and celebrated actress “Naglaa Fathi” was honoured in the course of the event. The second edition is scheduled to take place in Egypt, from February 20 to February 26, 2018. This year, ace Egyptian actress, Mona Zaki will be honoured in the week-long event.
Mona Zaki started her career by sheer accident as she never had the intention of starting a career as an actress, but her encounter with popular director Mohamed Sobhi kick started her acting career. Her first acting experience was at the age of 16 in Mohamed Sobhi’s play “Bila’raby al-Faseeh”.
The beautiful actress who is fondly called “Egypt’s Sweetheart” is among the most celebrated actors in the Egyptian Film Industry. She has featured in over 30 Egyptian films since the 1990s and she is popularly known for taking exceptional roles in movies like “Ayam El-Sadat” (Days of Sadat), and 2003 romantic drama film “Sahar El-Layaly” (Sleepless Nights) and also in the romantic comedies; “El-Hob El-Awal” (The First Love) and “Sahar El-Layali” (Late Nights).
For her outstanding performances, the actress has clinched several awards; this includes the 2016 Murex D’Or award for her performance in the Ramadan TV series “Afrah El-Qoba” (The Ooba Weddings) and the Best Actress award at the Damascus Film Festival and the Paris Biennal of Arab Cinema for the 2003 romantic drama film “Sahar El-Layaly” (Sleepless Nights).
Talking on why Mona Zaki was chosen, the Secretary-General of the Festival Amira Atef did not fail to elaborate on the immense contribution of the actress to the development of the Egyptian cinema. He stated “Zaki has tackled women’s issues in many of her films, and portrayed the struggles of women of different backgrounds in films including ‘An El-Eshq Wel Hawa’ (2006), ‘Ehky Ya Shahrazad’ (2009), ‘Taimour We Shafika’ (2007), ‘Sahar El-Layaly’ (2003), ‘Dam El-Ghazal’ (2005), and ‘Edhak El-Soura Tetlaa Helwa’ (1998),”.