Egyptian Filmmaker Manal Khaled Talks About Her Film Trapped, the Only Arabic Entry at SXSW.
Khaled along with journalist, Rasha Azab wrote this film inspired by true events that revolves around women from various walks of life dealing with life in Egypt where as some want to escape their current situation while others choose to remain where they are in their relationships.
Trapped revolves around a number of women from different walks of life whose destinies are tied together; being all under one siege. As the events unfold, their own personal stories reflect on a far bigger siege that depicts the shackles imposed by a patriarchal society. Cast List: Coroline Khalil, Reem Hegab, Osama Abo El Ata, Ne’ma Mohsen, Mona Mokhtar, Sara’a Jebel (World Premiere)
Although our interview is primarily in Arabic (with hopefully the English subtitles taking), we do our best to translate between my Lebanese dialect and Ms. Khaled’s Egyptian one. The final question was about the cast and crew being mixed between Muslim and Christian participants as Western audiences often question that relationship between the two Abrahamic religions within the Middle East. Ms. Khaled gives a beautiful answer that both I and the translator share.
Trapped is an all female cast and a primarily female crew, something that would be considered unique in that part of the world.
Trapped has its world premiere today at SXSW and will be made available on their online platform and app for viewing until March 20, 2021.
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