Saudi director and actress Ahad Kamel will show her short film “Sanctity” at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 (BIFF). It is the first Saudi film featuring in this festival, which is considered as one of the world’s leading film festivals and most prestigious media events.
The festival will be held for 10 days from Feb. 7.
Sanctity was shot on location in Jeddah and it is Kamel’s second directorial effort. The film tells the story of Areej, a young widow who tries to protect her unborn child.
Kamel is the first Saudi woman to study acting and filmmaking in the USA. She worked on Hollywood films, including “The Kingdom” with director Peter Berg in 2007. She acted in the Turkish film Razn for which she won the Golden Gate Award for Best Actress at the San Francisco International Film Festival. She was a lead actress in Wadjda, a film by Saudi director Haifa Al-Mansour, which won Best Arabic Feature Film at the Dubai Film Festival.
Sanctity was awarded the Development Award at Doha Tribeca Film Festival in November, in the Arab Short Film Competition that included twelve films from across the Arab World.
The film is produced by BIZIBI and SILVERGRAY with the participation of the Center National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée CNC. Mohamed Ottman stars opposite of Ahad in his first acting role, besides veteran actor Mohamed Baker.
Kamel’s directorial debut was the short film “The Shoemaker”, which she wrote, produced and in which she starred with Egyptian actor Amr Waked. The film received numerous awards from Arab and international festivals, including the Gulf Film Festival and Beirut Film Festival.