AFF2021 OPENING NIGHT: AMIRA
Come celebrate the opening of the 25th Arab Film Festival at the Castro Theater with award-wining film AMIRA by Mohamed Diab.
Winner of three awards at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival
- Lanterna Magica Award at Venice International Film Festival, Italy
- Enrico Fulchignoni Award at Venice International Film Festival, Italy
- INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue at Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Amira, a vivacious 17-year-old Palestinian girl, was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her incarcerated father Nawar, who she’s only ever known behind the glass wall of a prison visitation cubicle. Still, the young woman idolizes her father and vividly imagines life together as a family, along with her equally devoted mother Warda. But when a failed attempt to conceive another child reveals Nawar’s infertility, Amira’s world turns upside down. Writer-director Mohamed Diab (Silver Hugo winner with Cairo 678) returns to the Festival with this brilliantly plotted and emotionally complex tale inspired by true stories of children conceived in this way.