The Egyptian independent film “Trapped” (Hammam Sokhn) will participate in the Mostra de Valencia festival, which kicked off on Friday.
Directed by Manal Khaled, the film will compete in the informative section of the festival that would run until 24 October
The film sheds light on women’s personal stories, and their struggles with society, and their family members. It also reviewed several routes of those women who wanted to achieve their dreams and have long runs in life.
“Trapped” stars Caroline Khalil, Reem Hegab, Osama Abo Al Ata, Ne’ma Mohsen, Mona Mokhtar, Sara’a Jebel, Rajwa Hamed, Zeina Mansour, Habiba Effat and Fadel El Garhy.
The film was screened at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Beirut, and the opening of the Amman International Film Festival. In addition, its first world premiere was at Southwest Festival, USA.
Manal Khaled is an Egyptian filmmaker. She studied philosophy and has completed many filmmaking, screenwriting and critique courses. Khaled first started through Misr International Films, assisting prominent filmmakers such as Saad Hendawy, Kamla Abou Zekry, Hani Khalifa and Mohamed Ali.
Her early works consisted of documentary and short fiction films before she moved on to feature-length fiction films.
She assisted in directing two dozen films such as Enta Omry, An El-Eshq wa El-Hawa, Double Faces, Alwan El-Sama El-Sab’a and El-Awela f El-Gharam and TV series such as Al-Jami’a and Zay El-Ward.
In the field of independent cinema, she filmed and directed her first documentary in Gaza, Palestine, in 2008. Khaled has also been working at the Egyptian Television Network since 1993.