Majdi El-Omari’s MAR MAMA wins Best Fiction Short at Ismailia Int’l Film Festival

07 March 2024
Majdi El-Omari’s short drama flick MAR MAMA took home the Best Fiction Short Award of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, which took place from February 28th to March 5th, where it held its MENA premiere as part of the festival’s Short Film Competition.
MAR MAMA’s Majdi El-Omari shared an emotional statement for receiving the award. “I was greatly pleased when I got the news, especially that the Ismailia Film Festival holds a special place in my heart as the first event I participated in as a director after graduation… I feel immense happiness for MAR MAMA and everyone who worked on it, as well as having the opportunity to showcase my film for an audience that’s exceptionally dear to my heart.”
The film, which world-premiered at Ireland’s Indie Cork Festival, delves into the story of a young girl haunted by her mother's death and the recurring attacks on her city. Faced with these traumas, she becomes obsessed with death. As her father attempts to distract her by creating a stop-motion film, reality intrudes; she finds solace in her imagination and fantasies.
The film's production is a collaboration between Marsam 301 and Phoenix Films, with support from the Palestinian Ministry of Culture through the Palestinian Cultural Fund and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. 
Written, directed, and produced by El-Omari, MAR MAMA is distributed by MAD Solutions worldwide and features a talented cast, including the award-winning Palestinian actor Ziad Bakri, who is known for SCREWDRIVER and Netflix’s THE WEEKEND AWAY, and Lana Abu Srour.