Dir. Morad Mostafa

Egypt. 2020. 22 mins.

Arabic with English subtitles.

Henet Ward’s lead character, Halima, is a Sudanese henna artist who is called upon to paint the bride-to-be of a well-off Egyptian family. She goes in the company of her seven-year-old daughter, Ward. They are both refugees in Egypt. The day does not go to plan, for either of them. Henet Ward is a look into the experiences of Sudanese refugees inspired by the video of a bullied Sudanese student that went viral across Egypt last year.

Part of the Baobab Award Shorts programme

The Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support African filmmaking and to enhance the visibility of emerging new voices. The Award consists of a £1,000 cash prize awarded by a jury of filmmakers and industry professionals. 

Rich Mix

Tuesday 3 November  | 20:00 | Rich Mix

*Our socially distanced screening was rescheduled due to a second lockdown in the UK.

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Available until 30 November


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Morad Mostafa

Morad is an Egyptian Director, born in 1988 in Cairo. He studied Film directing in “Cinema Palace” in 2008 and other filmmaking workshops. He works in the filmmaking industry since 2010 as an assistant director with several directors as “Mohamed Diab”, “Hala Khalil” in Nawara, and “Sherif Elbendary” in “Ali the Goat and Ibrahim”, he directed his first short film “Ward’s Henna Party” in 2019- World Premiere at Clermont Ferrand 2020