The Lebanese film Warsha, directed by the Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker Dania Bdeir, has recently won two awards and received a special mention at three film festivals.
Warsha won the Best Short Film of the Year at the 2022 Minikino Film Weekyear in Bali, Indonesia as well as the Best Narrative Short Award at the Indie Street Film Festival in New Jersey, U.S.
The film has also received a Jury Special Mention at the Bracciano International Film Exhibition 2022, in Italy.
Last month, Warsha was among the 10 finalists selected for the Final Ten 25th Annual Short Film Festival, which will be taking place in more than 400 venues across the world, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards selected by the audiences in each participating venue.
The film, which tackles migrants’ exploitation and the social issue of a migrant worker finding and expressing his true self in Beirut, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has won more than 29 awards to date:
The Best Short Film Ouray International Film Festival (OIFF), the Best Film award at the Short OUT Festival, and the George Lucas Award (Grand Prix) award at the 2022 Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), among others.
The short film was also selected in more than 60 film festivals around the world, namely at the SXSW, and Palm Springs Shortfest, and has also received a pre-purchase broadcast deal from ARTE.
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