Lollipop makes its return to the Arab world by taking part in the Oran International Arabic Film Festival(25-31 July), after landing its world premiere at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival within theShort Muhr Competition.
The film will screen within the Short Films Competition on Sunday, July 29 at 11:00 am to 05:00 pm (GMT +1).
The festival will feature 30 films, including 10 feature films, 10 short films and 10 documentaries competing for its awards. The festival will also offer workshops for young people interested in cinema on different topics, such as the visual effects, short filmmaking. Furthermore, the festival will honor the late great Egyptian actress Shadia and the late Algerian director Farouk Beloufa.
In June and July, Lollipop competed in three international festivals, the Arab Film Festival at Cinetopia in USA, the 15th edition of the Festimaj International School Film Festival in France, and the Festival des Cinémas Arabes à Paris.
Lollipop follows the story of a 14-year-old Muslim girl who experiences the onset of puberty, meaning she must begin wearing a full black niqab. When her tormentor at school swipes her jacket, a case of mistaken identity exposes the perversity of the bully's father.
Lollipop is directed by Hanaa Saleh Alfassi and stars Malak Radwan, Ayman Samman, and Sarah Alhazmi. The film is produced by Hanaa Saleh Alfassi, Shannon Emigh, Co-founder of Axe Pictures (USA), alongside Alex Lampsos and Malika Frikouk, Executive Producer and Co-founder of the Moroccan branch of the company. The film was partly funded by Enjaaz, Dubai Film Market's production support programme, and is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.