Breaking Through The Lens participants announced for Cannes Marché

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Breaking Through The Lens (BTTL), the year-round programme to promote projects by female and non-binary international filmmakers, has unveiled the 10 finalists in this year’s virtual pitching event at the Marché.

They include: Dina Amer’s Cain And Abel (Egypt-France-US) about two French-born Muslims caught on either side of the 2015 Charlie Hedbo attack; Nihaarika Negi’s horror Feral (US) about the arrival of a shaman on a colonial estate in 1950s India; Tricia Lee’s Idol (US), a musical biopic about the celebrated American Idol contestant William Hung; Celine Cotran’s Layla In Dreamland (UK) about a 60-year-old Syrian refugee in Margate; and Farida Zahran’s The Leftover Ladies (Egypt) in which a 60-something woman tries to leave her polygamous husband.

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