Trapped, a feature debut directed by Egyptian filmmaker Manal Khaled, will have its world premiere during the upcoming 'South By Southwest Festival' which will take place between 16-20 March.
Usually taking place in Austin, Texas, this year - due to Covid-19 - the festival will be held online and will be streaming exclusively to 2000 viewers inside the USA.
"Directed and produced by Manal Khaled who co-scripted it with Rasha Azab, Trapped stars Caroline Khalil, Reem Higab, Osama Abo El Ata, Ne’ma Mohsen, Mona Mokhtar, Tharaa Goubail, Rajwa Hamed, Zeina Mansour, Habiba Effat and Fadel El-Garhy," reveals a press release by MAD Solutions, a company that handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world.
"Trapped revolves around a number of women from different walks of life who are all under one siege," the brief reads. "As the story unfolds, their own personal stories reflect on a far bigger siege that depicts the constraints imposed on them by the male dominance in their lives be it a father, a husband, or the society and the government," it added.
Egyptian Filmmaker Manal Khaled is a graduate of the Philosophy department at Alexandria University.
She worked in Misr International Films as an assistant director cooperating with award-winning directors, such as Saad Hendawi, Kamla Abo Zekri, Hani Khalifa and Mohamed Ali.
Most recently, Khaled finished shooting her long documentary An Hour or So.