By Donovan Swift
The University of Tampa is glad to welcome back the International Film Festival this year with a screening of the documentary Words of Witness. This will be the fifth year that the university has displayed work from the film festival. The film will be played in the Reeves Theatre from two to four p.m. this Thursday, March 28.
The documentary follows 22-year-old Heba Afify as she takes to the streets to report the troubles of her home country, Egypt. “I can’t wait to go see this documentary,” says Will Contessa, journalism major. “It’s inspiring to watch someone so dedicated to the field of journalism.” Afify reports about the growing optimism of a country that has toppled a dictator and is striving for democracy, using texts and social media posts to voice what she witnessed.
“It’s good to see something positive come from such a hurting country,” says Ryan Hewitt, self-proclaimed film buff, who will be attending the screening. The film is directed by Mai Iskander, who previously directed the documentary Garbage Dreams which takes a look at the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.