The Afghan actress, Leena Alam, has become a jury member of the 19th Imagine India Film Festival to be held in September 2020 in Madrid, the capital of Spain.
The festival was previously postponed due to the outbreak of Corona virus. Now the international festival is scheduled to take place from September 24 to October 8, 2020.
About 155 films from around the world are participating in the festival this year. The jury is made up of 20 members from 10 countries led by Mahtab Keramati, an Iranian actress and Afghanistan's Leena Alam will help decide the winner in the Best Actress category at the festival. Last year, the film 'Black Kite' directed by Tarique Qayumi was screened at the festival; in which Leena Alam played the role of Jamila.
Leena Alam was born in Kabul in 1978. In 1989, Alam and her family moved to America because of the civil war in Afghanistan. She began her acting and cinema career in 1998. Alam is now an award-winning Afghan film, TV and theater actress who has appeared in films such as Kabuli Kid, Loori, A Letter to the President, and Hassan. She has also been known as the character Shereen after playing in the TV drama, Shereen, the first of its kind to have been made in Afghanistan and produced by Kaboora and TOLO TV.
Imagine India Film Festival Director Qazi Abdur Rahim said he hopes the festival would not be postponed again due to the coronavirus. Festival Imagine India aims to showcase mainly Indian and Asian films to contribute to the better comprehension of the culture of India and other countries. Categories in the festival are as follows:
• Best Film
• Best Director
• Best Actress
• Best Actor
• Best Music
• Best Cinematography
• Best Edition
• Best Script
• Best Short Film
• Award for Lifetime Achievement
• Recognition to An Institution