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Cairo Monodrama to feature ‘Burrnesha’ play, a story of women becoming men

Italian actress Marina Eva presented the play “Burrnesha” amidst a large audience at the Cairo International Monodrama Festival.

Director Valbona Casiperi explains that this is the story of a fictional character inspired by the real Balkan sworn virgins, or Burrnesha, women who take a vow of chastity to life as men.

It is a practice still alive in Albanian patriarchal societies, where women take on the roles of men as the head of the family in order to pursue freedoms blocked from them, such as protecting their families or taking on jobs.

Burrnesha at its heart is the story of how times have begun to change, and weaves a tale of personal freedom in a patriarchal society.

It stars actress Marina Eva and is directed by Valbona Casiperi.

The Cairo International Monodrama Festival’s sixth session began on October 1 and continues until October 5, headed by Osama Raouf and held under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Nevine al-Kilani.

The sixth session of the festival is attended by several countries from all over the world, including the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, Italy, Argentina, Germany, Palestine, Morocco, France, Georgia, Mexico and Kuwait.

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