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Luxor African Film Festival: Cinema for a better tomorrow

The Luxor African Film Festival is an annual celebration of films, art, and criticism, while keeping a close eye on African cinema and its different contemporary issues. The festival has been building up momentum to reach out to different artists and filmmakers from the African continent, to bridge the gap between Arabic-speaking African countries and …

Adham Youssef

2nd Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival kicks off in March 

After the success regional film festivals have been achieving like the Alexandria Film Festival and Gouna Film Festival, Sharm El-Sheikh follows the track for the second consecutive year, announcing the start of second Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival (SHAFF) in March. Starting from 3 March and for a week, the city of beauty and peace will …

Daily News Egypt

Zawya screens Lebanese ‘104 Wrinkles’

In a special tribute to the documentary that won several international awards, Zawya will screen Hady Zaccak’s film “Ya Omri” (104 Wrinkles), in which he followed his grandmother’s life since she was young until she turned 104. The film won several awards, including the Jury Award at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden. In …

Daily News Egypt

Fragments of Broken Glass

In Elia Suleiman’s first feature film, Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996), he depicts Palestinians through the theatre of everyday life. He does so by steering the film via fragmented and observational snippets of mundane life in the occupied territories. The seemingly unrelated vignettes, that lack introductions or conclusions, penetrate the livelihood of Palestinians that live …

Farida El-Sayed

The Hurt Locker: how to use film to create pro-war propaganda?

Somewhere in Iraq, a soldier steps forward to disable a bomb, some tension rises and then boom, the bomb explodes. After his death, the main protagonist of the film Sergeant William appears to take the lost one’s place. William is a stubborn, sarcastic, well-trained explosives expert who is always fixing issues even when he does …

Mohammed Tarek

‘The World’: a classic predicament of a globalised world

“The World” (Jia Zhangke, 2004) is a two-hour portrait of life at the Beijing World Park; a vast attraction on the outskirts of the Chinese capital, divided into continents with miniatures of major global landmarks and performances from each region. While the park is host to an influx of tourists, “The World” is a sprawling …

Yasmin Shehab

‘I, Daniel Blake’: breaking the chains of capitalism

“I, Daniel Blake” tells the story of a 59-year-old man (Dave Johns), who is struggling to win an appeal on his welfare benefits, which he especially needs after having a heart attack that prevents him from working. The film is a gritty and raw portrayal of Britain’s social security system and its benefits, or the …

Mai El-Ghandour

Cinedelta: a step towards reviving the documentary film industry in Egypt

Aiming to provide professional training to amateurs from around the Delta region about the latest editing and storytelling techniques in the documentary film industry, Cinedelta project was launched in 2016 through the fruitful cooperation between the Italian non-governmental organisation Ricerca e Cooperazione and Fig Leaf Studios. The programme provided 20 Egyptian students with a series …

Rana Khaled