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    The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is one of ISF’s projects. It was the writer Sayed Fouad’s idea, as the African films are almost not screened in Egypt. Furthermore, Luxor hardly has any cultural or artistic events, and was therefore selected to de-centralize cultural or artistic events always oraginzed in Cairo and Alexandria.

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    Though Luxor is the largest open-air museum in the world it was lacking artistic festivals. Its geographical position - in the very heart of Upper Egypt and hence closer to the rest of the African continent - gives the historic city a unique advantage .

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    ETISAL’s mission is to provide to the needs of young African filmmakers in expressing freely their skills and talents through filmmaking and promote their work globally.

    African short films is a “life savior” of young filmmakers (Aged between 18-30 of both genders) who are marginalized in terms of production and distribution. Although young filmmakers rep...

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    Luxor African film Festival launches its call for entries for its eighth edition. The Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hemida is appointed honorary president and Tunisia as guest of honor. 

    LAFF is accpeting applications for particiaption in its different sections held from 10 to 21 March 2019. The festival is accepting films from 15 September to 20 December 2018. 

    Participating films must be produced in 2018 by African directors, from inside or...

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    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

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2012 Edition's Long Films

Indochina, Traces of a Mother

Indochina, Traces of a Mother

  • Section :Long Films
  • Country :Benin - France - Vietnam
  • Production Year :2011
  • Runtime: 71 min

    Director: Idrissou Mora Kpai

    Cinematography: Jacques Besse

    Editor: Rodolphe Molla

    Synopsis: The film tells the story of African colonial soldiers fighting for the French in Indochina between 1946 and 1954 where over 60,000 African soldiers were enlisted by the French to fight (Viet Minh), League for the Independence of Vietnam. Little known is also that children born of marriages between these soldiers and Vietnamese women were shipped back to Africa by the colonial army after the war, never again to see their mothers.

    It illustrates the stories of some of these African soldiers including the story of Christophe, a 58 year old Afro Vietnamese man, who now in his adulthood grapples to come to terms with his past.

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