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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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    * Lebleba: I'm proud to be payed tribute in my home country in appreciation of my long career in the arts, and I thank LAFF.

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    Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) has revealed the names of the stars who will be payed tribute during its 8th edition, held 15 – 21 March. Screenwriter Sayed Fouad, founder of LAFF announced: Tributes during the upcoming edition of Egyptian Stars will include the superstar Leble...

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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 Short Films

The Cry of the Dove

The Cry of the Dove

  • Section :Short Films
  • Country :Niger, France
  • Production Year :2010
  • Runtime: 59 minutes

    Director: Sani Elhadj Magori

    Screenwriter: Sani Elhadj Magori

    Cinematography: Jean-François Hautin

    Editor: Guillaume Favreau

    Synopsis: Zabaya Hussey, is a famous singer in the 70’s who was well known for her influential role in encouraging the young youth to work in the countries of west Africa and make fortunes to come back to cultivate their lands in the country. It was told, that in one of the raining seasons Hussey sang, the next day all the men of the village travelled. The director narrates the story of his father who travelled to Abidjan the capital of Côte d’Ivoire 15 years ago, and refused to come back home to his family. However, the family was badly affected by their father’s departure, they decided to ask his favourite singer Hussey to write him a song to persuade him to come back to his family. The film is a long cinematic journey with the famous singer to Côte d’Ivoire, where she will sing to the director›s father and other men from Niger for their return.

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