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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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    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. 

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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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2013 Edition's Long Films

Sand Fishermen (Hamou-Béya)

Sand Fishermen (Hamou-Béya)

  • Section :Long Films
  • Country :Mali, France
  • Production Year :2012
  • Runtime: 72 Minutes

    Director: Samouté Andrey Diarra

    Screenwriter: Samouté Andrey Diarra

    Cinematographer: Abdélah Coulibaly

    Editor: Jean-François Hautin

    Music: Zoumana Théréta, Samouté Audrey Diarra

    Synopsis: Living in the Mopti region in Mali, the Bozos are traditional fishermen who are known for their great masteries and spiritual beliefs. But in recent years, the depletion of the Niger River has led to the reduction and even the disappearance of certain species of fish. Losing their sources of life, the Bozos’ survival instinct drove them to become sand fishers. And because of the population growth especially in the Malian capital Bamako, the Bozos also go there to extract sand from the Niger River.

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