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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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2013 Edition's Long Films

The Secret of the Ant Children

The Secret of the Ant Children

  • Section :Long Films
  • Country :Benin, France
  • Production Year :2012
  • Runtime: 105 Minutes

    Director: Christine François

    Screenwriters: Christine François, Sophie Fillières, Gaelle Macé, and Maurice Rabinowicz

    Cinematographers: François Kuhnel, and Dominique Colin

    Editor: Valérie Loiseleux

    Music Composer: Jean-François Hoël

    Cast: Audrey Dana, Robinson Stévenin, Yann Trégouët, Elie-Lucas Moussoko

    Synopsis: Traveling in North Benin, French young woman Cécile crosses the path of an African mother who leaves her newborn baby and flees. Refusing to let him in the orphanage, Cécile decides to adopt this child and even name him Lancelot upon her return in France. Seven years later, Lancelot grows up to become a weird child which drove Cecile to return with him to Africa to attempt to solve the secret behind his abandonment.

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