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    Independent Shabab Foundation

    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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    Why Luxor City?

    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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    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    President Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    Azza El Hosseiny

    Treasurer Azza El Hosseiny

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  • ETISAL Fund



    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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    Latest News

    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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  • African Cinematheque
  • LAFF Publications


    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 Yusra



  • Actress-Egypt

    Throught an artistic career that spanned more than forty years, Egyptian star Youssra has enriched Egyptian cinema with more than eighty films in addition to a handful of television series she starred in. during the last decade

    Over her career, which began in the late seventies of the last century, Youssra went through « three different stages of her career, beginning with a prevalence stage that began with A Thousand Kiss , her film debut that was followed by A Palace in the Air. Although the latter was not screened at that time, film producers felt comfortable with her aspects and signed her for six films in the same year.

    During a brief period, Youssra was able to surpass all obstacles and impediments, by playing with great success roles that varied between the peasant or the poor or the aristocrat. This yielded to the second stage of her career in the early eighties when she formed a screen-couple with Egyptian star Adel Imam starting in 1982 with On the Door of the Minister, then continued in The Advocate, A Kiosk across the Street, Devil's Island, Human and Devils, and Terrorism and Kebabs.

    This stage was culminated when she was cast by the great director Youssef Chahine in An Egyptian Story right after he saw her alongside Adel Imam in The Human Lives Once. Youssra also joined the cast and crew of the film when it was selected at the the official competition of Venice Film Festival. Youssra returned to Egyptian with an international stardom that made her think twice before accepting new roles.

    Youssra remained Chahine’s favorite female lead as he cast her again in Alexandria, Now and Forever (1990), The Immigrant (1994), and Alexandria, New York (2004). She was quoted several times saying that Chahine was the best thing that happened to her

    In the nineties, Youssra went through yet another successful began in her career with the films The Shepherd and The Women (1991) by Ali Badrakhan, Mercedes by Yousry Nasrallah (1993), Strawberry War (1994) by Khairy Beshara, and Whims by Ali Badrakhan (1996).

    Then came the third stage in her career when she was offered the role of the mother of two young men in The Storm., her first film directed by Khaled Youssef. This was followed by roles in which she accepted her physical and professional maturity.

    In a parallel way, Youssra was always keen to appear in TV drama since he starred in Goha and the Shahbandar’s Daughters, in addition to other works aired during Ramadan including Hayat Al-Gohary, Owner of My Soul, Regular Dreams, Live Interview, Public Lawsuit, Critical Moments, In Safe Hands, Very Special, Red Seal, Sharbat Louz.

    LAFF will showcase her films: «The Storm» and «Egyption story».

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