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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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  • 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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2014 Edition's Long Documentary

Ali’ens: Somalis in Transit

Ali’ens: Somalis in Transit

  • Section :Long Documentary
  • Country :Somalia | Spain
  • Production Year :2013
  • Runtime: 90 Minutes

    Director: Paula Palacios

    Screenwriter: Paula Palacios

    Cinematographer: Paula Palacios

    Editor: Paula Palacios

    Music Composer: AFM

    Print Source: palaciosfilms@gmail.com

    Synopsis: This is the story of a fifteen year-old called Ali and his sixteen year-old friend Younis who both fled the conflicts in their homeland Somalia. Having seen their fathers die and leaving their mothers and brothers behind, they were hoping to get a better life in Europe, but ended up in an Ukrainian migrant detention center, which had been built with European Union funds. Despite having paid ten thousand  dollars and been caught by the border guards twice, Ali and Younis do not lose hope in reaching a better life. They will try to cross the border once more, even if that means being separated and not able to see each other again.

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