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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’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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2015 Edition's Long Documentary

The Past Will Return

The Past Will Return

  • Section :Long Documentary
  • Country :Egypt
  • Production Year :2014
  • Runtime: 100 Minutes

    Director: Dina Hamza

    Screenwriter: Dina Hamza

    Cinematographer: Mohamed Abdel Raouf

    Editor: Mohamed Eid

    Music Composer: Tamer Karawan

    Print: mkhoury@mifegypt.com

    Synopsis: When my father passed away in 2010, I felt extreme loneliness to the extent that suicidal thoughts prevailed. Nevertheless, I decided to live and try to find an exit within my household from this loneliness. I stumbled upon the radio, the important object which my father had left me in the house. The radio became my only companion and the music stations played the songs of my father Mohamed Hamza, the poet who composed lyrics for the greatest artists of the sixties like Abdel-Halim Hafez, Shadia, Warda, and many others. I've decided to make a film in an attempt to find Mohamed Hamza the father and the poet and to find him within the different places, eras and people he lived through.

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