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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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    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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    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 Khaled Saleh

Khaled Saleh

Khaled Saleh

  • It is not true that we only saw and sensed love in the faithful demonstration around his body when thousands went to witness the moments of separation, love has always been inherent in our star warm feelings throughout his career until his farewell at dawn.

    Why he choose dawn? I imagine it is his desire to embrace the virginity of life even if he didn’t precept, always through many details and special experiences I find that the will of the deceased embodied in us and carry out their wishes, even it is not registered. Was Khalid's desire to move from Aswan to reach Cairo to say goodbye after dawn prayers.

    Do they feel after leaving? Often I asked this when I lose a dear one? I am convinced that they remain in contact, but by other means they send codes to communicate with us.

    He is an artist of sparkles and I imagine he would continue to send them from the other world.

    Khaled Saleh is the brightest of his generation, since the end of the nineties he was the intimacy and will remain also the title with the passage of time.

    He is one of those who God gives an exceptional talent with a creative message that he sends to people to live after us, he has achieved his mission until the final scene.

    Khaled Saleh died to live on the screen, and when we remember one of his works we find that he is born once again.

    Tarek El Shenawi

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