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.
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 .
Senior most film-critic-journalist from kolkata, presently attached with the daily SANGBAD PRATIDIN.
Writes regular column on foreign films. Attached with the Kolkata film festival as a selector.
Visited all most all the A-grade film festival like berlin, Venice, Cairo, karlovy vary served in the national jury of India and as FIPRESCI jury in Bussan, Armenia, Vladivostok , Taiwan film festivals. Written several books on Bengali cinema. He is also the Secretary of the west Bengal film journalists’ association.