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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

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    Azza El Hosseiny

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    A PLATFORM FOR A NEW AFRICAN FILM MART TO CONNECT THE AFRICAN FILM TO THE REST OF THE WORLD

    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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    The festival has released the submission forms of its seventh edition competition which will take place from the 10th to the 22nd of march 2018. The festival will be receiving films starting the 1st of November and till the 20th of December, only films produced in 2017 by African directors will be accepted, except for the Freedoms Competition which is dedicated to the Egyptian journalist martyr Alhussaini abu deif.

    Mr. Sayed fouad the festival's president announced that this edition wil...

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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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Danny Glover and Mahmoud Hemeida in the seminar and book signing Omar Sharif in the eyes of the world

Danny Glover and Mahmoud Hemeida in the seminar and book signing Omar Sharif in the eyes of the world

Danny Glover and Mahmoud Hemeida in the seminar and book signing Omar Sharif in the eyes of the world

  • Danny Glover and Mahmoud Hemeida in the seminar and book signing, "Omar Sharif in the eyes of the world,"

    LAFF organized a seminar and book signing, to celebrate the book "Omar Sharif in the eyes of the world" printed by the 5th edition. the international star Danny Glover and the Egyptian artist Mahmoud Hemeida attended the seminar with the critic Ali Abou shady who collected and edited the book.

    The international star Danny Glover said that he met Omar Sharif for the first time in the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" , At that time it was great to meet an Arab artist so proud and has dignity like Omar Sharif.

    Glover added:” every time I find a film for Omar Sharif, I wish I watch it even the cowboy movies, and sometimes I watch a movie more than once. I admire him a lot in the film "Doctor Zhivago" and very impressed with his personality because he had a charisma and his character was specified in a political framework very defined. I really like him as a spectator and a colleague.

    The artist Mahmoud Hemeida said: Omar Sharif is the first artist that can be described as international artist that the whole world , all around the globe, has known him , and the book written by Ali Abu Shadi confirms this.

    Hemeida added “when we travel abroad we were asked: where are you coming from? And when the answer is from Egypt, they say to you, "ohh, country of Omar Sharif" , as the name of Omar Sharif has become linked to Egypt. Because he is the first star that comes from the Third World to the first world and become a superstar and famous at the global level, and I have thoughts about the actor preforming with a foreign language other than their native tongue, that is difficult for him to represent a language because the expression is important, but Omar Sharif bypassed it, and expressed with other languages and mastered them, such as being able to of his native tongue.

    Omar Sharif must be studied carefully as an symbol and model of the international artist, he is the only artist who made the latest connection between the first and the third world, and all the globe must learn from him.

    After the two stars speeches, the critic Ali Abu Shadi spoke about his experience in writing and collecting of what has been written in the book and then talked about the value of international star Omar Sharif in the world.

    At the end of the seminar the critic Ali Abu Shadi , the star Danny Glover and artist Mahmoud Hemeida signed copies of the book “Omar Sharif in the eyes of the world” to audience.

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