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 .
Luxor African Film Festival president, screenwriter Sayed Fouad, announced LAFF’s decision to honor Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun during its eighth edition for his contributions to African cinema that tackled the issues, dreams and worries of Africa, presenting them to the world, raising the status of African cinema internationally, and realizing this edition’s slogan “Cinema … Many Lives to Live”.
the Great Indian Movie Star Amitabh Bhachchan in Luxor
A press conference at Luxor African Film Festival with the presence of Mr Hassan Khalaf , the representant of the Minister of Culture and ambassador of India in Cairo, to announce the details of honoring, the idol of African peoples. Luxor African film festival (LAFF) together with the Embassy of India in Cairo held a joint press conference on Tuesday, March 7th at Hanager Cinema to announce the details of honoring the international movie star Amitabh Bhachchan at the closing ceremony of the sixth edition of the Luxor festival of African Cinema.
The press conference was held in the presence of Mr Hassan Khalaf , the representant of his excellency the Minister of Culture, Mr. Helmi Al Namnam, his Excellency Ambassador of India, Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Chairman of the Luxor African Film Festival, the scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, manager of the Festival Director Azza Al Hosseini, the Chairman of Tourism Promotion Authority and a number of Egyptian celebrities.
During the conference, details of the honoring of the idol of African peoples during the past four decades, Amitabh Bachchan and giving an account of his career in the presence of his wife Jaya Bhaduri and his daughter, anchor Shweta Bhachchan. The press conference was moderated by media person Hala Al Mawi.
It is worth mentioning that the sixth edition of Luxor Festival will be inaugurated on March 16th at the city of Luxor and its events will continue till March 22nd. The coming edition of the festival will honor the Egyptian actress Nilly Karim,
Moroccan artist Mohammad Moftah, the Egyptian movie director Yousri Nasrallah and the Mauritanian filmmaker Abdurrahmane Sisako.