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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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    Board of Trustees

    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    President Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    Azza El Hosseiny

    Treasurer 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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    Books

    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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Open discussion for the book, 50 years of African cinema

Open discussion for the book, 50 years of African cinema

Open discussion for the book, 50 years of African cinema

  • With the presence of the author, an open discussion for the book ( 50 years of African cinema, a plural Singularity ) written by journalist Catherine Ruelle took place at the luxor public library. Mrs Azza El Hosseiny, director of LAFF and The translator Soheir Fahmy attended the discussion led by the critic Hala El Mawy.

    The director Azza El Hosseiny expressed her deep impression for having this book printed during this edition of LAFF despite all the problems and the lack of fund LAFF faces lately. The book – added Azza – is a very important document of the African cinema history, full of details and information.

    The French writer Catherine Ruelle said that she has a very good connections with all the African filmmakers because of her job previously as editor in several politic and cinematic Radio programs. And she discovered that the African cinema is always connected and influenced by the politics in the black continent. This vision became clearer after her marriage to an Algerian filmmaker.

    Ruelle added that every article and research written by filmmakers or critics about the African cinema was included in her book to get a wide angle view on the African cinema through their life experiences. The book was first published in its French edition during the FESPACO festival celebrating 50 years of African cinema by that time, also the beginnings of many new liberated African countries cinematic experiments.

    The translator Soheir Fahmy talked about the very fruitful experience she got while translating this interesting and important book that shows a realistic image of the African Cinema. She also thanked the Luxor African film festival that enriched our culture by presenting this rich and wide world of the African cinema through the experience of African Filmmakers and cinema Critic in Africa.

    Soheir added that the book is an important addition to enrich the Arabic library, specially that the choice of Articles and researches was very clever and present the variety and plurality of the African cinema filmmaker life experiences

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