A press conference managed by the critic Ramy `Abd Il-Raziq for Jury of feature and short films last Wednesday during the events of Luxor African Film Festival. The jury includes the director Muhamad Khan, `Abd Il-Rahman Sisako, the Mauritanian director who took part in Cannes Festival by his film” The Game”, the Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabry, the Burkina director Fanta Regina who took part last year in Cannes festival, and the Moroccan critic Mr. Mustafa Il-Mesnawy.
In the beginning, Hend Sabry declared that she was used to African cinema when she was in Tunisia. She is interesting to take part in the festival as it is a different kind of cinema which shows different cultures.
She referred to the low number of cinemas in Tunisia even after the revolution and described that as the most important problem. As Tunisian cinema depends on ministry of culture `s support which interferes in the film. Also it depends on foreign support especially the European. In addition to that, there are just 23 cinema in Tunisia which do not work by its all abilities.
The Mauritanian director, `Abd Il-Rahman Sisako, stressed on that there is no different between Egypt and Africa. Egypt is a part of Africa although the northern African countries are more opened to the West than southern African countries.
He added that the cinema is the tool by which Egypt can express itself to Africa. The cinema, in general, has no nationality. It rather has many kinds of conflicts which is completely related to humanity. So, he is keen to the cinema which focuses on simple people.
The director, Muhamad Khan said that it is a must to have African film festival in Egypt. Egypt needs to foreign support to produce films. This means that African countries have to work together. While the problem is the marketing among Africa as there are some countries which are fed up of production.
Il-Mesnawy expressed his happiness to take part in a festival celebrating the African cinema as that of Aghadir.
Fanta Regina said she is happy to be among the jury and being in Egypt among this number of creators.