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Luxor African Film Festival to kick off on Friday

Tuesday 13/March/2018 - 10:54 AM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) 7th edition، opening ceremony will take place this Friday evening at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut، which runs from March (16-12).

It is scheduled for Black Theama band to  perform opening ceremony، meanwhile، it is scheduled for International musician Manal Mohie El Deen to perform the closing ceremony at the Luxor Temple.

The opening and closing ceremonies will also feature a various artistic pieces from "Operettas" and prominent bands.

On March 10، as a prequel to the festival’s activities the festival held a workshop on Short Film film-making headed by Egyptian film director Khairy Beshara، with participation of nineteen African countries.

-Festival's official competition-
On January 17، LAFF announced in a statement، the names of more than 30 films participating in the festival's official competition.

“The feature film competition includes nine from Morocco، Tunisia، Kenya، Nigeria، Tanzania، Ghana، Burkina Faso، Rwanda and South Africa، meanwhile the participating Egyptian film in the competition will be selected later” the festival statement read.

The long documentary competition includes eight films from Liberia، Kenya، Congo، South Africa، Morocco، and Tunisia.

Meanwhile، the freedom and human rights film competition، named after the late Egyptian journalist Al-Husseini Abu Deif، includes 14 films from Senegal، Rwanda، Burkina Faso، Uganda، Algeria، Tunisia، Iraq، France، Guatemala، the United States، Canada and the Philippines.

On the other hand، the festival management declared that the short film competition will be announced in February، along with the announcement of the competing films outside the official competitions.

-Long Narratives Competition (2017)-
Keteke by Peter Sedufia (Ghana)
Wallay by Berni Goldblat (Burkina Faso & France)
Iperita by Mohamed Buzaku (Morocco)
Five Fingers for Marseilles by Michael Matthews (South Africa)
Hakkunde by Asurf Oluseyi (Nigeria)
The Runaway by Mwangi Eric Maina (Kenya)
T-Junction by Amil Shivji (Tanzania)
A Seed of Memories by Alexandre SIBOMANA & Richard MUGWANEZA (Rwanda)
Benzine by Sarra Abidi (Tunisia)
Long Documentaries Competition (2017)
New Moon by Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (Kenya)
Seour Courage by Latifa Doghri & Mr. Salem Trabelsi (Tunisia)
Mama Colonel by Dieudo Hamadi (Congo)
Silent Cells by Mohamed Nabil (Morocco Germany)
Waithira by Eva Munyiri (Kenya)
Not in my Neighborhood by Kurt Orderson (South Africa)
Iron Ladies of Liberia by Siatta Scott Johnson & Daniel Junge (Liberia USA)
Silas by Hawa Essuman، Anjali Nayar (Kenya)

-Freedom & Human Rights International Competition (2017)-
Liyana by Aaron Kopp & Ms. Amanda Kopp (USA، Switzerland )
Punishment Island by Ombre Elettriche (Italy Uganda)
Between 2 Shores: from Santo Domingo to Guadeloupe by Mariette Monpierre (France)
Burkinabè Rising by Lara Lee Brazil Burkina Faso USA Bulgaria
500 Years by Pamela Yates (Guatemala USA)
Border by Apollin (Senegal)
Tu Pug Imatuy by Arnel Barbarona (Philippines)
La vie de Château by Modi Barry & Cédric Ido (France)
Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania & Khaled Walid Barsaoui (France)
The Violet by Baqer Al Rubaie (Iraq)
Le Cri Du Lambi by Vincent Toi (Canada)
Off Path by Julie Jouve & Rida Belghiat (Algeria، France، & Reunion Island)
The Bread and Smoke by Ibrahim Ramadhan (Iraq)
Akarwa by Yuhi Amuli (Rwanda & Germany)

Noteworthy، the film selection committee consists of screenwriter Attieh el-dardery، film Saad Hendawy، writer Mushir Abdullah، director Khaled El Hagar، screenwriter Wesam Soliman.

-LUXOR AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL-
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، according to Luxor African film festival.

Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) is a non-profit organization registered at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and active since 2006 in several Fields.

Furthermore، Luxor hardly has any cultural or artistic events، and was therefore selected to de-centralize cultural or artistic events always organized in Cairo and Alexandria.

For the first time in Egypt، an NGO organizes an event with such grand caliber and high standards.
Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) which organizes LAFF is a non-profit entity that has been active for more than six years organizing events and festivals at a national level and with a political dimension.

The success of ISF is the result of the sound artistic accomplishment and skills of its founders as cultural activists who believe in the necessity and importance of communicating with the world in general and with Africa in particular.

It is also built on the capacity of its Board of trustees in representing Egypt in local and international activities.

ISF started working on the festival since mid-2010 and the fruits of our efforts resulted in numerous partnerships ranging from the Ministry of Culture in Egypt to International networks.

-The Activities-
- Organizing art workshop to develop the skills of artists and writers، and develop talents.
- Establishing a space for performing arts (theater، cinema، fine art، and seminars) and a library.
- Working to spread and develop theater performances and cinema screenings.
- Organizing local and international festivals.
- Preparing and producing theater performances and films.
- Establishing private institutes، colleges or schools، after approval of related authorities.
- Extending the activities of ISF to Egyptian governorates، to spread our aims.
- Supporting and documenting independent art and artists، and providing artists with protection against occupational hazards.
- Publishing materials that serve the objectives of the foundation and usage of internet.
- Establishing the service of a cultural club to present arts to the people of the neighborhood.
- Providing spaces for art performances and seminars in Egypt.
- Establishing all needed connections for cooperation with the institutions that work in similar fields or activities locally or internationally.

The opening and closing ceremony will be brought by DMC TV channel - the official sponsor of the festival – and by Nile Cinema TV channel.

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