Moderated by Dr. Mina El Naggar, El Gouna Film Festival organized a panel titled Breathe, Talk, Perform: A Take on Psychological Well-being of Actors that was hosted by CineGouna Bridge at TU Berlin’s Audimax hall.
In collaboration with Medfest Egypt, this panel discussed performing actors’ mental health, a prevalent issue
in the MENA region and internationally.
The vulnerability of actors can be attributed to several reasons such as anxiety
towards securing roles, failed auditions, negative audience or critics’ response, and the need to be wholly authentic in embodying their roles.
The joining panelists include the award-winning screenwriter Mariam Naoum, actor Mohamed Farrag, Ahmed Malek, actress May Elghety, and Dr. Nabil Elkot, who has worked for 30 years in psychiatry, patient management, training colleagues and students, lecturing, researching, and writing.