“Cinema” by Karim Farghaly (Photo courtesy of Sharjah International Book Fair official website)
CAIRO – 6 November 2017: The Egyptian book, “Cinema,” by Karim Farghaly will be featrued at UAE’s ongoing Sharjah’s International Book Fair that runs from November 1 to November 18.
The book examines events that occurred in the Egyptian cinematic scene decades ago such the struggle that renowned Egyptian actor Youssef Wahbi experienced when he decided that he’ll play the role of Prophet Mohammed in one of his films, according to a released statement.
“Cinema” dives deep into the solo careers of renowned Egyptian agents of the film industry in the past. The book also portrays several questions asked by prominent filmmakers such as Youssef Shaheen who mentioned that the Arab cinema scene should be liberated and has questioned the inability of Arab films of winning an Oscar.
The book also sheds light on international cinema questioning whether the American cinema is politically liberated and the selection criteria of certain films that achieve globally recognized success.
Approximately 1,691 publishing houses are participating in the 36th edition of the International Sharjah Book Fair that kicked off on Wednesday. Together these publishing houses produce over 1.5 million books from 60 countries.
The book fair is hosting over 400 public figures from renowned novelists and owners such as Algerian novelist Wasiny El A’arag, Saudi Abdel Khal, Kuwaiti Soud El Sonou’sy, Iraqi novelist Sanan Antoine, and Syrian actor Ghasan Masoud.
The UK is the guest of honor in this edition, which comes parallel to celebrating UAE-British ties through ceremonies conducted by the Supreme Council for British Culture.