Ahmed Helmy: Cinema to combat terrorism through sentiment



Wed, 08 Nov 2017 - 10:17 GMT


Wed, 08 Nov 2017 - 10:17 GMT

Egyptian Actor Ahmed Helmy during UNICEF summit. February 13, 2017 - Facebook Page

Egyptian Actor Ahmed Helmy during UNICEF summit. February 13, 2017 - Facebook Page

CAIRO – 8 November 2017: Renowned Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy has stated that filmmakers are currently trying to be more sentimental in combating terrorism through recreating the themes of films displayed in Egyptian cinema on Wednesday in the “Role of Cinema to Combat Extremism” session at the World Youth Forum (WYF).

“We need to address human beings’ sentiments and feelings because they are the drivers of human behavior,” noted Helmy.

He further explained that cinema helps in lifting spirit more than addressing the mind as there is a huge difference between the naturally developed mindset of the child and the mindset that later develops into extremism.

Regarding the content provided to children, Helmy said that it is very dangerous; those who decide on it should be aware of what they include and should consult others. “We aim to fix negatives and seek to find solutions.”

He added that cinema needs to highlight Egyptian and Arab characters that have made great sacrifices in fighting terrorism, referring to “Terrorist,” the film starring Adel Emam, who also contributes to fighting terrorism.

Egypt’s first international youth event is set to run until 10 November, bringing together 3,000 youth represented by 60 delegations from around the world.

The seven-day gathering witnesses the participation of official youth representatives over 18 years old, leaders of various youth networks, heads of state, media figures and around 250 young Egyptian expats. It is held under the theme "We Need to Talk."

The WYF sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony and love to the entire world. It is considered a strong opportunity for youth globally to communicate with each other.

The idea of holding an international youth conference in Egypt was made during the third National Youth Conference in Ismailia, and it was approved by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. In July, the president announced organizing the WYF in Sharm El-Sheikh during the fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria.



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