Egyptian Film Magazine's archives to be restored
The magazine has played a major role in documenting many of the historical and major events that occurred in the country from the 1920's and until the present time, as the magazine covered a significant political period in the country from the Republican era in 1952 to 2013.
Long before the founding of the Egyptian Film Magazine, King Fouad I was interested in the field of cinematography and was keen to record his internal and external visits in newsletters kept in a special collection at Abdeen Palace; unlike King Farouk, who was keener to document his visits in the Egyptian Film Magazine.
Egypt Today aims to shed light on the historical magazine, especially after assigning the State Information Service with reviving the newspaper in the Media Production City to restore its heritage and convert it to the cinema technology 4K. The magazine owns 5260 boxes of film strips of 2700 editions
Part of the historical films
Among the special editions issued by the cinema newspaper was the wedding of Huda, wife of late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser and the visit of Gehan Sadat, the widow of the late leader Anwar Sadat, to Germany. That is in addition to Gehan Sadat's participation in the opening of the World Women's Congress in Mexico, her trips to Japan anda special edition entitled "October War and Peace".
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Furthermore the magazine presented numerous editions on the stages of building the national subway and special editions on the personal life of late leaders Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar el-Sadat.
The editions of the Egyptian Film Magazine include important events such as Nasser granting Tawfiq al-Hakim the Republic's Necklace,Nasser's inauguration of the National Assembly, the establishment of Banque Misr, the funeral of Nasser, and Sadat's visit to the Knesset and to the location of turmoil during the war with Israel.
Head of the Cinema Restoration Center in the Media Production City Nada Hussamuddin stated that the center received the archives of the magazine on January 31, 2019 for restoration, adding that the center has received about 5260 film strips of 2700 editions so far.
"The rich Egyptian history is locked in those strips. This material has to be passed on to the coming generations," affirmed Hussamuddin.