<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[President Sisi, Egypt’s First Lady inaugurates WYF Theater]]>President Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady Entissar al-Sisi attended the WYF theater inauguration ceremony.

The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.
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12/13/2019 8:34:55 PM
<![CDATA[WYF’s youth discusses artificial intelligence applications & entrepreneurship]]>
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This pre-forum workshop discussed the applications of artificial intelligence across a variety of sectors for entrepreneurs.



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Artificial intelligence isn’t just a massive scientific discipline, it’s one of the fastest growing marketplaces in technology.

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A number of fruitful pre-forum workshops occurred on December 13 such as International Food Security: Youth’s Initiative for Action”.

This important workshop tackled and discussed the context where all people at all times have the right to physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.

"Enabling Persons with Disabilities Towards an Inclusive World (2)" workshop took place on Friday as well.

At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.

Youth learned how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” pre-forum workshop was organised on Friday.
This pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/13/2019 4:19:11 PM
<![CDATA[Unique bust of Ramses II uncovered in Giza]]>
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The newly discovered bust is emblazoned with the “Ka,” a symbol of power, life force and spirit.

King Ramses II bust is carved in red granite and depicts Ramses II wearing a wig with the symbol of the “Ka” over his head. The bust is 105 cm tall, 55 cm wide and 45 cm thick.



The mission discovered this unique bust during excavations on privately owned land in Giza, after the landowner was caught carrying out illegal excavation work at his land.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that the uncovered King Ramses II bust is one of a kind because the only similar bust is one carved in wood and belongs to 13th Dynasty King Hor Awibre, which is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The mission has also discovered a group of huge red granite and limestone blocks engraved with scenes showing Ramses II during the Heb-Sed religious ritual, which indicates that these blocks could belong to a great temple dedicated to the worship of the deity Ptah.

The bust and the blocks have been transferred to Mit Rahina open air museum for restoration, and excavations will continue at the site.

One of the main achievements of King Ramses II is building Abu Simbel temple to impress Egypt's southern neighbors, and also to reinforce the status of the Egyptian religion in the area.

Abu Simbel was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the ruling period of Ramses II and its construction took 20 years from 1264 BC to 1244 BC.

Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. The smaller one was built for Queen Nefertari and has two statues of her and four pharaohs; each about 33 feet (10 meters) in height.


According to many scholars, this great temple was created to celebrate the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274 BC. This means that the temple was situated on the border of the conquered lands of Nubia after many military campaigns were carried out by the Pharaoh against Nubia.



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12/13/2019 3:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[‘International Food Security: Youth’s Initiative for Action’ workshop took place at WYF on Dec.13]]>
The workshop tackled and discussed the context where all people at all times have the right to physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.
"Enabling Persons with Disabilities Towards an Inclusive World (2)" workshop took place on Friday.
At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.
Youth learned how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” is a pre-forum workshop that took place on Friday as well at the side-lines of the third edition of the World Youth Forum.
The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.
Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.
The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/13/2019 2:37:35 PM
<![CDATA[WYF’ s youth discuss innovative solutions to better integrate disabled youth into society]]>
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At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.

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Youth participating in this workshop discussed how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” is a pre-forum workshop that took place on Friday as well at the side-lines of the third edition of the World Youth Forum.

The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.


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12/13/2019 2:10:15 PM
<![CDATA['Prospects of Education’, a pre-forum workshop that took place at WYF]]>

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The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

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Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.
The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.





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12/13/2019 1:47:14 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: WYF’s youth write down their ambitions, dreams on the New Year's tree]]>
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The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year tonight by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

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The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.
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12/13/2019 12:55:38 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Multinational students' delegation visits Fustat's Museum ]]>
This came on the sidelines of the students' visit to Egypt to attend the World Youth Forum 2019 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

General Supervisor of the museum Ahmed el-Sherbiny explained that the delegation includes students from India, Indonesia, Senegal, Cambodia, Thailand and Pakistan, and that the museum is always keen to organize such visits as part of the social and educational activities for multinational students.
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Sherbiny further stated that the museum curators took the students on a tour in the museum. The tour included the museum's various exhibition halls, which contain treasures of Egyptian crafts from different ages and that the students expressed their admiration of the museum.

It is worth noting that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is currently finalizing the preparation of two new halls to be opened soon. These are the Royal Mummy Hall, which will receive the royal mummies in a majestic procession during the next few months from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, and the Main Exhibition Hall that spans over an area of 2300 square meters, portraying the most important features of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages, including the prehistoric, Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, Islamic, modern and contemporary civilizations.
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Yerina Yukova, the former director-general of UNESCO, opened a temporary exhibition hall in the museum in 2017 illustrating four traditional crafts in ancient Egyptian history: Jewelry, pottery, fabric, and wood.

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12/12/2019 4:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient Egyptian headwear used for spiritual assistance in afterlife]]>
Archaeologists explained earlier that none of these helmets were found; hence, unearthing two headdresses in the ancient Egyptian city of Tel el-Amarna is an important discovery, according to sciencenews.org.
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Ancient Egyptian headwear each has its own resemblance

Archaeologist Anna Stevens from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia said the first headdress was found in the cemetery of a woman who died in her twenties. The other one was found in a cemetery that contained the skeletal remains of a body whose gender is yet to be determined. The skeletal remains appear to belong to a person that died between the age of 15 to 20.

Stevens explained that scientists expected to find the first headdress in the graves of the elite. Scientists used portable infrared and X-ray devices to study the headdress which was found to be made from beeswax.

Although some researchers speculated that the vertical cones contain animal fats or perfumed wax with a substance such as tree resin, the cones do not contain oily substances or fragrances.

It is believed that the head cone found in Amarna provides spiritual assistance in the afterlife.


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12/12/2019 3:30:02 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform concert at MUST Opera House on Dec. 13]]>
The management of MUST has completed all the preparations for this concert under the guidance of Khaled el-Toukhy, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

It is worth noting that Elissa's concert comes as part of a diverse artistic program prepared by the university in a manner that satisfies all tastes and addresses all ages. A series of concerts are scheduled to be performed by the stars of Egypt and the Arab world.

MUST (Misr University for Science and Technology) has a theater accommodating up to 1200 spectators, equipped with the latest high standard sound, lighting and theater management devices.
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12/12/2019 2:37:26 PM
<![CDATA['Cairo Kabul' to be broadcast in Ramadan 2020 ]]>
The new series will be broadcast during the upcoming Ramadan season, as the filming is scheduled to start in January 2020.

The deal with the three stars to star in “Cairo Kabul” was sealed in strict secrecy.

On the other hand, director Hossam Ali continues filming the last scenes of "Shadeed el-Khotoura” (Highly Dangerous). The series will be divided into many parts, each containing seven episodes. It will be exclusively available on WatchiT! digital platform.

“Shadeed el-Khoutoura” stars Riad el-Khouly, Hady el-Gayar, Mahmoud Hegazy, Nahed Roushdy, Hamza el-Ayly, Hosni Sheta and Khaled Kamal. It is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and produced by Synergy.
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12/12/2019 1:22:04 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the 108th birthday of iconic Naguib Mahfouz]]>
Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was, by all means, the most disciplined writer ever. He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950s.

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At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred after the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

The controversy came from his design of the character Gebleway a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history, and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterward and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic writer didn’t only write novels and short stories, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks. Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including "Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001."

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995. Also, he was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.

A total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection was published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars). Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.]]>
12/11/2019 10:45:10 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time, Ahlam sings in Egyptian dialect]]>
Ahlam said in statements to Oman Radio on the sidelines of her concerts at the Royal Opera House in Muscat that she communicated with many Egyptian poets to collaborate with them on the album, noting that she will hold sessions to finish the album soon.

The famed Emirati star emphasized that through her singing in the Egyptian dialect she will deliver a message describing the state of the Egyptian society, explaining that it will be a token of love for her Egyptian fans.

Ahlam has recently released the song “Ana Ma Astaghna Anak” (I Cannot Do Without You), written by Mansour al-Balawi, composed by Nasser al-Saleh and distributed by Khaled Ezz.

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12/11/2019 5:04:03 PM
<![CDATA[Iconic Arabic language scholar Mahmoud Hegazy dies on Dec. 11]]>
“Farewell to one of the most important symbols of Egyptian culture and the pride of scholars and thinkers. The one who has exerted great efforts to serve the Arabic language around the world,” said Abdel Dayem.

“He was also an ambassador for Al-Dhad language and sought for decades to confirm the Egyptian cultural leadership,” resumed the minister.

Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy was also a member of the Arabic Language Academy and worked as a professor of linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. Additionally, he served as the first head of the National Library and Documentation House from 1994-1997, after it became a separate entity from the General Egyptian Book Organization.

The late iconic writer wrote numerous enriching books, including “Arabic Throughout the Centuries”, “Arabic language: Renewal Issues And Future Prospects”, “Language Political Trends”, “Language And The Contemporary World”, among others.

The late prominent writer also participated in preparing the German-Arabic dictionary. In recognition of his scientific endeavors, he was awarded a number of honors and awards, including the Federal Order of Merit of the first class from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997, Appreciation Award from Cairo University in Humanities in 1998, State Appreciation Award for Arts in 2000, Honorary Doctorate as a Professor in the International University and International Languages from Kazakhstan in 2004, Presidential Shield from the president of Kazakhstan in 2013 and last but not least, King Faisal’s International Award for Arabic Language and Literature 2019.

Farewell, Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy.

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12/11/2019 5:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Show Theatre to produce Mekki's 'Hazalqoum' ]]>
Director and producer Magdy el-Hawary, co-founder of Cairo Show Theatre, expressed his happiness with presenting Hazalqoum in a theatrical work, emphasizing that the character is very rich and provides a fertile material for comedy. Hawary claims the character will achieve great success on theater; the same way it succeeded in cinema and television.

“I chose the character of Hazalqoum to lead the play because it is very intriguing. This character always made me and everyone around me laugh,” commented Hawary.

The play is directed by Karim Samy, described by Hawary as one of the most successful graduates of Cairo Show Theater.

Besides Mekki, the play stars Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Salam and Mohamed Mahmoud.




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12/11/2019 4:42:53 PM
<![CDATA[50,000 artifacts safely placed in GEM’s store]]>
Director General of the Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas revealed that two more pieces will be transferred to the museum. Abbas said that the transportation of artifacts from various sites and museums will continue until the museum’s exhibition cases are full.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.
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Abbas further added that the museum also includes a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.

In its halls, the museum will display the entire treasures of King Tutankhamun for the first time in one place, in addition to breathtaking ancient Egyptian treasures all around the museum.
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One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

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In Pics: More astonishing artifacts transferred to GEM

CAIRO - 9 December 2019: On Dec. 9, the Grand Egyptian Museum received 309 artifacts dating back to different eras. Among them were 64 heavy artifacts transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. The artifacts were transferred amid the tight security measures of the Tourism and Antiquities Police and the Security Forces.






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12/11/2019 3:36:32 PM
<![CDATA[Socks reveal ingenuity of ancient Egyptians]]>
Archaeologists explained that Egyptian socks date back to the third or fourth century and were found by English papyrus scientist John Johnson in the period between 1913 and 1914 in the Egyptian city of Antinoopolis, according to ancient origins website.

Archaeologists indicated that using different wavelengths, color analysis revealed that the socks were made of wool yarn of seven colors woven into a striped pattern and dyed with three natural plant dyes, including red plant leaves and yellow-colored flowers.
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The study shows how the colors were mixed to obtain the green, purple and orange shades. Also, scientists discovered that fibers of different colors were woven together and that some of the istrands have been subjected to multiple dye baths.

The Weaving Method:

Researchers believe that the discovered sock may have been worn by a child in 1700 BC, adding that the ancient Egyptians used the mono needle, which is often referred to as nalbinding, to separate the big toe from the other four toes.

The sock analysis yielded new visions of the time period in which Egypt witnessed a massive revolution that ended with the Islamic conquest of the region in the year 641 AD.

The study explained that the global events that occurred in Egypt at that time affected trade and economy. This is reflected in the artistic composition of people's clothes and the different designs they created.


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12/11/2019 3:31:10 PM
<![CDATA[Caricatures that wrap it up]]>
No words are needed, just use your imagination and see where it takes you!

Al-Jazira Saudi Newspaper:

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Hassan Nasrallah causing havoc in Lebanon and the region.

Egyptian Newspaper:

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This caricature mocks Erdogan's greed in the region.

Erdogan has his eyes on Egypt's natural gas resources, however, all he can do is keep dreaming!

Al-Itihad Emirati Newspaper:

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Iraqis revolt against heavy artillery shouting "Death or dishonor!"

Middle East News Agency:

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Hezbollah and Iran's evil intentions in Lebanon and the region, getting their financial resources from Iran

Al-Riyadh Nespaper:

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Al Riyadh Newspaper caricature showing Iran trying to reach the top through any means, especially unethical methods!

Al-Itihad Emirati Newspaper:

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The world welcoming a man who got rid of his fanatic religious mindset, ridding himself from the dark forces, happily returning to life
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12/11/2019 3:16:46 PM
<![CDATA[Famed Robot Sophia to attend World Youth Theater in Sharm El-Sheikh]]>
The forum’s management announced this year's theater launches under the title “Art Reviving Humanity” that reflects the content of the various theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, and resuming on Dec. 15, 16.

The World Youth Theater is a theater and a focal point founded by youth for youth to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA. This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallsni from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship, visited Egypt’s Creative Industry Summit that was held on April 17, 18 2018.

Sophia became the first Android citizen in history when she was granted the Saudi Arabian citizenship.

With many recognizing that the creative industry and the AI industry is a boom to the global economy, and has much to offer to the Egyptian economy, there has been a move towards formalizing it since the launch of the Creative Industry Summit in 2014.

Organized by Idea Bakers and The Worx, leaders in event organizing and e-marketing, the summit focuses on the latest developments in the advertising, marketing and design fields in Egypt and the Arab world.

The famed Robot underwent an exclusive interview broadcast on DMC channel in April of 2018, amid her visit to Egypt to attend the summit, where she was hosted by Osama Kamal’s “Masa’ DMC” program.

مساء dmc - حصرياً ... لقاء رائع ومميز مع الروبوت صوفيا مع الاعلامي اسامة كمال ( اللقاء كامل )

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12/10/2019 6:13:14 PM
<![CDATA[3 concerts to celebrate Christmas in Cairo, Alexandria Opera Houses]]>CAIRO – 10 December 2019: The Egyptian Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber, is organizing three concerts in Cairo and Alexandria to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. The concerts will be led by maestro Nair Nagy and directed by Hisham al-Tali.

Cairo Opera Ensemble, the Cairo Celebration Coral and Cairo Opera Orchestra will all perform, celebrating 20 years since the start of the tradition, which has become one of the hallmarks of the opera celebrations of the occasion.

The concerts will be held on Dec. 12, 13 at Cairo Opera’s Grand Theater, and on Dec. 17 on Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera House.

Participating teams, Sobhy Bedeir and French Soprano Caroline Duma will be honored during the first ceremony. The program includes a documentary film screening, followed by presenting a wide range of the most famous compositions celebrating Christmas.

The performers are Iman Mustafa, Mona Rafla, Jacqueline Rafiq, Dalia Farouk, Julie Fizi, Amina Khairat, Hisham el-Gendy, Amr Medhat, Mostafa Mohamed, Elhami Amin, Reda al-Wakeel, Caroline Duma, Sobhy Bedeir and Dina Iskandar.
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12/10/2019 5:38:00 PM
<![CDATA[Google: Happy birthday, Afifa Iskandar]]>
Iskandar was considered one of the best female singers in Iraqi history.

Iskandar was born in the Iraqi city of Mosul on December 10, 1921. She started singing at the age of 5. When she was a teenager, Iskandar performed her first concert in a small cabaret in the city of Erbil, where she sang in "Al-Maqam al-Iraqi".

In 1938, she travelled to Egypt to work with late acclaimed Syrian singer and belly dancer Badia Masabni in her famous casino, along with late famed Egyptian belly dancer and actress Taheya Karioka, and late great Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

Iskandar performed many concerts around the region. She also used to perform for Iraqi monarchs and government leaders. Additionally, Iskandar performed concerts in the U.S. and Europe, presenting her unique form of music.

Her ability to sing in A;-Maqam al-Iraqi made her unique when compared to her contemporaries in the Middle East. Al-Maqam al-Iraqi is a 400-year-old style weaving sung poetry together with traditional instrumentation.

In 1979, she decided to retire on the aftermath of the country’s political change.

Despite her retirement the acclaimed Iraqi Blackbird's passion for singing remained very strong, the matter that drove her to perform for friends and loved ones in private gatherings.

Among her most famous songs are "Ya Aqqid al-Hajibayn" and "Ikhlas meni."

As a result of her strong passion with poetry, she built up an extensive catalogue over the course of her career.

She died of cancer on October 21, 2012 in Baghdad, but her music lives on through her immortal songs.
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12/10/2019 4:51:31 PM
<![CDATA[Acclaimed director Samir Seif dies at 72]]>
Seif practiced directing and teaching its arts in foreign universities operating in Egypt. His cinematic career is rich with many achievements and contributions.

The late director started his artistic career by directing the movie “Daerat al-Intiqam” (The Revenge Circle) in 1976, followed by “Qeta ala-Nar” (Cat on Fire) a year later with acclaimed late actor Nour el-Sherif. Both films were considered a very successful start.

In 1978, the late director presented “Iblis fel Madena” (Satan in the City), which was another masterpiece, followed by “Al-Motawahesha” a year later.

The late director presented Adel Imam in an entirely new role, away from comedy, through the film “El-Mashbooh” (The Suspect) alongside Soad Hosny in 1982, in addition to the film “Ghareeb fe Baiti” (Stranger in my House) starring Hosny and Nour el-Sherif.

Seif returned in 1983 with another successful film “El-Ghoul” starring Adel Imam before presenting “Akher el-Regal el-Mohtarameen” starring Nour el-Sherif a year later.

The late director returned to comedy again with “El-Khot” starring Adel Imam in 1984, followed by “Shaware’ Men Nar” (Streets of Fire) starring Sherif.

In 1985, Seif cooperated with Imam in “El-Halfout” (The Bum).

The acclaimed director resumed directing enriching films that held a lot of deep and illustrative content; films that were and still are carved in the conscious of the Arab and Egyptian public.
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12/10/2019 3:44:54 PM
<![CDATA[Port Said the capital of Egyptian culture in 2020]]>
The meeting tackled the agenda of the cultural and artistic program to celebrate the selection of Port Said Governorate as the capital of Egyptian culture in 2020.

Furthermore, ways to promote cultural activities and enhance the mechanisms of discovering and nurturing talented people from the governorate through the Talent Development Center at the Cultural Palace were discussed.

The meeting also tackled the opening of a permanent outlet for the ministry’s publications, holding activities in Behirat al-Manzala Region and organizing a culture initiative titled “Culture out of the Walls" held at 14 theaters in parks and public gardens .

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12/10/2019 2:52:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Americans Malek, Youssef are nominated for the Golden Globe]]>
Youssef is nominated to Best Actor TV Comedy/Musical award for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ , while Malek is nominated for Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.

The final season of ‘’Mr. Robot’’ was premiered Sunday, Oct. 6, on USA Network.
Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the previous Golden Globe.
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.

“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.
May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.


The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.

Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.

"I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so we would have been frustrated if he didn’t win an Oscar.

Malek’s talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve his dreams whatever the obstacles made him the best actor in 2019.




Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has been the center of attention of all Egyptians and Arabs since the release of the dark, mindboggling, and award-winning hit television series “Mr Robot.”


Malek was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy awards in 2016.

In 2017 a video of Malek speaking Arabic in an interview, talking about “Mr Robot” and the limited roles in Hollywood for Middle Easter actors went viral after it was shared by user Mohammad Nashy. While actors from the region are often asked to portray the roles of terrorists, the star status Malek has achieved stands out.


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12/10/2019 2:09:48 PM
<![CDATA[Apple lands first Golden Globe nominations; Netflix leads field]]>
Digital video pioneer Netflix Inc dominated the field, landing 17 nominations in TV categories plus 17 more for movies, including leading contenders “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.”

TV networks, movie studios and streaming services campaign heavily to win Golden Globes and other awards to bring publicity to their shows and help attract new audiences.

The Golden Globe winners, determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.

“The Morning Show,” which streams on the Apple TV+ subscription service that debuted in November, was nominated for best television drama. Stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were named in the best dramatic actress category.

The series tells the story of a morning news program roiled by sexual misconduct allegations against a popular anchor.



“Feeling grateful to be able to bring this story to light,” said director and executive producer Mimi Leder. Cast and crew “worked passionately from their hearts and souls to continue the conversation of power, greed, and toxicity in the workplace,” she added.

Netflix’s TV nominations came for series including British royal drama “The Crown” and “Unbelievable,” a show about a woman who says she was raped and later recants her story.

AT&T Inc’s HBO received 15 nominations for programs including nuclear disaster drama “Chernobyl” and “Barry,” a comedy about a hired assassin. [nL1N28C0ZC]

While Netflix has won many TV accolades since it made a major push into original series in 2013, the company is relatively new to the movie business.

Netflix took three of the five nominations for best movie drama. They were for “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorsese mob drama “The Irishman,” and biographical film “The Two Popes.”

Another Netflix movie, “Dolemite Is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as floundering comedian in the 1970s, was nominated for best movie musical or comedy.

Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video received five TV nominations and three for movies. Hulu, owned by Walt Disney Co, was nominated for five TV awards.

Sony Corp’s movie studio took the most nominations of any traditional film distributor, including five for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”



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12/10/2019 1:05:04 PM
<![CDATA['Marriage Story' leads mostly white, male Golden Globe nods, De Niro snubbed]]>
“Marriage Story” scored six nods, including best drama and for actors Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern. It was followed by Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster movie “The Irishman,” and Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” with five apiece.

De Niro, the star of “The Irishman,” was left out of the best actor race, although his co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci won nods for their supporting roles and Scorsese will compete for best director.

“It means so much to all of us — to me, Bob, Joe, Al, and the whole team — to be recognized with these nominations,” Scorsese said in a statement.

The best movie drama category was rounded out with director Same Mendes’ immersive First World War drama “1917” from Universal Pictures (CMCSA.O), terrifying comic book villain “Joker” from Warner Bros (T.N) and papal story “The Two Popes.”

The films nominated for best comedy or musical were Eddie Murphy’s comeback “Dolemite is My Name,” Nazi-era satire “Jojo Rabbit,” murder mystery “Knives Out,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”

Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) streaming service landed its first major award nominations for “The Morning Show,” along with its stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Yet in the movie race, stories about and by women like including “Harriet,” “Little Women,” “Bombshell” and “Hustlers” were omitted from the major races although some of their stars, including Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Cynthia Erivo won acting nods.

The director field was an all male affair dominated by veterans Tarantino, Scorsese, Mendes, Todd Phillips for “Joker” and South Korea’s Bong Joon-Ho for social satire “Parasite.”

Netflix dominated the nominations across both television and movies, scoring a leading 17 nods in movie fields and 17 in television.

FILE PHOTO: The 76th Venice Film Festival - Screening of the film "Marriage Story" in competition - Red carpet arrivals - Venice, Italy, August 29, 2019 - Actors Adam Driver, Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson, director Noah Baumbach and producer David Heyman pose. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
HBO’s medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” failed to make it into the best TV drama series race, and upcoming movie musical “Cats” scored just one nod, for Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original song “Beautiful Ghosts.”

Among the biggest snubs was Ava DuVernay’s searing television dramatization of the wrongful imprisonment of five black teens for a 1989 rape in New York’s Central Park, which won two Emmy awards earlier this year.

The Golden Globes ceremony, hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, will take place in Beverly Hills on Jan. 5.

The ceremony should see a host of other major Hollywood stars whose work was nominated on Monday, including Beyonce (for her original song for “The Lion King”), Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, Elton John and “Catch 22” producer George Clooney.

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12/10/2019 1:01:28 PM
<![CDATA['King Lear' to stage in Egypt during December]]>
The play will stage at Cairo Show Theater in the Fifth Settlement on Dec. 13, 20, 27, 31 after previously staging in KSA within the Riyadh Season. The last time the play staged in Egypt was on Nov. 22. Along with veteran actor Yehya al-Fakhrani, the play stars Ahmed Fouad Salim, Rania Farid Shawqi, Reham Abdel Ghaffour, Heba Magdy, Nidal al-Shafie, Ahmed Azmy, Ahmed Fahim, Ayman al-Shewi, Nasser seif and Hamada Shousha. The play is directed by Tamer Karam.

“King Lear” revolves around a King who decided to distribute his properties among his three daughters. His youngest daughter though was not getting along with him; therefore, he decided to refrain from giving her any inheritance. While the king was dividing the inheritance, he demanded to live with each one of the daughters for a period of time. His elder daughters decided to steal the entire inheritance, leaving their dad bankrupt and kicking him out. The irony is that his younger daughter -which he previously deprived from the inheritance- was the one who took him in.


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12/9/2019 5:00:03 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy receives two awards from Bea World Awards]]>
These awards are considered the most two important awards in the world in the field of sports events.

Synergy claimed the second rank in World Sports Events , as well as receiving People’s Choice award.

The leading production company was granted these two prestigious awards because of the outstanding organisation of African Cup of Nations 2019.

Synergy performed a dazzling organisation to the AFCON opening and closing, following the latest techniques that weren't executed before in any other tournaments.

Last October ,YouTube granted the famed leading production company, Synergy, the Gold Creator Award after its YouTube channel surpassed 1 million subscribers.

The award was received by Synergy CEO Tamer Mursi. In April 2019, the United Company for Media Services announced that it has acquired the D Media Group, owner of the DMC satellite channels pack.

Renowned producer Mursi was announced chairman of the board.

In September, Egyptian Media Group (EMG) successfully sealed a deal to acquire 51 percent of Future Group Holding, which held the CBC channels pack.

The move sought to establish new integration between Egyptian media institutions to innovate and introduce new content throughout the Arab region.



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EMG also acquired Al-Hayah TV Network on July 5, 2018. Mursi was announced CEO of EMG in February 2018. As CEO of EMG, Mursi managed to strike several successful deals, placing the group in the forefront of media companies in the Middle East.

Synergy, one of the Egyptian Media Group’s arms, announced in Sept. 2018 its cooperation with Middle East Communications Network (MCN) after signing an agreement on Sept. 9.

MCN is under the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) is an international group specialized in media and publicity and was behind many popular advertising campaigns around the world.

These agreements come within Synergy’s pursuit to enhance the Egyptian media’s profile by reaching the widest base of interactive audience around the globe and spreading the best image that suits the professional values of media presented by the Egyptian Media Group, the biggest media and advertising entity in Egypt and the Arab World.

Mursi previously announced that this step is crucial for the Egyptian media, adding that the Egyptian media has achieved a leading domestic rank, where expansion has become a need to develop media tools on the Arab World’s level.

Mursi explained that this step is now fulfilled through cooperation with an international company like MCN, where a widespread, significant rank across Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Europe can be achieved.

MCN is an international American communication network. It has offices in more than 120 countries around the globe.

The Egyptian Media Group owns ON channels network, Al-Hayyah channel networks, Al-Youm7 newspaper, Sout Al-Omma, Dot Masr and Al-Nile radio among other media platforms.

This is in addition to other services offered by other Egyptian Media companies in production, advertising, public relations, sports marketing and digital media fields.
Mursi is one of the most prominent and successful TV drama producers.

He founded Synergy Productions, which produced widely-watched TV series. Mursi produced several of Adel Imam's successful works, most notably “The Naji Atallah Team.”

He leads the Ramadan race every year with the series he produces which are always considered the most successful such as “Hogan”, “Tal’et Haz”, “Abou Gabal”, “Hekayety”, “Le Akher Nafas” and others, amounting to 15 series in Ramadan 2019 only.

Every Ramadan, Mursi signs contracts with the most influential stars in the Arab world, securing the A-List actors. He also produced 'YES, I'M FAMOUS,' which featured several international mega stars, including Leonel Messi and Adel Imam.

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12/9/2019 4:55:15 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform concert in Marrakech on Dec. 29]]>
The star commented, “Thanks to Morocco’s king and people, I will be performing a huge concert in Marrakech on Dec. 29, where I will meet my beloved fans for the first time since I was granted the AFRIMA award.” In a different context, Ramadan will start filming his new series “El-Prince” on Dec. 16. The screenplay is produced by Synergy and is written and directed by Mohamed Sami.

Ahmed Zahir, Rogina, Mai Samy, and others will be participating alongside Ramadan in the much anticipated series. Furthermore, director Mohamed Sami will return from Alexandria in the coming days to complete writing the series. He will also participate in the Arab Theater Festival as a member of the jury, and is scheduled to hand over the rest of the episodes to the production company at the end of this month.
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12/9/2019 4:31:04 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: More astonishing artifacts transferred to GEM]]>
The artifacts were transferred amid the tight security measures of the Tourism and Antiquities Police and the Security Forces. General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah stated that some of the transferred artifacts will be placed on the Great Staircase, while other artifacts will be exhibited in different halls of the museum according to their era.

Director of Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas clarified that one of the most important transferred artifacts are the statues of King Ramesses II, Sekhmet, and Seti II, and a large portrait made of pink granite of Ramses IV. This is in addition to a distinguished set of statues that convey the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

For his part, Director General of Executive Affairs for the Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Essa Zidan stated that the transfer process was carried out through several stages, including 3D imaging, radar examination, and an initial restoration of some of the artifacts.

Zidan pointed out that the transportation was carried out in cooperation with the Arab Contractors Company, and under the supervision of specialists of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Six artifacts weighing between 4 and 16 tons were among the transferred antiquities, in addition to a variety of other pieces of wood, stone and metal that were deposited in the specialized restoration laboratories.

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12/9/2019 4:08:02 PM
<![CDATA[ ‘Feloos’ to be released on Dec. 25]]>
The poster features caricatures of the cast; Tamer Hosny, Khaled Elsawy, Zeina, Aicha Ben Ahmed, and Mohamed Sallam surrounded by fire, flying cash and luxurious towers in Cairo and other cities around the world, which preparing the audience for a thrilling game.

The film features Seif, a scammer who helps the rich beauty Hala to restore her money from another scammer.

In an endless series of games and deception, the concepts of love, friendship and life are no longer clear.

Money is scripted by Mohamed Abdelmoati,based on a concept by Tamer Hosny.

Alongside Hosny, the film stars Khaled Elsawy, Zeina, Aicha Ben Ahmed, and Mohamed Sallam.

Hosny will celebrate New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.]]>
12/9/2019 3:31:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sheikh Zayed Book Awards reveal long list of translation category]]>
Most of its translators are from Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and France.The list includes four works translated from English to Arabic, five works translated from French to Arabic and one translated from Arabic to French. Translators Loay Abdul Mageed and Sherif el-Saify from Egypt compete for the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards.

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12/9/2019 2:54:52 PM
<![CDATA['Otl Fani' to stage in Riyadh Season]]>
The trio, with the participation of Ayten Amer and Nashwa Mostafa, started the rehearsals in the past days.The play comes as Akram Hosni, Hisham Maged and Sheiko's first experience on stage, after presenting a number of comedy films and shows during the past years. Akram Hosni had previously agreed with director Magdy el-Hawary to present a play called "The Obscene City" written by Hatem Hussein; however, the deal was broken for some reason.

In a similar context, Hosni is working on a new movie entitled "El Ameel Sefr" with director Mohamed Sami. The rising comedian is also taking part in the screenplay “Timon and Bomba” written by Ayman Watar, directed by Ahmed el-Gendy and produced by Synergy. It will be broadcast in Ramadan 2020.Also, Hisham Maged and Sheiko are preparing for their upcoming series entitled “Al Le’ba” set to be broadcast during Ramadan 2020. The series is co-starring Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Tharwat, Mai Kassab, Duaa Ragab, Mirna Gameel, Sami Maghawry and Arefah Abdel-Rasoul and is directed by Moataz al-Tuni.




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12/9/2019 2:46:25 PM
<![CDATA[1st edition of Abu Dhabi Music Week to kick off March 2020]]>
The first edition will focus on electronic dance music, also known as EDM, featuring Ultra Music Festival, which is one of the world's top music festivals. The week will also include city-wide international and local music events at some of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions, including the inaugural DJ Mag Middle East conference.

Commenting on hosting the pioneering music platform in the Emirati capital, Destination Marketing Director at the Department of Culture and Tourism Saeed Al- Saeed said, “Abu Dhabi Music Week is a lively celebration of music that is set to be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

We believe in the power of music to unite people of all backgrounds. Therefore, we created Abu Dhabi Music Week to demonstrate our commitment to providing our residents and visitors alike with unforgettable experiences. We are proud to be hosting the first Middle East edition of the globally acclaimed Ultra Music Festival and the prestigious DJ Mag Middle East conference and we look forward to announcing several more exciting additions to the week in the future."

Ultra Music Festival was founded in 1999 in Miami, Florida, and attracted over 170,000 attendees in its 2019 edition. Having taken place across the world in locations such as South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, and Australia, Abu Dhabi will host the first ever Ultra Music Festival in the Middle East.

"We are humbled by the opportunity to bring Ultra to the Middle East for the first time in the amazing venue at du Arena at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. We want to thank the electronic dance music community for sharing their passion and requests for us to bring the brand here. We would also like to thank the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi for their endless support.

We feel honored to be able to play a part in making Abu Dhabi the central hub for entertainment in the Middle East. 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us and we look forward to developing a long-term icon for festival goers to indulge in," Executive Producer of Ultra Abu Dhabi Dudley Chou stated.

Abu Dhabi Music Week will also include the first Middle East edition of the DJ Mag conference, a landmark music industry event organized by British electronic music publication, DJ Mag. The conference, which is amongst the first of its kind in the region, will run for two days, featuring groundbreaking music industry talks, workshops hosted by top electronic music industry experts, artist sessions and talent matching and booking programmes.

The Middle East's Ultimate Beach and Music Festival, Club Social, will also be part of the thrilling music festival. The event will take place over a course of three days from March 12 to 14, and will feature two international megastar headline artists followed by "Battle of the Bands," which showcases the talents of the UAE’s best rising stars.

Club Social, winner of Time Out Abu Dhabi's Best Live Music Event, boasts plenty of daytime beachside activities, premium entertainment, live musicians and DJs, as well as some of the most unique food concepts in town. Other activities include exciting land and water sports, as well as family-friendly workshops and activities.

Residents and visitors of Abu Dhabi will also have access to an array of nightlife and music events which will take place at venues across the city during the week, alongside offers and discounts at some of the capital’s largest retail and culinary outlets.

Tickets and artists for Abu Dhabi Music Week will be announced over the coming months, and visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi will be able to take advantage of a number of offers and discounts to attend the event. The pioneering music platform is expected to be followed by several other editions in the future that celebrate a variety of music genres.
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12/9/2019 1:41:30 PM
<![CDATA[Literary Conference of Egypt kicks off on Dec. 9]]>
The conference comes under the title “Cultural Mobility and the Awareness Crisis ... Creativity and Reception” and bears the name of renowned late poet Bayram al-Tunisi.

Moreover, the conference will be chaired by artist Ezz el-Din Naguib, and its secretariat will be poet Hazem Hussein. This is under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Port Said Governor Adel el-Ghadban.

The opening activities of the conference begin at 5 pm tomorrow (Dec.8) with the National Anthem, followed by an artistic performance of Opera Arabi and another for the Port Said Folklore Band. A documentary film on the city of Port Said will be screened, and another about the conference. Speeches will then be delivered before concluding with several honorings.

This year, the conference will discuss the main theme on "Cultural Mobility and the Awareness Crisis ... Creativity and Reception".

It also discusses seven general themes, namely: “The relationship between radical social variables and cultural mobility”, “Cultural mobility and the question of identity and enlightenment”, “The effect of translation and Arabization on creativity and reception”, “Cultural groupings and movements and their impact on mobility and awareness”, “The active awareness gap ... the distress of receiving between theory and practice”, “The effectiveness of communication techniques in the culture industry” and “The creative, critical, heritage and artistic scene in Port Said Governorate”.

مؤتمر أدباء مصر2019 في 10 نقاط

تنطلق خلال أيام الدورة الرابعة والثلاثين من مؤتمر أدباء مصر 2019، والذى تنظمه الهيئة العامة لقصور الثقافة، أكبر تجمع ثقافى لأدباء مصر وأقاليمها والذى ينتظره الكثير المثقفين.




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Bayram al-Tunisi: Main personality of Literary Conference

CAIRO - 10 June 2019: In its 34th edition, the Literary Conference of Egypt celebrates iconic late poet Bayram al-Tunisi, one of Egypt's most famous colloquial poets. Tunisi was selected by the General Secretariat of the conference as the conference's personality of 2019.


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12/8/2019 5:49:14 PM
<![CDATA[DNA tests used to determine Nefertiti’s mummy]]>
Recently, Zahi Hawass has announced the start of the National Project for the Study of Royal Mummies. Will Nefertiti be found?

"Queen Nefertiti may be one of two mummies already discovered," said Hawas during one of his lectures in London, expressing his belief that using modern DNA tests might help find out the mummy of Queen Nefertiti among the mummies discovered in the Valley of the Kings.

Hawass clarified that he was exploring a new site in the Valley of the Kings to search for the tombs of Queen Nefertiti and Queen Ankhesenamun, admitting the queens may have been found already. The mummies will also be examined using CT-scans.

It was believed that Queen Nefertiti, who died in 1331 BC, was buried in a large room behind a hidden door in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. However, in 2018, the Ministry of Antiquities announced that the investigation, which continued for 3 years and included a radar survey of the cemetery, proved conclusively that there were no secret rooms.

“Everyone asks me if Nefertiti is buried in the tomb of Tutankhamun and the answer is no,” concluded the renowned Egyptologist.

Nefertiti (1370 – 1330 BC) was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a revolution pushed by religion, in which they worshipped one god; Aten.

Together with her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history.

Some scholars claim that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband's death and before reigning Tutankhamun, however, this claim has never been confirmed.

Nefertiti had many titles including Hereditary Princess, Lady of Grace, Lady of The Two Lands, among others.
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12/8/2019 5:14:45 PM
<![CDATA[ Hamada Helal to perform a concert in Mansoura on Dec. 8]]>
The popular singer is expected to perform a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ashrab Shay”, “Taalali”, “El Ayam”, among others.

Helal had recently completed filming a video clip for his latest song “Oh Lala”, where he cooperated with the director Maged Sabry who also wrote the song’s lyrics.

The famed singer participated in the series “Ibn Osool” during the previous Ramadan season, achieving great success. The series is produced by Synergy.

The screenplay co-starred Suzan Najm al-Din, Aiten Amer, Mohamed Nagati, Rania Mansour, Wafaa Salem, Enas Kamel, Islam Ibrahim, Imad Rashad, Karim Abu Zaid, Hamza Al-Aili and Ahmed Halawa, among others.

“Ibn Osool” is the third consecutive screenplay in which Helal participated in the Holy month of Ramadan.

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12/8/2019 4:01:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt retrieves historical manuscript from London ]]>
Abdel Dayem referred to the historical artifacts as part of Egypt’s identity, announcing the restoration of the 16th part of the Qur'an manuscript of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghuri (1446- 1516) that was offered for sale at Chiswick English Auctions House.

The ancient transcript was retrieved due to the efforts exerted by the Egyptian National Library and Archives headed by Hisham Azmy. The minister thanked all those who contribute to preserving the Egyptian National Library holdings.

For his part, Azmy stated that the Egyptian National Library and Archives received intelligence from private sources that the manuscript was offered for sale. The manuscript was included in the exhibited artifacts’ list of the auction that was scheduled to be held in London in October.

Immediately and in strict confidentiality, all necessary measures were taken to stop the sale.

Azmy resumed that the auctions hall responded to the request that was supported by documents and included a complete documented file and pictures of indexes and records confirming the Egyptian National Library's ownership of the manuscript.

He added that after intense efforts interspersed with direct negotiations that lasted for nearly a month and a half, the Egyptian National Library and Archives convinced both the auctions hall in London and the manuscript’s holder of its right to retain the manuscript, which was registered within the National Library’s historical holdings.

It is noteworthy that the manuscript represents the 16th part of the quartet of Qansuh al-Ghouri; the National Library and Archives reclaimed the fourth part in November 2018. It is considered one of the rarest and most valuable manuscripts. It contains thirty papers of special Arabic scripts, gilded with gold at the top part and tabulated with a gold frame.

The manuscript was registered at the Egyptian National Library and Archives in November 1884 AD, before being held in the school of Sultan Qanswa Al-Ghuri.

The Egyptian National Library and Archives -during the period from April 2018 to November 2019- succeeded in recovering three manuscripts that were held for sale at auctions halls in London, in addition to Mahmoud Raef atlas, which was held for sale in Germany. The German foreign minister handed the historical atlas over to the Egyptian minister of culture during his recent visit to Egypt.

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12/8/2019 2:55:43 PM
<![CDATA[Blue Elephant part 2 exclusively on Watch iT soon]]>
In the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema Blue Elephant P II starring Karim Abdel Aziz exceeds the LE 100 M mark in revenues since its screening in cinemas on July 25.

The "Blue Elephant PII" has been able to achieve the difficult equation since its release in cinemas 8 weeks ago, which has reaped huge revenues at the box office, and at the same time met with great success and popularity on the level of critics and the public.

This is an achievement several films have been unable to achieve in years. This is due to the use of the most important elements behind the camera while providing all necessary means for success the film needs in terms of productivity until it finally came out in this distinctive form.

The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.

The film promo has recorded more than 9 million views directly after its release. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.


Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry joins the cast, along with Jordanian actor Eyad Nassar who joins as a guest of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows the huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE 35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5 years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim.

The events of "Blue Elephant P II" begin 5 years after the events of the first part, where Dr. Yahya Rashed is summoned to the Dangerous Cases Section.

There he meets those who manipulate his life and that of his family. This pushes Yahya to try the ‘blue elephant’ pill (a form of Ecstasy or MDMA) in an attempt from him to deal with the mysteries he finds himself facing.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.
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12/7/2019 2:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Khuwy tomb, one of the 10 most important archaeological discoveries in 2019 ]]>CAIRO – 7 December 2019: Archaeology Magazine chose Khuwy tomb which was uncovered in Saqqara as one of the most ten important discoveries in the world in 2019.

Khuwy tomb is a unique located in Saqqara area. The tomb belongs to a man named Khuwy who was one of the nobles living in the era of the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

Khoy tomb was discovered by Egyptian mission headed by Professor Mohamed Megahed.

The mission uncovered this tomb while documenting the collection of pyramids that belong to King Djedkare Isesi who was the eighth and penultimate ruler of the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt in the late 25th century to mid-24th century BC, during the Old Kingdom.

Khuwy's tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering room, which was decorated with reliefs. Only the bottom part of this decoration is preserved, as the white limestone blocks of the other parts were re-used in the construction of other buildings.

The design of the north wall and the entrance of the cemetery is simulated from the design of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty.


This design was first applied inside tombs of individuals, not kings of that period.
That part of the tomb starts with a descending corridor, which leads to a vestibule. An entrance in its southern wall gives access to a decorated antechamber.
Its decoration represents the tomb owner sitting in front of the offering table on the south and north walls. Moreover, an offering list was depicted on the east wall and the palace-façade on the west wall.


Khuwy tomb houses as well another room that contains the remains of a completely destroyed coffin that was made of white limestone. This room was used as a burial chamber.

The Egyptian mission headed by Professor Mohamed Megahed was able to uncover Khuwy’s human remains between the stones, as well as oils and resin remnants used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming.

After discovering the tomb, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Khaled Anany perambulated Khoy tomb accompanied by 54 foreign ambassadors and representatives.


Veteran Egyptian actress Yousra visited the tomb with Anany and the foreign ambassadors and expressed her strong admiration with this unique tomb.

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12/7/2019 2:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[Assi el-Hellani to perform New Year Eve concert in Egypt]]>
Hellani performed a concert in the Cairo Opera House on November 8 as part of the Arab Music Festival’s 28th edition, where he performed a wide selection of his old and new songs.

The Lebanese star recently cheated death as he slipped into a coma after falling off his horse during equestrian. He stayed for several days in the hospital, where late director Simon Asmar -who discovered Hallani at the beginning of his career-was also hospitalized.

In a different context, Hellani’s new song “Edhaky” amassed over 3 million views on YouTube. The song is written by Amer Lawend and composed by Ali Hassoun.

Hellani is currently putting the final touches on his latest album, which is expected to be released on numerous social media platforms in the upcoming period.
In his new album, the Lebanese star collaborates with many poets and composers, and performs more than one song in the Egyptian dialect.
Hellani is a renowned Lebanese singer who was born in 1970. His musical career started after winning the famous Lebanese TV program, “Studio Al Fan” (Art Studio) when he was 17 years old.
Hellani has released more than a dozen albums, among his top hits "Wani Mareq Mareet", "Amshi Lihali", "Mali Saber", "Ahebbak Gedan", "Ahla Al Oyoun", "Shoag El Sahara", "Azabounii", "Bel Arabi", "Saalouni", "Ya Memah" and "Kayed Ozzalak.
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12/7/2019 1:51:23 PM
<![CDATA['Super Trouper': ABBA exhibition opens in London]]>
Personal items such as member Bjorn Ulvaeus’ school report as well as pictures, gold discs and clothing are on display at “ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition”, which runs at London’s O2 venue until August.

One ABBA fan has also shared hundreds of items of memorabilia he collected for more than 40 years, including cushions, scarves, badges and even Christmas decorations.

“I have a vague memory of them winning the Eurovision Song Contest but in ‘75 when ‘I do, I do. I do’ came out, there’s something unique about the saxophone intro that caught my ear and it wasn’t too long until I related the two together,” ABBA fan Andrew Boardman, 56, told Reuters at an exhibition preview.

“From then on it was just every bit of pocket money (went toward buying ABBA memorabilia). Everything has gone on and on. As I started to work, it’s gotten bigger and bigger.”

ABBA, made up of Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstado, shot to global fame after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. They enjoyed huge commercial success with a string of 1970s and 1980s hits including “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and “Thank You for the Music”.]]>
12/7/2019 1:00:44 PM
<![CDATA[From posters to helmets, Star Wars collectibles up for auction]]>
“Star Wars Online” features more than 100 items dating back decades, with prices ranging from 100 to 60,000 pounds, according to auction house Sotheby’s.

Among the memorabilia is a prototype Imperial Stormtrooper helmet from 1976, which as an estimated price tag of 30,000 - 60,000 pounds ($38,490 - $76,980). A toy shop display of “The Empire Strikes Back” figures and Millennium Falcon ship is priced at 7,000 - 10,000 pounds.

A 1976 poster designed to promote the first “Star Wars” film “A New Hope” and signed by actor Mark Hamill has a price tag of 5,000 - 8,000 pounds.

It “has taken over a year to put together pieces from all over the world, combining film, original film posters, original concept, art works, props, toys,” Bruce Marchant, film poster consultant for Sotheby’s, told Reuters.

The online sale began last week and runs until Dec. 13.

The film, “The Rise of Skywalker”, begins its cinema roll-out from Dec. 18. ($1 = 0.7794 pounds)

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12/7/2019 12:57:56 PM
<![CDATA[Mena Massoud’s ‘Reprisal’ series to be screened on Dec.6]]>CAIRO – 6 December 2019:Famed Egyptian-Candian star Mena Massoud latest series ‘’Reprisal’’ will be screened for the first time on Hulu Network on December 6.
Revenge is the main theme of the series.

’’’Reprisal’’ revolves around a relentless woman who decided to revenge after being left for dead by a bombastic gang of gearheads.

Beside Massoud the series stars Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Madison Davenport, among others.

Massoud was the international guest of third edition of El Gouna Film Festival that kicked off on September 19-27.

Massoud grabbed the world's attention after being chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play the title role in "Aladdin" which achieved booming success. The film’s worldwide box office revenues exceeded $724 million, which is more than three times its $183 million budget.

Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24. Massoud, Smith and Scott also attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic "Aladdin" in London on May 9.

Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity. He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account, showing the tough training he went through at the gym.

“I grew up in a culturally different household; my parents saw certain things differently than other people. I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things. Also, at this point in my career being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud participated in Amazon's "Jack Ryan" series, playing the role of John Krasinski. He participated as well in some successful shows like "Nikita", "Open Heart", and "Saving Hope".

"I can’t compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me," he continued.

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well.

However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds," declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud admitted that he was inspired by the great actor Robin Williams. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor; I grew up on his role in 'Mrs. Doubtfire.'"

Massoud talked about Williams in an interview with The Hudsucker, where he explained that his admiration to Williams pushed him to shift from The University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

Massoud has starred in over eight movies so far: "What Happens Next", "Americanistan", "Let’s Rap", "Ordinary Days", "Masters in Crime", "Final Exam", "Aladdin" and "Strange But True".

Massoud previously posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he was speaking Arabic addressing his Arabic viewers, asking them to watch the movie. He expressed in the video how proud he is of being part of a Disney project.

The video revealed clearly how Massoud is proud of his Egyptian origins as he ended the video by saying "Long live Egypt".

Aladdin source was anonymous until French writer Antoine Galland included it into his 18th-century translation of "1001 Nights", announcing that he heard the tale from a Syrian storyteller. The original story of Aladdin was set in China, and was transformed into a Middle Eastern story by storytellers.

"Aladdin" includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
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12/6/2019 6:16:26 PM
<![CDATA[UNAIDS MENA praises Mouawad’s efforts fighting HIV, gender based violence.]]>
This came in honor of World AIDS Day. Mouawad achieved a booming success recently performing Taymour character in the successful series ‘’Bela Daleel’’ ( Without Evidence) .

The famed Lebanese actor was chosen by American director David Helling to play the role of Prophet Abraham.

‘’After long months of wait, I am super excited to finally share with u the news that I was selected out of more than 1700 actors overseas to fly this June to Los Angeles to shoot “His Only Son”, my first ever American feature movie’’ Mouawad previously wrote on his official Instagram account.

Mouawad added that he is beyond thankful to God for always blessing him way more than he deserves not only for giving him this one of a kind career opportunity, but as well for giving him the blessing of playing one of god’s best men in history who is Prophet Abraham, in a movie that talks about one of Abraham’s hardest struggles.

Mouawad thanked the director David Helling for choosing him to play this way beyond words character, and for producers Roman Medjanov and Mike Kaney for taking the “hustle” of flying a Lebanese actor to shoot in the US with all the endless required paper work.


“His Only Son” movie is expected to be released on 2020.

His repertoire includes many successful TV roles such as Tarek’s role in ‘’Sabea Gar’’ (Seventh Neighbor), Mourad in ‘’Heba Regl El-Ghorab’’, Farouk in ‘’Wanoos’’ and Nadeem in ‘’Teleat Rouhy ‘’.

He won me the best lead actor award at the London International Film Festival in 2013 on performing Omar role in the independent feature movie ‘’Takaseem El-Hob’’. He was a jury member at the Alexandria Short Film Festival in 2019.


Mouawad is an outspoken Arab actor who is concerned about many life issues, a young man with stances that he is never shy to express. Far more than just a heartthrob, Mouwad is carving a name for himself as one of the Arab World’s most ambitious artists.

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12/6/2019 4:32:37 PM
<![CDATA[Keyser,Blakley on how to turn the Arab television to a global one]]>
US embassy in Egypt cooperated with CIFF in this important cinematic program, inviting a number of prominent American filmmakers and TV experts to enrich Cairo Industry Days.

Among these experts are Johanna Blakely, the managing director of Norman Lear Center and famed American producer and writer of prime-time dramas Christopher Adam Keyser.

Keyser is best known for creating the television series ‘’The Society’’ and ‘’Party of Five’’. In 1996, the ‘’Party of Five’’ took home the Golden Globe Award for "Best Drama Series." Keyser along with his writing partner Amy Lippman received the Humanitas Prize for the episode "Thanksgiving".

Keyser said to Egypt Today that he is here principally because he is part of the many programs in the Middle East Media Initiative. ‘’ I have been involved with that program of the US state department, I mentor some of the writers from the region and I came because this is kind of get together for all the people who were part of the program the last two year, a kind of reunion, we had fruitful conversations with people from the region about how to keep forward this collaboration between US and Middle Eastern writers’’ Keyser said.

Blakely said that she has been involved with the Middle East Media Initiative from the beginning because they decided that in order for this program to really succeed and to really help the filmmakers, TV producers and writers to make some kind of content that audiences are craving they really needed to have some research and some information about what audiences love, what they like to engage passionately and what is not yet in the market place, all that require some sort of research.

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Keyser said that the MEMI project here in Egypt is happening at the same time of Cairo International Film Festival where huge fans of great cinema around the world are here in Egypt which has one of the longest cinema history.

Keyser added that he is a television writer, so he is not a specifically student of cinema, but he grew up knowing that ‘’Cairo Station’’ was a movie that meant something back when he was watching, when he was younger and start to know what great cinema meant.

‘’This year Cairo Film Festival is a continuation of a meaningful addition to world cinema and it meant a lot to American filmmakers and begin that kind of cooperation and conversation that makes television in Egypt and the region as meaningful as cinema has been and this is part of the reason why we are here’’ Keyser recounted.

Blakely said that she was really excited to see ‘’ Beyond the Raging Sea’’ movie and she talked to different people about how to get tickets to see the movie at
its screening at Cairo Opera House but they said to her it has been sold out.
‘’One thing that I hope Cairo Film Festival will be able to do, which is to expand the number of venues they have for the films, the theaters where they can showcase the films, and to have a dedicated theater, because I always thought that screenings are distributed all over town instead of one particular place’’ Blakely said.

She elaborated that she knows this happens with other successful film festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival in New York as they became so popular that they needed to find their own theater, so she hopes this happens for Cairo Film Festival.

‘’This is my first time here in Egypt and I was looking to come here for so many years. We have met several talented people from the Egyptian cinema industry through the Middle East Media Initiative because they come to Hollywood to visit and so everybody in the program acknowledges that Egypt is the driving force in the television and cinema, and there is a great respect for people here and I must say that I really enjoy dealing with Egyptian people because very fun personal interactions and good conversations occured, because people here are real talkers and they even talk with their car ( she laughs) and that’s very appealing to me’’ Blakely said.

Keyser explained that the first ever thing that he ever became obsessed with was Egyptian history.

‘’I read all about Egyptian history, it was a very meaningful experience to be here, the idea of having the opportunity to see the pyramids, walk around and spent some sort of time in Cairo was a dream to me, it is very meaningful experience to me to be here, we met wonderful young people who will be part of the future of Egyptian cinema and television and some more established people who are part of Cairo Industry Days not just the MEMI program, all this made a wonderful introduction for this country, that we will definitely visit again’’ Keyser said.

He admitted that they are focusing very much on television, so one of the conversations they have been having was about how television in the region can become part of the global conversation that happens on worldwide television, it is an international thing.

‘’Everyone watch what they made, people watch all kinds of things, television in the region that is tended to be structure around for Ramadan season and moving away from that is not entirely but expanding beyond that to make the kind of stories, character based stories that allow your regional speakers to speak to the whole world. For us it is been mostly a conversation about how you begin by writing and telling stories that are true to the Egyptian or Middle Eastern audience, that speak to everybody because they are essentially character based that means 6,10 or 12 episodes that got made with high production values are accessible, exciting and have dynamics storytelling’’ Keyser recounted.

Blakely added that one thing has to do with format , for example the Ramadan format is not something that translates internationally and so it is essential that the industry embraces a serialised format that allows for multiple seasons.
At the Norman Lear Center they perform a lot of research about how entertainment and media effect people lives, it becomes a topic of conversation that bring people together with a common culture, and if you just have one of these series that disappear after one Ramadan, there is not an opportunity to develop a continued relationship with these characters and what they experience.

‘’I think all humans require storytelling through their lives and continuation of storytelling could become very addictive, people become very devoted and I think it is through this kind of storytelling, Egypt might be able to attract a much larger international market, other people outside Egypt could become obsessed with the really creative characters and the specificity of the experience here, I think people are looking for unique stories and different stories, they don’t want the same stories over and over again , for American audiences it would be very excited to find out what daily life is actually like in a place like Cairo, so I really hope that sort of transformation occurs’’ Blakely explained.




‘’I think all the different platforms are digital platforms, one of the most exciting thing about them that is true in our country and could be true here is that it provides an entry point into the industry, what does it mean to say let us begin by making a television program, this was very difficult but now young artists can make a YouTube series, they can make a game, they can tell story via Instagram, and by starting that way , if people begin to respond to that story, this gives you an opportunity to prove in some ways that you got a story that people are attracted to and then by the way it goes to the other direction as well, and then you create a TV show or a movie and the story continue on all these different platforms, it is not just the combined experience of all these platforms is really immersive for audience, it draws people in, more people know about it because young people are watching things. I think there is a huge democratising influence on creativity to have all these platforms, it is exciting wherever it takes hold.’’ Keyser said

Blakely admitted that fans also enjoy taking a pic behind the curtain, finding out about how their favourite movie was made, how their favourite television show came out, hearing the stories of the celebrities and the stars who inhabited these roles and this is what the digital platforms can really offer, these quick insights and this how you built loyalty with characters and story lines, and this is how you make them financially competitive in the marketplace.

Keyser admitted that they are not experts in production, they talk about television now more than cinema.

‘’In Egyptian television I know that budget tend to be lower, and the world expect pretty high production values, we find production that is made for local audience is now finding global audience, and when finding global audience it become much more lucrative to make this product and that feed money back into production, we found this in other countries, as once the audience are global, production values can go up because they will re-profit from the global audience’’ Keyser explained.

Kayser said that there is a large market in this region, much larger than other individual markets.

‘’ You have a market that is large enough to actually reap the profits, as this industry gets global the more money will be invested in the industry and production value gets better’’ Keyser said.

Blakely’s dream has always been to find the kind of content that would be appealing to the pan Arab audience and because there are different nations, with different dialects and with different sensibilities. ‘’If someone would be able to find this formula that really appeal to this large audience I think this would be very lucrative’’ Blakely said.

‘’ In our country for example you can make a product that is not in English and people will watch it’’ Keyser said.

‘’I think in the United States we were very spoiled because we had a huge entertainment industry dedicated to us, speaking about our jokes and things we understand and we forced the stories basically on the rest of the world because they didn’t have the same entertainment industries in their countries, that is changing, and it became much cheaper actually to produce a lot of content because of digital devices , so it has been very interesting for me to see how foreign content has really started to get a grip on the US audience because a lot of us are bored with the stories our own industry has been telling us and as we were discussing, it only takes one show to make a breakthrough, and people start say this is incredible story, who is the writer, director and the cast, and financial people start saying I want another series from this cast’’ Blakely explained.

According to Blakely this happened to some degree with the TV show Narcos which have a bunch of subtitles where people in the United States rarely watch a movie or a series with subtitles but now it is quiet frequent.
‘’So I am quite optimistic how the streaming platforms in particular are going to bring all kinds of content from all over the world to global audiences’’ Blakely said.

Kyser explained that his background is in making television series. ‘’We used to make 22 episodes series , before that in the American television we made 34 episodes series or 40 episodes series, they were all driven by economics, they weren’t driven by what the story needed’’ Keyser recounted.

Keyser narrated that the American television season began because new models of cars came out in September that was when television shows started airing to advertise cars, so it has nothing to do with what story needed but with what advertising needed, but now we live in a different world, a world of streaming, of people having access to the episodes whenever they want and now television shows exist to make sense for the story they are telling.
‘’I think in general what we found out is that audience prefer shorter seasons, they like to see the end at some point from the beginning, no one wants to read a 2000 pages novel, so the idea of making shorter shows does a lot of different things, it is really good for the audience, it is really good for creators because you do better work when you do less work in a shorter period of time, television series are not like novels, in our modern version of the television system which is now practiced around the world the length of episodes and seasons is driven by what the story demands less than by what advertisers demand which is really a positive change’’ Keyser explained.

Blakely explained that the subscription model for television has revolutionized television in the United States and around the world.

‘’I think one of the other wonderful benefits that you don’t have to produce programming that you think will appeal to everyone which impossible, with the subscription model you can make programing that is for every single person in that family and the subscription keep getting paid because you are pleasing everyone in the family, maybe not all in the same time but you have that wide array that will appeal to very small audiences of different types, so you see a wider range of programming in subscription models than in main stream broadcast models’’ Blakely explained.

Kyser said that the ironic thing is that American movies are in the opposite direction , they are made principally to appeal to global audiences, for billions of people to watch, that made it more generic. American television is based on the idea that you don’t need to make it appeal to everyone, you can make a very local story and make billions of people to watch.

‘’I think young filmmakers in the region are moving in the right direction, really sophisticated, honest, locally drive character based stories that can work in the global market but it takes time to do all of that, we are working on empowering young storytellers and individual writers to create their own narratives, they don’t need our advice on what stories to tell’’ Keyser said.

Blakely’s advice to people in this program is that they need to take very seriously their audience, they need to find out what they crave, what stories they are not hearing and need to know about, to find ways to connect with audience by storytelling, by telling the stories that are relevant to their lives, this kind of relationship with the audience translates to high viewership and financial benefits.

Middle East Media Initiative has writers from all over the region and Egypt, in addition to searching for new young Egyptian writers to join.

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12/6/2019 3:30:18 PM
<![CDATA[Singer Camila Cabello says 'Romance' album is all about falling in love]]>
The 22 year-old singer has been on a roll since joining girl band Fifth Harmony six years ago, going solo, and scoring hit records like “Havana” and duet “Senorita” with boyfriend Shawn Mendes.

Her new album, out on Friday ahead of a U.S. tour, is called “Romance,” and Cabello says it’s all about falling in love.

“I didn’t really get to have the normal upbringing of hanging out with friends and going on dates and being in school,” said Cabello, who dropped out of high school to pursue her career.

“When I was 20, when I started making this album, was the time that I really had the time to live life. This whole album is just about the intensity of, you know, being in a serious relationship for the first time, falling in love,” the Cuban-American singer told Reuters Television.

Cabello’s steamy live performances of “Senorita” with Mendes this year have gone viral, but the singer wouldn’t be drawn on how many of the songs on “Romance” are about her relationship with the 21-year-old Canadian.

“I never like to say, ‘Oh that song’s about him.’ But I think that, I don’t know, people will figure it out,” she said.

In her brief career, Cabello has already racked up more than 60 awards, including artist of the year at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Born in Cuba to a Mexican father and Cuban mother, Cabello also sees herself as a role model for immigrants to the U.S. She spent her early life between Havana and Mexico City before moving to Florida at age six.

“I definitely feel that I have a responsibility to share my story and share my family’s story because I think it’s important for people just to, kind of, humanize the issues,” she said.

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12/6/2019 1:18:42 PM
<![CDATA[Bulgarian Mutafova, one of world's oldest actresses, dies at 97]]>
Dubbed the queen of Bulgarian comedy, Mutafova began performing in 1945, when she played a maidservant in Moliere's "Scapin the Schemer".

She shot to fame in Bulgaria after appearing in several TV comedies and entertainment programmes, and embarked on a tour of theatres in North America and Europe at the age of 94.

She continued acting until a few months before her death, and received numerous awards during her long career.

"An extremely kind and good person has gone," Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Friday. "She will always be one of the symbols of Bulgarian theatre."

Mutafova, believed locally to have become the oldest active stage performer after Russian actor Vladimir Zeldin died in 2016 at the age of 101, told Reuters she never regretted her decision to become an actress.

"If was 20 again, I still would become an actress," Mutafova said in an interview two years ago.]]>
12/6/2019 1:01:19 PM
<![CDATA[Ashraf Zaki appointed as head of Academy of Arts]]>
Zaki has been the temporary head of the Academy of Arts since 2018, succeeding Ahlam Younis, who reached the legal age of retirement.

Zaki graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University, Department of Business Administration in 1983. Zaki then joined the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts and received a bachelor's degree with excellence. He received his PhD in theater directing from the Academy of Arts (First Class Honors) in 2002.

Moreover, Zaki was appointed as an assistant professor at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, as head of the Theater Art House, as head of Theatrical Professions Syndicate, head of Cultural Production Affairs Sector, and president of the Arab Artists Union, in addition to a few other positions.

Zaki won the State Encouragement Award in Theater Direction in 2001 in addition to the 2009 State Award for Excellence in Arts.

The veteran actor and director also published two books titled: “Role of the Director in Establishing the Experimentation Movement in the Egyptian theater”, and “Contemporary Directing Vision of Heritage”.

He has many important works of art in the field of cinema, theater, radio and television that positively affected the Egyptian and Arab artistic memory.
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12/5/2019 4:09:35 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Ezz’s 'Aladdin' promotional posters released]]>
“Aladdin” stars Ahmed Ezz, Mohamed Tharwat, Hisham Ismail, Karim Afifi, Islam Ibrahim and Tara Emad. It is written by a workshop including Hassan el-Mahdi, Mohamed Galal, Mohamed Talaat, Ahmed Sheko and Diaa Mohamed. It is directed by Magdy el-Hawari.

It is noteworthy that Ahmed Ezz is about to finish filming "El-Arif". The film co-stars Ahmed Fahmy, Mahmoud Hamida, Carmen Basibes and others. It is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and directed by Ahmed Alaa.

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12/5/2019 2:29:05 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Symphony Orchestra to perform concert on Dec. 7]]>
The concert comes as part of the series of symphonies presented by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Cairo. The concert’s program includes a selection of the most important classical compositions.

It is noteworthy that the current season of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra hosts many Solo-stars as well as international and Egyptian professionals, in addition to providing the rising stars with an opportunity to show their talents.
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12/5/2019 2:23:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt stops sale of archaeological painting in NY]]>
The merchant acquired a forged export permit in 1970. The painting will return to Egypt after completing the necessary investigations and procedures.

The National Committee for Recovered Antiquities -under the chairmanship of Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anani- held on Dec. 4 a meeting to tackle the main themes to be discussed by the Egyptian archaeological and political delegation with the British side in the meeting of high-level experts.

The high-level experts meeting aims to discuss ways to combat and preserve illegal trafficking of Egyptian antiquities, and is scheduled to be held on Dec. 9 in London, as agreed by Minister Anani and the British minister of culture, art and tourism during their meeting in late October on the sidelines of the opening of the “Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition.

It is noteworthy that Egypt recovered last October the coffin of Nedjemankh that was in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum with a forged export permit as well. The coffin is now exhibited in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.


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12/5/2019 2:10:13 PM
<![CDATA[70th Berlin International Film Festival honours Oscar-winner Helen Mirren]]>
The award ceremony on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Berlinale Palast will include a screening of The Queen (2006, dir: Stephen Frears).

Not only is Helen Mirren one of the world’s most renowned actresses, she was also one of the youngest ever to join the famed Royal Shakespeare Company.

Over the decades, her charisma, expressiveness, and range as an actress have been amply demonstrated in a wide variety of genres.

“Helen Mirren is a strong personality whose powerful portrayals are always impressive. She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters – whether it’s Chris in Calendar Girls or Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women, and it is our great pleasure to award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement,” says Mariette Rissenbeek, Executive Director of the Berlinale.

Among the many accolades Mirren has received, she won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe for her performance in The Queen. In addition to many international film prizes, her stage work has also been honored with the leading theatre tributes – the Olivier Award, Tony and Drama Desk Awards. In 2003, Helen Mirren was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to drama.

Helen Mirren has a unique acting style that allows her to feel at home in both British and American cinema, making it possible to work with auteur filmmakers, who have clearly defined styles such as Robert Altman or Paul Schrader, and acting in big US action films like RED and the Fast and Furious franchise.

After working mainly in theatre, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mirren’s first major film role was in Michael Powell’s 1969 comedy Age of Consent. She subsequently made her mark in 1980’s The Long Good Friday (dir: John Mackenzie), playing the assertive girlfriend of a top gangster.

Her portrayal of Georgina in Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) was also legendary. Beginning in the 1990s, Helen Mirren increasingly expanded and diversified her roles in both film and television, among them Robert Altman’s 2001 Gosford Park (Berlinale 2002).

Her flair for comedy was once again in evidence with Calendar Girls (2003, dir: Nigel Cole). Between 1991 and 2006, she headed up the seven installments of the TV series Prime Suspect as police superintendent Jane Tennison.

In The Last Station (2009), directed by Michael Hoffmann, she played Leo Tolstoy’s wife Sofya. She was at the Berlinale in 2015, alongside co-star Ryan Reynolds, with Woman in Gold (dir: Simon Curtis).

Since then, she has appeared onscreen in Eye in the Sky (2015, dir: Gavin Hood) and The Leisure Seeker (2017, dir: Paolo Virzì) among others.

Mirren gives another terrific performance in the thriller The Good Liar (dir: Bill Condon), co-starring with Ian McKellen, which recently opened theatrically in Germany and will also be shown in the Homage section.

The Homage films:

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, UK / France / Netherlands 1989, director: Peter Greenaway
The Good Liar, USA 2019, director: Bill Condon
The Last Station, Germany / UK / Russia 2009, director: Michael Hoffmann
The Long Good Friday, UK 1980, director: John Mackenzie
The Queen, UK / France / Italy 2006, director: Stephen Frears

As a partner of the Berlin International Film Festival for many years, the Deutsche Kinemathek has, since 1977, mounted the Homage section in addition to the Retrospective.]]>
12/4/2019 4:06:09 PM
<![CDATA['Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad' exclusively broadcast on WATCHiT!]]>
“Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad” (Heshmat in the White House) revolves around a man of Egyptian origins named Heshmat, who decides to run for presidency in the US. Heshmat (embodied by Bayoumi Fouad) wins the elections and becomes the first American president of Egyptian origins to ever enter the White House.

The series is Mohammed Shawaf's idea. It is written by a workshop including Mohamed Abu Saad, Walid Abu Magd and Ibrahim Rabie. “Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad” is directed by Mostafa Fekri.

“Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad” stars Bayoumi Fouad, Inaam Salousa, Badriya Tolba, Hamdy el-Merghany, Islam Gamal, Heba Abdel Ghany, Rania Mallah, Ahmed Gamal Said, Ahmed Raafat, and Asmaa Galal, as well as a large group of guests of honor.


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12/4/2019 3:17:57 PM
<![CDATA[Yehya Khalil to perform in Opera on Dec. 12, 13]]>
Khalil is scheduled to present several of his most famous musical compositions, in addition to his new musical compositions.

It is known that Khalil has stayed in the United Stated of America for more than 15 years, where he studied and starred as a drummer in numerous American bands.

Khalil is the master of jazz in Egypt and the Middle East. He was the first to blend Egyptian music with jazz music in the 1960s. He toured most of the world with his music and participated in many international festivals.

Khalil succeeded in creating a wide fan base from different age groups inside and outside Egypt. The jazz master presented over 5,000 concerts around the world.

Khalil formed the Cairo Jazz Quartet, the first jazz band in Egypt, at the age of 14. He shared the stage with a big number of famous rock, country and blues bands. He participated in joint performances with Rasputin’s Stash, and has performed with Jazz music icons such as Oliver Jones, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Khalil performed with Gillespie in the opening of the Cairo Opera House in 1989, according to Khalil’s official page.
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12/4/2019 3:10:48 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform in Egypt on Dec. 13]]>
Also, Elissa is scheduled to hold a concert on Jan. 2, 2020 in Kuwait, at Kuwait International Fairground.

“Wait for the Kuwait concert, can't wait to meet you,” commented Elissa on her Instagram with a poster of the concert.

On Nov. 29, Elissa released a new song titled “Am Thour” (I’m Rebelling) in solidarity with the ongoing Lebanese revolution. The song is written by Seham al-She’sha’ and composed by Mohamed Rahim.

“Krahni” is Elissa’s latest video clip directed by Angy Gamal. “Krahni” is among the songs of her newest album “Ela Kol Eli Beyhebouni”. The song is written by Ali el-Mawla, composed by Fadl Sulleiman.


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12/4/2019 3:08:07 PM
<![CDATA[Anani: 300 foreign missions currently work in Egypt]]>
This came during the seminar organized by Canada-Egypt Business Council (CEBC), where Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, former Minister of State for Family and Population Mushira Khattab, former Minister of Tourism Munir Fakhry Abdel Nour, and a number of ambassadors and public figures were on attendance.

The minister of antiquities pointed out that the antiquities sector is receiving exceptional support from the political leadership and the Egyptian Government, describing the Egyptian antiquities as “unique”.

He pointed out that the reason for the increase in the number of archaeological discoveries is the resumption of foreign archaeological missions' work after a hiatus of several years. Currently, 300 archaeological missions from 25 countries are working in Egypt, including missions that work in Egypt for the first time such as the joint Egyptian-Chinese mission.

Anani expressed his pride in the efforts exerted by Egyptians to expose the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world. These Egyptian missions include distinguished teams of labor, technicians and archaeologists.

Additionally, Anani presented a full explanation about the nature, history and importance of a number of recent archaeological discoveries and the recently inaugurated archaeological projects. He referred to the role played by these projects and discoveries in raising the archaeological awareness of the Egyptian people, especially children and youth.

The minister also shed light on a number of ongoing national projects, such as the restoration project of the Baron Palace, which is scheduled to open in December to act as an exhibition illustrating the history of Heliopolis as the first capital of Egypt. This is in addition to the opening of many national museums, such as the National Museum of Sohag.
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Moreover, Anani highlighted the ongoing work to develop the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, to which the royal mummies were transferred in a grand procession from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. He also underlined the establishment of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is considered Egypt’s gift to the world.

Furthermore, Anani drew the attention of the audience to the role played by foreign exhibitions in activating the cultural tourism movement to Egypt, referring to the exhibition “Treasures of Tutankhamun”, which has so far visited three countries.

Anani added that the exhibition encouraged the American, French and British people and all the peoples of the world to visit Egypt to see the rest of the treasures of the young king and learn about Egypt's ancient and unique civilization.

He explained that -according to statistics conducted by the organizer of the exhibition- 300,000 tickets were sold in London, a number exceeding the number of tickets previously sold in the official opening of the exhibition in its second stop, Paris, where it was visited by more than 1.4 million people.

At the end of the seminar, Anani answered the audience's questions. Many attendees praised the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Antiquities to improve the services provided to the visitors of archaeological sites in coordination with the private sector, and the efficient role it plays to attract the world's attention to Egypt and its unique artefacts through abundant archaeological discoveries and projects.



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12/4/2019 3:05:52 PM
<![CDATA[ANSA praises creative dialogue between Egypt, Italy]]>
The season is held under the title "Egypt and Italy: Dialogues of Art and Creativity."

The celebration began with the selection of Aswan as the capital of African youth. This comes within the framework of Egypt's presidency of the African Union. The celebration was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to Italy Hisham Badr, Ambassador Inas Mekkawi and Head of Foreign Cultural Relations Sector Heba Youssef, supervisor of the cultural and artistic activity of the Academy, in addition to a number of ambassadors of Arab, African and European countries in Italy.

The celebration witnessed the opening of an exhibition of plastic art entitled “Messages from the South” under the supervision of Ashraf Reda. It includes 32 works of 20 creators of different generations, ranging from photography, graphics, landscape and abstract art, with a vision that reflects the landmarks and the environment in Aswan and Nubia. This is in addition to a collection of photographs embodying the traditional life in southern Egypt.

In his speech, Ambassador Badr discussed the active role of the Ministry of Culture through the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome, as one of the arms of Egyptian cultural diplomacy and soft power, pointing out to the influential role of arts in promoting major projects. He referred to the uniqueness of Aswan and described it as Egypt's gate to Africa. Badr stated that Egypt adopts the youth of the continent as the pillars of the future, adding that Aswan will host many international conferences and forums during the coming period.

For her part, Heba Youssef reviewed the agenda of cultural and artistic activities during the new season of the academy.

Youssef explained that the convergence of both countries' civilizations in southern Egypt was the reason behind choosing Aswan as the icon of the opening, clarifying that Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem paid special attention to the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome as a bridge of communication and a meeting point for cultural dialogue between the two countries.

At the end of the opening ceremony, a documentary film highlighting the most important historical and tourist attractions in Aswan screened. The film also portrayed the modern urban development projects in the city.

The ceremony concluded with a performance by the Aswan Folklore Group of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces.

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12/3/2019 5:35:49 PM
<![CDATA[Ammer Taher, Nancy Magdy to host Miss Eco Teen 2019]]>
Miss Eco Teen will take place on Friday, December 6 at El Masaa hall. Al Nahar channel will air Miss Eco Teen ceremony.

Famed Lebanese singer Maya Nasry will perform in the ceremony. A notable group of guests will attend this important competition.
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12/3/2019 5:26:26 PM
<![CDATA[New Year’s albums]]>
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The Lebanese star recently finalized his latest album, which is scheduled to be presented in 2020. The album consists of 10 songs, performed in the Egyptian, Lebanese, Arabian Gulf and Bedouin dialects.

In his new album, Hallani collaborates with a large number of poets and distributors including Suleiman Demian, Tarek Majdalani, Nizar Francis, Ghanem Gad Shaalan and Tony Saba. Most of the album’s songs are composed by Hallani.

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Singer Majd el-Qassim has finished recording most of the songs of his new album "Bouquet Ward". The album is scheduled to be released during the new year, and consists of 10 songs.

Qassim collaborated in this album with a large number of poets, distributors and composers, including Sayed Radi, Salah Attia, Mahmoud Shawki, Bassem Mounir, Hamada Ismat and Raymond. In his new album, Qassim presents a musical style different from all his previous works.

Ramy Gamal

Gamal has completed recording all the songs of his new album. The album is scheduled to be released in conjunction with the New Year’s celebrations. The album’s final name is yet to be disclosed.

In his new album, Gamal collaborated with poets Nader Abdullah, Amir Teima, Gamal el- Khouly, Mohamed Atef, Tamer Hussein, Ahmed el-Malki, Ahmed Arsan and Ahmed Tabarak.

The composers Gamal collaborated with in his new album are Madien, Khaled Ezz, and Yasser Nour, in addition to a number of his own compositions.

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Popular singer Tarek el-Sheikh almost completed recording the songs of his latest album. The album consists of eight songs and is scheduled to be released during New Year’s celebrations.

Tarek cooperates with a large number of composers, poets and distributors, including poets Aziz el-Shafei, Salah Mandi, and Issam Haggag. Hussein Mahmoud and Tamer Haggag composed the album's songs.


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MTM band is finalizing their new album in order to release it during the New Year’s celebrations. The band is made up of two artists: Taki and Michael. The new album will consist of eight songs, mostly written and composed by Taki. The album is a strong comeback for the band and is promised to be untraditional. MTM is known for their milestone hit “Omy Mesafra”.
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12/3/2019 4:52:09 PM
<![CDATA[Forsan el-Sharq's 'Raya Wa Sekina' to stage on Dec. 3]]>
The play tells the story of the first women murderers in modern Egyptian history, Raya and Sekina, presented in new attire, which relies on psychoanalysis and research into the economic conditions and cultural climate at the time.

The play highlights the violence they have inflicted on their victims and introduces the story through modern theatrical dances and a few short and dramatic scenes.

Raya and Sekina used to lure women in Alexandria with false promises, eventually suffocating them, stealing their jewelry and burying them at their home. They were the first females in Egyptian history to be handed the death penalty.

Forsan el-Sharq heritage group was established by the Ministry of Culture in 2009 to present redrafted Egyptian and Arab heritage through innovative kinetic designs.

The group was then enlisted within the groups of the Egyptian Opera House, presenting their first play titled “El-Share’ el-Aazam” in 2010. The group’s performances were well-received and admired by the audience, achieving great success.

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12/3/2019 4:02:47 PM
<![CDATA[Angham, Zoghby, Shami to perform at Riyadh season on Dec.5]]>
The Egyptian star performed in Kuwait along with renowned Lebanese singer Wael Gassar on November 14 and participated in the Arab Music Festival with a concert on November 6.

The first massive concert Angham performed in Saudi Arabia took place on September 22 on the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day.

It is worth mentioning that the ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018. Also, Murex D’or announced Angham the best Arab singer; she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on April 6 in Lebanon.

Angham celebrated the release of her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman.

Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.
Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit about 9 million views on YouTube three weeks after its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki Al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.


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12/3/2019 3:56:44 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to break a Guinness World Record for the most contributions]]>
Hosny’s audience are taking part in this event in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board. The fans will be allowed to leave appreciation notes for him, the large board is accessible until December 5.

Hosny will celebrate New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Presentation Company headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser el- Nabarawy chose Hosny to perform at the closing ceremony of U-23 African Cup of Nations that took place on Friday, November 22.

Hosny’s upcoming movie ‘’ El Feloos’’ (The Money) will be released in Egyptian cinemas at the beginning of 2020.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.


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12/3/2019 3:47:37 PM
<![CDATA[Shaaban Abdel Rahim passes away at 62]]>
Abdel Rahim, also known as Shaabola, is an Egyptian (Sha'abi) singer who is famous for his songs with political themes.

He worked for many years as a foot-operated laundry presser before his songs achieved success, making him one of the most popular sha’bī singers in Egypt.


The milestone song in Abdel Rahim's career came in 2000 with his successful song “Ana Bakrah Israel” (I Hate Israel). This song stirred a great deal of controversy, went viral among Egyptians and achieved booming success.

One of his most popular hits was also "Habatal el Sagayer" (I Will Quit Smoking).
Most of Abdel Rahim's albums were sold informally on cheap cassette tapes.

The reason behind Abdel Rahim's success was the simplicity of both his songs and character which made him very close to Sha’abi people. His humble language and bold lyrics have made him very popular.

He was famous with his weird funny outfit that reflected his sense of humor and adorable character.

It is worth mentioning that Abdel Rahim performed recently in Saudi Arabia as part of Riyadh Season.

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12/3/2019 2:29:15 PM
<![CDATA['Egyptian Jeanne d'Arc' to screen in New York ]]>
The film will screen on December 12, 13, and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion titled "Egyptian Cinema Today" between the film director Iman Kamel and the audience.

Directed by Egyptian director Iman Kamel, "Jeanne d’Arc Masriya” discusses the experiences of Egyptian women following the January 2011 revolution through their defiant art forms. In the film, Kamel is shown to find the diary of a fictional young Bedouin girl named Jehanne in the western deserts of Egypt. In the diary, Jehanne writes of wanting to break free of the restricting male-dominated world and to become a dancer. Kamel sets out to find Jehanne by connecting with seven other female Egyptian artists.

Joan of Arc, the famous and iconic historical figure, was a young peasant French girl who rose in the ranks of the French army and fought against the English, managing to reach significant victories in the Hundred Years War. She claimed to have been receiving visions of Christian saints showing her the path to justice and victory.

She was eventually captured by the English and executed by public burning based on different criminal charges, including heresy and cross-dressing. Joan of Arc was later pronounced a martyr and a saint.

The movie compares elements of the historical Joan of Arc's struggle against the state and patriarchal nature of Europe with Egyptian women’s plight as artists. Kamel was inspired by the 1929 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, directed by Theodor Dreyer.

In a 2016 interview with ScreenDaily, Kamel explained that her inspiration drew from Dreyer’s focus on specific aspects of Joan of Arc’s character through her time in prison, "where she was questioning herself and her vision, and was attacked by patriarchs."
Through meetings with the seven artists, the film explores issues that surround post-revolution Egyptian women and their art, such as guilt and state repression.

Artists featured in the film include Nahla Sebaie, a jewelry maker; Salma el-Tarzi, a cartoon animator; and Dina el-Wedidi, a musician.

The film is a combination of poetry and narration, mythical and fantastical elements, stories, dance, performance and documentary footage. It explores the different kinds of art created by Egyptian women after the January 2011 revolution from the lens of political and social resistance, as well as hope and aspirations for the future.

"Jeanne d’Arc Masriya” (The Egyptian Jeanne D’Arc) screened at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival as well as various other festivals. Iman Kamel has won an award and earned nominations for her previous work “Beit Sha’ar” (Nomad’s House), which is also a documentary that deals with the struggles and experiences of two Bedouin women in Egypt.
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12/3/2019 11:20:51 AM
<![CDATA[Samir Ghanem returns to theater with 'El-Zahr Lama Yelaab']]>
According to Ghanem, the new play is scheduled to be staged in one of the new theaters in Cairo once the rest of the cast is decided upon.

Ghanem’s latest theatrical show was titled “Sebouni Aghani”. In a musical comedy attire, the play focused on talent shows. Written by Ahmed el-Ebiary and directed by Khaled el Halafawy, the play starred Samir Ghanem, Talaat Zakaria, Shaaban Abdel Rahim and Tarek el-Ebiary and was produced by Synergy and Hisham Gamal.


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12/2/2019 3:05:55 PM
<![CDATA[Baghdadi Big Band, Fabrica to perform in Opera on Dec. 2]]>
The concert will present some of the world's most famous jazz works and Christmas songs.

Baghdadi graduated from Cairo Conservatory in 1982 and received a diploma in playing the Trumpet, and a doctorate from the High School of Music and Art Production in Germany.

Since 1990, he has been a professor at the Cairo Conservatory. He was the first trumpeter to play in the Cairo Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 1997. Baghdadi led the orchestra of instruments in the Conservatoire between 1997 and 2003.

Baghdadi established his band in 1996. It is the first Egyptian group to specialize in presenting Western music from the 1920s to the 1940s.

The band includes a group of the most outstanding musicians on various musical instruments and participated in many international festivals.

Baghdadi and his band presented a series of successful concerts in various cultural places in Egypt, receiving the appraisal of the public and critics.

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12/2/2019 2:48:57 PM
<![CDATA[Police arrests 9 citizens over illegal excavations in Sohag]]>
General Director of the Department of Tourism and Antiquities Police Sami Ghoneim received information from the Sohag Archaeological Police confirming the illegal excavations. The information concluded that Ismail (68 years) and Fathi (55 years) were illegally excavating and drilling under their houses in an attempt to find antiquities.

Immediately an investigative police team was formed, supervised by Major General Medhat Montaser and Brigadier General Ahmed Rifaat, inspector of the area.

The Antiquities Police in Sohag carried out the mission where the houses of the aforementioned suspects were raided.

The first suspect and his sons (Ahmed 32 and Mohammed 27) were arrested. A hole with dimensions of 160 × 180 cm and a depth of 2.5 meters was found, in addition to a subsidiary hole branching from the main one with a diameter of 1.5 meters and a depth of 4 meters ending with 2 crypts. Remains of buildings dating back to the Greek and Roman eras were found, along with the drilling tools.

The second suspect, however, was nowhere to be found. A circular hole with a depth of 5 meters and the drilling tools were found.

The used tools were confiscated by the police.
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12/2/2019 2:38:03 PM
<![CDATA[Amman festival to organize AFID]]>
AFID will take place between April 15 and April 17, 2020 and will offer a platform for pitching projects in development by Jordanian and Arab resident filmmakers. This is in addition to projects in the post-production stage by Arab filmmakers.

AFID, an incubator that supports artistic and creative development, will also host master classes with renowned directors and film stars, and will hold seminars and discussions with producers, financiers and distributors.

The Film Industry Days revolves around contemporary topics and issues in Arab and international cinema and aims to act as a networking hub for Jordanian, regional and international industry professionals.

Selected participants for AFID will be able to pitch their film projects in front of industry professionals; the best project pitches will be awarded assistance to either develop their films or bring them to completion.

Applications to the Pitching Platforms are open now, and registration for AFID will open in February 2020.

The first edition of Amman International Film Festival - Awal Film will run from April 13-18, 2020.
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12/2/2019 1:42:54 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at Cairo Opera House on Dec.16, 17]]>
Khairat has recently performed at El Sawy Culrural Wheel on November 19. He also participated in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November9.

Additionally, Khairat performed at the closing ceremony of the Citadel Music Festival on September 1. The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city, where he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018 in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about the Egyptian culture.

Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el-Fitr.
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12/2/2019 12:58:10 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Amar to perform in Riyadh Season]]>
Amar is expected to present songs from his latest album "Dehket Leya", which consists of 12 songs and has received high critical acclaim.

It is noteworthy that Amar has recently released a video clip of "Dehkat Leya," the official song of the album. The song is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Mohammed Yehia.

Moustafa Amar - Dehket Leya [Lyrics Video] | مصطفى قمر - ضحكت ليا

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12/1/2019 4:50:13 PM
<![CDATA[Press Conference held to reveal details of Alexandria Festival]]>
President of the Festival Alaa Abdel Aziz said that the festival comes as an affirmation of Egypt's leading role in teaching arts in a scientific way to support the talents of young people, pointing out that the festival received great support from Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, the Arab Theater Institute, the ministers of youth and sports and tourism, the Academy of Arts, the General Egyptian Book Organization and Alexandria Governorate.

It is worth mentioning that the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will host the festival’s theatrical shows and workshops, and that the first edition of the festival will bear the name of late Galal el-Sharkawy.

Abdel Aziz exposed the names of the judging committee, which is headed by Samira Mohsen, and includes Fahd al-Salim (Kuwait), Azza al-Qassabi (Oman), Gamal Sulleiman (Syria), Mondher Rayahneh (Jordan), Iyad Nassar (Jordan), Mohammed Sami (Egypt), Lekaa Elkhamissi (Egypt) amd Ahmed Abdel Aziz (Egypt).

Vice-President of the Academy of Arts and a member of the High Committee of the festival. Ghada Jbara stated that the festival comes as a step to support young talent and encourage cultural exchange among students of specialized institutes and colleges. Jbara further confirmed that the festival will honor some artistic symbols including veteran actor Mohamed Sobhi, Khaled el-Nabawy, Dawoud Hussain (Kuwait), Hassan Ateya and President of Alexandria University Essam el-Kurdi.

Chairman of the Viewing Committee Mostafa Selim clarified that a total of ten theatrical shows will be participating in the festival. Selim noted that the viewing committee excluded all the presentations made by the independent teams that were not aware that the festival was aimed only at specialists.

According to Selim, the festival will present workshops on theatrical directing, professional playwriting and theatrical acting.

When asked about the reason behind choosing Alexandria to host the festival, Head of the Theatrical Professions Syndicate Ashraf Zaki stated that he wanted to get out of Cairo and support the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts' branch in Alexandria.

The festival aims to encourage cultural exchange among students of different Arab countries, promote a positive and fruitful dialogue among civilizations, present unlimited opportunities for students of specialized departments to practice theater, and provide an atmosphere that encourages youth to present their performances in a way that highlights their artistic potential. The festival is held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and the Arab Theater Institute.


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12/1/2019 4:17:50 PM
<![CDATA[Germany to host 1st conference on Egypt's Ramesside Era Military System in May]]>
In statements to MENA on Sunday, the Ministry of Antiquities official said he and Professor Prof. Friedhelm Hoffmann, Egyptology Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians University, had received a grant from Germany Fritz Thyssen Foundation, based in Cologne, to co-organize the conference, which is the first of its kind. The foundation's approval came after reviewing a study submitted by Abbas on the subject of the conference.

He asserted that the conference will offer wide publicity for the ancient Egyptian civilization in Europe as it will be held at the Egyptian Art Museum in Munich, the first city for economy and tourism in Germany and one of the major cultural centers in Europe.

Abbas said the conference will disclose several scientific studies and research papers on the historic visions and Egypt's military backgrounds during this year, adding that the conference will attract a galaxy of researchers and antiquity experts from all over Europe.

The Twentieth Dynasty of Egypt (notated Dynasty XX) is the third and last dynasty of the Ancient Egyptian New Kingdom period, lasting from 1189 BC to 1077 BC. The 19th and 20th Dynasties furthermore together constitute an era known as the Ramesside period. This period is well known by its military glory as Egyptian kings have been successful in defeating several invasions by neighboring countries.]]>
12/1/2019 2:06:39 PM
<![CDATA[ Art D’Egypte, Karim Francis Exhibit Contemporary Egyptian Art at Abu Dhabi Art]]>The international art fair witnessed a fruitful collaboration between Art D’Egypte and Karim Francis gallery to present some of the best works by a number of Egypt’s stellar contemporary artists.

Founded by Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, Art D’Egypte is an art consultancy aims to raise the profile of Egyptian contemporary art while promoting and preserving the nation’s heritage sites. Abu Dhabi Art saw the first time that Art D’Egypte participate in an international fair, having focused their activity on exhibiting at Egyptian heritage sites in the past.

Hana El Beblawy, Executive Director at Art D’Egypte, said: “A lot of people have a certain image about Egypt and they always think about only one thing when Egypt comes up: the Pyramids, the Pharaohs, ancient history. They focus only on the history of Egypt not the contemporary or modern themes, so we want to shed light on this and to showcase contemporary and modern Egyptian artists who are living and creating and impressing the world with their art.”

Art D’Egypte’s exhibit was held in collaboration with Karim Francis gallery. Founded in 1995, Karim Francis Gallery aims to highlight contemporary Egyptian artists in a variety of styles and mediums, by presenting their work nationally, regionally, and internationally.

“This is the first time that we see a collaboration between two art platforms: Karim Francis Gallery and Art D’Egypt” said Karim Francis, owner and founder of the gallery. “We are exhibiting the works of four artists from different generations and who have different styles. First, we have the great artist Adam Henein with two works, a sculpture and a painting. Then, you will find an artist from the generation after him, Hazem El Mestikawy, who mainly works with cardboard and paper and similar materials. We also have arts by Ahman Askalany, who is one of the standout Egyptian artist, in addition to three works by Nihal Wahby.”

Abu Dhabi art saw an influx of visitors, collectors and art enthusiasts engage with exhibits from 50 galleries from across the globe, with Art D’Egypte and Karim Francis Gallery’s collaboration as one of the highlights of the fair as the first ever Egyptian partnership at Abu Dhabi Art.

“Everything [at Abu Dhabi Art] has been great so far and the team have been very helpful” said El Beblawy. “…We are impressed with [the art scene in Abu Dhabi]. We were happy to see that the government is really supporting the art. This is the kind of support that arts need… It’s a collective effort, and the outcome has been amazing.”

Abu Dhabi Art 2019 offers an exciting and engaging public program, with the leading art fair presenting a series of stimulating talks on such topics as the role of art and cultural identity, rising contemporary art centres and the perspective of new artistic generations. The program also featured daily performances, workshops and master classes that will provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with participating artists and learn more about their experiences.

Abu Dhabi Art expands beyond the notion of a traditional art fair, in placing strong emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme, including art installations and exhibitions, talks and events that take place in different locations throughout the year.

The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art event in November, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site specific works by their artists to an audience of over 20,000 visitors.

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11/30/2019 4:14:44 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Key moments at the 41st edition of CIFF]]>
Famed Egyptian star Laila Elwi started her speech by welcoming all the festival
attendees.

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‘’I have to admit that this edition is one of the most important editions in the history of the festival, congratulations Cairo on this festival’’ Elwi added.

The closing ceremony host Jasmine Taha Zaki praised the great effort exerted by CIFF team headed by Mohamed Hefzy

CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy said that the festival team didn’t sleep for 10 days to organize this edition.

‘’I thank all those who supported this festival and the ministry of culture’’ Hefzy said

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Hefzy added that CIFF team consists of over 200 employees and he thanked all of them.

CIFF head thanked as well the acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and the executive director Omar Kassem, adding that this edition witnessed the attendance of large number of audience and they sold 40000 cinema tickets this edition. ‘’ I am proud of this edition’’ Hezy said

Jasmine Taha Zaki asked the jury members to come on stage.

‘’ We have an ancient and wide cinematic history’’ said famed Egyptian actress and the jury member of the Cinema of Tomorrow competition, Hanan Motawie.

Motawie added that the strongest part of cinema is the short movies


‘’Thank you CIFF for giving us the opportunity to watch 17 movies’’ famed Egyptian actress and jury member Sherine Reda said.

Nathalie Emmanuel: I don’t how to speak Arabic but I learned only few words “ Baheb Masr”

Famed English actress Nathalie Emmanuel came on stage and gave Youssef Sherif Rizkallah award ( the audience award) to the Egyptian director Marianne Khoury on her documentary “Let’s Talk”.

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‘’I don’t how to speak Arabic but I learned only few words (Baheb Masr)’’ Emmanuel said.


‘’It is a great honor to me to receive the audience award’’ Khoury said.



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The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival honoured Lebanese director Nadine Labaki.

‘’Despite all the critical circumstances in Lebanon I insisted to come because this award is
so dear to me’’ Labaki said.



Hefzy gave acclaimed Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro his honouring award.

‘’We sometimes honour filmmakers who are behind the camera’’ Hefzy said.

At the beginning of his speech Storaro spoke about how he started his cinematic career, revealing
That he used to love watching Charlie Chaplin movies.



‘’I read a lot about Egypt and learnt about it, Egypt has a wide history and culture’’ Storaro said.

The head of the international competition Stephane Gaghan thanked Egypt, Cairo,
Cairo festival and Hefzy.

Cairo International Film Festival kicked off on November 20.


The Red Sea International Film Festival, in partnership with the Cairo International Film Festival, decided to give the opportunity to a group of Arab filmmakers working on a project from Cairo Film Connection to participate in the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Market hosted by the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from March 13-16, 2020.

This edition housed a lot of surprises, seminars, panels and workshops executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa at the festival opening ceremony.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Faten Hamama Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie and Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda was a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie was a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha was a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared screened a documentary about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC broadcast provides its audience with daily messages of the festival.

DMC channels has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel presented a diversified program of the festival's events and highlights daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival held the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provided professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes was awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000. Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival granted famed American actor Billy Zane Special Tribute Award on Wednesday, November 26. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded the festival the OSCAR qualifying film festival status.







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11/30/2019 3:34:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Jewelries Festival kicks off on Nov.29]]>
This is the first Egyptian jewelries festival from 11 years ago, The matter that reflects the great enhancement in the Egyptian economic status.

The Egyptian Jewelries Festival witness the participation of a number of prominent fashion designers, jewelries makers, artists and gold merchants.

The festival organiser Abdallah Atwa said that the festivals displays a collection of rare and distinctive jewelry, in addition to a wonderful group of classic and modern jewelry.

The festival honoured veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa el Gidawy and famed Egyptian actor Ahmed Hatem. Famed Egyptian fashion designer Bahig Hussein presented some of his latest designs.

The last Egyptian Jewelries Festival entitled ‘’ Egyptian Queens’’ was held on 2008 and shed light on the art of jewelry making among during ancient Egyptian times from 2500 years ago.
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11/30/2019 1:26:19 PM
<![CDATA[ Abdel Dayem to inaugurate 'Man, Place, and Time,a seven Decades Journey' exhibition Dec 1 ]]>
The Exhibition, which will display almost 51 paints of the Artist innovated in 70 years long. The works features her different body of works on: People & life, 1956 aggression, Luxor and Nubia, working class, 1967 war, post war and populist surrealism on Man & Universe and walls of time. This Exhibition is considered the first solo exhibition for the Artist in Thirty years.


Fatma Arargi was born (1931) in Cairo, Egypt. Arargi Graduated from ‘The Faculty of fine Arts’ in Cairo, 1951. After three decades in 1981, Arargi became the head of painting department at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria, ‘where she lived.

Arargi, such most artists of ‘ The Third Generation of the Art Movement’, worked on defining the Egyptian Identity in Art, through a sincere interaction with heritage and the ongoing political, social changes and challenges from the 50’s to the 70’s and onward.
She managed to blend all that with her expression that can be traced in her works through all its different styles of drawing and painting inspired by the essences of Egyptian heritage of all ages and civilizations, and touching base with the rich vernacular heritage with human beings and their world as a core of her works. Such we clearly identify at her Luxor inspired works she started when she granted her art residency in Luxor, and later with the ‘fishermen’ collection, that can be described among many others, as a key of her post war ‘populist surreal & Abstract’ works.
Gradually, metaphysical abstraction dominated the inspiration of her works in the 70’s and 80’s, as her vision of the man and his universe became more conceptually abstracted, while she explored many aspects of such relation both philosophically and aesthetically.

Therefore, in her earlier work we see a visible extended practice in many different body of works focused on life of ordinary People, such motherhood, family life of peasants, working class and upper Egyptians.

Such she expressed at her post war works though an intense and more abstracted search for the Human and his relation to the Universe, earth and Sun, which can be viewed in her later body of works innovated early 70’s and throughout her career until today. While seeing her work in a panoramic view one can trace a continuum philosophy, search, exploration and such riddles. Her entire collections innovated in different expressions and compositions, indeed formed her seven decades journey into the aesthetics of Art… and life.

The Artist has exhibited her works at few Solo Exhibitions since 1958 until 1989, at the Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Museum of Fine Art, Alexandria, and Mahmoud said Museum, Alexandria. Besides few solo and group Exhibitions in Rome, Florence, Paris, Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow and China. Arargi also represented Egypt at Sao Paolo Biennial in 1985.

Artist Fatma Arargi is currently living and working in Alexandria, Egypt. Al Masar Gallery for Contemporary Art exclusively display the Artist work.


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11/29/2019 12:36:20 PM
<![CDATA[Who are the award winners of CIFF?]]>
“I’m No Longer Here,” by young Mexican director Fernando Frias, was the big winner at the Festival. The movie is a rich drama about immigration and identity.

“I’m No Longer Here,” grabbed CIFF top prize which is the Golden Pyramid, for best film. It also took acting honors for Juan Daniel Garcia Trevino.

The Cairo jury, headed by Oscar-winning U.S. writer-director Stephen Gaghan awarded the Silver Pyramid to “Ghost Tropic” by Belgian helmer Bas Devos.

Two films shared the Bronze Pyramid for best first or second work: Chinese directorial duo Zhang Chong and Zhang Bo’s “The Fourth Wall,” and Czech director Michal Hogenauer’s stylish psychological thriller, “A Certain Kind of Silence.”

The screenplay award went to Palestinian writer-director Najwa Najjat for her divorce amid diaspora drama “Between Heaven and Earth,” which world-premiered in the international competition section.

The prize for best actress went to Judy Ann Santos for her role as the anguished mother of a sick child in melodrama “Mindanao,” the latest from prolific Filipino director Brillante Mendoza. “Mindanao” also scored the prize for best artistic contribution.

Egyptian director Marianne Khoury’s dicumentary“Let’s Talk,” a doc interweaving archive material with cinematic conversations between four women from different generations in the family of late great Egyptian master Youssef Chahine, won the Youssef Sherif Rizkallah (The audience award) voted by festival goers.

The big winner in Cairo’s separate Arab competition strand was Tunisian director Mahdi Barsaoui’s debut feature, “A Son”.

“A Son” received the Salah Abou Seif Special Jury award for Best Arab Film prize and the Special Jury Award. Sami Bouajila, won best actor in the Horizons section.

Iraqi director Mohanad Hayal’s drama “Haifa Street,” scored two prizes: the award for best Arab director and acting honors for Ali Thamer, who plays a sniper.

Documentary “Beirut Terminus” by Elie Kamal won the award for nonfiction film.

The Cinema of Tomorrow short film competition awards:

A special mention was given to the Egyptian movie “ The Trap””

A special mention was given to the Lebanese movie “Tamas”

‘’The Marvellous Misadventures of the Stone Lady’’ short movie was given a special mention

‘’Ambience’’ short movie won Youssef Chahine award for best movie

International Film Critic’s week awards:

The Fathy Farag award for best artistic contribution goes to “ Arrest” movie.

Shady Abdel Salam award for best film goes to “The Land of Ashes”.







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11/29/2019 8:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Anani convenes with director of Beijing National Museum]]>
This comes on the sidelines of Anani’s visit to the Chinese capital to represent Egypt at the third ministerial meeting of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations.

During the meeting, they discussed ways of cooperation in archaeological work and museum affairs. Also, cooperation in research projects and skill enhancement trainings to promote cultural, educational and archaeological activities was discussed.

This comes within the framework of efforts to raise awareness, protect and preserve cultural heritage and encourage appropriate research and assessment in joint missions in the field of cultural heritage protection.

The director of Beijing National Museum took the Egyptian minister on a tour in the museum that holds more than 1 million antiquities dating back to various stages of the ancient Chinese civilization and is visited by 8 million people annually.

The first joint Egyptian-Chinese archaeological mission began in 2018 in the area of the Monto Temple in Karnak.

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11/28/2019 3:53:16 PM
<![CDATA[Ajram, Hosny to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Al-Maryah Island ]]>
Hosny will be performing a number of his most prominent hits, including “Naseni Laih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, “Kefayak Aazar”, “Ya Mali Aini”, among others.

Hosny’s film “El-Floos” (The Money) will be released in January 2020. Besides Hosny, the film stars Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed, Mohammed Salam, in addition to a number of guests of honor, including Ahmed el-Sakka, Mai Ezziden, Ali Rabeei and Wizo.

“El-Floos” is written by Tamer Hosny and directed by Said el-Marouq.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny is also preparing for another film titled “Mesh Ana” written by Hosny and directed by Sara Wafik.


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11/28/2019 2:04:58 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF’s closing surprises: honouring Vittorio Storaro, Nathalie Emmanuel’s special appearance ]]>CAIRO – 28 November 2019: The 41st of Cairo International Film Festival will honour acclaimed Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro in the festival closing ceremony scheduled to take place on November 29.

Famed English actress Nathalie Joanne will have a hspecial appearance in the closing ceremony.

Nathalie Emmanuel, the heroine of “Game of Thrones”, has unveiled a series of new photos of her trip to the stunning city of El Gouna.

“Sad to leave. A beautiful little oasis. So grateful to the staff for their impeccable service and hospitality, for being so accommodating to every need, and for fully respecting my privacy so I could actually relax, it’s rare so.. Thank you! Loved every second. But onward I go, and my Egyptian adventure continues! ” Emmanuel commented on her official Instagram account.






The rising star was born on March 2, 1989 in the United Kingdom.

The English star played the role of Misandi in the legendary series “Game of Thrones”. She managed to gain the appraisal of fans all around the world for her ingenuity.




Emmanuel also participated in the “Fast and Furious P 7” released in 2015, and will participate in the movie’s ninth part in 2020.

Nathalie Emmanuel began her career in 1990. She co-produced the final theme music for the famous film “The Lion King” while she was only 10 years old. In 2002, Emmanuel started to further pursue her career and has taken part in about 20 cinematic and television works so far.

Egyptian TV presenter Jasmine Taha Zaki will host CIFF’s closing Ceremony.



Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition holds a lot of surprises, seminars, panels and workshops executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Faten Hamama Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared screened a documentary about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC broadcast provides its audience with daily messages of the festival.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel presents a diversified program of the festival's events and highlights daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival held the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes was awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.







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11/28/2019 1:50:49 PM
<![CDATA[Naseer Shamma to perform in El-Sawy Culture Wheel on Dec. 28, 29]]>
It is worth mentioning that Shamma has recently performed at the closing ceremony of the second edition of the Manial Palace Festival, headed by El-Amir Abbas Helmy.

Shamma has received many honorary awards along his career and performed in several countries. Shamma is currently a professor of oud at the Egyptian Opera House as part of the project “Arab Oud House” founded by Shamma and the Opera House.


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11/28/2019 1:25:55 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Nathalie Emmanuel sad to leave El-Gouna]]>
“Sad to leave. A beautiful little oasis. So grateful to the staff for their impeccable service and hospitality, for being so accommodating to every need, and for fully respecting my privacy so I could actually relax, it’s rare so.. Thank you! Loved every second. But onward I go, and my Egyptian adventure continues! ” Emmanuel commented on her official Instagram account.

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The international star has announced her arrival in Egypt to attend the 41st Cairo International Film Festival, which kicked off on Nov. 21 and is scheduled to run until Nov. 30.

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It is noteworthy that the English star played the role of Misandi in the legendary series “Game of Thrones”. She managed to gain the appraisal of fans all around the world for her ingenuity.

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Emmanuel also participated in the “Fast and Furious P 7” released in 2015, and will participate in the movie’s ninth part in 2020.

Nathalie Emmanuel began her career in 1990. She co-produced the final theme music for the famous film “The Lion King” while she was only 10 years old. In 2002, Emmanuel started to further pursue her career and has taken part in about 20 cinematic and television works so far.

The rising star was born on March 2, 1989 in the United Kingdom.


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11/28/2019 1:19:02 PM
<![CDATA[Billy Zane: This honour means the world to me because you are the world]]>
‘’Your hospitality is match with your kindness and cuisine, this honour means the world to me, because you are the world’’ Zane said at the beginning of his speech after receiving the award.

The famed American actor added that Egypt civilization along with the Greek one were the birthplace of innovation.

‘’ Something that is very dear to me as you will soon read and watch in the numerous interviews I have done with the variety of diverse members of the national and international press during my brief stay’’ Zane added.

Zane admitted that Egypt contribution to cinema is incomparable for the region and beyond. ‘’ Your landscapes have changed cinema forever, with the advent of wide screen cinema scope and lenses employed as the only means to capture beauty, I hope to one day film in front of these landscapes with your talented filmmakers and actors, I would like to thank Mohamed Hefzy, Ahmed Shawky and the Cairo International Film Festival, for this great honour, truly it stands as one of the most memorable experiences of my life’’ Zane said at the end of his speech.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition housed a lot of surprises, seminars, panels and workshops executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa at the festival opening ceremony.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Faten Hamama Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared screened a documentary about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC broadcast provides its audience with daily messages of the festival.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel presents a diversified program of the festival's events and highlights daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival held the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provided professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes was awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000. Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition.










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11/27/2019 9:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform in Marrakech on Dec. 29]]>
The festival is organized annually by the international artist Mitter James. Ramadan shared a photo of him after his arrival at Casablanca airport, via Instagram, commenting: “I just arrived in my second home country Morocco.”

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This is the first concert performed by Ramadan in Morocco, after his participating in the activities of the Green March; where he played a friendly match between the African team against the legends of the world; which included a number of football stars from Africa and Egypt such as Mohamed Abou Trika, Wael Gomaa and Nader el-Sayed.
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11/27/2019 3:13:29 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: New discovery unearthed in Luxor]]>
The mission is affiliated with the University of Strasbourg and the French Institute of Oriental Archeology, and is currently working in the region of El-Assasif in Qurna.

The discovery of the ancient coffins was announced by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, who explained that the three coffins date back to the 18th Dynasty and is in a good state of preservation.

For his part, Director General of Antiquities of the Western mainland in Luxor Fathi Yassin stated that the first sarcophagus is colorful and decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions. The sarcophagus belongs to a woman and is 195 cm in length.

The second sarcophagus is about 190 cm in length, painted in yellow, with columns of hieroglyphs on a white background; it also belongs to a women. The third sarcophagus is about 180 cm long with a stucco layer, white colors and brown columns. It contains no inscriptions.

It is worth mentioning that this is the second excavation season of the French archaeological mission. During the first season, the French archaeological mission uncovered a sandstone panel with three texts of tributes and the names of two senior statesmen. The mission also unearthed a wooden sarcophagus dating back to the 18th Dynasty.

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11/27/2019 2:38:37 PM
<![CDATA[Restoration of Djoser Pyramid completed]]>
The head of the projects sector at the Ministry of Antiquities told the press that the restoration of the Pyramid of Djoser was carried out using modern scientific methods agreed upon globally. The restoration process took place under the supervision of many leading archaeologists.

Abul Ela further stated that the restoration of Djoser Pyramid was among the priorities of the government, as it is one of the most important monuments in the cemetery of Saqqara, west of the ancient city of Memphis. The pyramid is also called the Step Pyramid, and was built by Amenhotep during the 27th century BC.

It is worth mentioning that the Council of Ministers approved the allocation of LE 15,398150 to support the restoration and maintenance of Djoser Pyramid, which came to a halt in 2011.

The maintenance and restoration of the stunning Pyramid of Djoser had started following the issuance of a UNESCO report in September 2011.

The report stated that the pyramid had suffered from lack of maintenance over the centuries, in addition to damages caused by the removal of dirt blocks, which led to the creation of many large cavities in several areas, and many blocks appeared to be dangerously suspending without any support or protection.

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11/27/2019 2:12:03 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny celebrates New Year in Abu Dhabi]]>
Hosny promoted the concert through his official Instagram account, where he uploaded the concert’s poster and commented: “Celebrating New Year in Al-Maryah Island”.

The star presented the official song for the closing ceremony of the African Cup of Nations under the age of 23 years, which was won by the Egyptian National team. The song is written and composed by Hosny and was performed in Cairo International Stadium amid 80,000 spectators.



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11/27/2019 12:23:22 PM
<![CDATA[What is waiting for you at CIFF on Nov.27?]]>
The seventh day kicks off with list of great films, from “The Friendly Man” in the presence of Billy Zane, to the German film “Gasman”, and Michel Franco’s “Chronic” as part of the Mexican presence in the festival.

Finally, a panel about Sundanese cinema by the director of “You’ll Die at Twenty”, Amjad Abu Alala.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition holds a lot of surprises, seminars, panels and workshops executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Faten Hamama Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared screened a documentary about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC broadcast provides its audience with daily messages of the festival.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel presents a diversified program of the festival's events and highlights daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival held the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes was awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.]]>
11/27/2019 10:46:56 AM
<![CDATA['God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya' won Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films]]>
Forty-two film critics from 13 Arab countries selected the best European film out of 24 nominations submitted by national film promotion institutions from throughout Europe, EFP (European Film Promotion) and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC).



CIFF president Mohamed Hefzy, Sonja Heinen, Managing Director of EFP, Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, Founders of the Arab Cinema Center, presented the award to Labina Mitevska, producer and one of the lead actresses of the winning film.

It's worth mentioning that God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya is screening in the International Panorama section of the Cairo International Film Festival.

The Arab Critics' Award for European Films aims to promote European cinema in the Arab world and raise the interest of distributors and industry players for outstanding European films.

This initiative also aims to cast light on the distinguished film critics from so many Arab countries and their important role in opening up new perspectives and bridging cultural idiosyncrasies.

In a joint statement, the very creative Mitevska sisters thank the jury: "We are thrilled and greatly honoured by this award! We come from North Macedonia, a country, a region, a zone of in-between that has been turned into a state of in-between, always becoming, never defined. To us, winning this award means that we are actually the bridge, not a gap. This award shows that culture is universal and that cinema can speak across continents. We believe in the power of cinema to exchange ideas and change minds, but most importantly to dare to say the unspeakable and the undesirable and by this start many uneasy but necessary conversations. We believe that cinema is a high art that can speak to wide audiences and we must cultivate and nourish it as a public good in these times of commercialization and commodification. We need to defend the freedom of expression as a basic human right, a right to provoke and dare the accepted systems of injustices. We love our job, cinema!"

Markéta Santrochová, EFP's President and Head of the Czech Film Center, is equally enthused by the jury's decision: "We are absolutely thrilled that the first Arab Critics' Award for Best European Film goes to a film by an outstanding female director, with an equally outstanding female cast. Its strong message demanding equal rights for women is universal. The film's heroine, a level-headed every women, doesn't budge an inch to male dominancy and argues her case with clear-sighted common sense. Congratulations to Teona and Labina Mitevska for receiving this important award."

Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, Founders of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), said," The diversity of the films nominated for the first edition of the Arab Critics' Awards for European Films madeit a tough competition. The votes were so close and it was hard to expect the winning film. We would like to thank the film critics who participated in this initiative and congratulate the Mitevska sisters on their achievement and the award."

Mohamed Hefzy, President of the Cairo International Film Festival, said, "We are happy to host the awards ceremony of the Arab Critics' Awards for European Films at the Cairo International Film Festival. I would like to congratulate the cast and crew of the winning film and I encourage everyone to watch it at the International Panorama section of the festival."

As part of its promotional advance into the Arab world EFP also organised in cooperation with the festival a panel discussion on Strategies for Making Foreign-Language Films Less Foreign to Audience discussing the following questions: What can we do to improve the situation for foreign language films at the theatrical box office worldwide? What are sales agents, film festivals, national film promotion institutes, distributors and exhibitors doing to enhance the visibility of films outside their countries of origin? Can these stakeholders work better together? Is this a question of finding engaging new strategies or simply a matter of increasing the budgets for marketing and communication?

The panel bring together experts: Verena von Stackelberg (Berlin International Film Festival),Daniel Ziskind (Film Clinic), Agahthe Valentine (Totem Films), Labina Mitevska, Winner of the Arab Critics' Awards for European Films, and film analyst Alaa Karkouti. The panel was moderated by Sonja Heinen, EFP's Managing Director.
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11/26/2019 11:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Film Connection announces its winning projects]]>
The CFC took place this year during the Cairo Industry Days of the Cairo International Film Festival.


The Awards winners are:

‘’Shameem’’ movie by Karim Rahbani won an invitation to its producer to attend Rotterdam Lab 2020.

The Arab Radio and Television (ART) award $10,000 cash award for a feature-length project in development went to ‘’Leila and I’’ movie by Maggie Morgan, produced by Shady Habashy.

The Iraqi Cinema award and $5,000 cash award for a feature length project in development or post-production went to ‘’A House for Expats’’ movie by Naji Ismail.

The MAD Solutions and Ergo Award Distribution in the Arab World award with $30,000 Minimum Guarantee for feature-length project in development or in post-production went to ‘The Life and Times of Omar Sharif’’ movie by Mark Lotfy and Axel Petersen, produced by Muhammad Taymour and Sigrid Helleday.


Rotana Group's award and the $10,000 cash award for a feature-length project in development or in post-production went to ‘’About Her’’ movie by Islam El-Azzazi, produced by Dina Farouk and Rina Khoury

This sixth edition of Cairo Film Connection showcased 16 films in post-production or in development from across the Arab world.

Jury members of Cairo Film Connection includes : Egyptian screenwriter Mariam Naoum, Ida Martins, founder and managing director of Media Luna New Films, and George David, producer and consultant in film and television.

Motored by the Arab Cinema Centre (ACC) and five of its partners, the awards were granted to feature-length projects in development or in post-production.

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11/26/2019 9:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mamalek el-Nar digitally available on Shahid.net]]>
“Mamalek el-Nar” (Kingdoms of Fire) is the biggest production of its kind in the MENA region and is an Emirati production. The series is directed by British director Peter Webber, who has directed a long list of successful works, including “Hannibal Rising”, “Girl With A Pearl Earring” and “Emperor”.

The entire series was filmed in Tunisia. Produced by Genomedia, the total cost of the production of “Mamalek el-Nar” totalled up to $40 million.

“Mamalek el-Nar” combines big names in the drama-making industry from Italy, Colombia and Australia, including luigi Marchionni who has previously worked with world-class directors such as Italian film director Giuseppe Tornatore and English Filmmaker Ridley Scott.

The series stars Khaled el-Nabawy, Mahmoud Nasr, Kenda Hanna, Rashid Assaf, Mona Wassef, in addition to a wide number of Egyptian and Syrian drama superstars. The widely viewed series is written by Egyptian author Mohamed Sulleiman Abdel Malik.

Nabawy plays the role of Tuman Bay, the last of the Mamluk rulers in Egypt, who embarked on a rigorous battle with the Ottomans, and got defeated, placing Egypt under the Ottoman rule.

“Mamalek el-Nar” interweaves the political with the social in a fabulous artistic work, where Egyptian author Mohamed Suleiman Abdel Malik combined historical accuracy and fiction in many of the screenplay’s events.

The series tells in 14 episodes the story of the Ottoman-Mamluk conflict and the occupation of Egypt and Sham (now Syria) by the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, in addition to the hanging of Tuman Bay at Bab Zuweila. The series also illustrates the end of the Mamluk State because of betrayal.

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11/26/2019 5:52:34 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass granted the Golden Medal Award in Serbia]]>
Ambassador of Egypt to Serbia Amr el-Gouily was also present.

The award was presented to five other individuals; a singer from Greece, a writer and journalist from Italy and the Czech Republic, a film director and another from France. Hawass is the first Arab and African to receive this award.

There was a special celebration for the veteran archaeologist, where a film about his life and his discoveries was screened. The film screening was followed by granting Hawass the Golden Medal Award and a certificate of appreciation.

The renowned Egyptian archaeologist then gave a speech in which he reviewed his life since childhood in a small village in Damietta. He then talked about his discoveries and pointed out that his passion for Egyptian antiquities came at the beginning of his life when he found a statue of the ancient Egyptian goddess Aphrodite. At the end of his speech, Hawass dedicated the award for the Egyptian people.

The Founder of the foundation commented that Zahi Hawass is the most popular Egyptian globally and the year 2019 is the 22nd year in which this award is presented; from the oldest institution in Europe.
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11/26/2019 5:34:30 PM
<![CDATA[Anani: Baron Palace will be fully renovated in Dec.]]>
He pointed out that the palace will contain an exhibition that depicts the history of Heliopolis since it was the Egyptian capital until today.

The minister of antiquities also explained that the ancient "tramway" was placed in the palace, allowing the new generations to witness the first tram of Heliopolis.

The Minister thanked all the participants in the restoration work of Baron Palace during a parliamentary delegation visit to the palace headed by MP Osama Heikal, stressing that this work was attended by many ministries and entities, under the supervision of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Antiquities, with the full cooperation of the House of Representatives.

Anani further called on MP’s for inspecting the works of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, in which the Ministry is preparing to open two halls during January 2020.

The minister revealed on the sidelines of his dialogue with the delegation, that the company in charge of the pyramids began to contract with other subsidiary companies to develop services, theaters, cafeterias and Hanatir (Horse-Carts), affirming that the Giza Pyramids in 2020 will change completely in conjunction with the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum.



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11/26/2019 5:24:07 PM
<![CDATA[CNN: Tutankhamun’s exhibitions become multi-million dollar industry]]>
The network said that since the British scientist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the discovery has become exciting in itself. The media interest and coverage gave the discovery a bigger weight globally, where the British newspaper, The Times, paid $5,000 for exclusive access to the cemetery, in the first ever press release in history.

Adam Lowe, founder of the conservation plant Factum Arte, who carried out a three-dimensional reconstruction of the cemetery in 2014, said that since 1922, the vision of the greatness of Pharaonic culture has captured the imagination of every school student around the world.

King Tutankhamun, the child ruler who died at the age of 19, turned overnight into a famous figure whose luster has not yet disappeared.

The network explained that since the early 1960s, mobile exhibitions displaying pieces of the tomb have created a new global feeling. The ongoing exhibition, which began at the Science Center in California in 2018 and then moved to Paris recorded unprecedented turnout for exhibitions in France. The previous record was also for an exhibition of Tutankhamun, which sold 1.4 million tickets.

The exhibition opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London in November as part of its tour of 10 cities around the world.

CNN pointed out that a major exhibition of the tomb of Tutankhamun's was a financial necessity after the Egyptian sites were at risk of flooding. The country needed to protect its antiquities during that dilemma in 1961.

Over the following five years, more than 30 pieces of the cemetery toured some 18 cities in the United States and Canada. A slightly expanded exhibition opened in Japan in 1965. During 1981, Tutankhamun’s antiquities travelled from Moscow to London and Paris to Berlin.
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11/26/2019 4:20:17 PM
<![CDATA[Arriaga: ‘Egypt like México full of contradictions, this feed creativity’]]>
The panel was moderated by Egyptian film critic Mohamed Tarek and attended by the Mexican ambassador in Egypt and CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy.

Oscar-nominee screenwriter and director Guillermo Arriaga and producer, director and screen writer Gabriel Ripstein.

Arriaga said that he thought that being Mexican filmmaker brings something different.

‘’This is the first time in Egypt but it is a fascinating country in terms of people and culture’’ Arriaga.

The Mexican Oscar-nominee filmmaker said that the Mexican cinema golden age started at the 1960s.

‘’Mexico is one of the important countries around the world in terms of cinema tickets sold’’ Ripstein said.

Ripstein added that some Mexican films are very successful commercially and generate high revenues.

‘’Egypt like México full of contradictions and this feed creativity’’ Arriaga recounted.

Arriaga explained he is a novelist before he became a filmmaker. ‘’One of my main goals is to bring novelistic structures to cinema’’ Arriaga added.

Arriaga admitted that he learnt filmmaking by making films as he didn’t go to film schools. ‘’I always write based on life experience.’’

Arriaga narrated that when he was a university professor he used to tell his students not to be deep or politically oriented, just tell the story honestly.




‘’My advice to young filmmakers try to be stubborn and have clear conscious’’ Ripstein said at the end of the panel.

It is worth mentioning that CIFF chose Mexico to be the country in focus of this year edition.

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11/25/2019 11:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF to partner with Red Sea International Film Festival]]>




CFC jury members for the current edition are Egyptian Screenwriter Mariam Naoum, alongside Ida Martins, Founder and Managing Director of Media Luna New Films, and George David, Producer and Consultant in film and television.


Mohamed Hefzy, CIFF President, previously spoke about the films that were helped forward by CFC saying "Since the launch of CFC in 2010 and throughout its consecutive editions, it has become an indicator of the future of Arab cinema in the following years. Every edition, we witness some of the best film projects on their way to completion. For example, the film projects that took part in the 2016 edition, such as A Son by director Mehdi Barsaoui, recently won Best Film and Best Actor Awards in the Horizons Competition(Orizzonti) at the Venice Film Festival, and Elie Kamal’s Beirut Terminus will have its International Premiere in the Arab Cinema Horizons Competition at CIFF. Before it’s Too Late by Majdi Lakhdar participated in CFC’s last year and will have its International Premiere at the Critics’ Week Competition of CIFF. This is the 2nd edition of CFC within the Cairo Industry Days and we are proud that Maggie Morgan, previous Manager of CFC, who contributed to its growth and success over the last few years, is participating, this year, through the film project Laila and I.”

Meriame Deghedi, Cairo Film Connection Manager, previously added, "We are thrilled to see a strong Arab competition. More than 100 projects were submitted this year to CFC from 12 different Arab countries, including Yemen, where filmmakers strive to express themselves through cinema. This makes us particularly proud of this edition that witnessed projects of high quality. I want to thank all filmmakers who have submitted their projects to CFC this year. I would also like to highlight the increase of Egyptian projects that were presented for this edition, which is a positive indicator, especially after noticing the absence of Egyptian films in Film Festivals recently.”

The three feature fiction film projects in the post-production phase are: About Her by Islam El Azzazy, Fragile by Ahmed Rashwan and Europa by Haider Rashid.

The six feature fiction film projects in the development phase are: The Land Beyond by Nadine Salib, The Station by Sara Ishaq, Leila and I by Maggie Morgan, A House for Expats by Naji Ismail, Shameem by Karim Rahbani and Under Construction by Nadim Tabet.

The four documentaries in the post-production phase are: The Disqualified by Hamza Ouni, Home There…Cinema Here by Nidal Al Dibs, We are From There by Wissam Tanios, Displaced in Heaven by Khaled Jarrar.

The three documentaries in the development phase are: Big Boys Don't Cry by Muhammad Mustapha, The life and times of Omar Sharif by Mark Lotfy and Axel Petersen and On the Trail of Yamile by Fatma Racha Shehadeh.

Cairo Film Connection (CFC) is held as part of the festival's prestigious Cairo Industry Days, which provides an important space for discussions, networking, meetings, workshops, master classes and partnership opportunities between Arab talents and regional and international key industry professionals to further support Arab Cinema.


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11/25/2019 11:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Saqqara discovery never ceases to amaze]]>
Preliminary studies conducted on the mummified animals indicated that the mummies likely belong to small cubs.

This came in a press conference that was held on Nov. 23 in the Bubastians cemetery in Saqqara to announce the details of the archaeological discovery in the presence of a number of ambassadors and heads of foreign archaeological missions operating in Egypt.

In the press conference, Anani stated that the discovery of Saqqara's sacred cache of mummified animals and birds confirms the greatness of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Mummies of cubs and a wooden statue of the goddess Neith were unveiled. Goddess Neith is associated with spinning and weaving in San el-Hagar.

Also, the discovery included a large-sized scarab and 75 statues of cats of different sizes and shapes that are made of wood and bronze.

The minister stated that the X-rays and preliminary scientific studies conducted on two of the mummified animals proved that they belong to small cubs, about 8 months old.

Anani clarified that further studies will be conducted in the coming weeks to confirm the initial results.

Furthermore, the minister of antiquities added that if studies prove these mummies belong to cubs, this will be the first discovery of its kind, as only skeletal parts of lions were previously unearthed.

For his part, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri requested the display of the cache of animals and sacred birds in one of the museums in Saqqara.

Waziri further explained that another collection of statues of ancient Egyptian gods were unearthed, including 73 bronze statues of the god Osiris and 6 wooden statues of the god Ptah Seker, in addition to 11 statues of the god Sekhmet made of wood and other materials, as well as a beautiful wooden statue of the goddess Neith.

The secretary general said the mission also found two small limestone coffins for the cat goddess Bastet, as well as a stone painting with the nymph of King Psamtik I of the 26th Dynasty on it, a small wooden box with the remains of a gilded mask and two wooden statues of women each with a cobra head.

Waziri explained that many cobra statues and a wooden frieze representing the life of the cobras, as well as amulets and the head of a bird (Ibis) were found.

Additionally, a collection of Ushabti made of faience, a set of cards made of papyrus that contained drawings of the goddess Tawerettenru and many wooden and colored mud masks were also discovered.

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11/25/2019 5:16:11 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass gave a lecture in Serbia on Egyptian antiquities]]>
Hawass spoke about the new discoveries being made by the Ministry of Antiquities, namely the coffins of Gharrafa in Menia, El- Assassif cache findings, secrets of the Sphinx, the Grand Egyptian Museum, secrets of the great Giza Pyramids, among others.
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The veteran archaeologist also announced that after 12 years of excavations at the Temple of Taposiris Magna in Alexandria, there is no evidence to claim that Cleopatra was buried in that location, claiming that it is likely that Queen Cleopatra was rather buried in the tomb made next to the temple and is now under water.

In 2020, an announcement will be revealed to the entire world explaining how the Golden King Tutankhamen died, according to Hawass.

After the lecture, the former Ambassador of Serbia to Egypt held a gala dinner in the presence of many intellectuals and politicians.


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11/25/2019 5:08:59 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Nathalie Emmanuel fascinated by Luxor’s temples]]>
Emmanuel’s visit to Luxor came on the sidelines of her participation in
Cairo International Film Festival’s 41st edition.

The international star has recently announced her arrival in Egypt to attend the 41st Cairo International Film Festival, which kicked off on Nov. 21 and is scheduled to run until Nov. 30.

It is noteworthy that the English star played the role of Misandi in the legendary series “Game of Thrones”. She managed to gain the appraisal of fans all around the world for her ingenuity.

Emmanuel also participated in the “Fast and Furious P 7” released in 2015. The British actress will also participate in the movie’s ninth part in 2020.

Nathalie Emmanuel began her career in 1990. She co-produced the final theme music for the famous film “The Lion King” while she was only 10 years old. In 2002, Emmanuel further pursued her career, taking part in about 20 cinematic and television works.

The rising star was born on March 2, 1989, in the United Kingdom.

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11/25/2019 3:03:02 PM
<![CDATA[Gala screening of Let’s Talk to take place on Nov.25]]>
The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) selected filmmaker Marianne Khoury’s documentary “Let’s Talk” for its international competition.

“Let’s Talk” documentary is a unique visual and humane record of four women from four different generations in the family of the late director Youssef Chahine, Khoury’s uncle, whose roots lie in the Levant.

She also manages to draw the link between cinema and life, by approaching the topic through a conversation between a cinematic mother who is Khoury and her daughter Sara, who is studying filmmaking in Cuba.

They each explore the difficulties and pleasures of life through a series of archival footage that straddles reality and the imagination, featuring both members of the family as they feature in Chahine’s autobiographical films and the family’s ladies in real life.
CIFF president Mohamed Hefzy said he does not remember the last time a documentary was included in CIFF’s International Competition.

This may indeed be an unprecedented event, he added, which goes to show the extent to which the festival admires Khoury’s film.

It also demonstrates how much more attention CIFF has paid to documentary films which had not been getting enough attention in the past few years. Khoury said she is very proud of the selection of “Let’s Talk”, stating that its screening for Cairo’s audience is her biggest reward.

“Despite my happiness that my film participated in the official competition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), I am even happier that it is part CIFF’s International competition because I am personally eager to have my compatriots should see it, along with the fact that CIFF will give the film the push it deserves” Khoury recounted.

She insisted on producing the film herself, feeling that, it being a unique film, she should be wholly responsible for it, giving no one else any power in its making, Khoury added that this gave her greater freedom.

It was appropriate because the film depends on family archives ,sound recordings and photographs as well as videos of her mother, her grandmother and her uncle and of Chahine with his mother which he has recorded himself ,that go back 100 years, its action spanning Alexandria, Cairo, Paris, London and Havana.

“I chose a narrative story born of archival footage and manifesting in a conversation with my daughter about life, death, identity, cinema, our dreams and love. We confront secrets and pains, and through such existential and emotional questions we delve into the history of our family, our identity and our geographic roots” Khoury continued.

Though she studied economics in Cairo and Oxford, Khoury has directed and produced films on controversial issues such as identity, memory, and social exclusion.

She worked closely with Chahine, and made her first documentary, “The Times of Laura” in 1999. It was followed by “Women Who Loved Cinema” in 2002.

Those two documentaries demonstrate the achievements of rebellious women in Egypt over the course of nearly a century.

Khoury is primarily interested in telling the stories of people who are unable to tell their own stories.

Her third documentary, “Shadows”, on personal and social perceptions of the mentally ill, which raises questions about the concept of madness itself.

“Shadows” premiered in the Opening of Venice Film Festival in 2010, and it won the FIPRESCI award at Dubai Film Festival that year and the Italian television Rai award in 2011 at the International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Current Affairs Films.

Khoury also mediates between artists and the industry, and being interested in auteur cinema she produces independent films on topics that depart from what dominates Egyptian cinema.

Since its first round in 2004, she has played a crucial role in the Panorama of European Film initiative, which presents cinephiles in Egypt with the best and most interesting in European film every year.

She is currently working on the Dahshour Workshops initiative to develop and produce film projects presented by budding Arab and Egyptian talents, and she has both the resources and the will to ensure its success. CIFF’s International Competition this year includes 15 films including three world premieres: “Zavera” by Andrei Gruzsniczki from Romania, “The Border” by David David from Colombia, and “Between Heaven and Earth” by Najwa Najjar, a Palestinian production.

It also includes two international premieres: “The Fourth Wall” by Zhang Chong and Zhang BO from China and “The Friendly Man” by IberêCarvalho from Brazil.


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11/25/2019 12:38:32 AM
<![CDATA[Gaghan: If you got the chance to make a movie make it]]>
Hefzy introduced Gaghan at the beginning of the panel. From his side Gaghan said that winning the Golden Globe was a turning point in his career.

The award winner filmmaker narrated that when he was a kid he used to tell his mum that he will be a writer, she didn’t accept this idea but he was looking up to his grandfather who was a columnist and critic in Variety and Philadelphia Daily News.

Gaghan pointed out that when he started writing he found out that his writing style is similar to the theatrical one, the matter that pushed him to develop himself. ‘’I can tell the stories but I want my stories to have practical advice’’ Gaghan recounted.

Gaghan said that the secret behind that he continued in his career all this time is perseverance and that he was thinking that the only one who can help him is to rely on himself.

The head of the jury of the international competition said that he was lucky many times, pointing out that he was keen not to imitate others. He said that when he felt that he was a loser, he didn’t surrender and faced himself with the targets he wanted to achieve. His first target was to work in Hollywood that’s why he was working 7 days a week to achieve this goal.

Pertaining to television scripts, he noted that it was in the past very bad, but in the current period it has improved significantly, after the primary focus was on entertainment only, now more important topics are tackled.

‘’I have made only five movies but three of them are studio movies, concerning making studio movies, the rule is that there is no rule’’ Gaghan said.

The acclaimed filmmaker spoke about the period he was drug addict ,how he managed to quit addiction and its effect on him while he was writing NYPD series.
Gaghan as well spoke about his memories with ‘’Syriana’’ movie

‘’Warner Brother company was extremely supportive to me when I was making Syriana movie’’ Gaghan said.



‘’My advice for any filmmaker if you got the chance to make a movie make it’’ Gaghan.


Stephen Gaghan is an Academy Award winning screenwriter and director. He has emerged amidst his generation as a filmmaker especially attuned to thrilling, multi-narrative storylines and carefully wrought emotional drama.

In 2001, Gaghan earned the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s film Traffic.

For that film, he also won a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA award. Gaghan was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2006 for Syriana, which he also directed. That film also won the best supporting actor Oscar for George Clooney. Gaghan directed Gold starring Matthew McConaughey.

Upcoming, Gaghan wrote and directed Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard, set to release in January 2020. Gaghan’s additional film writing credits include Havoc (2005), The Alamo (2004), and Rules Of Engagement (2000). Additionally, he has two Edgar Awards and won the 1997 Emmy for Best Dramatic Writing for an episode of NYPD Blue.
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11/24/2019 7:37:34 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan: Most popular singer in Africa]]>

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It is worth mentioning that Mohammed Ramadan had recently performed a concert in KSA as part of the Riyadh Season. The concert witnessed a massive turnout of fans from all across the Kingdom and the Arabian Gulf.


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11/24/2019 7:15:09 PM
<![CDATA[Golden pieces uncovered in El-Assasif's child mummy ]]>
The preliminary results of the CT scan performed on the mummies of a man, a woman and a child indicated that they are all preserved in a great way and are in good condition. The mummies of both the adults did not contain any precious findings, unlike the mummy of the child that contained two golden pieces.

These studies will also be conducted on the rest of the mummies discovered in El-Assassif cache. The second phase of the studies will include DNA tests for each mummy, as to see if there is any relation between them.
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Some of the dazzling tombs discoered in El-Assasif Cache
Sources at the Ministry of Antiquities confirmed to the press that the number of sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of El-Assasif, west of Luxor, reached on Oct. 16, 29 colored coffins belonging to senior statesmen and middle class individuals in the 18th, 25th and 26th ancient Egyptian dynasties.

Among the discovered artifacts are two small colored sarcophaguses likely belonging to two children buried in the ancient cemetery.

On Oct. 15, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities conducted a full inspection of the coffins and the cache found arranged and stockpiled on top of each other in a very distinctive state of preservation.

Professional restorers and archaeologists began to open the coffins one by one to find out their contents which turned out to be human remains belonging to a number of individuals from the ancient Pharaonic dynasties. Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of El-Assasif.




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11/24/2019 6:43:23 PM
<![CDATA[Screen International announces the talents of the Arab Stars of Tomorrow]]>
The announcement was made during a panel discussion at the Festival’s successful industry arm ‘Cairo Industry Days’ which brings together filmmakers from inside and outside the Arab world to promote, develop, and celebrate storytelling from around the world.

The ‘Arab Stars of Tomorrow’ have been curated and selected by Screen International’s Middle East correspondent Melanie Goodfellow, with input from Editor Matt and Finn Halligan, Chief Critic and Reviews editor.

For ‘Arab Stars of Tomorrow’, Screen International shortlisted five actors and directors who have already made a significant impact in their field with promise of much more to come.

The first finalist of the impressive selection is Egyptian filmmaker and writer Kawthar Younis, the daughter of a cinema professor who learned her craft on set working with acclaimed directors including Yousry Nasrallah and Amr Afara. Kawthar Younis first came to the film industry’s attention with her commercially successful graduation documentary ‘A Present from the Past’ which was a breakout hit with audiences.

She is currently finishing two shorts and developing a first fiction feature as well as getting involved in working as a producer.


The brilliantly gifted Moroccan actress Nisrin Erradi was most recently seen in this year’s feature ‘Adam’ from director Maryam Touzani which screened in the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

Her standout performance wowed critics and audiences alike and she can next be seen in Mohamed Nadif’s drama ‘Women in Block J’ and Abdeslam Kelai’s Poissons Rouges releasing in 2020.

Highly talented up-and-coming actor Farès Landoulsi from Tunisia will soon hit screens in the anticipated Netflix suspenseful drama ‘Messiah’ from writer Michael Petroni and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Farès studied at the prestigious Classe Libre Cours Florent in Paris, his credits include remarkable performances in the short films ‘Omertà” and ‘Face à la Mer’ both presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

Hailing from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, the hugely creative filmmaker Raed Alsemari is currently completing his MFA in Filmmaking in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He began his career in the industry working as a casting associate in 2014 on Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ which was shot in Jordan.

Raed most recently enjoyed critical acclaim when he picked up the prestigious Jury Award for International Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival for his short film ‘Dunya’s Day’ which he wrote and directed.

Completing the handpicked slate of talent is the exceptional Palestinian filmmaker Wisam Al Jafari, the winner of the third prize of the Cinéfondation Selection at the Cannes Film Festival for his film ‘Ambience’. The compelling and powerful documentary tells us about his life in a refugee camp and has received praise from around the world. He is currently writing a new feature film and is in the process of filming a documentary.

Screen International Editor Matt Mueller commented: “We are delighted to partner with Cairo International Film Festival on our Arab Stars of Tomorrow initiative. This is an exciting and hugely talented group of filmmakers and actors from across the region and we are thrilled to be showcasing them to the international industry at this year’s festival. This is Screen’s third Arab Stars of Tomorrow showcase, and we believe it is vitally important to offer exceptional talent from all parts of the world a platform for greater international exposure. Congratulations to this year’s Arab Stars, we look forward to keeping up with all of their future endeavours.”

CIFF’s President Mohamed Hefzy commented: “We are thrilled to partner with Screen, Kuwait National Cinema Company and Front Row Filmed Entertainment to bring this important initiative to Cairo to showcase exceptional filmmakers and actors to the international industry and help elevate their careers on a global platform. I congratulate this hugely talented group of Arab Stars and look forward to following their careers both in front of and behind the camera for years to come.”

Front Row’s Gianluca Chakra and KNCC’s Hisham Alghanim added: “In view of our current and future development and production plans, we are proud to support this much needed initiative. Discovering new talent is key in the region which is cast driven and dependant on only 3 or 4 names. Not only through the Cairo International Film Festival, but the MENA media as a whole, new talent whether it be it on the screen or behind should be encouraged and supported.”
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11/24/2019 5:26:21 PM
<![CDATA[Discovery of 'sacred animals' to be officially announced in Dec.]]>
The minister stated that December will also witness the inauguration of three archaeological projects, namely the Hurghada Museum, the Baron Palace and the Jewish Temple in Alexandria.

This came in a press conference that was held on Nov. 23 in the Bubastians cemetery in Saqqara to announce the details of the archaeological discovery in the presence of a number of ambassadors and heads of foreign archaeological missions operating in Egypt.
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Ancient Egyptians believed in numerous sacred animals

In the press conference, Anani stated that the discovery of Saqqara's sacred cache of mummified animals and birds confirms the greatness of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Mummies of cubs and a wooden statue of the goddess Neith were unveiled. Goddess Neith is associated with spinning and weaving in San el-Hagar. Also, the discovery included a large-sized scarab and 75 statues of cats of different sizes and shapes that are made of wood and bronze.

Anani pointed out that the discovery also consisted of 25 wooden boxes with covers decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions. Inside the boxes were mummified cats and wooden statues of animals such as mongooses and small crocodiles.

For his part, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri requested to display the cache of animals and sacred birds in one of the museums in Saqqara.



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11/24/2019 4:59:19 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Industry days organises creative production panel]]>
The panel was organised by CIFF and the American Embassy in Cairo, and was moderated by Louay Khraish, project manager at the non-profit film industry organization Film Independent.

Film Independent producers Heather Rae, Kelly Thomas, and Georges Shoucair discussed the challenges and benefits of creative producing, and the changing landscape of independent film production.

Khraish opened the discussion admitting that for the majority of people, a producer is simply someone who is in charge of generating money for the production of a film. Yet, in truth, this profession has a bigger role to play, which also involves active collaboration with filmmakers the matter that needs a great deal of creativity.

Georges Shoucair spoke about the vitality of the role of the producer-director duo in bringing a project to fruition. A film, he argued, is not only a screenplay, it’s teamwork.

Kelly Thomas noted that finding a creative producer can be quite a challenge, but the benefits of finding the right producer for one’s project are well worth the wait.

Creative producers can greatly assist a filmmaker by providing notes and guidance in the early stages of their project, and helping them establish who their target audience is. In the process of searching for a producer, Thomas advised filmmakers to be clear about their goals and values, and confident about the kind of story they want to tell.

Heather Rae noted that producers must be closely involved in all the details of the movie, from the early steps of pre-production to marketing and distribution: a producer is a person who is responsible of transferring the story from the pages of the script to the screen.

Panelists also discussed the delicate balance between the creative portion of any project and the more business-oriented aspects of their work. Kelly Thomas provided the example of a film she had worked on, which was set primarily in Los Angeles, but featured a lot of Korean dialogue. Thomas knew the film would be difficult to sell, but deeply believed in the heart of the story that was being told. Hence she and the filmmaker every scene at length, and worked together and re-write certain portions of the script to reduce production costs while retaining the emotional impact of the film.

Shoucair further noted the importance of having a coherent team structure from the early stages of any project.

In terms of their own criteria for choosing which projects to work on, the panelists all agreed that the most important thing is for them to feel that the filmmaker’s vision is authentic and speaks to some deeper truth. Heather Rae, who has worked extensively within the genre of social realism, said she feels drawn to underdog stories, films that put forward underrepresented perspectives and new ways of looking at the world.

Shoucair, for his part, felt that his relationship with the director was a major factor in choosing which projects to take on. The director-producer duo, he explained, is central to any project. It is therefore important for producers to be able to see eye-to-eye with their creative collaborators.

When asked about the specifics of raising funds for a project, Shoucair said the key was patience, because it can be a long and difficult process. Rae advised film practitioners never to take their project out into the world too early, and only begin.

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11/24/2019 3:39:49 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF key events on Nov.24]]>CAIRO – 24 November 2019: The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival houses a number of key events on Sunday, November 24.

The great Hassan Ben Jaloun’s Moroccan film “For the Cause” screening in its World Premiere, the Chinese film “The Fourth Wall” gala screening, “The Lighthouse” starring the great Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, and Nezar Andary’s “Unlocking Doors of Cinema” about the Syrian author and director Mohammad Malas. Moving on to Cairo Industry Days with a keynote presented by Ronald Menzel, and a panel discussion about the Arab Stars of Tomorrow.

Head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy gave a speech in the opening session of Cairo Film Connection. This morning the Panel discussion: ‘’The future of Arab TV: Streaming Platforms’’ took place.


Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is holds a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Faten Hamama Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.
“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel presents a diversified program of the festival's events and highlights daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival holds the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.
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11/24/2019 1:32:54 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF screens ‘Rizk el Cinema’ to honour the late great Rizkallah]]>
More than twenty prominent filmmakers spoke about the renowned Rizkallah in the short movie: famed actress Yousra, renowned actor Hussein Fahmy, Egyptian director Hala Khalil, acclaimed script writer Waheed Hamed, veteran director Yousry Nasrallah,famed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, renowned film critics Tarek el Shenawy, Khaled Mahmoud and Kamal Ramzy, former CIFF head Magda Wassef, head of Luxor African Film Festival Sayed Fouad, in addition to the sons of Rizkallah, film critic Ahmed Rizkallah and engineer Karim Rizkallah.
CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy and acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky spoke about Rizkallah in the documentary too. ‘’Rizk el Cinema’’ documentary is directed by Abdelrahman Nasr.

Born in 1942, Youssef Cherif Rizkallah completed the Jesuit School and ranked fifth in the secondary school final examination on the national level. He then studied Political Science at the Cairo University graduating with honors in 1966.

Rizkallah dedicated his life to media specializing in film. Following his graduation, he worked at the Egyptian Radio and Television becoming the news editor.

In the 1980s and the 1990s, he was in charge of preparing, co-hosting and hosting several programmes focusing on the seventh art: "Oscar", "Telecinema", "The Magic Lantern", among others. He also chaired the Cairo Film Society between 1978 and 1994.

Throughout his work at the Radio and Television and his writings, Rizkallah raised awareness of cinema among the Egyptians, sharing with them his vast knowledge about this field in Egypt, regionally and internationally. He has also introduced many Hollywood icons to the Egyptian viewers.

Between 1997 and 2002, he was appointed president of the Nile TV Channel and then president of the International Cooperation Sector in the Media Production City (2007 – 2011) and head of the Cinema Authority in the Media Production City (2011 – 2012).

Rizkallah was among the jury members of many renowned international film festivals, including Strasbourg, Milan, Rotterdam and Montpellier Film Festivals. He also served as artistic director of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival.
The 41st Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to Rizkallah, the iconic film critic and historian who passed away on July 12, 2019.

Hefzy previously stressed that Rizkallah’s decades of work in popularizing and spreading knowledge about a variety of segments of the seventh art possesses an important place in the hearts and souls of cinema followers. He added that the significance of Rizkallah’s work in the field deserves much more than just the dedication of the festival’s 41st edition.

“We have learned the love of cinema from Rizkallah; we hope to continue learning about sincerity, alongside many values that we often miss from Rizkallah,” Hefzy previously commented.

Many activities will be held to shed light on the late critic's work and he will posthumously retain the festival’s artistic director position that he held since 2000, after joining the festival in 1987 as artistic secretary.

In the festival’s 41st edition, Egyptian critic Ahmed Shawky, the festival’s deputy artistic director, is the acting artistic director. He will be in charge of all the matters related to this post.
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11/23/2019 11:59:25 PM
<![CDATA[Menna Shalaby: Acting means you don’t act]]>
Shalaby started her speech by giving credit to the directors she worked with during her career, such as Radwan Al-Kashef, Mohamed Khan, Osama Fawzy, Youssef Chahine, Hala Khalil, Kamla Abu Zekry, Mariam Abu Ouf, among others.

‘’Having a good director is like a treasure because he/she knows how to deal with
actors, make them feel comfortable when they are anxious, or afraid from performing the role’’ Shalaby said.

When asked about the effect playing different characters left on her, she said that the actor has to live with the character, to feel its experience. “Sometimes you get to play a character that was raped, hurt, or witnessed a shock, and this affects you eventually, especially that acting means you don’t act, you have to be natural” Shalaby recounted.

She added that she eases this pressure by comprehensive training ,rehearsals, or seeking professional help to decompress after playing difficult roles. Shalaby explained that getting ready for a role depends on the script as some films might take a month to shoot, while others take more time and may include a long break.
“As an actress, I like to try different ways and play with the director. It is important for the director to offer trust and comfort to his actors,” she added speaking about breaking the tension when being introduced to a new character.

Shalaby spoke about her important experience of working with acclaimed director Yousry Nasrallah in the film ‘’ Ba’ad el Mawke’a’’ (After the Battle) which participated in the Cannes Film Festival as part of the main competition.
On improvisation, Shalaby said that in ‘’After the Battle’’ Nasrallah introduced the characters to the actors and asked them to think what these characters would do, so every actor could bring in their experience and skills to enrich the character. ‘’Some directors depend on improvisation we just stand in front of the camera and say what we feel.’’

Shalaby admitted that improvisation is quite difficult process but Nasrallah made it easier. The Egyptian star admitted that she regards acting as a hobby. ‘’ I am a professional actress but I like to regard acting as my passion and hobby.’’


According to Shalaby there is no difference between male and female director what is important is the talent. ‘’ But I can’t deny that I prefer a little bit to work with female directors because we as women feel each other more, but at the end art has no gender’’ Shalaby added.

Shalaby gave an example speaking about her experience with women filmmakers like Hala Khalil’s in ‘’ Ahla el Aw’at’’ (The Best of Times) and ‘’Nawara ‘’ they both were great because, as women they knew how to write about their feelings and reactions.” Women have little bit of an edge when writing about women” Shalaby recounted.
However, Shalaby added that men also can write expressively about women.
‘’We have clever male scriptwriters like Tamer Habib who can understand women
Feelings’’ Shalaby said.

The Faten Hamama award winner actress said it is very important for the actor to have a good relationship with all the movie or the series cast/

‘’I am performing now a character that is very difficult to mem it is in a psychodrama project, I didn’t perform in this genre before’’ Shalaby said.

Egyptian Tunisian star Hend Sabry gave her friend and colleague the heartthrob Menna Shalaby the Faten Hamamma Excellence Award at the opening ceremony of Cairo International Film Festival.

‘’Menna you deserve this award and I am so proud of you’’ Sabry commented.

At the beginning of her speech after she received the award Shalaby said that it meant a lot to her to receive the award from her friend Hend Sabry.

‘’I dedicate this award to all the directors whom I worked with and learnt from’’ Shalaby said.

Shalaby explained that she is so honoured to be part of the Egyptian cinema industry

‘’I dedicate this award to my mother who helped me to achieve this success’’ Shalaby said.
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11/23/2019 9:38:04 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem, Hefzy to inaugurate 'Cairo..I Love You' exhibition]]>
This exhibition is tailor made to highlight Cairo's rich cinematic origins. Cairo which houses one of the oldest film industries in the world.

''Cairo.. I Love You'' exhibition gives the public the opportunity to visit Cairo through the camera lenses of Al Hanager theater.

The exhibition visitors can take a tour in Cairo using geographic identification technology through the application of Cairo International Film Festival on their smart phones, to watch a number of classic film scenes live in their original filming locations.

The exhibition inauguration was attended by Egyptian stars Elham Shaheen and Lebleba.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

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11/23/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hefzy to inaugurate Cairo Industry Days on Nov.22]]>
The opening event of the Cairo Industry Days program was entitled “Around the World Exploration of Film Production,” featuring acclaimed Hollywood producer, financier and international sales agent Stuart Ford, Chairman and CEO of AGC Studios.

At the beginning of his speech Hefzy thanked all participants in this second edition of the program.

The head of CIFF revealed that Cairo Industry Days was tailor made to create a mutual dialogue between film practitioners and inspire all talented people working in the cinema industry.

Ford recounted his own journey through the industry, and noted the changing nature of film production and distribution in the contemporary world. In his view, with the existence of Netflix and other modern distribution platforms, filmmakers are witnessing an industry-wide revolution.

To co-op with this revolution, he advised producers to keep a number of things in mind such as creativity; determining the target audience; how to produce the film and whether this production will require a certain loan; and the time frame for production.

Most important of all, he concluded, is the content being put forward. Well-written scripts that speak the filmmaker’s truth are what makes a producer believe in a screen
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11/23/2019 11:23:02 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Peru probe bolstering archaeological cooperation]]>
The Egyptian minister voiced his solidarity with the Peruvian government and people in their war against trafficking in the country’s cultural heritage, general supervisor of foreign relations at the ministry Maged Mosleh said on Friday.

Mosleh added that the two ministers agreed on bolstering archaeological cooperation, training archaeologists and combating cultural heritage trafficking]]>
11/22/2019 4:43:55 PM
<![CDATA[Presentation chooses Hosny to perform at U-30 AFCON closing]]>
Presentation chose Hosny because not only is he one of the most popular singers in the Arab world, but he also serves as an ambassador for Egyptian art.

Hosny expressed his happiness to participate in such an important sports event, cooperating with a leading sports marketing company like presentation.

The closing ceremony of U-23 AFCON is expected to witness a group of surprises made by Presentation Company.

Tazkati which is headed by Al-Nabrawy exerted a lot of effort in organizing U-23 AFCON using the latest worldwide techniques.

Tazkarti made an amazing organization for U-23 AFCON opening ceremony that dazzled all the attendees.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.


His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.]]>
11/22/2019 3:07:42 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF named Oscar qualifying Film Festival]]>
The winner of the Best Short Film award in the Short film competition ‘Cinema of Tomorrow’ section will be eligible for consideration in the Animated and Live Action Short Film Categories of the ACADEMY AWARDS without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.

The Festival, which will showcase an impressive 150 films from 63 different countries over a 10-day period this year, made the announcement during the opening of Cairo Industry Days. This initiative brings together industry professionals from around the world to engage in a program of masterclasses, panel discussions and events designed to inspire, display and support film-making talent from the region.

CIFF is the only Festival in North Africa to join the list of qualifying international Festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Sundance.

CIFF’s President Mohamed Hefzy commented: “We are incredibly proud to have been selected to join the ranks of OSCAR qualifying festivals and grateful to AMPAS for their support of our Festival. This honour is a validation of our Festival and the incredible selection of innovative films we showcase every year from some of the most exciting filmmaking talent working in the global film industry today. The opportunity to gain this type of recognition will help filmmakers achieve global attention for their extraordinary storytelling in the short film format.”





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11/22/2019 2:11:11 PM
<![CDATA[Arafa: I don’t do the best thing ever, I do the best based on the current circumstances]]>
Head of CIFF Mohamed Hefzy expressed his happiness because Arafa was honoured from the festival when he is its head, at the same time he is sad that they didn’t work with each other before.

‘’ Arafa was from the people who made me love cinema’’ Hefzy added.
CIFF head recounted that this honorary was late but at the same time it came on time after Arafa’s latest movie ‘’El Mamar’’ ( The Passage).

Arafa thanked Hefzy for this honorary, expressing his appreciation for Hefzy as a writer and producer, hoping to cooperate with him in the future.

‘’ I am happy that some of my old movies were restored and is screening on the side-lines of the festival’’ Arafa said.

Arafa explained that at the beginning cinema was like a heritage from his father late great director Saad Arafa.

‘’ Me and my colleagues carry huge responsibility, because we are responsible about Egyptian art which one of the most important Egyptian soft powers, because art has great influence abroad’’ Arafa said.

To prove his words Arafa narrated the story of the Moroccan guy who met late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and asked him to send his greetings to late Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin.

Acclaimed Egyptian critic Tarek el Shenawy who was moderating the seminar said that Arafa passed through a lot of stages during his work as a director. ‘’ Arafa is a cinema passionate’’ El Shenawy said.

Arafa refuted all the criticism that said he presented the journalist character in a bad way in ‘’ El Mamar’’ movie and said ‘’ What is wrong that a journalist used to write about artistically poor belly dancers than decided to correct his path and write about the war, this journalist saved the life of the soldier in the movie I can’t present journalists in a bad image because I have a good relationship with all the journalist.’’

The veteran director narrated a story about realism, saying that late renowned director Salah Abou Seif said to him that presenting a villain character who is working in a certain profession don’t mean that all those who work in the same profession are bad.
Arafa said that he can’t forget how Egyptian star Laila Elwi believed in his talent and produced one of his movies.

‘’ What I care about is to make good movies with comprehensive plot and scenes’’ Arafa said.

The veteran director praised the role great scriptwriter Waheed Hamed played in his life, pointing out that he can’t forget how he helped him.

‘’ The movies we make have a great influence on society, when we made ‘’ El Gezeira’’ part 2 ( The Island) this was reflect Egypt’s circumstances after the revolution but now I can’t gurantee that we will make part 3 in the near future’’ Arafa said.

Arafa pointed out that it is a great honour to receive an award that carry the name of the great Faten Hamama.

‘’ I received a phone call from the late great actress Faten Hamama where she praised my movie ‘’Ya Mahlabya Ya’’ that was participating in Cairo International Film Festival at that time and she was one of the jury members. She said it is a good movie but it won’t win any award because the rest of the jury members can’t understand the comic scenes in the movie, this call meant a lot to me.’’

Arafa recounted that the most important thing in any actor or actress is his/her talent

‘’I am a realistic director I don’t do the best thing ever, I do the best based on the current circumstances’’ Arafa admitted.

‘’Sherif Arafa is my lifetime and school friend ,the award he received is the minimum he deserves’’ Egyptian star Sherif Mounir said.

‘’Honesty and commitment are the main characteristics of Sherif Arafa’’ recounted famed Egyptian director Amr Arafa describing his brother.

Hearthrob star Laila Elwi said that Sherif Arafa is the most important musical director in Egypt.

‘’ Sherif Arafa is a filmmaker who is capable of making all movies genres’’ Elwi added.

At the end of the seminar Arafa said describing his relationship with the late great Ahmed Zaki ‘’He was an actor with a 100% talent.’’

At CIFF opening ceremony Arafa expressed his happiness with the Faten Hamama award he received , revealing that how the attendees welcomed him was the best thing that happened to him.

''I am not used to stand in front of the camera I am used to stand behind camera'' Arafa said,

The renowned Egyptian director thanked his father the late great director Saad Arafa who taught me a lot.

''Waheed Hamed for me was like the light that came out of darkness'' Arafa added in his speech.

Arafa thanked as well the great star Adel emam who strongly believed in his talent.

'' I have to thank a great woman who supported me a lot, my wife I love my daughters and son and keen to leave to them a legacy to be proud of'' Arafa recounted.

At the end of his speech Arafa wished to continue making movies till the end of his life.





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11/22/2019 11:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Gilliam: I only present the movies I strongly believe in]]>
The seminar main them was ‘’ Finding your voice across different mediums in conversation with Terry Gilliam.’’

The seminar was moderated by famed Egyptian director Amr Salama. At the beginning of the seminar Salama said that he is extremely happy to sit with a veteran filmmaker like Gilliam.

Gilliam said during the seminar that he doesn’t present any story unless he is obsessed with, revealing that he didn’t present any movie he doesn’t strongly believes in, for the sake of money.

Gilliam added that he was lucky because he presented through his movies all what he believes in.
‘’ When I finish the movie, I feel I did all what I planned to do’’ Gilliam said.
The veteran filmmaker added that he is committed to the movie message, pointing out that he prefers to give the actors he is working with different ideas as suggestions to help them perform their roles.

‘’ We change a lot of things in the plan after we start shooting, the script is completely different when it comes out to the audience in its final version, we change it to fit other things that may appear during shooting time’’ Gilliam said.

Gilliam explained that he prefers to work with box office stars, because they protect the movie from the producer interference, revealing that he prefers the actor/actress who has high sense of humor.

He explained that when he was working with the American actor Jeff Bridges, his manager prevented Gilliam from solving one of the film problems with the producer and said ‘’ Let the actor solve this problem and he managed to solve it.’’

Gilliam revealed that he can’t describe Cairo or understand it as a city full of buildings, but at the same time he loves its people because they laugh a lot and full of energy.

Gilliam pointed out that he doesn’t prefer to choose from his work one to be the best, adding that the majority see ‘’ Brazil’’ as his best movie, but despite his love to this movie, he can’t prefer a movie over the other.

The acclaimed filmmaker admitted that directors are not successful in their marriages despite this fact he managed to keep his marriage for 46 years.

Gilliam revealed that the debut of his career was through cartoon movies. ‘’ Cartoon movies are great they can change the world’’ Gilliam said.

Gilliam received the Faten Hamama Excellence Award from Cairo International Film Festival head Mohamed Hefzy at the festival opening ceremony that took place on November 20.

Gilliam expressed his happiness with the award revealing that when he first knew about the award he felt it is is still too early because he feels himself young but when he looked at the mirror he discovered that he grew old.

Gilliam said that Cairo is a city full of energy and that filmmaking is a magical thing despite the fact that it is very tiring and requires much effort.


Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa,among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.


The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby with Faten Hamama Excellence Award.


“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.
Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.


The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

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11/22/2019 10:40:00 AM
<![CDATA['Fengan Qahwa' brings Samiha Ayoub back to theater]]>
The play brings back veteran theatrical actress Samiha Ayoub to the theatrical scene after years of hiatus. The play comes as a manifestation of joint Arab cooperation, where the writer of the play is Iraqi and the director is Egyptian. Veteran actor Abdul Raham Abou Zahra will co-star alongside Ayoub.

It is noteworthy that Ayoub was discovered by the playwright Zaki Tulaimat. Throughout her theatrical career, she participated in 170 plays, including “Rabaa el-Adaweya”, “Seket Salama”, “Demaa’ Ala Astar el-Kaaba”, among others.

Additionally, Ayoub had numerous contributions to cinema and television production. Her distinguished film contributions include “Ard el-Nefaq”, “Fagr el-Islam”, and “Bein al-Atlal,” while her notable television works include “El Doo’ el-Shared”, “Awan el-Ward”, and “El-Masrawiya.”

Ayoub received many awards from several presidents, including late presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat, as well as Syrian late President Hafez al-Assad and late French President Giscard d'Estaing.




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11/21/2019 5:52:37 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Anani embarks on inspecting tour in Kafr el-Sheikh Museum]]>
The inspecting tour was attended by Governor of Kafr el-Sheikh Ismail Abdel Hamid Taha, MP’s of the governorate, Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Investment and Financial Resources Development Iman Zeidan, Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Finance and Financial Resources Hany Mamdouh, Head of the Projects Sector Waad Abul Ela, Head of the Museums' Sector Momen Othman and Deputy Minister of Antiquities of the Museums' Display Nevin Nizar.

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During the tour, the minister stressed the necessity of making some changes to the main entrance, the parking area and the information and ticketing area of the museum. This is in addition to amending the visit route of the museum so that the visitor can enjoy the exhibits and the services available in the museum, which include a library, a school for museum education, bazaars and cafeterias.

Anani asserted the need to establish easy-access corridors for visitors with special needs, and allocate an area for environmental, heritage and traditional crafts for the people of Kafr el-Sheikh. The minister ordered the construction of a Roman theater, with the aim of holding cultural and artistic performances for the people of the province in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.


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11/21/2019 5:45:16 PM
<![CDATA[Mai Farouk to perform in King Abdul Aziz Center on Nov. 22, 23]]>CAIRO - 21 November 2019: Mai Farouk is set to perform in King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture in KSA on Nov. 22, 23 led by the National Arab Orchestra.

Farouk is set to present a selection of the most famous masterpieces of late legendary singer Umm Kulthum, in addition to a selection of Tarab compositions of late Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Fayza Ahmed, in addition to a number of her own works.

Farouk is currently considered to own one of the most beautiful voices on the musical scene. She began her career at an early age; Farouk joined the Children's Choir at the Egyptian Opera House and was apprenticed by Maestro Selim Sahab.

She was only eight years old when she first performed in the Opera House. The young star is known to present musical masterpieces of legendary Egyptian singers in the Egyptian Opera House concerts. Farouk also presented numerous series' theme songs.


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11/21/2019 5:42:48 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem meets with Greek, Emirati culture ministers]]>
The forum comes within the framework of the 40th edition of the General Conference of UNESCO and is attended by culture ministers and representatives of 120 countries.

The meetings discussed means of enhancing cooperation in the cultural, artistic and intellectual fields, in addition to strengthening partnerships in the fields of arts, book translation, plastic art, writing, theater, cinema, opera and children arts.

Attended by Ambassador of Egypt to France and its Permanent Representative to UNESCO Ehab Badawi and Head of Foreign Cultural Relations Heba Youssef, the forum aims to open new creative horizons based on cultural diversity.

Abdel Dayem stressed that a number of projects that highlight positive intellectual trends in different societies were discussed. These projects encompass various activities for children and youth, as well as folkloric and theatrical performances, and literary and poetry evenings.

Inas Abdel Dayem to speak in Forum of Ministers of Culture

CAIRO - 19 November 2019: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will give a speech Tuesday evening at the Forum of Ministers of Culture. The forum comes within the framework of the 40th edition of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris, France, and is attended by culture ministers and representatives of 120 countries.




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11/21/2019 4:03:52 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF to inaugurate '' Cairo ..I Love You'' exhibition on Nov.23]]>
This exhibition is tailor made to highlight Cairo's rich cinematic origins.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

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11/21/2019 3:30:00 PM
<![CDATA['The Irishman' will be screened for free to the public on Nov.21]]>
Egypt Today provide its readers with the most prominent film screenings on November 21:


1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cairo Opera House main hall
Film screening
The Irishman
USA
Fiction, 2019, Colour, 209 min
Director: Martin Scorsese



6:30pm - 8pm
Cairo Opera House main hall
Film screening followed by Q&A
Ghost Town Anthology
Tunisia, France, Lebanon
Fiction, 2019, Colour, 96 min
Director: Denis Cote
MENA Premiere
Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition section of CIFF

8:30pm - 10:45pm
Hanager Cinema
Film screening followed by Q&A
Daniel
Denmark, 135 min
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
International Premiere
International Panorama section of CIFF]]>
11/21/2019 1:59:13 PM
<![CDATA[Terry Gilliam receives Faten Hamama Excellence Award from CIFF]]>CAIRO - 21 November: The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam received the Faten Hamama Excellence Award from Cairo International Film Festival head Mohamed Hefzy at the festival opening ceremony that took place on November 20.

Gilliam expressed his happiness with the award revealing that when he first knew about the award he felt it is is still too early because he feels himself young but when he looked at the mirror he discovered that he grew old.

Gilliam said that Cairo is a city full of energy and that filmmaking is a magical thing despite the fact that it is very tiring and requires much effort.


Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa,among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.


The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby with Faten Hamama Excellence Award.


“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.
Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.


The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.]]>
11/21/2019 1:34:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hefzy: We have 153 movies from 63 counties which is a record for CIFF]]>
“I apologize on behalf of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem she wasn’t able to attend cause she represents Egypt in a conference abroad” Hefzy said.

Head of Cairo International Film Festival added that the festival management exerted a lot of effort in this edition to appear in this honorable way.

”This year we have 153 movies from 63 counties which is a record in the history of Cairo international film festival” Hefzy added.

Hefzy recounted that Cairo International Film Festival is not just an opening and closing ceremonies but it houses a number of workshops, seminars and panel discussions.

“Mexican cinema is a very important experience that is similar to the Egyptian cinema” he added.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.]]>
11/21/2019 10:32:34 AM
<![CDATA[Dawoud: ’I wear this hat to welcome the Mexican cinema’]]>
‘’I wear this Mexican hat to welcome one of the best cinema industries in the world which is the Mexican one’’ Dawoud added.

The Egyptian star added that Mexican cinema deserves to be honoured. Cairo Intetnational Film Festival screened a short movie about Mexican cinema. ‘’Now I will present my friend Dina el Sherbiny’’ Dawoud said.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

The Irishman was the opening movie of the festival and Mexico is the country in focus of this year edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.


During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.




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11/21/2019 12:55:04 AM
<![CDATA[Elsawy: Rizkallah was the cinematic encyclopedia of our generation ]]>
‘’Welcome to the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival’’ recounted Egyptian star Khaled el Sawy. Elsawy added that Cairo International Film festival will remain a youthful festival. The Egyptian star expressed his honor to host this edition from the festival

‘’Youssef Sherif Rizkallah was the cinematic encyclopedia of our generation and our YouTube’’ Elsawy recounted.

Elsawy added that cinema is the small life we create to be able to live our real life. The funny Egyptian actor performance on stage was characterized by its sense of humor. He received a phone call from a producer on the attendees and asked the attendees whether to go or not. Khaled el sawy spoke about an imaginary argument between a director and scriptwriter whether the movie will achieve high revenues or participate in the festivals

‘’ The best moments in the life of any actor are those between the word action and the word cut’’ Elsawy recounted.

He added ‘’We will die and these moments will live forever.’’
Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.
Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

The Irishman was the opening movie of the festival and Mexico is the country in focus of this year edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.


During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

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11/21/2019 12:45:57 AM
<![CDATA[Arafa: I wish to continue making movies till the end of my life]]>
''I am not used to stand in front of the camera I am used to stand behind camera'' Arafa said,

The renowned Egyptian director thanked his father the late great director Saad Arafa who taught me a lot/

''Waheed Hamed for me was like the light that came out of darkness'' Arafa added in his speech.

Arafa thanked as well the great star Adel emam who strongly believed in his talent.

'' I have to thank a great woman who supported me a lot, my wife I love my daughters and son and keen to leave to them a legacy to be proud of'' Arafa recounted.

At the end of his speech Arafa wished to continue making movies till the end of his life.
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11/20/2019 11:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[In depth look at the opening ceremony of CIFF]]>
‘’Welcome to the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival’’ recounted Egyptian star Khaled el Sawy. Elsawy added that Cairo International Film festival will remain a youthful festival. The Egyptian star expressed his honor to host this edition from the festival

‘’Youssef Sherif Rizkallah was the cinematic encyclopedia of our generation and our YouTube’’ Elsawy recounted.

Elsawy added that cinema is the small life we create to be able to live our real life. The funny Egyptian actor performance on stage was characterized by its sense of humor.
He received a phone call from a producer on the attendees and asked the attendees whether to go or not. Khaled el sawy spoke about an imaginary argument between a director and scriptwriter whether the movie will achieve high revenues or participate in the festivals

‘’ The best moments in the life of any actor are those between the word action and the word cut’’ Elsawy recounted.

He added ‘’We will die and these moments will live forever.’’
At the beginning of his speech Egyptian star Ahmed Dawoud welcomed the attendees. He expressed how his old dream was to participate in Cairo International Film Festival.

‘’I wear this Mexican hat to welcome one of the best cinema industries in the world which is the Mexican one’’ Dawoud added.

The Egyptian star added that Mexican cinema deserves to be honoured. Cairo Intetnational Film Festival screened a short movie about Mexican cinema. ‘’Now I will present my friend Dina el Sherbiny’’ Dawoud said.
‘’I am so happy and scared that I am now on the stage of Cairo international film festival’’ El Sherbiny said.

Elsherbiny added that Cairo international film festival is the first Arab festival to sign 50*50 agreement.

CIFF screens a short video about female Egyptian pioneer filmmakers. After Elsherbiny commented ‘’Youssef Chahine said before if you need a true opportunity in cinema only a woman can give it to you’’

Famed Egyptian actress Asma Abulyazid sings a song about women empowerment on the stage of Cairo International Film Festival
Head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy started his speech in the festival opening ceremony by apologizing to all the producers on behalf of Khaled el Sawy after the latest gave a sarcastic dialogue about producers.

“I apologize on behalf of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem she wasn’t able to attend as she represents Egypt in a conference abroad” Hefzy said.

Head of Cairo International Film Festival added that the festival management exerted a lot of effort in this edition to appear in this honourable way.

”This year we have 153 movies from 63 counties which is a record in the history of Cairo international film festival” Hefzy added.

Hefzy recounted that Cairo International Film Festival is not just an opening and closing ceremonies but it houses a number of workshops, seminars and panel discussions.

“Mexican cinema is a very important experience that is similar to the Egyptian cinema” he added.
The jury head of the international competition Stephen Gaghan came on stage and presented the rest of the international competition jury members.

Egyptian Tunisian star Hend Sabry gave her friend and collegeaue the hearthrob Menna Shalaby the Faten Hamamma Excellence Award.

‘’Menna you deserve this award and I am so proud of you’’ Sabry commented.

At the beginning of her speech, Shalaby said that it meant a lot to her to receive the award from her friend Hend Sabry.

‘’I dedicate this award to all the directors whom I worked with and learnt from’’ Shalaby said.

Shalaby explained that she is so honoured to be part of the Egyptian cinema industry

‘’I dedicate this award to my mother who helped me to achieve this success’’ Shalaby said.

The visionary and legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam received the Faten Hamama Excellence Award from Cairo International Film Festival head Mohamed Hefzy.


Gilliam expressed his happiness with the award revealing that when he first knew about the award he felt it is is still too early because he feels himself young but when he looked at the mirror he discovered that he grew old.

Gilliam said that Cairo is a city full of energy and that filmmaking is a magical thing despite the fact that it is very tiring and requires much effort.

‘’You all look dazzling and you have done a great job Hefzy’’ the Egyptian diva Yousra said.

Veteran Egyptian director Sherif Arafa expressed his happiness with the Faten Hamama award he received from Cairo International Film Festival, revealing that how the attendees welcomed him was the best thing that happened to him in his life.

''I am not used to stand in front of the camera I am used to stand behind camera'' Arafa said,

The renowned Egyptian director thanked his father the late great director Saad Arafa who taught him a lot.

''Waheed Hamed for me was like the light that came out of darkness'' Arafa added in his speech. Arafa thanked as well the great star Adel Emam who strongly believed in his talent.

'' I have to thank a great woman who supported me a lot, my wife I love my daughters and son and keen to leave to them a legacy to be proud of'' Arafa recounted.

At the end of his speech Arafa wished to continue making movies till the end of his life. Cairo International Film Festival presents a video about the late great Ezzat Abou Auf

‘’Haitham Ahmed Zaki my friend was kind ,sensitive and so tender and I am sure he is now in a better place’’ Elsherbiny said.

The acting as the artistic director of the festival Ahmed Shawky said that the the opening ceremony movie is the long awaited movie of the year that all is looking forward to watch which is “The Irishman”.

‘’We thank Netflix that helped us to get this important movie’’ Shawky added.


Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its head the creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, its artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem.



Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this year edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC broadcasted the opening ceremony and will do the same in the closing in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman previously explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.


During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

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11/20/2019 11:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Stars flock to Cairo International Film Festival]]>
Among the celebrities who are now on the red carpet are Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Naglaa Badr, Rogena, Dalia el Beheiry, Amir el Masry, Nadia el Gendy, Ragaa el Guidawy, Dorra, Ashraf Zaki, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud will host the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will Kick off from November 20-29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition will honour renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam is set to accept the accolade during the opening ceremony of the Festival at The Cairo Opera House.

The Irishman will be the opening movie of the festival and Mexico will be the country in focus of this year edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels will sponsor Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.


During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

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11/20/2019 7:55:28 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Arab Media Festival’s launch date to be announced soon]]>
A specialized committee has been preparing for an entire year for the festival's strong comeback after a hiatus of 7 years. A large number of Arab countries that welcomed the festival's return will participate in the festival.

The festival is a major Arab media forum that aims at exchanging views on various common Arab media issues, activating joint media cooperation to upgrade the tools of the Arab media and enable it to face the challenges in the Arab world.

The statement further pointed out that the festival has always had a special place in the minds and hearts of Arab media personnel, as it provides them with an opportunity to share their ideas and creations in various media arts.

The Cairo Arab Media Festival aims to improve the level of radio and television production in the Arab world and to strengthen links between Arab creators. The festival also acts as a platform for the Arab media institutions and organizations to exchange experiences, and promote their radio and television production.

The festival will include several activities, most notably the Cairo International Market for Radio and Television Production, and the annual Radio and Television Exhibition, in addition to media seminars and concerts.

The festival also presents its gold, silver and bronze awards for winning works in various radio and television fields.
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11/20/2019 5:14:25 PM
<![CDATA[Anani examines possibility of training Angolan restorers]]>
During the meeting, Anani and the Angolan ambassador discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the field of archaeological work in general and in the field of museums and training archaeologists and restorers in particular.

The ambassador pointed out that Angola will greatly benefit from the Egyptian expertise in this field.

It is worth mentioning that the meeting also discussed ways of cooperation in combating illegal trafficking of antiquities.
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11/20/2019 2:44:02 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers to perform in Tanta on Nov. 21]]>
The band is expected to perform a wide selection of their most popular hits, including “El-Nameema”, “Easy Money”, “Moftaqed el-Habiba”, “Enfesam”, “Hakhod 7a2y”, among others.

The band recently released their latest album “Enfesam” which consisted of nine songs, including “Enfesam”, “Raqast”, “Donya”, “Hawa.” This is in addition to “Jamal al-Wojood,” which they performed with El-Hadra and Aba Yazid bands.

Sharmoofers won the British Boisdale Music Award as the best youth band in the world in 2019.

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11/20/2019 2:03:29 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF takes on initiative to contribute to saving planet ]]>
Executive Director of the festival Omar Kassim stated that the tree in the official poster of the 41st edition symbolizes giving. Kassim further stated that it is also a message from the festival to participate in climate conservation, encouraging tree planting.

Kassim stressed that the festival's management decided to contribute to the preservation of the environment by manufacturing the festival's official bag from recycled material.

The UP-fuse project aims at spreading environmental awareness by making fashionable bags solely from recycled material. Rania Rafie, the project's founder, said she was delighted to collaborate with the Cairo International Film Festival in its attempt to preserve the environment.

Rafie further pointed out that she left a message for the public on the bags of the festival, clarifying that 15,000 harmful plastic bags were recycled to manufacture the bags, creating a direct psychological link between the client and the bag as if addressing him/her to keep it, and to always care about the environment.

The message on the bags reads, "By owning this bag, you contributed to recycling about 15,000 plastic bags."

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11/20/2019 12:44:42 PM
<![CDATA[Cinema Palace honors Nabila Ebeid on Nov. 24]]>
This will take place at the Cinema Palace in Garden City at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a seminar run by journalist Tarek Morsy, editor of Rose al-Yusuf Magazine.

At the seminar, Ebeid will speak about her artistic career and the role late writer Ihas Quddos played in her artistic excellence, revealing some of the secrets of her career for the first time.

The seminar will be attended by writer Mustafa Moharam, veteran director Ali Abdel Khalek, producer and distributor Mohsen Alameldin and writer and President of the Alexandria Film Festival Amir Abaza.
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11/19/2019 5:20:18 PM
<![CDATA[Despite his cancer, Abdel Wahab to participate in 'El-Ankabut']]>
Abdel Wahab mentioned to the press that the most difficult thing is to have to wait for a month and a half to be informed of the type of the tumor.

“I usually go to do some radiology and medical examinations annually, both on the heart and lungs. Suddenly, the medical team discovered what appeared as a small tumor in my lungs. However, this finding was not confirmed. A lot of medical tests had to be done and were sent to Greece. The difficult part was that I had to wait for the results for a month and a half to come back from Greece. The medical center in Greece confirmed it was a tumor,” said Abdel Wahab.

“Cancer did not negatively affect me, but all I care about is the people who are around me, especially my brother Ashraf because he is always concerned about me. He’s my entire family,” resumed Abdel Wahab.

“I had to reveal my medical case. It is not something to be ashamed of. People around me and everyone else have the right to know,” continued the popular director and actor.

"Ashraf Zaki and the Theatrical Professions Syndicate stood firmly beside me in every step. I am glad I have been treated in the Armed Forces Hospital in Maadi,” Abdel Wahab stressed.

The actor explained that he will wait for three months once he is done with chemotherapy, and he will not be receiving any other treatment. He will be undergoing further x-rays to make sure the tumor is inactive, and that it has not further spread. He clarified he is currently trying to avoid smoking and fried foods; he focuses more on a healthy diet that includes fish.

“I will be participating in the film 'El-Ankabut' starring Ahmed el-Sakka and Mona Zaki,” concluded the actor and director.




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11/19/2019 5:18:34 PM
<![CDATA[Inas Abdel Dayem to speak in Forum of Ministers of Culture ]]>CAIRO - 19 November 2019: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will give a speech Tuesday evening at the Forum of Ministers of Culture.

The forum comes within the framework of the 40th edition of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris, France, and is attended by culture ministers and representatives of 120 countries.

Egypt’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO Ehab Badawi, and Head of Foreign Cultural Relations Sector Heba Youssef will also be in attendance.

Abdel Dayem said that the speech comes at the beginning of the fourth session, which discusses the issue of culture in public squares, and the catalyst of social and cultural transformation.

Minister Abdel Dayem pointed out that participation in such a prestigious event reflects the international appreciation of Egypt's significant position and its cultural leadership, adding that the global innovation system is working to establish an intellectual partnership that seeks to support and consolidate the ties between people.

The minister of culture is expected to hold meetings with a number of her counterparts, including the Greek minister of culture and the Emirati minister of culture and knowledge development.







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11/19/2019 4:42:24 PM
<![CDATA[Elsawy, Elsherbiny, Dawoud to host the opening ceremony of CIFF ]]>
The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will Kick off from November 20-29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition will honour renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam is set to accept the accolade during the opening ceremony of the Festival at The Cairo Opera House.

The Irishman will be the opening movie of the festival and Mexico will be the country in focus of this year edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels will sponsor Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.


During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

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11/19/2019 4:26:49 PM
<![CDATA['Mamalek el-Nar' portrays blood-thirsty Turkish agendas]]>CAIRO - 19 November 2019: The new series “Mamalek el-Nar” interweaves the political with the social in a fabulous artistic work, where Egyptian author Mohamed Suleiman Abdel Malik combined historical accuracy and fiction in many of the screenplay’s events.

The series tells in 14 episodes the story of the Ottoman-Mamluk conflict and the occupation of Egypt and Sham (now Syria) by the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, in addition to the hanging of Tuman Bay, the last Mamluk sultan at Bab Zuweila. The series also illustrates the end of the Mamluk State because of betrayal.

The first episode of the series is set in 1481 AD, portraying the death of Sultan Mohamed el-Fateh (Mohammed the Conqueror), whose role is brilliantly performed by the great Lebanese actor Rafik Ali Ahmed. The first episode then touches on the characters of Tuman Bay, the Mamluk ruler of Egypt; and Selim I, the Ottoman sultan, in their childhood.

The series depicts Selim I as a child fond of power. The episode ends with Selim I murdering his cousin.

The upcoming episodes of the series will address important facts in the Arab history about the conflict between the Ottoman sultans and the Mamluks in 1516. The series reveals the fact that the Turks now eagerly attempt to hide their history that is full of blood and evil conspiracies.

Sultan Mohammed el-Fateh persuaded his children and grandchildren to kill members of the Ottoman family to ensure power.

“Mamalek el-Nar” is directed by three directors: Syrian director Azzam Fouq el-Ada, the Spaniard Alejandro Toledo and the British director Peter Webber.

A large number of Arab stars play roles in the series, including Khaled el-Nabawy in the role of Tuman Bay, the Syrian Rashid Assaf in the role of Qansuh al-Ghuri, Syrian actor Mahmoud Nasr in the role of Sultan Selim I, Syrian actor Abdel Moneim Amayri in the role of Bayazid, Syrian actress Kinda Hanna in the role of Tuman Bay’s lover, and Mona Wassef as a guest of honor.
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11/19/2019 4:00:29 PM
<![CDATA[EFP, ACC reveal nominated films for Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films]]>
The Best Film, winner of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films, will be announced at this year’s edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).

Mohamed Hefzy, President of the Cairo International Film Festival, said, “Hosting the first edition of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films at this year’s Cairo International Film Festival is very special. We were very excited when the voting results came out and we found out that we have already selected two of the three nominated films to screen within the programme of the festival’s 41st edition. This gives the festival’s audience the opportunity to watch these films, and at the same time, it confirms the festival’s unique selections.”

The festival will screen two of the three films in its International Panorama section.
The nominated films for the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films are:

"Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles" | Director: Salvador Simó | Spain (Annecy - Official Selection, June 2019. The film will screen in the International Panorama section of the Cairo International Film Festival.
"Corpus Christi" | Director: Jan Komasa | Poland’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards (Venice Days, August 2019)
"God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya" | Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska | North Macedonia (Berlinale, February 2019. The film will screen in the International Panorama section of the Cairo International Film Festival).

Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, said, “The special thing about the three nominated films is that they come from different cinematic backgrounds. One of the films comes from North Macedonia, which is a country that is rarely found at festivals and doesn’t often win awards. The two other films come from Poland and Spain, which have totally different cinematic styles. The Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films is now one of the windows through which Arab film critics view European cinema.”

Sonja Heinen, managing director of EFP, said, “We are absolutely impressed by the great number of distinguished Arab film critics who followed the call of the Arab Cinema Center to join the jury. Europe and the Arab world are experiencing so many social and cultural changes and the three films selected for the shortlist reflect in very different ways on these changes. They are strong cinematic voices addressing universal topics. It is wonderful, that the Cairo International Film Festival will screen two of the films. We also hope that this award and the great interest of the Arab film critics will encourage the Arab film industry to distribute more European films."

The film critics participating in the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films come as follows (in alphabetical order):

Abdelkarim Ouakrim (Morocco), Abdelkrim Kadri (Algeria), Abdul Sattar Naji (Kuwait), Ahmed Shawky (Egypt), Ali Wajeeh (Syria), Amal El-Gamal (Egypt), Andrew Mohsen (Egypt), Erfan Rashid (Iraq, Italy), Essam Zakaria (Egypt), Hammadi Gueroum (Morocco), Hassan Haddad (Bahrain), Hauvick Habéchian (Lebanon), Houda Ibrahim (Lebanon), Husam Asi (Palestine, UK), Ibrahim Haj Abdi (Syria), Ikbal Zalila (Tunisia), Kadhum Saloom (Iraq), Kais Kassem (Iraq, Sweden), Khaled Mahmoud (Egypt), Khalid Ali (Sudan/UK), Khalil Demmoun (Morocco), Lamia Guiga (Tunisia), Magda Khirallah (Egypt), Mahdi Abbas (Iraq), Mohamed Atef (Egypt), Mohamed Benaziz (Morocco), Mohammed Chouika (Morocco), Mohammed Rouda (Lebanon, UK), Nabil Hadji (Algeria), Nada Azhari (Syria), Nadim Jarjoura (Lebanon), Nageh Hassan (Jordan), Ola Kamel Al-Sheikh (Palestine, UAE), Ola Shafey (Egypt), Ossama Abdel Fattah (Egypt), Rachid Naim (Morocco), Rasha Hosny (Egypt), Safaa Elaisy (Egypt), Safaa Jibara Al-saleh (Iraq, UK), Tarek Ben Chaabane (Tunisia), Tarek El Shinnawi (Egypt), Ziad Khuzai (Iraq).

EFP (European Film Promotion) is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries from throughout Europe, each representing their national films and talent abroad. Under the EFP flag, these organizations come together to promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent at key film festivals and markets, in particular outside of Europe. EFP is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and by its member organizations.

The Hamburg-based office is backed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Hamburg.

A nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam, the ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.

The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution
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11/19/2019 3:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[National Theater to present variety of theatrical shows in Nov., Dec.]]>
The production plan includes Al-Ghad Theatre Group's “Thel al-Hekayat” (Shadow of Tales) that will be presented as of Thursday, November 21. Also, Al-Mowagaha Theater Group will present the play “Rehla Saeeda” (Happy Trip) on Beram el-Tonsy Theater in Alexandria on Nov. 24.

Furthermore, the Comedy Theater group will perform “Rasael el-Oshak” (Lover’s Letters) at the Miami Theater starting Thursday, Nov. 28t, and on the same day Al-Talea Theater Group will present the new play “Harim el-Nar” (Ladies of Hell).

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will honor the daughter of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz on the day of launching the play "Afrah el-Qubba" produced by the Youth Theater and set to stage on the Small Floating Theater during the first week of December 2019.

Produced by the Youth Theatre, Molière's "The Miser" will be stage at the King Theater in mid-December.

The National Theater also presents "The Optimist", which has achieved wide success in Cairo, and will move to its audience in Alexandria to stage at Beram el-Tonsy Theater starting Dec.10.

Last but not least, Al-Salam Theater will host the play “40 Rules of Love” on Dec. 5.


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11/18/2019 5:26:21 PM
<![CDATA['The Party' to launch in Art Corner Zamalek on Nov. 20]]>
The exhibition will run on daily from 12-9 p.m. until November 30; Fridays are off.

“The exhibition's works revolve around the dramatic templates inspired by girlie time and confluences. As we prepare for a girls' party, clothes, lights, decorations, and gossip dominate. All these feelings do not pass unnoticed. I see every situation as a painting on its own,” said Seoudi about her art exhibition.

It is worth mentioning that Seoudi holds a Bachelor of Education from Helwan University and an artistic degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of oil painting. Seoudi has a lot of artistic participations locally and abroad. Her personal work includes the exhibitions "Rural scenes" held in Cairo Atelier in 2002, "Egyptian Raining Brush" held in Cairo Atelier in 2009, and “Heavy Legacy” held in El-Sawy Culture Wheel in 2010, among others.

Below is some of the astounding work of art made by the Egyptian visual artist.

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Some of the exhibited paintings by Seoudi - ET

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11/18/2019 3:25:15 PM
<![CDATA[Edu, Qar cemeteries re-open after restoration]]>
Meanwhile, the tombs of Seshem Nefer IV and Khufu Kha were closed to begin the necessary restoration works there.

This comes within the framework of the Ministry of Antiquities’ plan to open the archaeological cemeteries in the region for visits after restoring them.

Director General of the Pyramid Antiquities Region Ashraf Mohiuddin explained that the restoration work in Qar Cemetery included mechanical cleaning of the entire cemetery. Additionally, the roof of the cemetery was reinforced at the entrance and the gaps at the top of the main hall walls were filled.

This cemetery is located east of the Great Pyramid at the Eastern Cemetery. It is a tomb carved in rock dating back to the reign of King Pepi I Meryre from the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

Mohiuddin further indicated that mechanical cleaning was also implemented in Edu cemetery and that some parts of the roof have been strengthened. The weak and worn-out parts of the mud brick were also reinforced in the outer hall of the cemetery.

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11/18/2019 2:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[Who are the Jury members of the 41st edition of CIFF?]]>
1- International competition

Stephen Gaghan ( jury president)

Stephen Gaghan is an Academy Award winning screenwriter and director. He has emerged amidst his generation as a filmmaker especially attuned to thrilling, multi-narrative storylines and carefully wrought emotional drama. In 2001, Gaghan earned the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s film Traffic. For that film, he also won a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA award. Gaghan was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2006 for Syriana, which he also directed. That film also won the best supporting actor Oscar for George Clooney. Gaghan directed Gold starring Matthew McConaughey. Upcoming, Gaghan wrote and directed Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard, set to release in January 2020. Gaghan’s additional film writing credits include Havoc (2005), The Alamo (2004), and Rules Of Engagement (2000). Additionally, he has two Edgar Awards and won the 1997 Emmy for Best Dramatic Writing for an episode of NYPD Blue.

Daniele Luchetti

Daniele Luchetti is one of the most popular Italian film directors. He is well known for films such as “The Yes Man” (1991), “My Brother is a Lonely Child” (2007), “Our Life” (2010) for which Elio Germano was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in same year, “Happy Years” (2013), and “Chiamatemi Francesco” (2015), the latest being a biopic of Pope Francis edited both as a film and as a four episodes TV series.
Luchetti is currently editing his new film “Lacci”, based on the homonymous novel by Domenico Starnone. Luchetti’s films have participated in numerous international festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Tokyo and Venice. As a director and screenwriter, he won five David di Donatello awards, twice Golden Globes, and several other international awards.

Ibrahim Abdel Meguid

Ibrahim Abdel Meguid is an Egyptian novelist who was born In Alexandria in 1946. He studied philosophy at the Faculty of Arts. He left Alexandria in 1974 to work and live in Cairo. He writes novels, short stories, and social and political articles. His articles were published in the most famous Egyptian and Arabic newspapers like Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar, Al-Hayat, Al-Adab, Al-Masry Al-Youm and others.
He wrote 19 novels including Alexandria Trilogy: “No One Sleeps in Alexandria” which was translated to French and Spanish, “Birds of Amber” which was translated to English, and “Clouds over Alexandria”. He also wrote five collections of short stories, as well as wrote “24 Hours Before The War” for the theatre. Abdel Meguid received several important awards including the Naguib Mahfouz prize from AUC press in 1996, the Egyptian State Appreciation Prize for all his works in 2007, and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2016.

Lamia Chraibi

Lamia Chraibi is a producer. She founded two production companies Moon a Deal Films which was created in 2011 in Paris, and La Prod which was created in 2007 in Casablanca. After completing her studies in audiovisual communication management in France, she worked for nine years for various Parisian productions. She accompanied directors in their creative process, including Hicham Lasri, Narjiss Nejjar, Ismaïl Ferroukhi, Mohcine Besri whose films were selected at international festivals. She also co-produced Oliver Laxe’s film “Mimosas” which won The Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and Cairo’s Golden Pyramid in 2016. She also produced various feature film projects and television programs.

Marion Hänsel

Marion Hänsel was born in 1949 in Marseille and grew up in Antwerp. She founded her own production company, Man's Films in 1977, in order to make her first short film “Equilibres”. In 1982, she directed her first feature film “The Bed”. She also produced all of the 13 films she directed including “Dust” which won the First Work Prize at Venice Film Festival in 1985, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” which competed in the official completion on Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and “Sounds of Sand” in 2006. Hänsel also produced/co-produced more than 10 feature films of other directors including “No Man’s Land” directed by Danis Tanovic in 2001.

Michel Franco

Michel Franco is a director, scriptwriter and producer who was born in Mexico City in 1979. The films he has written, directed and produced include “Chronic” which nominated for the Palme d'Or and won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and “After Lucia” which won the Best Film Award at Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He has produced “600 Miles” directed by Gabriel Ripstein which won the Best First Feature award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. His most recent work “April´s Daughter” was screened at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival and won the Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard competition. Michel was a jury member at the 74th edition of Venice International Film Festival.

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu is a Chinese actress, who is also known for her work as a director, a producer, and a screenwriter. She has played more than 50 impressive roles in films and TV series, throughout her career. In 2000, Qin Hailu won five big awards at different Chinese festivals for her role in “Durian Durian” directed by Chen Guo, including the Best Actress award in the 6th Hong Kong Critics Society Awards, as well as the Best Actress award in the 38th Taiwan Golden Horse Awards. In 2011, “A Simple Life”, where she participated, was screened in the 68th Venice International Film Festival. In the same year, “The Piano in a Factory”, in which she was both the leading actress and the producer, received positive reviews, where she won the Best Actress award at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival. In 2019, she directed “The Return”, winning Best Actor award in the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival.


2- Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
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Piers Handling

Piers Handling is the former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He held this position from 1994-2018. Under Handling’s direction, the organization grew to become an internationally renewed cultural institution. In 2010, TIFF opened its own permanent home, which presents daily programming. Handling has curated numerous film retrospectives and presented programs of Canadian Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival, The British Film Institute and has sat on festival juries including Cannes, Tokyo, Rotterdam and Torino. Handling began his career at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), ultimately becoming deputy director. After leaving the CFI, he taught Canadian cinema at Carleton University in Ottawa and Queen’s University in Kingston. He has published extensively on Canadian cinema and edited numerous books.

Thomas Kretschmann

Thomas Kretschmann recently wrapped Michael Samuel's Independent Feature, The Windermere Children, where he will play the lead role of Oscar Friedmann; and will also be featured in the upcoming Showtime series Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels. Thomas will also soon appear in Axis Sally, the Michael Polish film featuring Al Pacino. Previously, he starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Greg McLean's independent feature Jungle and appeared in the EPIX series Berlin Station. Thomas starred in Stratton for Simon West opposite Dominic Cooper and has given memorable performances in features such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Central Intelligence and King Kong. He is internationally renowned and has worked with iconic directors including Peter Jackson, Roman Polanski and Guillermo Del Toro. His film Stalingrad was one of the highest-grossing Russian films ever.

Betty Taoutel

Betty Taoutel is a TV, theatre, and film actress, as well as a writer and theatre director. She holds a diploma in Drama Studies and a Masters degree in drama and writing. She has been a university professor at the Saint Joseph University in Lebanon since 1999, and at the Lebanese University's Faculty of Fine Arts since 2016. She was also a theatre professor and a jury member at the Arabic Star Academy TV show from 2004 to 2016. She participated as a jury member and guest of honour in several international film and theatre festivals. She acted in a number of plays with some of the most important Arab directors in Lebanon and abroad. She has also participated in a number of Lebanese TV series, as well as short and long feature films. She wrote and directed a large number of very popular and successful plays most notably: The Last House in Gemayzeh (2010), Passport No. 10452 which was presented in Arabic and French in 2013 as part of the Arab World Festival of Montreal. It was also played in Lebanon, Greece, South Africa, and France.

Stefan Kitanov

Stefan Kitanov was the director and programmer of Cinema House, a leading art house cinema theatre in Bulgaria from 1992-1999. In 1997, he founded the Sofia International Film Festival, which is considered as the biggest international film festival in Bulgaria and one of the key film events in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1995 with both production companies, he has produced and co-produced more than 20 films which received national and international recognition, with directors such as Rangel Valchanov, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Stephan Komandarev and Peter Brosens. In Bulgaria, Kitanov has distributed more than 100 European films by directed by established filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismaki, Terry Gilliam and Dardenne Brothers. He was a jury member in Venice, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, and Moscow film festivals. He is a member of the European Film Academy.

Hana Shiha

Hana Shiha is a famed Egyptian actress who was born in Beirut to an artistic family of four sisters, who are also actresses, the most famous is Hala Shiha. Her father is the internationally acclaimed Egyptian painter Ahmed Shiha. Pursuing her passion for stories, cinema and performing, she enrolled in the Academy of Arts, receiving a Bachelor's degree from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts, majoring acting and directing.

She started her career by a role in “The West Bank” TV series in 2002, which offered her a leading role in Khaled Al Hagar's film “Girl's Love” in 2004. This was followed by the leading role in Sameh Abdel Aziz's first film “Private Lesson” in 2005. Her real breakthrough was through Khaled Marei's TV series “The Seven Commandments” in 2014. Chosen for her creativity and genuinely playing her roles, Mohamed khan, the internationally acclaimed film director, picked her to star his last feature film “Before The Summer Crowds” in 2015.

3-Cinema of Tomorrow jury


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Hanan Motawie

Hanan Motawie is a famed Egyptian actress who started her career in the beginning of the 2000s through with a role in the 2001 series “Hadith Al Sabah Wal Masaa” (Morning and Evening Talk), where she made quiet a first appearance which attracted the attention of producers and directors. She worked in series like “Ta'ala Nehlam be Bokra” (Let's Dream of Tomorrow), “Amira In Abden”, and “Sarah” which achieved remarkable success. But her performance in “Dahsha” (Surprise) directed by Shady Al-Fakhrani is the beginning of a new level of her career where she proved her brilliant ability to present her artistic talent, That was confirmed in “Wannous” by the same director and Tamer Mohsen's “Haza Al-Masaa” (This Evening), and finally Hussien El Menbawy's “Lams Aktaf” (Touching Shoulders).

She also appeared in several films such as Said Hamed's “Watch Yourself” (Ewa Weshk, 2003), Hala Khalil's “Kas w Lazk” (Cut and Paste, 2006) for which she won the Best Actress award from the Catholic Centre. Ahmed Atef's “Al-Ghaba” (The Jungle, 2007), and “Qabl Al-Rabea” (Before Spring, 2013), a role for which she nominated for the International Francophone award. She recently a special appreciation award for her role in Ayman Makram's “A Day and A Night” which was screened at the Casablanca Arab Film Festival.

Nathalie Mierop

After studying Spanish Language and Literature in Barcelona and Utrecht, Nathalie Mierop started working at the Latin-American department of public broadcaster Radio Netherlands Worldwide. She then moved to the film industry and worked for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and Rio International Film Festival amongst others. Since 2010, Nathalie has worked at Eye International, a department within the Eye Film Institute Netherlands responsible for the promotion of Dutch cinema at festivals and events worldwide. From October 2019, Eye International has been renamed SEE NL which is a close collaboration between Eye and the Netherlands.

Nuno Rodrigues

Nuno Rodrigues is the co-founder and the artistic director of the Portuguese film festival Curtas Vila do Conde. In 1999, he founded Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, where he is now a member of the board of directors, and handles the promotion and distribution of Portuguese short films at international markets. Since 2005, he has been the director and coordinator of the Solar Cinematic Art Gallery in Vila do Conde, where he has curated numerous exhibitions. In recent years, has also been active as a film producer, and in 2013 he became vice president of Short Circuit, a network for film and video art distribution in Europe. More recently he began his career as a producer together with the directors Sergei Loznitsa, Helvécio Marins JR, Felipe Bragança, Miguel Clara Vasconcelos and Lois Patino.

4- Critic’s Week Competition jury

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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang is an International Critic for Variety, covering all the major European and Asian festivals. She also writes for Sight & Sound, BBC Culture and The Playlist, where she spent five years as Features Editor. She has served on festival juries from Iceland to Romania and most recently was a jury of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Platform competition. She lives in Berlin.

Nadine Khan

Nadine Khan is a filmmaker living and working between Cairo and London. She earned her BA in film directing from the Egyptian High Film Institute in 2001. Since then, she has directed several fiction films, commercials, TV series, and music videos. Her debut feature film “Chaos, Disorder” (2012) won the Jury Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival and the Best Film award at the Oran Film Festival in 2013 and the Muscat International Film Festival in 2014. One of Khan’s four short films “One in a Million” was screened in the official selections of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has also co-directed the critically acclaimed TV series “Seventh Neighbor” in 2017.

Nageh Hassan

Nageh Hassan is a Jordanian film critic and researcher was born in the Jordanian town of Karameh in 1959. He was a member of the Jordanian Film Club from 1983 to 1991. He is also a member of the Cinema Committee at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), the Jordanian Writers Association, as well as the Arab Writers Union. He has written numerous studies and researches in various Arab newspapers and magazines, including Al-Jeel, Al-Rai, Al-Dustour, Al-Arab Al-Youm. He film reviews at Al-Rai daily newspaper which is published in Amman. He headed the culture section of the Jordan News Agency (Petra). He participated in many Arab and international cinema events in Amman, including the joint Arab-French Film Festival, which is held annually in the Jordanian capital. He was selected as a member of the jury of the Avisano Short Film Festival in Italy in 2001 and a member of the jury of the Jordanian Short Film Competition. He was also selected as a jury member with the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the Dubai Film Festival. He has published several books in film criticism, including “Cinema and Film Culture” and “Now on the White Screen”.

5- Best Arab Film Award jury


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Asma Graimiche

Asma Graimiche is a producer and distributer from Morocco, Passionate about the seventh art that pushed her to make production studies in New York film academy. She is heading her own production company, First Poly Production since 2006. She produced four films, series of documentaries and TV shows. Currently she is into two long features for 2020. She is one of the cofounders and director of The International Film Festival of Dakhla.“Tahrir 2011” which she co-directed was officially selected out of competition in Venice International Film Festival 2011 and won the CICT-IFTC award. It was officially selected in Toronto 2011 and Berlin 2012. In 2017-2018 she has created and directed 20 episodes of the wide-spread series ``7th neighbor`` which became a big hit on Egyptian Television.

Eduardo Guillot

Eduardo Guillot was born in València, Spain in 1967. He is Artistic Director of Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani film festival. He has worked as a cultural journalist for thirty years in different Spanish specialized magazines. He has collaborated on books dedicated to Emir Kusturica, noir cinema, Stephen King, the relationship between cinema and video games or popular music. Member of the programming team at València Cinematheque for five years. Tutor in Talents Guadalajara in Mexico since 2016. International programming advisor for more than ten years at Abycine (Albacete) and Cinema Jove film festivals.

Shereen Reda

Shereen Reda is a famed Egyptian actress , who studied fashion design in Los Angeles. Reda began modeling at the age of 11 and thereafter turned to acting when she starred in the popular 1989 television program “Fawazeer Al Fonoon” directed by the late director Fahmy Abd El Hameed. Her second rise to fame came when she starred in two consecutive films with the late actor Ahmed Zaki: “Nazwa” (1996) and “Hassan El Lol” (1997). She took part in several television series for three consecutive years, such as “Without Mentioning Any Names” and “The Plea”. Playing the character of Deja, the mysterious tattoo artist, Shereen returned to the silver screen in the film “The Blue Elephant” (2014), which was one of the most successful films of that year in Egypt. However in 2015, she surprised everyone with her powerful and deep performance in the film “Out of Order” which won her the Best Actress award at the 42nd Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival and the Egyptian National Film Festival, as well as a Special Jury Prize at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival. Her role in “Photocopy” won her the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival and the Best Actress Award at the Arabian Cinema Award.



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11/18/2019 1:04:48 PM
<![CDATA[An exceptional edition of CIFF after its cooperation with Tazkarti]]>
According to the agreement that was made between CIFF president Mohamed Hefzy and Nabarawy, attending the festival events will be managed by Tazakarti.


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This fruitful cooperation came after the great achievements performed by Tazkarti on all the levels, especially the dazzling organisation of AFCON and U-23 AFCON.

Nabarawy played a vital role in the success of organising the African Cup of Nations.
Tazakarti company was established to supervise all the marketing and organizing of the Africa Cup tournament, shortly after the FAN ID system was introduced to all the fans whether they are Egyptians, Arabs or Africans who want to support their team during the tournament.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will Kick off from November 20-29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition will honour renowned Egyptian filmmakers such as Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam is set to accept the accolade during the opening ceremony of the Festival at The Cairo Opera House.

The Irishman will be the opening movie of the festival and Mexico will be the country in focus of this year edition.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

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11/18/2019 12:00:20 AM
<![CDATA[International Theater Without Fund Festival to honor Ahmed Abdel Aziz on Nov. 22]]>
The closing ceremony will be held in Beram el-Tonsy theater .

The opening of the festival will be held on Nov. 17 at 7 pm under the patronage of the Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and runs until Nov. 22 at the theaters of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Beram el-Tonsy Theater and El-Anfoushy Cultural Palace.

This special edition of the festival bears the name of the late Alexandrian actor Talaat Zakaria and is headed by Gamal Yaqout. It is co-organized by the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Theater Art House, in addition to fifty Alexandrian youths participating voluntarily efforts.

It is noteworthy that the actor Ahmed Abdel Aziz was born in Alexandria and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Institute of Theatrical Arts. His artistic career embarked through the university theater, before he began to present shows in Al-Talea Theater in 1976.

The renowned actor also directed a few theatrical plays, including “Maasat el-Hallag”. Abdel Aziz also played significant roles in numerous screenplays, including “El-Mal Wel Banon”, “El-Maghoul”, “Harth el-Donia”, among others.

Abdel Aziz was assigned as the President of the Egyptian National Festival in its 12th edition last year.
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11/17/2019 6:30:44 PM
<![CDATA[Ptolemaic-era temple discovered in Sohag]]>
The structure of the ancient cemetery was found by chance as excavators supplied sewage lines to the village of Kom Ashqaw in the city of Tama, north of Sohag, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities' posts on its official Facebook page.

A team of researchers have uncovered a north-south wall and a wall directed east to west, in addition to the southwest corner of the temple structure, engraved with inscriptions of Hapi; the Nile god of the ancient Egyptians, carrying sacrifices surrounded by birds and flowers. Archaeologists are working to save the remains of the temple on the west bank of the Nile.
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Ptolemy IV Philopator is believed to have ruled Egypt from about 221 BC to 204 BC. His rule was not successful, as he was more interested in pursuing works of art than in governance issues. Ancient texts suggest that the pharaoh built the largest manpower ship ever, the galley, which is a type of oar ship that consists of 40 rows of oars, used by 4,000 people.

The discovery of the ancient temple is the latest in a series of archaeological discoveries in 2019.

The United Nations tourist attractions report published in August 2018 confirmed that Egypt had the fastest growth rate as a tourist destination in 2017 by a 55.1 percent increase in the number of international arrivals that year.

Important discoveries also include eight mummies from the Ptolemy dynasty (323--30 BC) covered with brightly decorated sarcophagi in Dahshur Cemetery near Giza and the stone sphinx in Kom Ombo, in addition to a riverside temple near Aswan dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. This is in addition to the discovery of a 4,400-year old tomb in the archaeological site of Saqqara.

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11/17/2019 5:27:10 PM
<![CDATA[Breath-taking photos with a deep story]]>
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Pictures can make you feel speechless. No words are often needed after watching a selection of significant photos, what you need is your imagination.

ET shed light on a few of breathtaking photographs taken during the last century in Egypt.


A grocery store in Shubra district in Cairo
A photo showing a lady in Shubra District, standing in her grocery store. Photo Courtesy of Ayman Nassar

This photo was taken of a grocery store in Shubra district in Cairo. It shows a woman standing in her store awaiting customers. Photo courtesy of Ayman Nassar.


Princess Fawzia of Egypt with Princess Nasl Shah of Turkey at the women's Conference at the Dome Palace Photo courtesy
Princess Fawzia of Egypt with Nasl Shah of Turkey - Photo courtesy of Mohamed el-Ghazouly

The second photos portrays Princess Fawzia of Egypt with Princess Nasl Shah of Turkey at the women's Conference at the Dome Palace Photo courtesy Mohamed el-Ghazouly.

‘We can see the development in style and techniques from the past to the present, and feel the daily life of the Egyptians in relation to their place. Also dealt with is the subject of a woman’s life in Middle Eastern society, and her efforts to protect herself while searching for freedom’ said the curator of Dubai Photo Exhibition Ayman Lotfy.

The Journey by Marwa Adel
The Journey, by Marwa Adel

This photo is entitled “The Journey” and was completed in 2015 by Marwa Adel. “We live in a constraining society where there are a lot of double standards, especially when it comes to women. My art is about showing them in a different light, one in which female beauty doesn’t have to be objectified” she says.


Aswan, Egypt
Aswan, Egypt - Photo courtesy of Ayman Nassar

This photo is entitled Aswan, Egypt 2010 and is taken by Ayman Nassar. It is about the high hopes of Aswan locals of the new developments being held there giving high hopes for future opportunities.


Tram in Cairo, 1934
The Tram in Cairo, 1934 - Photo courtesy of Mohamed el-Ghazouly

The Tram in Egypt in 1934. It seems that the dilemma of public transport in Egypt had always been a burden! Photo taken by Mohamed el-Ghazouly.




Hay Carriers, El Badrashin in 1957 by Ramses Marzouk
Hay Carriers, El-Badrashin in 1957 - Photo courtesy of Ramses Marzouk

The following photo is taken by Ramses Marzouk. It portrays how hay was carried in el-Badrashin district during 1957. Marzouk underwent numerous training in Paris and Italy, qualifying him to be one of Egypt’s most significant cinematographers.




Nile flood, 1923
Nile Flood in 1923 - Photo courtesy of Mohamed el-Ghazouly

Nile flood in 1923. This photo portrays the flood that occurred in the Giza Pyramids in 1923. It is one of the photos that were exhibited in Dubai Photo Exhibition. The photo is taken by Mohamed el-Ghazouly.


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11/17/2019 5:20:53 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Anani embarks on inspecting tour in Hurghada Museum ]]>
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri, Head of the Museums Sector Momen Othman and Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Engineering Affairs and General Supervisor of Historic Cairo Hisham Samir were also in attendance.

During the tour, Anani instructed some adjustments to the places of display that impede the movement of visitors to further emphasize the beauty of the displayed artifacts. The minister also demanded increasing the number of displayed artifacts and setting a daily cultural program to be held in the recreational area surrounding the museum.

Furthermore, Minister Anani inspected the museum's lighting and security systems, which were implemented in accordance with the ministry's requirements and in coordination with the Ministry of Interior to secure the museum with modern equipment and highly qualified personnel. This is in addition to training the staff to professionally deal with and assist visitors of the museum.

The museum is set to encourage holidaymakers to visit museums during their stroll in the coastal areas and will contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt. Hence, Anani directed the museum officials to hold a meeting with tourism companies in Hurghada before the opening to discuss the marketing methods that can benefit both parties.

For his part, Othman clarified that the museum was designed according to the international standards and that the displayed artifacts depict the beauty of the Egyptian civilization through the ages.

Hurghada Museum is one of the most prominent projects implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities in partnership with the private sector, which provided the museum's building. The Ministry of Antiquities will be the only entity managing and supervising the museum.

The displays also conveys ancient Egyptian sports such as Nile boating and fishing, along with musical instruments and pictures of musical events.

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11/17/2019 3:36:38 PM
<![CDATA[The 1st video to Adel Emam after his death rumour]]>CAIRO - 17 November 2019: Egyptian director Rami Emam posted a video on his Instagram account for his father, Egyptian megastar Adel Emam from behind the scenes of his upcoming Ramadan series ‘’Valentino’’.

The video showed the veteran star reviewing some of the scenes from his role in the series while smoking a cigarette. This is the first video to Emam after his death rumors.

‘’ Look who is beside me now’’ Rami captioned the video.

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The legendary actor is Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, plays under his belt.

In theatre what made his stardom was his immortal role in ‘’Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen’’ ( Rioters school) play as Bahgat el Abaseiry this loser funny student, who is the leader over his other loser friends.

After he performed a number of sucessful roles in plays like ‘’Shahed Mashafsh Haga’’ ( A witnesser who didn’t see anything), El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal ( the servant named Sayed), El-Zaiim ( The Leader) and ‘’Body Guard’’.

His cinematic repertoire include a number of movies like ‘’ Ehena Betoaa el Autobees” (We Are The Bus People). El-Avocato ( The Lawyer), El-Irhab Wel-Kabab ( Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” ( Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya” ( A bridegroom from a security place), El-Sefara Fel Omara ( The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer” , “Bobos” among others.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “ Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” ( tears in slut eyes) on 1980.

After a long hiatus he returned back to TV drama in 2012 through " Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Imam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was awarded as well the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.



Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema he later performed serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Adel Emam by every sense of the word is an unrepeatable artistic actor, not only on the top of the artistic pyramid but he claimed the first rank inside the hearts of millions of his fans in Egypt and the whole world.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years. The Happiest birthday to the one who draws the smile on our faces, made us laugh from the bottom of our hearts.


Egypt and the Arab world celebrated the birthday of the one and only Adel Emam on May 17.

On this occasion Emam denied all the rumors about his illness and said he is in good health and thanked all his fans.

Under the slogan of "In celebration of Adel Imam's birthday", CEO of Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi signed a contract with mega star Adel Emam to produce the series "Valantino" to be released in Ramadan 2020.

"Valantino" will screen exclusively on Watch It, in addition to CBC, DMC AND ON TV channels. The series is produced by Synergy.

In the series, Emam will embody the role of an international school's owner named Nour Abdel Mageed, who is married to a gloomy wife, the matter that will drive him to fall in love with another woman.
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11/17/2019 1:03:34 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Reda to serve as a jury member in the official competition of CIFF ]]>
The head-turning actress, model and entertainment maven, who celebrated her 51th birthday this year, has been redefining the aspirations of Egyptian women ever since she made a remarkable comeback to the public eye a few years ago.

Daughter of dance legend Mahmoud Reda, Sherine began her modelling career when she was just 11 years old, then turned to acting and quickly rose to fame after starring alongside late acting legend Ahmed Zaki in Nazwa (1996) and Hassan El Lol (1997).

At the prime of her career, Reda decided to dedicate her life to raising her only daughter, Nour, and quit celebrity status for 10 years, only to come back with outstanding artistic and personal maturity that were enough to define her as a role model for viewers.

Whether it was her captivating role as Dega, the mysterious tattoo artist in El-Fil El-Azraq (The Blue Elephant), a courageous appearance as an aging, sick widow in Photocopy ,her role in Turab el Mass ( Diamond Dust) or her signature roles in various Ramadan TV series during the past few years, Reda has been challenging the representation of women on and off the screen with her bold performances and daring attitude.

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11/16/2019 10:19:05 PM
<![CDATA[Group of On Time Sports channels to be launched in 2020]]>
‘’ On Time Sports’’ channels will kick off on 2020. ‘’ON Sports’’ and ‘’Time Sports’’ channels will be included in ‘’ On Time Sports’’ package. This step aims to provide better and more sophisticated sports content to the Egyptian audience.

Mursi announced that ‘’On Time Sports’’ will build on the previous achievements performed by ‘’ON Sports’’ and ‘’Time Sports’’ channels, to benefit from the distinctive cadres in both channels, adding innovative content, and having access to distinguished sports rights for Egyptian and Arab audience.

The CEO of United Media Services Group further added that ‘’ On Time Sports’’ channels will depend on a group of professional calibers in the field of sports media, noting that POD Company will be the advertising agent of ‘’On Time Sports’’ to ensure the independence of the decision making of the new sports channels.

The head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain praised the authority cooperation with United Media Services Group, saying that he is proud with the Egyptian cadres that can provide a distinctive sports media content that follows the global standards.



It is worth mentioning that Mursi performed major achievements in short period of time in both the art and the sports fields.

In April 2019, the United Company for Media Services announced that it has acquired the D Media Group, owner of the DMC satellite channels pack.

Renowned producer Mursi was announced chairman of the board. In September, Egyptian Media Group (EMG) successfully sealed a deal to acquire 51 percent of Future Group Holding, which held the CBC channels pack.

The move sought to establish new integration between Egyptian media institutions to innovate and introduce new content throughout the Arab region.

EMG also acquired Al-Hayah TV Network on July 5, 2018. Mursi was announced CEO of EMG in February 2018. As CEO of EMG, Mursi managed to strike several successful deals, placing the group in the forefront of media companies in the Middle East.

Synergy, one of the Egyptian Media Group’s arms, announced in Sept. 2018 its cooperation with Middle East Communications Network (MCN) after signing an agreement on Sept. 9.

MCN is under the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) is an international group specialized in media and publicity and was behind many popular advertising campaigns around the world.

These agreements come within Synergy’s pursuit to enhance the Egyptian media’s profile by reaching the widest base of interactive audience around the globe and spreading the best image that suits the professional values of media presented by the Egyptian Media Group, the biggest media and advertising entity in Egypt and the Arab World.

Mursi previously announced that this step is crucial for the Egyptian media, adding that the Egyptian media has achieved a leading domestic rank, where expansion has become a need to develop media tools on the Arab World’s level.

Mursi explained that this step is now fulfilled through cooperation with an international company like MCN, where a widespread, significant rank across Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Europe can be achieved.

MCN is an international American communication network. It has offices in more than 120 countries around the globe.

The Egyptian Media Group owns ON channels network, Al-Hayyah channel networks, Al-Youm7 newspaper, Sout Al-Omma, Dot Masr and Al-Nile radio among other media platforms.

This is in addition to other services offered by other Egyptian Media companies in production, advertising, public relations, sports marketing and digital media fields.
Mursi is one of the most prominent and successful TV drama producers.

He founded Synergy Productions, which produced widely-watched TV series. Mursi produced several of Adel Imam's successful works, most notably “The Naji Atallah Team.”

He leads the Ramadan race every year with the series he produces which are always considered the most successful such as “Hogan”, “Tal’et Haz”, “Abou Gabal”, “Hekayety”, “Le Akher Nafas” and others, amounting to 15 series in Ramadan 2019 only.

Every Ramadan, Mursi signs contracts with the most influential stars in the Arab world, securing the A-List actors. He also produced 'YES, I'M FAMOUS,' which featured several international mega stars, including Leonel Messi and Adel Imam.

YouTube granted the famed leading production company, Synergy, the Gold Creator Award after its YouTube channel surpassed 1 million subscribers.

The award was received by Synergy CEO Tamer Mursi. In the field of sports media Mursi contributed significantly through Presentation Company and Tazkarti especially after offering a dazzling organisation to the AFCON and recently in U-23 AFCON.
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11/16/2019 4:31:43 PM
<![CDATA[Haggar, the first Egyptian singer to receive Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature]]>
The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.”

Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.

The renowned Egyptian singer celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.

He recently launched the song "Laih el Tareeq" (Why the path?) on his official channel on YouTube.

The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer released his latest album entitled "Ma TakhdyBalek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

Haggar concluded on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival at Alexandria Opera House.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).



Throughout his career,Haggar performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel"with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart), another important phase in Haggar' scareer was his first collaboration with his brother,composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggarin 1978 when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as composer and Ali el-Haggar as lyricist.

Among these songs are: "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".

Haggar released "Abl Ma Tewaed" (Before You Promise) sng on December 31, 2018, announcing that it is a gift to his fans in 2019.

The song is written by Michael Adel, composed by Shady Moanes and distributed by Rafik Adly








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11/16/2019 2:39:40 PM
<![CDATA[St. George Balersiqat Monastery's celebrations end in Luxor]]>

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On Nov. 11, Luxor Governorate officially launch St. George Balersiqat Monastery's celebrations.

The celebrations was held with the participation of thousands of members of the church for a period of 7 days. This comes amid intensified security measures and increased deployment of the Luxor Police and Civil Protection forces.

The seven-day celebrations witnessed special sermons every day at 2 p.m.

The Directorate of Luxor fully secured Saint George celebrations, deploying explosive experts and special services around the monastery and in vital locations. The security plan also includes a routine check.

Furthermore, the Civil Protection Department instructed the explosives experts to inspect all cars and visitors of the monastery to detect any “unusual bodies”.

The Civil Protection Department stressed the need to secure all parts of the monastery and the roads leading to it.

It is worth mentioning that the official celebration of the memory of Saint George in the Monastery of Mount Rizeigat runs from Nov. 11 to 17, and falls on the first to the seventh of the month of Hathor.

This also coincides with the anniversary of the dedication of the first church to the name of the great martyr Saint George in the city of Lod in Palestine.

Hundreds of families travel before this date to stay in the monastery in tents on an area of more than 60 acres set up for this purpose. The surrounding area is also packed with thousands of visitors as the closing night approaches.

The Saint George Balersiqat Monastery dates back to the period between 1850 and 1870 AD, and in some other narrative dates back to 1896, in the reign of St. Mark.




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11/16/2019 2:01:47 PM
<![CDATA['Joker' expected to cross $1 billion global box office milestone]]>
“Joker,” a dark origin story from Warner Bros. about Batman’s arch nemesis, had sold $999.1 billion as of Thursday despite not having been screened in China, which is projected to become the world’s largest movie market next year.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a mentally-ill loner who finds fame through a random act of violence, the movie earned warm reviews as it opened in early October but stoked controversy in the United States over fears it would encourage violence.

Box office analyst Gitesh Pandya said “Joker” would top the $1 billion level on Friday.

“Absolutely jaw-dropping achievement for an R-rated film with a moderate budget and no China release,” Pandya, founder and editor of Box Office Guru, wrote on Twitter.

Its nearest R-rated rivals are 2018 movie “Deadpool 2” ($785 million) and 2016’s “Deadpool” ($783 million), both starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed superhero.

Thanks to a modest production budget estimated at about $60 million, “Joker” is also the most profitable comic book movie ever, according to Forbes.com, due largely to the film’s focus on character rather than special effects and action scenes.

“Joker” is now the 7th biggest Hollywood movie at the 2019 box office, behind action-packed blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” at $2.8 billion and family movie “The Lion King” at $1.6 billion, both from Walt Disney.

The movie is expected to land nominations in the upcoming Hollywood awards season and has inspired fans to visit the spot in New York’s Bronx district where Phoenix’s character transforms into the Joker, his face painted like a clown and with green hair, and dances triumphantly down a set of steep steps.



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11/16/2019 12:27:27 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmad al Morsy wins two awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society ]]>
Diamond Dust is the third collaboration between Al Morsy and director Marwan Hamed. The film won Al Morsy two Best Cinematography awards at the Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival and the Cinematic Professions Syndicate, in collaboration with The British University in Egypt (BUE).

''Point of Convergence'' is a documentary film that showcases Egypt's touristic places and different cultures directed by Marwan Hamed and filmed by Al Morsy. Al Morsy also directed the second unit of the film with director Ahmed Rasheed that was filmed by Ahmed Beshary and Taimour Taimour.

These awards bring the total number of awards received by Al Morsy from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) to seven awards in one year.

The awards are: the Gold Award in the Features - Cinema category, Ross Wood Senior ACS Judges Award for Best Entry, and the Award of Distinction for The Originals, Gold Award in the Commercials - National/ International category for The Ministry of Electricity TV commercial, and the Bronze Award in the Music Videos category for Ann Farh Ghayeb music video by singer Angham, in addition to the Silver Award in the Feature Films category for his work in Diamond Dust and the Gold Award in the Documentary Films category for the documentary film Point of Convergence.

The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1958 for the purpose of providing a forum for cinematographers to further develop their skills through mutual co-operation.

Ahmad Al Morsy is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).

Throughout his career, Al Morsy won 17 awards for his work, including Messages From '' El Baher'' (The Sea) (2010), '' El Hafla'' (The Party) (2013), '' El Feel el Azr'a'' (The Blue Elephant part 1) (2014), '' Al Aslyeen'' (The Originals) (2017), '' Turab el Mass'' (Diamond Dust)(2018), and Blue Elephant part 2 which is currently in theaters.

Blue Elephant part 2 made more than EGP 102 million in the Egyptian box office so far, becoming the highest-grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Al Morsy is currently shooting the film Al Aref: Awdat Younis by director Ahmad Alaa Aldeeb and preparing for Marwan Hamed's upcoming film Kira & El Gen that marks their fifth collaboration.]]>
11/15/2019 2:19:22 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform in Saudi Arabia on Nov.21]]>
Recently Ramadan managed to break a new record by becoming the “most viewed” celebrity in the Middle East. Ramadan’s official YouTube channel surpassed 2 billion views, easily placing him on the throne of the most viewed artists of the Middle East.

“Thank God my channel on YouTube surpassed the 2 billion mark in terms of viewership, making it the most watched channel of an Arabic artist,” commented Ramadan on a picture uploaded on his official Instagram account. Soon after, hundreds of thousands of the star’s followers and fans congratulated him on his new achievement.

Ramadan’s latest work is a song titled “El-Sultan” for director Hossam el-Husseini. This is the third collaboration between the star and the director of the song, which was filmed in one of Morocco's palaces. On a similar note, Ramadan is working on his new series "El-Prince" which is produced by Synergy, and scheduled to screen next Ramadan. The series is directed by Mohamed Samy.

Director Tamer Karam is collaborating with Ramadan in a new theatrical work that will be announced during the coming period after settling on the final details.

Ramadan's "Mafia" amassed 140 million views on YouTube 7 months after its release. “Mafia” has taken all social media platforms by storm, and was the most searched on Google, making it the trend of the first days of 2019.

The clip achieved millions of views a few hours after its launch on Ramadan’s official YouTube channel. Ramadan received appraisal from his fans on the clip, which he presented in a distinctive way.

Ramadan launched on July 18 on his official YouTube channel a video of his latest song, "Ensay", which is a duet performed with Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred.

Director Hossam al-Husseini stated that working with Ramadan and Lamjarred is a totally different experience, as each of them has his presence, tools and audience, adding that the “video clip had to be unique in order to be attractive to the audience.”

He pointed out that the video was filmed in the streets of Paris and in one of the French palaces to add an archaeological element to the dazzling movements of the stars to rhythm of the song.
The song is a blend of rap and oriental music. Husseini said in a press statement that the video has become the No. 1 trend in Egypt, the Arab region and most of the countries of Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

The director also stated that the video clip mounted the third place in the list of the most watched videos on YouTube worldwide during the first 24 hours, capturing 24 million views in the first three days to remain the leading Arab most watched video.

Ramadan started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in Yousry Nasrallah's “Ehky Ya Shahrazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

Moreover, famed international star Jean-Claude Van Damme previously praised Ramadan in a video published by Ramadan on his official Instagram account, after the two actors collaborated in an advertisement.

"Hey, Mohamed Ramadan, how are you? It was great working with you. I appreciate your kindness. You're a great actor, good face, good body and one day may be we will work together, we'll see, inshallah," the famed actor and kickboxing star said in the video.

Ramadan participated in the last Ramadan marathon with his latest series "Zelzal" alongside Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy.
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11/15/2019 2:02:32 PM
<![CDATA[Twitter seeks public input on a new rule to help shape its approach]]>
Deliberate attempts to mislead or confuse people through manipulated media undermine the integrity of the conversation.

That’s why Twitter recently announced its plan to seek public input on a new rule to address synthetic and manipulated media. It has called for public feedback previously because it wanted to ensure that — as an open service — its rules reflect the voice of the people who use Twitter. The company believes that it’s critical to consider global perspectives, as well as make its content moderation decisions easier to understand.

What is synthetic and manipulated media?

The Twitter Rules, the service, and its features are always evolving, based on new behavior online. Twitter’s team routinely consults with experts and researchers to help them understand new issues like synthetic and manipulated media. Based on these conversations, Twitter has proposed defining synthetic and manipulated media as any photo, audio, or video that has been significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning. These are sometimes referred to as deepfakes or shallowfakes.

Here’s a draft of what Twitter will do when it sees synthetic and manipulated media that purposely tries to mislead or confuse people:

Twitter may:
• place a notice next to Tweets that share synthetic or manipulated media;
• warn people before they share or like Tweets with synthetic or manipulated media; or
• add a link – for example, to a news article or Twitter Moment – so that people can read more about why various sources believe the media is synthetic or manipulated.
In addition, if a Tweet including synthetic or manipulated media is misleading and could threaten someone's physical safety or lead to other serious harm, Twitter may remove it.


For languages not represented, Twitter’s team is working closely with local non-governmental organizations and policymakers to ensure their perspectives are represented.

For those who prefer to Tweet their feedback, Twitter will be listening to Tweets that use the hashtag #TwitterPolicyFeedback.

Additionally, if an organization would like to partner with Twitter to develop solutions to detect synthetic and manipulated media, it can fill out this form.

The feedback period will close on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 2:59 a.m. KSA. At that point, Twitter will review the input it has received, make adjustments, and begin the process of incorporating the policy into the Twitter Rules as well as training its enforcement teams on how to handle this content. It will make another announcement at least 30 days before the policy goes into effect.

Twitter is committed to serving the public conversation on the platform and doing its work in an open and transparent manner.
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11/15/2019 1:31:28 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix to change Nazi guard documentary after Polish complaint]]>
The maps in the documentary series “The Devil Next Door” were criticized by Morawiecki earlier this week for implying that Poland existed at that time as an independent nation within its postwar borders and thus could share responsibility for the atrocities committed at the camps during World War Two.

“To avoid any misunderstanding, in the coming days we will be adding text to some of the maps featured in the series,” Netflix said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“This will make it clearer that the extermination and concentration camps in Poland were built and operated by the German Nazi regime who invaded the country and occupied it from 1939-1945.”

The series chronicles the story of John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. carworker convicted by a German court in 2011 of having been a Nazi death camp guard during the war.

Morawiecki had asked for action in a letter to Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, dated Nov. 10 and published on the prime minister’s Facebook page on Monday.

Poland is very sensitive to suggestions that it might share any complicity in Nazi crimes committed on its territory.

The ruling party last year passed a law allowing courts to jail anybody who made such a suggestion, though it later watered down the legislation under U.S. pressure.

Poland was home to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities before it was almost wiped out by the Nazis.

Many Poles still refuse to accept research showing that thousands of Poles participated in the Holocaust, in addition to the thousands who risked their lives to help the Jews.]]>
11/15/2019 1:22:29 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift "not allowed" to perform at awards amid music row]]>
The 29-year-old appealed to her 85 million followers on Twitter to express their support for her in an ongoing row over the ownership of her songs, and accused the executives of exercising "tyrannical control" over her music.

The comments followed news that she was to receive the "Artist of the Decade" prize at the American Music Awards ceremony later this year.

Swift said she had planned to perform a medley of her hits on the show.

"They claim that would be re-recording my music before I'm allowed to next year," Swift said in her Twitter post.

The executives, whom Swift identified as Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, had also refused the use of older music or performance footage for a documentary being made by Netflix about her life, she added.

"The message being sent to me is very clear," Swift said. "Basically be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished."

Borchetta and Braun could not immediately be reached for comment outside of U.S. office hours.

Braun, who represents Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande among others, this year acquired Big Machine Label Group, the Nashville-based record company founded by Borchetta that owns the master recordings of Swift's past songs.

Swift signed with Big Machine at age 15 and left last November for Universal Music Group, a unit of French conglomerate Vivendi, and released her first album with UMG in August.

"Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November 2020 are a question mark," she said.

Swift, whose latest album "Lover" has broken records in China, headlined the opening gala for the Nov. 11 Singles' Day online shopping festival of retail juggernaut Alibaba, which pulled in a record $38.4 billion.]]>
11/15/2019 12:48:05 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Min. of Antiquities inspect findings in Saqqara Archaeological Area]]>
The visit started by inspecting the excavations of the Egyptian archaeological mission working in the area, which found a large collection of diverse archaeological finds, including a large number of mummified cats, some of them large in size.

Details of the discoveries will be unveiled on Saturday (November 23rd) through a conference.

The Minister of Antiquities also inspected the latest work on the restoration project of the pyramid of Djoser, which has been in operation since 2006, and will be inaugurated after completing the restoration works in the next few weeks.

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11/14/2019 4:10:15 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh dedicates 'Ayesh Wahdak' to late Haitham Zaki]]>

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It was decided to postpone the memorial service of late artist Haitham Ahmed Zaki to be held Saturday, Nov. 23 instead of Sunday, Nov. 17, at the request of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, who asked to attend the memorial service at the Cinema Palace.

Haitham was found dead in his villa in 6th of October district in the early hours of Nov. 7.

Giza Police Directorate received information that Haitham’s fiancé tried to call him numerous times on his phone, to no avail. Police forces immediately rushed to the late actor’s residence, only to find him deceased.

The lifeless body was rushed to the hospital where the preliminary medical report stated that the cause of death is a sudden circulatory collapse.
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11/14/2019 3:25:10 PM
<![CDATA[Angham to collaborate with poet Gamal el-Khoury again]]>
Angham and Khouly previously collaborated in “Ala Hesak Ayamy” from Angham’s latest album “Hala Khasa Gedan” (A Very Special Case).

Khouly’s latest musical works include Assala's “Sabook,” composed by Ahmed el-Adl; Tamer Ashour's “Men Gheir Ma Ahkelak,” composed by Mohamed el-Nadi; and Wama's “Ketret Hekayati”, composed by Ramy Gamal.

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11/14/2019 2:56:51 PM
<![CDATA[2nd Academy of Arts Youth Forum to launch on Nov. 16]]>
The upcoming forum will be held under the slogan "Youth and the Dialogue of Creativity". All students of the academy will participate in the forum's events, which will take place over the course of a week to achieve the main objective of the forum: Integration of arts, where students gather to work on a single artwork that embodies their creativity and talents.

The forum’s second edition will witness numerous events and activities including concerts, performances, plastic exhibitions, as well as cultural and critical seminars.
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11/14/2019 1:55:08 PM
<![CDATA[Wafaa Amer member of jury in 24th FICAR]]>
Amer will be honored for her contributions to the film industry with a total of 18 films, including “Kaf el-Amar”, “Hen Maysara”, “E-Leila el-Kbira”, among others.

Amer’s latest work was her role in the series “Hekayati” starring Yasmine Sabry, which was broadcast last Ramadan and gained great success. The series is co-starring Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Nihal Anbar, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ahmed Bedair.

The series is written by Mohamed Abdel Moty, directed by Ahmed Samir Farag and produced by Synergy.


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11/13/2019 2:59:55 PM
<![CDATA[Two temporary exhibitions in Tahrir's Egyptian Museum Nov. 15]]>
The exhibitions will be launched on Nov. 15 at 6pm.

The celebration will also include an inspection tour in the presence of Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, a number of the ministry's leaders and a number of public figures in Egypt.

Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese Consultative Council and a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and his party, visited the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on Nov. 12, and was highly intrigued by the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The tour began with a visit to the ground floor, where Yang saw the Narmer palette in the museum's main lobby, in addition to the statue of Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Ti. He then visited the private halls of Tutankhamun, the Royal Mummy Hall and the treasures of Yoya and Toya (grandparents of the King Akhenaten).


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11/13/2019 2:42:13 PM
<![CDATA[Press conference on significant Saqqara discoveries Nov. 23]]>
The sources at the Ministry of Antiquities further clarified that the cemetery also contains a large number of wooden boxes and carved, closed coffins that have never been opened. The sources at the ministry described the tomb as a room that has no visible inscriptions on its walls. Among the discoveries is a huge “strange” animal, perhaps a huge cat, a lion or a lioness. The sources further explained that more details regarding the animal will be revealed once it has been examined.

The Ministry of Antiquities has responded to what was circulated by some newspapers about the remarks of the Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, citing the newspaper "Daily Express" of Britain. It confirmed that the Minister of Antiquities did not refer to the Sphinx.

This is the official statements made by the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities to the British “Daily Express”: “We will announce details of the discovery of a mummy of a strange animal that appears to be a big cat, perhaps a lion or a lioness. Details will be revealed after the use of computed tomography and DNA testing to study the animal's mummy. The discovery will be officially announced in a few weeks.”

According to the British newspaper’s report, the ancient Egyptians are known to have great interest in cats, often imposing sanctions on those who harmed cats or killed them. Some ancient Egyptians worshipped a half-cat-half-woman goddess named “Bastet”.

The Ministry of Antiquities recently announced that it reveals on a monthly basis a new archaeological discovery and that about 300 Egyptian and 250 foreign missions are currently operating in Egypt.



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11/13/2019 1:39:16 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Opera Cinema Club celebrates Egyptian-Russian Year of 2020 on Nov. 15]]>
The celebration will be held at 7pm in Alexandria Opera House. The ceremony will be held in cooperation with the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Alexandria.

The documentary "The Theaters in Russia" and the documentary "Self Portrait" by Gamal al-Sarawi are scheduled to be screened.

Following the film screenings, a seminar will be held in the presence of Osama al-Sarawi and moderated by film critic Ahmed Asar.

The event concludes with a ballet butterfly show performed by dancers from the Talent Development Center, where they will present a Russian ballet show in addition to Egyptian folklore dances.

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The celebration's poster - ET
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11/13/2019 1:11:06 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed el-Sharnouby excels during concert within the 28th Arabic Music Festival]]>
Sharnouby performed his concert amid a high turnout from fans and public figures, receiving strong applause from the attendees.

The young star performed a wide selection of songs, including; “Heta Men el-Khayal”, “Tkhonoh”, “Khayef Aqol Eli Fe Qalby”, “Layalina”, “Ya Mosafer Wahdak”, among others.

It is worth mentioning that the 28th edition of the Arabic Music and Singing Festival honored 12 individuals who massively contributed to the Egyptian and Arabic musical scene, including Mohamed Mounir, veteran poet Farouk Gouida, Bahraini musician Wahid el-Khan, Riham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Iraqi writer and poet Karim Oudeh, musician Amro Ismail, maestro Adel Iskandar, among others.

Numerous singing stars of Egypt and the Arab World performed concerts within the festival’s 28th edition on the Grand Theater of the Egyptian Opera House, including; Mohamed Mounir, Medhat Saleh, Marwan Khoury, Mohamed el-Helw, Hany Shaker, Angham, Assi el-Helani.

Twenty two bands also performed during the festival’s activities, including Mohamed Mounir’s band, Abdel Halim Nouira Ensemble for Arabic Music, El-Hefny Ensemble, among others.




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11/12/2019 4:51:40 PM
<![CDATA[Chairman of the Chinese Consultative Council dazzled by the Giza Pyramids]]>
Yang was accompanied by a delegation and was invited to the minister’s office in the Giza Pyramids area.

During the convention, Anany and Yang discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between Egypt and China in the field of archaeological work and museums, training young archaeologists and restorers and exchanging experiences. The first Chinese excavation mission began its work in Egypt in 2018, at the Monto Temple in Karnak.

After the meeting, Yang and his delegation visited the Pyramids’ Antiquities Area and was accompanied by the General Manager of the Pyramids’ Antiquities Ashraf Mohieddin, during a tour which started by visiting the Great Pyramid (Khufu) from the inside.

Yang expressed his deep admiration of the ancient Egyptian civilization and the miraculous engineering methods used in constructing the Giza Pyramids.

The Chinese delegation then headed to the Panorama area, where memorial photos were taken before ending the tour with a visit to the Sphinx, where they listened to an explanation of the restoration work done to it, in addition to the groundwater project in the area.





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11/12/2019 4:49:11 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Gamal announce his vitiligo condition, thinking of retiring]]>
The singer was not able to provide a cure for his skin disease. Gamal decided to share the matter with his fans, in order to help him take one of two decisions: either retire singing or be accepted by the public.

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“"Praise is to God, who loved me to test me, and supported me with patience. White spots started to appear in my body and found out it was vitiligo. I tried numerous medications and went to several doctors, to no avail.” said Gamal in a post on his official Instagram account.

“I decided to accept the matter and go on with my life, especially after knowing that sadness or emotional distress could worsen the symptoms of the disease. People around me started to realize the white patches on my skin and asking me all sorts of questions; whether it is contagious and what I will decide to do regarding my career.” resumed Gamal.

“For a year now, I was trying to find ways to cover up the symptoms if I had to perform a concert or do some sort of filming. This caused stress in my life. A lot of people around me advised me to start a business or a different career because most people will not accept me the way I am. This made me think deeply about retiring.” continoued Gamal.

“This situation confronted me with only two solutions, whether to retire my singing career completely despite my great passion for it, or to accept me the way I am and have mercy on the people who are unfortunate with this disease without hurting them by making them feel different or weird. Thank God for the blessing of having a family, because they are the only people who provide unconditional love and accept you no matter what you may look like.” concluded Gamal.

Furthermore, Lebanese superstar Elissa supported Gamal after knowing his health condition, encouraging him not to over think the matter nor retire his singing career.

“It is unacceptable to retire or give up because of your skin condition. Inner beauty is more important than outer beauty.” commented Elissa on Instagram.

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11/12/2019 4:46:16 PM
<![CDATA[ Grand ceremony celebrating Opera’s 150th anniversary to be held on Nov. 14]]>
During the ceremony, the Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will honor 12 personalities of the first-generation ballet dancers of the Egyptian Opera, among others.

Saber pointed out that the celebration’s program include the screening of a documentary film about the Khedive Opera and its history, in addition to the most important artists and performances presented on its stage.

The program will also include performances by Cairo Opera Bands, Cairo Opera Ballet, Coral Acapella and Cairo Symphony Orchestra, presenting excerpts from the world's most important classical operas.
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11/12/2019 3:33:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Fine Art Exhibition launched on Nov. 12]]>
The inauguration was held at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Culture in the Egyptian Opera House. Some fifty artists from Egypt and all African countries will participate in the exhibition.

The exhibition featured African paintings, ceramics and sculpture, handicrafts and ornaments. The opening of the exhibition comes on the sidelines of the fourth International Forum on Interaction of African Cultures.

The forum will be held with the participation of a large number of researchers and specialists from 20 African countries: Libya - Tunisia - Algeria - Morocco - Ethiopia - Central Africa - Uganda - Tanzania - Sudan - South Sudan - Zimbabwe - Ghana - Kenya - Mauritania - Malawi - Nigeria - Senegal - Namibia - Niger - Egypt.

The three-day forum will discuss through ten research sessions a number of key topics including “Reading African Politics”, and “The Digital Revolution and Conservation of African Cultural Heritage”, among many others.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem issued a ministerial decision to form a higher committee to organize the fourth edition of the forum under the supervision of the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Culture, headed by Helmy Shaarawi.

The commission selected the theme “African Cultures in a Changing World” as the theme of the fourth edition of the forum. Since October 2018, the committee has invited all researchers and interested parties to participate by briefly presenting the proposed study in one of the main axes prepared by the committee.

The secretariat has received more than 250 proposals from most African States. The proposals presented to the organizing committee were selected to represent as many African countries as possible.

Furthermore, a number of cultural entities will contribute to the establishment of the forum, including the National Translation Center and the General Egyptian Book Organization.

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11/12/2019 3:16:30 PM
<![CDATA[30 coffins recently discovered in El-Assasif transferred to GEM]]>
The coffins were among the findings of the Egyptian archaeological mission working in El-Assaif area in Mount Qurna, west of Luxor. The sarcophaguses will be placed in a hall bearing the name "Cache of El-Assassif" in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The source added that the processing, full inspection and initial restoration of the coffins have been completed. The transfer of the coffins to the new capital took place on Nov. 10 in strict secrecy, according to the source.

The Ministry of Antiquities announced on October 19 the details of the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission. A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.
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11/11/2019 5:19:52 PM
<![CDATA[St. George anniversary celebrations launched in Luxor on Nov. 11]]>
The celebrations will be held with the participation of thousands of members of the church for a period of 7 days, ending on Nov. 17. This comes amid intensified security measures and increased deployment of the Luxor Police and Civil Protection forces.

The seven-day celebrations will witness special sermons every day at 2 p.m. It is also decided that the closing ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 16 in the heart of the monastery in the presence of thousands of Copts.

The Directorate of Luxor has set a tight plan to secure the Saint George celebrations, deploying explosive experts and special services around the monastery and in vital locations. The security plan also includes a routine check.

Furthermore, the Civil Protection Department instructed the explosives experts to inspect all cars and visitors of the monastery to detect any “unusual bodies”. The Civil Protection Department stressed the need to secure all parts of the monastery and the roads leading to it.

It is worth mentioning that the official celebration of the memory of Saint George in the Monastery of Mount Rizeigat runs from Nov. 11 to 17, and falls on the first to the seventh of the month of Hathor.

This also coincides with the anniversary of the dedication of the first church to the name of the great martyr Saint George in the city of Lod in Palestine. Hundreds of families travel before this date to stay in the monastery in tents on an area of more than 60 acres set up for this purpose. The surrounding area is also packed with thousands of visitors as the closing night approaches.

The Saint George Balersiqat Monastery dates back to the period between 1850 and 1870 AD, and in some other narrative dates back to 1896, in the reign of St. Mark.

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11/11/2019 4:33:24 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Ashour to perform in KSA on Nov. 13]]>
The Riyadh Season, the largest entertainment event in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, continues to witness many artistic, cultural and entertainment events.

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11/11/2019 3:05:17 PM
<![CDATA[Movie review: The ghosts of Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’]]>
In "Pain and Glory," the Spanish Oscar Award winner, director Pedro Almodóvar, tells a story which could be about his own life, or about any human’s unplanned suffering and redemption.

The 112-minute movie raises a lot of questions since its first scene, when Salvador Mallo (played by Antonio Banderas) sits still under the water for a few seconds, while the camera is moving slowly showing his scar from a surgery.

You don’t know at this moment what this surgery is, but as the events escalate, you realize that this scar is not just on the outer layer of his skin, but is rotted deeply inside his soul and embodies a lot of memories and ghosts from the past.

When Mallo goes to the surface to inhale his first breath, the movie flashes back to his first memory of his mother with her friends and neighbors washing their clothes and singing when Mallo or Almodóvar was just a 10-year old boy.

“When Antonio was under the water, it was the only moment when he doesn’t have any pain,” Almodóvar said during an interview for Channel 4 News earlier in September.

He said that for a long time of his life, he didn’t realize that his mother had all this effect on his life, adding that later he realized that she and her neighbors were the source of all strong women he created in his films later.



The Plot

Everyone, even Almodóvar, eventually said its Almodóvar's own story. All the circulated questions were; is Almodóvar a heroin addict, when did he discovere his own sexuality, was he really a teacher at that age in his village, and was his childhood that poor that he lived in a cave?

Well, all of these thoughts could be described in the movie as ghosts and memories mixed with fiction as "Pain and Glory" is not a documentary. Almodóvar released his own ghosts so he can continue to write, live and film once again. Maybe that movie was his salvation.

The movie talks about the director's early childhood, from when he was 10 years old and follows him into the seventies and eighties. A depressed, blocked film writer and director, he finds himself unable to write or face the audience as he struggles with back pain, heroin and ghosts from the past, including his mother, old love and friendships.

As I was watching the movie, I kept asking myself: Where is the peak moment of the story? But I didn’t find any. The movie is made of memories and memories have no peak.

“Love is not enough to save the person you love,” Asier Etxeandia, who played Alberto Crespo in "Pain and Glory", said in the movie as he was telling the touching story of ‘Madrid was ours’, which highlights Almodóvar’s sexuality.

“I did it because it’s true, and it was part of my real life… I used my power as a director to impose it as part of reality, saying that life is also like this, the real life,” Almodóvar said in statements.



Playing Almodóvar

Many things about this movie are beyond mesmerizing. Besides the honesty and boldness in telling the story, Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz were at their best, playing Almodóvar and his mother.

Almodóvar cooperated with Banderas in 2011’s "The Skin I Live In" and with Cruz in 2006’s "Volver" and those three coming together has just made the film spectacular. A thing that you can not ignore is that none of the actors from the amazing staff, which also included Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia and Nora Navas, went off the movie beat and harmony.

Banderas' performance, which got him the Cannes Best Actor Award, seems promising with more awards to come. The movie's sound track by Alberto Iglesias, which won the Best Soundtrack Award at the 72nd Festival de Cannes, was a special signature for the movie.



Finally, how far did this story represent Almodóvar's life? well, a lot.

In a movie discussion held in Cairo and attended by Nora Navas on the sidelines of Panorama of the European Film on Friday, November 8, Navas talked about the movie and that it was her first cooperation with Almodóvar. She described him as a difficult director to work with.

“The movie is a far special one, because it represents part of his personal life... My role in the movie – which was Almodóvar’s assistant- was really different from real life, and his bond with his mother in the movie was not really that much real either,” Navas said

She added that things happening in Almodóvar’s life resulted in that film, including his back pain, and his mother’s recent death.

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Part of Nora Navas discussion for Pain and Glory movie on the sideline of Cairo’s Panorama of the European Film – Photo by Aya Samir for Egypt Today


In his statements to Channel 4 News, Almodóvar said that it was true that people used to travel and immigrate when he was young, searching for a better life and that drugs were everywhere during the 80’s in Spain, and that his mother enrolled him in Seminary, where he got promoted to be a teacher for big boys as most of the men in the village they lived in were illiterate.

However, they didn’t live in a cave, as the movie showed. The movie was a journey, a real and honest journey, where the hero was swallowed by depression, emptiness and grief, but finally found his way back through writing and filming.

"For me, cinema is a way to live. I can’t imagine my life without writing and shooting stories," Almodóvar said in statements.

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11/11/2019 2:49:08 PM
<![CDATA[Salam to participate in 'Hazalqom' staging in Riyadh Season ]]>
Mekki is currently holding sessions with the writing workshop to decide on the play’s outline. The mega star will be embodying four different characters within the play, and is currently deciding on other comedians to join the play’s cast.

The play will stage in Saudi Arabia during the Riyadh season, from Nov. 27 to 30. Mekki embodied the character of “Hazalqom” in numerous screenplays, including “El-Kbeer Awi”, and “La Tarago’ Wala Esteslam”, among others.

It is noteworthy that Mohamed Salam is waiting for the release of his movie "El-Floos" in cinemas during the coming period. Salam’s latest work was a role he performed in the series “Badal el-Haduta Talata” with Donia Samir Ghanem last Ramadan.
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11/10/2019 4:31:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt participates in World Tolerance Summit with 'Christianity of Egypt']]>
Director Mohamed Khairy -representing Saint Films- will present the filmmaking experience of the documentary “Christianity of Egypt”. It is the first documentary to illustrate the history of Christian communities in Egypt and its influential role in the Egyptian society. Khairy will also speak about the role of Islam, the media and filmmaking in highlighting the values of tolerance, diversity and peace, and fight misleading news.

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It is worth mentioning that the first part of the film “Christianity of Egypt” screened in several international festivals such as in the Netherlands and Beirut, winning several local and international awards.

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This also comes in the year of tolerance in the UAE, where Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, declared 2019 in the UAE the "Year of Tolerance", thus establishing the UAE as the global capital of tolerance.



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11/10/2019 4:29:01 PM
<![CDATA[Inauguration of International Center of Arts on Nov. 15]]>
The idea of establishing the center as well as its objectives and the program of the first season will be announced during the press conference. The press conference will be followed by the center's first concert where soprano Amira Selim accompanied by pianist Pascal Rosset will perform.

Selim was born into an artistic family. She is the daughter of pianist Marcel Matta and plastic artist Ahmed Fouad Salim. After studying at the Conservatory, she received a grant from the French government to study with soprano Caroline Dumas at the School of Arts in Paris. Selim participated in many works in Egypt, in addition to playing many notable roles in Italy.

Director of the choir at the Egyptian Opera House Pascal Rosset will accompany Selim on her piano. Rosset completed her studies in the Conservatoire Régionale de Boulogne and Ecole Normale de Musique in the French capital of Paris, in addition to the National Music Institute in Lyon, France. The French pianist worked under the supervision of orchestra leaders from around the world.

The concert’s program includes Romeo and Juliet's "I Want to Live" operetta by Charles Gounod, “A Mid-Summer Night's Dream” operetta by Thomas Lambros, and “Faust” operetta by Charles Gounod, among others.

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11/10/2019 4:05:44 PM
<![CDATA[Reflecting the beauty of Cairo through Cairo Saturday Walks Exhibition]]>
The exhibition will be hosted at the NWT House in Maadi. Cairo Saturday Walks is an intimate showcase of Cairo's urban treasures.

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The exhibition is founded by interior architect and photographer Karim El Hayawan.

‘’For almost 5 years now I’ve been blessed, inspired and intrigued by the special souls that make up the tribe of @cairosaturdaywalks . What started off as having Saturday being my only day to roam around Cairo shooting - sooner joined by a couple of dear friends Nour Kamel and Dina Elsheikh, branded by Taimour Othman , to the open platform that it is today. With over 500 people organically joining. To Exhibiting yearly with the proceeds of 4 exhibitions so far going back to the community.
With over 14000 photographs on #cairosaturdaywalks contributed by photographers, artists, local and international. - Paying homage to Cairo, the city that struggles to remain. With pillars like Raymond G. Khalife Akram Reda Amina Ayman Kadous Salih Basheer @ragz and @fariszeitoon who make sure the walks never stop and take the lead with all passion. A big ❤️ to you’’ El Haywan stated on his official facebook account.

Through this project El Hayawan pursues his passion for photography by walking down Cairo streets and alleyways and capturing all the dazzling scenes he could find.
"I started exploring the streets every Saturday as some sort of practice and then some friends started joining me," El Hayawan said to CNN Arabic. "It reached out to an international crowd. We created a hashtag on Instagram and everyone started pooling in their photographs."

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Now many international and local photographers joined El Hayawan on his Saturday Morning Walks, showing through their photos the true beauty of Cairo.




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11/9/2019 4:04:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's participation in Corsica int'l festival reflects its cultural stance, says min.]]>
The invitation also reflects the international appreciation for Egypt and its artists, Abdel Dayem added during the opening of the festival which is organized by the Association of Musicians of Mediterranean Countries.

Egypt's Brass Sound Band, affiliated to the Academy of Arts, performed at the festival's opening ceremony.

Abdel Dayem said that such cultural activities held under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi between Egypt and France play a key role in demonstrating the capability of soft power and consolidating relations among peoples.]]>
11/9/2019 3:39:43 PM
<![CDATA[Ali el Haggar, Riham Abdel-Hakim to perform at Alexandria Opera House on Nov.12]]>
Haggar celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.

He recently launched the song "Laih el Tareeq" (Why the path?) on his official channel on YouTube. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer released his latest album entitled "Ma TakhdyBalek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

Haggar concluded on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival at Alexandria Opera House.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).



Throughout his career,Haggar performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel"with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart), another important phase in Haggar' scareer was his first collaboration with his brother,composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggarin 1978 when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as composer and Ali el-Haggar as lyricist.

Among these songs are: "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".

Haggar released "Abl Ma Tewaed" (Before You Promise) sng on December 31, 2018, announcing that it is a gift to his fans in 2019.

The song is written by Michael Adel, composed by Shady Moanes and distributed by Rafik Adly






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11/9/2019 3:25:32 PM
<![CDATA[Faia Younan to perform at Cairo Opera House on Nov.11]]>
Younan sang for the first time in the Bedouin dialect in her new song "Kholkhalha" (Her Anklet).

"Kholhalha" was included in Younan's latest album "Hakaya el Qalb" (Heart Stories).

Younan was born in Syria in 1992 and was raised in the city of beauty and art, Aleppo; then she moved with her family to Sweden, where art is a thriving part of the national culture, but she kept Aleppo inside her heart and soul as her real homeland.

Her fascinating talent appeared at an early age. Although she has a master's degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of Glasgow, her love for music prevailed and allowed her to spread her message.

Younan later decided to promote covers for original songs online to send her warm voice and music to millions of people.

Syrian singer Faia Younan was named the Best Syrian Singer at the German Daf Bama Music Awards 2018 after a fierce public competition with famed singer Assala Nasri in the mass vote category.



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11/9/2019 3:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[‘Leil Khargy’ to compete the official competition of FCAPA in Paris]]>
The festival kicked off on November 8 and scheduled to continue till November 13.

“Leil Khargy” was screened at the first edition of Meknes International Cinema Festival, which kicke off on June 14 in the Moroccan city of Meknes.


“Leil Khargy” was screened for the first time in the Egyptian cinemas on December 19.

The movie was competing in Cairo International Film Festival's international competition where the Egyptian actor Sherif Desouky won the Best Actor Award on his role in the movie.

The movie revolves around three individuals; Mo, Toto and Mustafa, who meet against all norms, each battling in his own way to stand his ground and leave his mark; they eventually find themselves in an unexpected journey in the city that helps them see a world they have never seen before.

“Leil Khargy” stars beside Desouky Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Basma, Ahmed Malek, and Ahmed Magdy among others. “Leil Khargy” is written by Sherif Alfy and directed by Ahmed Abdallah.

The movie was screened before at Toronto International Film Festival.






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11/9/2019 3:00:52 PM
<![CDATA[The Egyptian Carmen aka El Dibany ,the first ever to receive Hassan Kamy award]]>
El Dibany is the first ever to receive this award. She took it after giving a recital with Egyptian pianist Seif Mohie at the festival.

‘’ Truly honored to be the first ever to receive the “Hassan Kamy award” after giving a recital with Egyptian pianist Seif Mohie at the Manial Palace Festival, and even happier to have been handed the award by Prince Abbas Helmy and internationally acclaimed Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa. Thanks to Manial_Palace_Festival for putting this great festival together’’ El Dibany wrote on her official Instagram account.

El Dibany is the first Egyptian to win the “Prix Lyrique de l’AROP”, the best opera singer award from the Paris Opera House, according to Opera de Paris.

This important annual international award is tailor made to uprising opera singers and is granted to one female and one male soprano.

El Dibany joined the Paris Opera House in 2016. She is the first Egyptian resident of the Paris Opera House.


She sang a song from the show “Carmen” by Bizet at the awards ceremony in the presence of Egyptian and French officials.

In 2017 El Dibany performed along with Opera singer Jean-Francois Marras in a concert to celebrate a partnership between the National Paris Opera House and Huawei.

She went to different classical institutions to represent the venue including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Biennale dell’Arte at the French Pavilion in Venice, the Cairo Opera House and Alexandria Opera House.

She was awarded the Wagner Prize for excellence in opera. El Dibany on her official facebook page expressed the deep honor she feels to appear in a trailer that celebrates her partnership with the National Paris Opera house. The trailer was directed by a team led by Audrey Mascina.

The mezzo-soprano performance in Carmen in 2015 succeeded in snatching the title of “Best Upcoming Young Opera Singer”, decided by a survey generated by the “Opernwelt” magazine yearbook.

El Dibany is among the juries of the German music competition Jugend Musiziert in the national round of the Eastern Mediterranean region.
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11/9/2019 2:24:37 PM
<![CDATA[Olympics: Placido Domingo pulls out of cultural event, cites 'complexity']]>
Domingo, who had been set to participate in an event fusing opera and Japan’s traditional kabuki to kick off a cultural festival, resigned last month as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, saying accusations of sexual misconduct had compromised his ability to continue.

“After thoughtful consideration I have made the decision not to participate in the kabuki-opera event due to the complexity of the project,” Domingo said in the statement, issued by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.

The panel added that after consultation, it had accepted Domingo’s decision not to take part in the April program, part of a “Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival” to promote Japanese culture.

This year more than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff said they had witnessed or experienced inappropriate behavior by Domingo toward women at different opera houses over the last three decades.

He has disputed the accusations.

In September, Domingo pulled out from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York at the last minute, and said he would never perform there again.]]>
11/9/2019 2:01:11 PM
<![CDATA[For her life achievements, America Abroad Media Honors Yousra in Washington, D.C.]]>
AAM honors outstanding leaders whose work meets international standards and exemplifies the power of media to inform, educate and empower.

AAM believes that Yousra’s collective work provides American audiences with a glimpse into the history of the Egyptian entertainment industry, its role as a catalyst for social dialogue, its powerful resonance throughout the Arab world, and its ability to lift taboos and bring forth positive change.

"Yousra is an icon in the Middle East and a true inspiration to her millions of fans, both through her brilliant work as an actress on screen, and her devotion to her society and a better world.” said Aaron Lobel, founder and president of America Abroad Media. “AAM is proud to honor the incomparable Yousra at our 7th Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C."

Commenting on receiving her award, Yousra said, “I feel proud to represent my country and the Arab world and honored to receive such valuable and important award. I’m really happy that my work is being celebrated.”

Many top Hollywood stars congratulated Yousra on her award, including Harvey Keitel. “In your award is my reward, because I have this opportunity to tell you, ever since that night I first met you in Cairo, how lovely and strong an impression you made on us.

You invited us for dinner, you cooked for us, you introduced us to your friends and walked the streets of Cairo with us, revealing its magic. In those days, the day to day walks, we were treated to the phenomena of you being greeted by your fans. The joy and adulation they displayed, and seeing you, reflected the warmth and respect you exchanged with them in your greetings and friendliness.” said Keitel.

“Your place in cinema is memorialized in this award that you receive, and your place in the hearts and minds of your fans is memorialized by their reach to you on the streets of Cairo. Congratulations my dear...” Keitel added.

While John Malkovich said, “I’m here to send my greetings to Yousra, who is an old friend of mine, who is a great Egyptian actress and singer, a long-serving goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and she has worked extensively for women’s rights and women’s empowerment in Egypt and the Middle East. Yousra is a great ambassador for Egyptian cinema and for the Egyptian people. She’s warm and kind, funny, talented. Yousra, I’m delighted for you, I’m delighted that you are receiving this award. Sorry I can’t be there, I’m shooting out in Los Angeles. I wish you all the best, Yousra, in everything you do…”

Hollywood actress Vanessa Williams said, “My dear Yousra, congratulations on this great honor and award you’re receiving tonight from AAM. I am so thrilled that you’re being recognized here in the United States for your outstanding work as an actress and your iconic career. I’ve sailed the Red Sea with you in Egypt and been by your side at both the El Gouna and Dubai Film Festivals. I’ve seen firsthand the love that the people of Egypt and the Middle East have for you. Through your art you have given a voice to many women and others who might not have otherwise been heard, and in everything you do on and off screen, your genuine sense of humanity shines through. That’s why for more than four decades you have established such a unique and personal bond with tens of millions of fans. Yousra, you are a true inspiration and a role model for women in the Middle East, and indeed, around the world. Congratulations again, my dear friend, for this well-deserved honor.”

Variety’s film critic Jay Weissberg said, “I could talk about Yousra as an incredibly sensitive actress, and I could talk about all the different roles that she’s made in so many classic Egyptian films and classic Ramadan series. I could talk about how much time she’s given to some of the charities that she supported and all of the good works that she’s done as a film star. But what I really like to talk about is how Yousra responds to her public, because I’ve traveled around the MENA region with her a number of times, and I’ve never seen a movie star who is so generous with the public, who is so giving, who gives so much joy. The moment that Yousra walks into a room, whether it’s a restaurant, whether it’s a boulevard, whether it’s a hotel lobby, people light up, it doesn’t matter what age they are, it doesn’t matter what country, we can be in Morocco, we can be in Abu Dhabi, we can be in Egypt, everywhere that I’ve gone with her in public, there is joy that I see in people’s faces. She is the most generous of actors I’ve ever known.”

Egyptian celebrities also congratulated Yousra on her award. Director Marwan Hamed expressed his happiness for her, saying “Yousra is among the most important actresses in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Her career is full of diverse and different roles. Besides, on a personal level, she’s amazing and compassionate, and her acting career didn’t change that. I have great love and respect for her, as she supported me in the beginning of my career when she starred in my directorial debut, The Yacoubian Building, and supported many others. We are talking here about a genuine actress who is the pride and joy of Egyptian cinema. We are all proud to work in an industry that has such a valuable and great person.”

Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris said, “Yousra is a star since the beginning of her career. Her performances are very convincing and spontaneous that I thought she inherited her style from Egyptian legend Soad Hosny. Yousra is one of the brightest and most sincere stars in the film industry.”

Businessman Samih Sawiris said, “I believe that Yousra has been able to replace Egyptian star Soad Hosny in Egyptian cinema for many years. Her role in the film industry is still going on and will never stop. She is one of the best examples of Egyptian cinema. She’s been a very dear friend of mine for ages, and that gives me great pleasure. And on a personal level, needless to say, she always supports everyone.”

Egyptian actress Shereen Reda said, “Yousra is a legend, a living legend without a doubt. She is an amazing person and a great actress. She’s been there for me ever since I first worked with her. She’s always there for everybody. Congratulations, Siva, and I hope to see you very soon to congratulate you in person. Congratulations, you deserve the best.”

While screenwriter Tamer Habib said, “She is simply everything to me. I think that those who don’t know Yousra are missing out on a lot. She is a walking “love story” and she fills the air with positive energy wherever she goes, inside and outside filming locations. She is always there for all of us and we all owe her big for it. She is one of the most important five people in my life and I’m really lucky to have her in my life.”

Director Inas El Degheidy also congratulated her, saying “Yousra is a beautiful person and an actress that influenced both Arab and Egyptian cinema.

She is not only famous in the Arab world, but also very well-known internationally as a first-class Egyptian actress, besides, she has great relationships with foreign actors and filmmakers.”

The event was attended by many celebrities, decision-makers, diplomats, and members of the creative arts and entertainment industry, including Hollywood director Peter Berg, Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, Fayçal Gouia, Tunisia Ambassador to the US, Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahrain Ambassador to the US, Hatem Elatawy, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Egypt in Washington, D.C., General John Allen, President of Brookings Institution, Jennifer Isham, former President of Tribeca Film Festival, Christopher Isham, Washington Bureau Chief at CBS News, Farah Pandith, Co-Chair and former special representative to Muslim Communities at the US Department of State, Juan Zarate, Co-Chair, Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY, Jay Weissberg, film critic at Variety, and Egyptian diplomat Gamal Helal.

Throughout her acting career, Egyptian superstar Yousra played remarkable roles in some of the most important films in the history of Egyptian cinema. She worked with some of Egypt’s most celebrated directors and writers, including Youssef Chahine, Ali Badrakhan, Wahid Hamed, Sherif Arafa, Raafat El-Mihi, Khairy Beshara, Samir Seif, and Marwan Hamed.

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Yousra was selected as a Goodwill Ambassador and received many honors from international festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Beirut International Film Festival in Lebanon, in addition to the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris, and the Royal College of Physicians in London. Yousra was chosen to be a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) in 2019.

Previous recipients of AAM's awards include Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, Princess Rym Ali, founder of the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), Tunisian actress Hend Sabry, Saudi actor and comedian Nasser Al Qassabi, Saudi journalist Turki Aldakhil, Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed, Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, among others.

America Abroad Media champions global storytelling through the power of entertainment. AAM's vision is to bring together the best of Hollywood with the creative community in the Middle East to empower a new generation of storytellers in the region to produce original content that promotes positive change and shared values.

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11/8/2019 5:58:22 PM
<![CDATA[What are the 10 highest-grossing movies in the history of Egyptian cinema?]]>CAIRO – 8 November 2019: The Egyptian cinema is very rich with successful movies that managed to achieve great success. Egypt Today will present to its readers in this article the 10 highest-grossing movies in the history of Egyptian cinema.

1- '’El Feel-el Azra’a'’ (The Blue Elephant) part 2 – ( L.E 102,954,945)

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In the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema, the movie “Blue ELephant P II) starring Karim Abdel Aziz exceeds the LE 100 M mark in revenues since its screening in cinemas on July 25.

The "Blue Elephant PII" has been able to achieve the difficult equation since its release in cinemas 8 weeks ago, which has reaped huge revenues at the box office, and at the same time met with great success and popularity on the level of critics and the public.

This is an achievement several films have been unable to achieve in years. This is due to the use of the most important elements behind the camera while providing all necessary means for success the film needs in terms of productivity until it finally came out in this distinctive form.

The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.

The film promo has recorded more than 9 million views directly after its release. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.

Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry joins the cast, along with Jordanian actor Eyad Nassar who joins as a guest of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows the huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE 35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5 years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim.

The events of "Blue Elephant P II" begin 5 years after the events of the first part, where Dr. Yahya Rashed is summoned to the Dangerous Cases Section.

There he meets those who manipulate his life and that of his family. This pushes Yahya to try the ‘blue elephant’ pill (a form of Ecstasy or MDMA) in an attempt from him to deal with the mysteries he finds himself facing.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

2- "Welad Rezk" (Rezk Sons Part 2) – ( L.E 99,145,910)



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The Egyptian movie "Welad Rezk" (Rezk Sons Part 2) achieved booming success, generating the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Written by Salah el-Geheiny, directed by Tarek el-Arian and produced by Raw Production Company, the sequel achieved significantly high revenues and recorded the highest single-day revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.

Part II is a mind-twisting film, even more than the first part which achieved great success.

The sequel starts with a powerful action scene, where the four sons (played by Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed El-Fishawy and Karim Kassem) are plotting a new con when they are attacked.

Their friend Atef, played by Ahmed Dawoud, is kidnapped by Kamal, dubbed "El Khawaga" played by Khaled el-Sawy.

A flashback narrative takes us through the developments of the events that culminated in this opening scene. In this part, Rezk’s sons cooperate with the corrupt officer Raouf, played by Mohamed Mamdouh, to carry out a series of robberies, which puts them in conflict with El-Khawaga.

Famed star Assala Nasri participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience

3- ‘’ Casablanca’’( L.E 79,156,808)


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Starring mega star Amir Karara, "Casablanca" topped Eid El-Fitr season films, achieving the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema at that time.

“Casablanca” achieved the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema at that time, achieving LE 6,721,308 and surpassing the rest of the competing films by far; in addition to the records achieved on the level of Arab cinema revenues, as the film is being screened in Arab and Gulf theaters.

The movie is starring a large group of stars led by Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amr Abdul Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud el-Bezzawi and Ahmed Dash.

The film is the joint production of Talent Media, Synergy Films and Tahir Media Production. It is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Hisham Hilal.

The action movie revolves around Omar El-Mor (Amir Karara) and an adventure in Casablanca.
The plot tackles the life of three Alexandrian men who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity.

The three performed nautical theft, where El-Mor was arrested but refused to inform the police about his partners, who are Oraby ( Amr Abdel Gelil) and Rasheed ( Eyad Nassar).

On the aftermath of his release he discovered that Orabi betrayed them and travelled to Morocco to start a new life there and changed his name to Haroun and kidnapped El-Mor’s brother Zakaria ( Ahmed Dash), so El-Mor and Rasheed decided to cooperate together to grab their right from Oraby and return Zakaria back.

Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so it contains different pictures on screen that were executed with the latest cinematic techniques.

4- El Mamar ( The Passage) – ( 74,495,223 L.E)



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The film revolves around the role of the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the War of Attrition. The film is inspired by the brave patriotic operations performed by Group 39 in the Egyptian army headed by martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai.

The massive production discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early days of the War of Attrition.

"El-Mamar", directed by Sherif Arafa and written by Arafa and Amir Teima, stars Ahmed Ezz, , Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rezk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas and Enaam Salousa, among others.

Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack. El-Mamar” topped the Twitter trend after its first TV screening on ON TV channel on October 6.

The film was screened as part of the celebrations of the 46th anniversary of 6th of October War victory.


People interacted with the patriotic movie, especially that it screened as part of the celebrations of the glorious victory of October 6.

Egyptians were keen to watch the important patriotic movie which achieved booming success.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Culture represented by the Cultural Production Sector headed by veteran director Khaled Galal honoured ''El Mamar'' movie makers on Tuesday, October 29.

5- El Badla ( The Suit) – ( L.E 67,085,009)

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“El Badla”, which was released in Eid el-Adha in 2018, achieved high revenues, claiming the first rank in the Egyptian box office at that time.
Hosny plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny and Mai Kassab among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl.

“El Badla” was screened in Saudi Arabia starting on September 2018. It was the first Arabic movie to be screened in the kingdom’s history.

6- “Nadi el-Regal el-Seri” (The Secret Men's Club) (L.E 59,719,314)


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The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Ghada Adel, and Maged el-Kedwany, among others. It is written by Ayman Wattar.

In the movie, Karim Abdel Aziz plays the role of a dentist named “Adham” who has been married for ten years. However, a huge gap develops in their marriage which forces his wife to watch her husband all the time in a comic way.

Abdel Aziz returned to cinema with this movie after a hiatus of 4 years, since the screening of "The Blue Elephant" part one in 2014.

7- ‘’ Harb Karmouz’’ ( Karmouz War) – ( L.E 57,634,545)


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The film takes place in the era of King Farouk, Egypt's last king. The story revolves around a police officer, Youssef el Masry (Amir Karara), who lives in the Karmooz district in Alexandria. Masry fights many battles and saves a girl from being raped in the movie.

“Harb Karmooz” stars famed English actor Scott Adkins, known as “Boyka”, in his first appearance in Egyptian cinema, alongside Karara, Mostafa Khater, Ghada Abdel Razek, Bayoumy Fouad, Fathy Abdelwahab and Rogina, among others.

“Harb Karmooz” is written by Mohamed el Sobky and directed by Peter Mimi.
Superstar Scott Adkins, AKA Boyka, previously expressed his extreme happiness to star in the movie “Harb Karmouz” (Karmouz War) with superstar Amir Karara.

Boyka stated that he is more than happy to participate for the first time in such a unique cinematic experience in Egypt.

The superstar further commented that both Karara and the movie’s director, Peter Mimi, are highly talented and knowledgeable and that he is pleased to work with both of them.



The world renowned star expressed his great appreciation of his Egyptian fans, especially for the love and support they gave him.

“Harb Karmouz” is the first movie that is solely starred by Amir Karara.



8- ‘’El Khaleya’’ ( The Cell) – ( L.E 56,004,004)




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The movie highlights the continuous efforts exerted by security forces to combat terrorism, as well as the obstacles and the sufferings they face as a result of such tough work.

‘’El Khaleya’’ focuses on a special operations officer played by Egyptian megastar Ahmed Ezz. He works to stop more than one terrorist operation and arrests various terrorist cells.

“El-Khaleya” stars besides Ezz, Samer el-Masrie, Mohamed Mamdouh and Amina Khalil. The movie script is written by Salah el-Geheny, while Tarek el-Erian wrote the story and directed the movie.

The film includes a duet song between famous singers Assala and Mahmoud Elessily. “El-Khaleya” is considered a high-budget action movie.

Amr Salah, an officer from the special operations sector in the Ministry of Interior was killed on October 20, during confrontations between police forces and terrorists in an oasis in the Western Desert.

He also participated in “El-Khaleya,” training Ezz and fellow actors on police exercises shown in the movie.

Salah also appeared in a few scenes in the film as an actor. He appeared in one scene changing clothes in the locker-room , another in a raid, the scene with the armored vehicle, as well as most of the scenes of Ezz in the camp.

9- ‘’ Horoob Edtrary’’ ( Forced Escape) – ( L.E 55,551,644)

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Famed Egyptian star Ahmed el-Sakka in the movie will be accused of murdering a business man, so he escapes until he proves who the real killer is.

Horob Edterary co-starring Ghada Adel, Mostafa Khater, Amir Karara, Fathy Abdel Wahab and Ahmed Zaher.

The movie which was released in 2017 broke the box office revenues in 22 days only and has maintained stable revenue by making at least LE 500,000 a night. The film surpassed its rivals at that time: El Asleyeen starring Menna Shalaby, Gawab E’tiqal starring Mohamed Ramadan, Tasbah Ala Kheir starring the famous Tamer Hosny, and Antara Ibn Ibn Ibn Ibn Shadad starring the comedian Mohamed Henedy.

10- ‘’Laf w Dawaran’’ (Turning in circles) ( L.E 43,277,037)


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"Laf we Dawaran" (Turning in circles),staring Ahmed Helmy, Donia Samir Ghanem, Jamila Awad, Sabrine, Inaam Salousa among others. The movie achieved great success at the time of its release. “Laf we Dawaran” is directed by Khaled Marei. It revolves around a young man who wants to travel abroad to start a new life there but his family is pushing strongly to let him change his mind.













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11/8/2019 4:41:29 PM
<![CDATA[Emam, Salah, Malek, Hafez are the upcoming Egyptian stars to be added to Dubai celebrity corridor ]]>
Egyptian star Ahmed Helmy was the first Arab actor to receive a star in the corridor, along with his wife, famed actress Mona Zaki.

Helmy previously expressed his great joy after his name was placed in Dubai celebrity corridor.

He posted a video on his official Instagram account showing how happy he was to see his name placed in the Celebrity Corridor of Dubai, an Arab replica of the Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Dubai Stars page also posted a video to congratulate Helmy and commented, “Congratulations to the Egyptian actor who made millions laugh in joy. Ahmed Helmy, you are a Dubai Star.”

“Art is a very, very big responsibility, and when you are capable of handling the responsibility, the result will eventually be precious.
Honored to be with you today,” said Helmy after receiving his star at the Celebrity Corridor.

The Dubai Stars is a grand tribute to renowned personalities who have positively contributed to the world through their work in various fields, such as filmmaking, art, architecture and music.

Kicking off with the first 400 stars in Oct. 2019, this global benchmark will have over 10,000 stars' names when complete.

Adel Emam

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Emam is considered Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, and plays under his belt.

His immortal role in "Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen" as Bahgat el-Abaseiry led him to shoot to stardom in theatre.

Emam then performed a number of successful roles in plays like "Shahed Mashafsh Haga" (A witness who didn’t see anything), "El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal" (the servant named Sayed), "El-Zaiim" (The Leader) and "Body Guard".

His cinematic repertoire includes a number of movies like "Ehena Betoaa el Autobees", "El-Avocato" (The Lawyer), "El-Irhab Wel Kabab"(Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” (Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya”, "El-Sefara Fel Omara" (The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer”, and “Bobos”.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” in 1980.

After a long hiatus, he returned back to TV series in 2012 through "Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Emam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) and “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was also awarded the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award at the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema, he performed in serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens' struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years.


Egypt and the Arab world celebrated the birthday of the one and only Adel Emam on May 17.

On this occasion Emam denied all the rumors about his illness and said he is in good health and thanked all his fans.

Under the slogan of "In celebration of Adel Imam's birthday", CEO of Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi signed a contract with mega star Adel Emam to produce the series "Valantino" to be released in Ramadan 2020.

"Valantino" will screen exclusively on Watch It, in addition to CBC, DMC AND ON TV channels. The series is produced by Synergy.

In the series, Emam will embody the role of an international school's owner named Nour Abdel Mageed, who is married to a gloomy wife, the matter that will drive him to fall in love with another woman.

Abdel Halim Hafez

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Hafez was born on June 21, 1929 in Halawat village. Along with his lifetime friends, the great Egyptian composers Mohammed Al-Mougi and Kamal-Al-Taweel, presented a new and unfamiliar style of music to the audiences.

In return, the audience at the beginning neither accepted the young singer nor his style, receiving him with boos and revulsion.

After the July 23, 1952 Revolution, the Egyptian audience’s taste changed and Hafez started to gain more fans gradually. Hafez’s fame was strongly attached to the revolution; he sang plenty of patriotic songs that documented it, and some called him the “Revolution’s Voice” or the “Son of the Revolution”.

His songs after the revolution began to gain unprecedented popularity. The Egyptian cinema did not welcome Hafez at the beginning preferring to borrow only his voice. Yet, in 1955, Hafez debuted as an actor in a movie named “Lahn el-wafaa” (The Tune of Faithfulness) followed by “Ayamna el-Helwa” (Our Sweet Days) in the same year.

The booming cinematic success Hafez achieved resulted from his success as a singer in the first place. Hafez’s participation in “Our Sweet Days” along with veterans Omar el-Sherif and Ahmed Ramzy, established the idea of a younger cinema which prevailed afterwards. He stabilized his cinematic success later in a number of films such as “Ayam w Lialy” (Days and Nights), “Banat el-Youm” (Nowadays’ Girls), “El-Wisada el-Khalia” (The Abandoned Pillow), “ El-Khataya” (The Sins) among others.


The audience favored the new cinematic style presented by Hafez because of its vividness. The Egyptian audience, especially girls, started to view Hafez as a romance icon and their dream man, each of them wanting her sweetheart to visit her in a boat, exactly as he did in the “Ayam w Lialy” movie.


The name of Abdel-Halim on any film was enough to attract audiences to the box-office. His films achieved record sales. His most famous songs, which catapulted him into fame, were “Ahwak” (I Adore You), “Betloomoni Leh” (Why Do You Blame Me), “Maw’ood” (Promised), and “Qari’at Al Fingan” (Fortune Teller). It is worth mentioning that all Hafez’s songs were included in his films, except his patriotic songs and the last romantic ballads he sang in his final years.

Despite the many years that have passed since his death, Hafez was and remains the most important and successful of Egyptian and Arab musicians.

He is the only Egyptian singer that has a growing fan base even after his death and most of it is from an audience who was born years after his death.

Despite having no direct relation nor any form of contact with the new generation, Hafez managed to build a psychological and human relationship with the new generations through his films and songs.

All Hafez’s films witnessed the blending of his songs seamlessly into the drama. In all his films, his songs are essential parts of the drama line that cannot be removed. All singers who appeared on the silver screen after his death have failed to fill his place or achieve the same success.

If he were still alive he would likely have remained on top of the Arab singing and cinematic scene to this day. Despite dying young at only 48, he made more than 15 movies and more than 206 songs.

Amazon carries all his albums as well as 288 MP3s by Abdel Halim Hafez.

Rami Malek

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Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the Golden Globe.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.
“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.


Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star. Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to make the shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.

The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.






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<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at El Sawy Culrural Wheel on Nov.19]]>
He will also participate in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November 9.

Khairat recently performed in the graduation party of Nahda University at Cairo Opera House on October 29 as well as two concerts at Cairo Opera House on October 20,21.
He performed a concert in Aswan on Sept. 27, under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

He performed as well at the closing ceremony of the Citadel Music Festival on September 1.

The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

Additionally, Khairat performed two concerts in Bibliotheca Alexandrina on August 5,6.

The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city, where he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018 in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about the Egyptian culture.

Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el-Fitr.
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11/8/2019 1:51:53 PM
<![CDATA[Shakira to celebrate Latino culture and her birthday at Super Bowl]]>
The three-time Grammy winner will be appearing at the widely watched halftime show on Feb. 2, alongside singer and actor Jennifer Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

“I think that being at the Super Bowl ... is very symbolic in a way, and I feel we have a great responsibility with the Latinos around the world,” Shakira told Reuters in her home city of Barcelona.

“There is a lot to celebrate about our Latin culture, and it is a great opportunity to be on this very important stage,” she added. The show will coincide with her 43rd birthday.




The National Football League’s Super Bowl championship, to be played in Miami, is the biggest annual event on U.S. television. The halftime show typically features some of the world’s most well-known performers. Last year’s telecast attracted 98.2 million viewers.

Shakira said she had struggled to get Latin music into the mainstream in the early days of her career in the 90s, but the scene had changed.

“I had to go through ... a lot of obstacles back in the day ... but now I think the situation is different, the atmosphere, the receptivity is great and it makes it so much easier to put out music in Spanish,” she said.

“I think there are a lot of amazing artists out there that deserve to be heard and don’t have to go through all that I went through back in the day.”

Shakira spoke to Reuters in the build up to the Nov. 13 release of her movie “Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour” that will hit the cinemas in more than 60 countries for a one-night screening.

The 2018 tour marked a triumphant return for the artist after she suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage and had to delay the world tour twice. She said the tour reflected “a lot of vulnerability, but also perseverance”.]]>
11/8/2019 1:39:37 PM
<![CDATA[French edition of 'Fe Ghorfat al- Ankabut' receives Arab Literature Award]]>
The novel was published by Al-Ain Publishing House. Translated by Gilles Gaultier, the French edition was published by Sindbad Publishing House.

The novel is inspired by the events of detaining 52 men for performing “homosexual acts” in a case known in the Egyptian community by the “Queen Boat Case” in 2001. The detained men received different sentences; some were set free, while others were imprisoned for 2-3 years.

The committee- chaired by Pierre Leroy - unanimously selected Mohamed Abdel Nabi's novel and described it as a "bold writing in a strong and resolute manner that plunges the reader into the heart of taboos in the Egyptian and Arab societies. This is a novel that can be a poem of tolerance and humanity.”

In the novel, Hany Mahfouz (one of the detainees) was released. He was a human wreck, aiming to start a long psychological recovery, but he finds no help in anything other than writing every day, having lost his ability to speak for psychological reasons during the trial.

The novel was previously awarded the Sawiris Cultural Award and made it to the short list in the Arab Booker Awards.]]>
11/8/2019 1:30:08 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Arab Theater Festival to launch on Dec. 3]]>
The festival will be held under the supervision of the Egyptian Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts. The festival will witness the participation of students from institutes and colleges specialized in performing arts, inside and outside Egypt.

The festival aims to encourage cultural exchange among students of different Arab countries, promoting a positive and fruitful dialogue among civilizations and providing students with unlimited opportunities to practice theater in an atmosphere that encourages them to present their performances in a way that highlights their artistic potential.

President of the Academy of Arts and founder of the festival Ashraf Zaki said, “The youth of art institutes in the Arab world are the leaders of the theatrical movement in the coming years. It was necessary to establish a festival that helps young cadres meet one another and get acquainted with the various theatrical schools early on.”

Alexandria was chosen to host the festival after opening the new branch of the academy there. Alexandria is a city of magic, beauty and culture. The weather during the winter season is magnificent, which will have a positive impact on the cultural and touristic movement in the city, According to Zaki.


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11/8/2019 12:42:40 PM
<![CDATA[Haitham Zaki’s death goes viral on social media]]>
Among the uploaded videos is a short video where both of them appear waving at each other.

Giza Police Directorate received information that Haitham’s fiancé tried to call him numerous times on his phone, to no avail. Police forces immediately rushed to the late actor’s resident, only to find him deceased.

The lifeless body was rushed to the hospital where the preliminary medical report stated that the cause of death is a sudden circulatory collapse.

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11/7/2019 6:35:46 PM
<![CDATA[Cemetery dating back to pre-dynastic era discovered in Ismailia]]>
Head of Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy explained that the discovered part is a multi-layered cemetery, whose upper layers consist of mass graves of mud-bricks from the Greek and Roman eras. The lower layers of the cemetery consist of burials from the pre-dynastic era.

For her part, Head of the Central Department of the Nile Delta Antiquities Nadia Khadr stated that the mission was able to find mass and individual graves made of mud bricks dating back to the Greek and Roman eras, in addition to other graves dating back to the pre-dynastic and early dynastic eras. Distinctive pottery spanning back to the aforementioned eras were also unearthed.
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Head of the archaeological mission Rizk Diab added that the mission's work for this season came after a 20-year hiatus. The last excavations taking place in that region were carried out by Mohammed el-Hanjouri and the mission from the University of Liverpool.

Tel Hassan Dawood is an important archaeological hill in Ismailia. It comprises important archaeological layers ranging from pre-dynastic and early dynastic eras to Greco-Roman eras. The Ministry of Antiquities attaches great importance to further detection and preservation of its archaeological layers.


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11/7/2019 5:56:49 PM
<![CDATA[Top 5 most read books in Egypt in 2019]]>
Many people still love to read a good book, sometimes as a getaway from life and its worries, and other times as a way to fulfill their imagination and day-dreaming minds. Other people simply do not learn anything unless they read it through a book, and not an electronic device.

No matter what your reason may be for preferring books over any other means of reading, ET shed light on the top 5 most read books in Egypt for the year 2019.

1- “Kohl Wa Habahan” (Eye Liner and Cardamom)

In this novel, Omar Taher discovers the pleasure of using food and odors to write the life story of an ordinary man. Adolescence, love, alienation, loneliness, marriage, friends, failure and success, there is always “a taste and smell” as the novel’s protagonist claims.

The novel was initially published on December 26th, 2018.

2- “Animal Farm”

This novel is written by George Orwell and Russell Baker

It revolves around a farm that has been taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. The book conveys blazing idealism and inspirational slogans. The animals aim to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. The fairy tale illustrates that evolving from a revolution against tyranny to totalitarianism is just as horrible.

Stalinist Russia was seen as its target, when “Animal Farm” was first published. However, it is undoubtedly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever slogan, the clarity and comical manner of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still fiercely as fresh as it can get.


3- “Tholatheyat Ghurnata” (Trilogy of Granada)

The “Granada Trilogy” is a novel trilogy by the Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour.

The events take place in the Kingdom of Granada after the fall of all Islamic kingdoms in Andalusia. The Trilogy begins in 1491, the year in which Granada fell by declaring a treaty whereby the last king of Granada abdicated to King of Castile and Aragon.

The trilogy ends with the violation of the last living of its heroes (Ali) to the decision to deport Muslims, when he discovers that death is to leave Andalusia and not to stay.


4- “La Beta’m el-Flamenco” (No in Flamenco Flavor)

This book is written by Mohamed Taha. According to the author, “change” is the greatest challenge a human could face during their lifetime. While changing, a person can be faced with two obstacles:

First: You will be similar to a new born baby, who is facing society all over again. As the person takes on society, he/she will carry their fears equally, as they will carry their opportunities. The person will be rediscovering him/herself and people again. Walking in different paths of life.

Second: With change, comes a price. Sometimes the price is unbearable.

This book is about change. How a person can change and what are the obstacles that person may face, that is in addition to how to overcome the obstacles and start a fresh new life, abandoning the past’s decisions and making new future decisions.

5- “Elaqat Khatra” (Dangerous relations)

Another great book written by Mohamed Taha is “Elaqat Khatra”. The book conveys that sometimes the most difficult thing in our lives is human relations. It may not only be a difficult aspect of our lives; it could be toxic and dangerous. Human relationships could be a source of happiness, hope and pride. However, it could also be a source of misery, sadness and hurt.

In this book, the author shed light on the different types of relationships among humans, how to tackle social problems and how to deal with hardships caused by numerous relationships. The book also focuses on how to cherish a great relationship.

The author uses several social studies conducted by Harvard University to back up his claims.

Kohl Wa Habahan by Omar Taher
Kohl Wa Habahan by Omar Taher


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Animal Farm by George Orwell and Russel Baker


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Granada Trilogy by Radwa Ashour

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La Beta'am el Flamenco by Mohamed Taha

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Elaqat Khatera by Mohamed Taha
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11/7/2019 4:53:29 PM
<![CDATA[Actor Haitham, son of film star Ahmed Zaki, dies at 35]]>
Police received a report that Zaki’s fiancée tried to call him several times but he was not answering. He was later found dead.

He was born on April 4, 1984 in Cairo, Egypt. He started his career in 2006, starring in a movie about renowned Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, produced by his father in 2005 starring the title role, but the actor died prior to the film's completion, so his son filled in several scenes.

Both his parents died of cancer.

He won the Best Egyptian Actor Award for his role in Dawaran Shobra (2011), starring actress Houria Farghally.

He is known for his roles in The Treasure (2017), The Treasure 2 (2019) and Kalabsh 2 (2018).
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11/7/2019 3:57:04 AM
<![CDATA[Japanese violinist stuns Cairo audience, talks music role in bridging cultures]]>
Harmony between Kawaguti and Storms was clear, taking the audience on a brief trip to different countries as they shift from one piece to another. A number of ambassadors, officials at foreign embassies in Cairo and musicians at the Opera House attended the concert.

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Japanese Violinist Elisa Kawaguti - Photo via Luca School of Arts


The performance came a day after the two artists' participation in the second edition of the Manial Palace Festival at the Golden Hall of Prince Mohamed Ali Palace, in response to an invitation by the the Embassy of Belgium in Cairo.

Though she came to Egypt several times before, Kawaguti said this visit sees her first official performance in Cairo. Being a music educator and a professor of violin herself, Kawaguti gave a masterclass to students in Cairo.

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Japanese violinist Elisa Kawaguti with Egypt Today's reporter Nourhan Magdi

Egypt Today sat with Kawaguti to know more about her profession, and how she became the international musician she is today. She also opens up about her love of roaming the world, and how she found Egyptian food.

Born and graduated at university in Japan, Kawaguti moved to Belgium to participate in one of the biggest competitions, the 1985 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, where she became a laureate.

She decided to stay in Belgium because she liked it very much, adding that she loved its food, its special shrimps, the coast view and the very old style of fish boats. Belgians, she said, did not have language barrier issues, as they spoke English and French, which helped her to engage with the people. When she finished studying at the conservatoire in Belgium, she started teaching.

About her visit to Egypt, Kawaguti said, “It was my dream to come to Egypt because when I was a child, I wanted to be a kind of archaeologist; I was always reading about Egyptian history.”

Kawaguti added that in her previous visits to Egypt, she saw the Pyramids, Saqqara, museums, but this time her schedule is very busy; she manages to keep a diary about what she sees in the country to tell her friends about it. As she tried different cuisines, Kawaguti expressed her delight with trying Egyptian food, saying she liked everything she ate in the country, especially humus, aubergine, and Egyptian bread.

Kawaguti started to play the violin when she was 5 years old. “We have a kind of education system [in Japan] that we have to learn everything, but specifically, I continued with the violin and the piano, and singing also,” she explained.

Explaining how music can break language barriers and bridge cultures, Kawaguti said, “With music, we can always communicate with people, and there is a kind of human feelings... I forget I am Japanese, and I forget where I am.” She traveled to many countries over the course of her career, where she visited Congo, Mexico, Ecuador, Poland and Israel among others.

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Japanese violinist Elisa Kawaguti during interview with Egypt Today - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

Experiencing different music from Egypt was one takeaway from Kawaguti’s visit to the country, as she was giving a masterclass at the conservatoire in Cairo, she met with young musicians aged between 8-16 years old and gave them advice on their career. “I had a very good experience, and I was impressed by their high level of performance, engagement and technical talent.”

“Again I want to say that in music, there is no difference between boys and girls, or nationalities, we are all the same in music…I was really touched by them [students], and I hope I can visit them again,” she added.

Answering a question about the role music can play in speaking against violence, Kawaguti cited musical ensembles who were present during World War II at the concentration camps, which enslaved, starved, tortured and killed people. “Music can save… the musicians were there and they wanted to do something, and they survived despite being hungry, because of the passion they held as human beings and expressed in music.”

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Manial Palace Festival participants - ET.


Kawaguti also said she is open to any future cooperation with eastern musicians, especially Egyptians, to create this kind of unique fusion between two different cultures. “Japanese music is totally different in intonation and instruments, but some Japanese composers try to mix traditional the Japanese way with other music.”

Asking her how many hours she used to train to be able to give such charming performance, she said she started with 8 hours; “it was hard but very organized, so I never regretted this time.”

She also spoke about the key role parents should play with their talented children to support them and keep them committed. ]]>
11/6/2019 10:05:30 PM
<![CDATA[Lebleba, Farrag, Lehner attended opening of Panorama European Film on Nov. 5]]>
The film “Sorry We Missed You” for director Ken Loach was screened during the opening of the Panorama European Film. The film is a joint production between the UK, France, and Belgium.
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Mohamed Farrag also attended the opening ceremony - ET
“Sorry We Missed You” revolves around the life of Ricky, Abby and their two children in Newcastle; a family with strong bonds. Ricky shifts from one job to another, while Abby settles in the work she loves most: an elderly person's patron.

Despite working hard for long hours, the two realize that they will not have financial independence and will not be able to own their own home if they continue to work in such jobs. He and Abby decide to venture; she sells her car so Ricky can buy a new one and become a freelance driver, finally becoming his own boss. The four members of the family sit in their kitchen when they are rushed by what they do not expect; a future full of temptations.

The film was screened as part of the official competition of the Cannes International Film Festival 2019, and was presented as part of the official program of the Toronto International Film Festival 2019, in addition to the official program of the Sydney Film Festival 2019.


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