<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy: 1st Arab actor to receive Dubai Star]]>
Helmy 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.



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10/21/2019 2:49:10 PM
<![CDATA['Opera Aida' to stage in Luxor on Oct. 26, 27 ]]>
Governor of Luxor Mustafa el-Ham confirmed that preparation is currently underway in Luxor Governorate for the artistic and cultural tourism event.

"Opera Aida" returns to Luxor after 22 years of suspension following Deir el-Bahari incident. The last performance of "Opera Aida" was held at the Temple of Hatshepsut in late 1997. In only a few days, the VIP tickets were sold out despite being the highest in price.

Additionally, more than 4,000 tourists of different nationalities are expected to attend. The organizing team comprises 500 Egyptians and 50 consultants. Also, a number of university students participate in organizing the event.The event is organized in cooperation with more than 17 institutions, organizations and hotels around Egypt.

It is worth mentioning that Luxor hotels are fully booked on the two days, breaking a record. Nile Cruises in Luxor recorded the highest occupancy rates at the time of the shows for the first time in 8 years.

Moreover, a short film about the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal will screen before "Opera Aida". The show is directed by the famed German opera director Michael Asterm.

Sae Kyung Rim of Korea plays Aida and has played Aida in Seoul, Fort, Munich and Tokyo. The role of the Egyptian army chief "Radames" will be embodied by Mickael Spadaccini from Belgium. The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, founded in the 19th century, will accompany the performers.


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10/21/2019 2:08:37 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Sobhi currently preparing for two theatrical plays]]>
The first play is titled “El Nahla wel-Daboor” (The Bee and the Hornet) by Ayman Fatiha and starring Samah al-Saeed, Abdul Rahim Hassan, Hazem Al-Qadi, Abeer Farouk and Mirna Zekri.

The second play is titled “Ayla etamalaha block” (A family put on block) written by Mustafa Shohaib and starring Abdul Rahim Hassan, Nada Maher, Mirna Zekri, Hazem al-Kady, Mustafa Yusuf, Ammar Shamma in addition to other members of Mohamed Sobhi’s Theater Group.

It is noteworthy that the prominent actor will soon celebrate the Golden Jubilee for establishing his theater group "Studio el-Momasel" (Actor Studio). It has been 50 years since its first performance in 1969.

During the celebration, all those who graduated from Mohamed Sobhi’s Theater School in all acting categories will be honored, whether they are alive or deceased, under the title "Mohamed Sobhy .. 50 Years of Theater.”

The honoring ceremony will include scenes of the plays that were presented during the theatrical group’s acting career, which reached 28 plays, performed by legendary theatrical actors, including Mahmoud el-Meligy, Tawfiq al-Duqen, Jamil Rateb, Suad Nasr, Mahmoud al-Qalawi, Shaaban Hussein, Khalil Morsi, Mamdouh Wafi and others.







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10/21/2019 1:55:20 PM
<![CDATA[Inas Abdel Dayem visits National Museum in Serbia]]>
The museum’s director offered an explanation of the museum’s contents, collections and works of art dating back to the first ages to the modern era.

The Minister praised the museum's displays and its holdings, stressing on the importance of joint cooperation in the field of exhibitions and museums as an essential component of the two countries that contributes to the formation of collective awareness and the consolidation of identity.

Abdel Dayem further pointed to the need to activate the artistic activities through the museum’s theater, which hosted Egypt's celebrations of the July Revolution.

For her part, the museum’s director expressed pride in the visit, which is a start for cooperation in the field of museums between the two countries, affirming that Egypt is a country rich with culture, history and art.

The museum’s director further referred to the serious consideration of signing partnership agreements to exchange experiences with Egypt in this field, especially in the restoration and protection of holdings through specialized cultural entities in Egypt and Serbia.
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10/21/2019 1:36:27 PM
<![CDATA[Manila Music Trio to perform in Cairo Opera House on Oct. 20]]>CAIRO - 20 October 2019:
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The Manila Music Trio will be hosted by the Egyptian Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, at 8 pm on Oct. 20 on the small theater.

The program includes a collection of local and international classics as well as a number of Egyptian works. The Manila Music Trio was founded in 2017. The trio consists of Denis Santos Hwang (Violin), Anthony Joseph Anakay (Cello) and Ballardo Goku Galang (Piano). The music trio received specialized degrees from San Francisco universities, Boston conservatory, among others. The trio presented numerous successful concerts in various countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. The band members also participated as soloist performers with international orchestras including Manila Symphony achieving great appraisal from fans and critics.


The program includes a collection of local and international classics as well as a number of Egyptian works. The Manila Music Trio was founded in 2017. The trio consists of Denis Santos Hwang (Violin), Anthony Joseph Anakay (Cello) and Ballardo Goku Galang (Piano). The music trio received specialized degrees from San Francisco universities, Boston conservatory, among others. The trio presented numerous successful concerts in various countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. The band members also participated as soloist performers with international orchestras including Manila Symphony achieving great appraisal from fans and critics.
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10/20/2019 4:18:20 PM
<![CDATA[Khoury, Mamdouh, Farouk to perform in Cairo Opera House on Nov. 3]]>
The 28th Arab Music Festival honors 12 stars who have enriched the art scene in Egypt and the Arab world, including Mohamed Mounir, Farouk Gouida, Bahraini composer Wahid al-Khan, Riham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Iraqi poet Karim Oudeh, Amro Ismail, Maestro Adel Iskandar, Fouad Mahny, Hisham el-Araby, Salwa el-Shawan and Hamdy Zaid.

The festival will also organize a scientific conference on the small theater. Mounir’s participation in the festival is the first, stressing that the Arab Music Festival is one of the most important specialized international events, affirming the success of the previous editions of the festival throughout 27 years, as it succeeded in enriching the art scene in Egypt and the Arab countries, appreciating the role of media institutions in shedding light on its various and diverse activities.

22 bands will be participating in the festival’s 28th edition, topped by Mounir’s Band, The First Royal Band for Music and Folklore (Amman), Abdel Halim Nouira Band for Arabic Music led by Maestro Salah Ghobashi and Maestro Ahmed Amer, Mustafa Helmy’s Band, El-Hefny Band led by Maestro Hisham Nabawy, Hani Farhat’s Band, The National Arab Music Ensemble led by Maestro Mostafa Helmy and Maestro Hazem el-Kasabgy, Omair Khairat’s Orchestra, Wael Jassar’s band, among others.



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10/20/2019 4:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Manial Palace Festival kicks off Oct.28 ]]>
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The second edition of Manial Palace Festival will kick off on October 28.


Prince Abbas Helmy founder and president of (FMPM) said:” We were encouraged by the major success of the first edition last year that we have decided to make some expansions in the second edition that we have been preparing for since a year now. Nevertheless, we were motivated the most by the consent of Dr. Enas Abd El Dayem the minister of Culture and the high commission of festivals in the ministry for the sponsorship of The Manial Palace Music Festival; and we would like to convey our thankfulness to them and also to the Ministry of Antiquities that made it possible for the festival to be held at the Palace”.


The festival is financed by the European Union and sponsored by both Ministries of Cultures and Antiquities.

The second edition of Manial Palace Music Festival is to be launched on 28th October and lasts until the 9th of November; it has been organized by Friends of the Manial Palace Museum (FMPM) headed by Prince Abbas Helmy also it is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry Antiquities.

Quite a number of prestigious musicians coming from different parts of the world are participating in the festival; in order to present a special program of classical music also along will be a display for the special antiques of the museum of the Manial Palace.


Helmy added:” The new edition is distinguished with the artistic diversity that creates a unique combination between universal classical music and our special traditional works. For the festival aims to ameliorate the popular taste and revive the Egyptian musical heritage and that’s through joint concerts and workshops between musicians from different parts of the world”.


The first edition of the festival witnessed the start of some activities that yielded revenues to be directed to the benefit of the preservation of the precious collectibles in the palace, as well as develop the display of the museum and lightening system.

Moreover, the revenues also finance trainings for the museum curators and organizing visits to the museum for pupils from schools located in underprivileged areas.

And the works of renovation are being done in cooperation with administration of the museum and supervised by the Ministry of Antiquities. We had the idea of the festival after a number of individual concerts presented by (FMPM) in the palace in the past years in order to raise money for the renovation of the palace.


Manial Palace Music Festival is the first to be financed by the European Union (EU), and sponsored by both the ministry of Culture and Ministry of Antiquities. Also sponsored by a number of foreign embassies and cultural centers as the French Cultural Center, Italian Cultural Center, Austrian Cultural Center, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Cairo, The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Cairo. It is worth mentioning that the late actor and opera singer used to manage the festival.


(FMPM) was registered as a non- profit voluntary organization in 2005 headed by Prince Abbas Helmy grandson of Khedive Abbas Helmy and nephew Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik founder of the museum in the palace.]]>
10/20/2019 4:05:38 PM
<![CDATA[Five world film artists CIFF Panorama Special]]>
According to critic Ahmed Shawky, delegated artistic director of CIFF, the festival is now curating smaller programmes out of the 50 films screened yearly in its International Panorama, in order to shed light on certain groups of films that can be seen together giving a coherent context to the audience.

The first such sub-division contains five films (4 documentaries and one animation) focusing on five film artists from various places and times, all among the best and most recent films released this year.

The theme that brings them together, as Shawky puts it, can be summarised in two questions: What does it mean to be an artist? And what mark does the film artist leave on his world?

The five films in Panorama Special: CineTalents will be: the Brazilian film “Babenco: Tell Me When I Die” by Barabara Paz about the late Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco, the film that won the best film about cinema in Venice International Film Festival; the French-Italian coproduction that was included in the classics section of the Cannes Film Festival last year, “The Passion of Anna Magnani” by Enrico Cerasuolo about Anna Magnani, the icon of Neorealist cinema in Italy; the Czech film “Forman vs. Forman” by Jakub Hejna and Helena Trestíková, narrating the life of the great Czech filmmaker Milos Forman; the Spanish-Dutch-German animation “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles” by Salvador Simo Busom, which took part in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, giving a glimpse on the great Surrealist director Luis Buñuel’s life; and the Lebanese-Emirati coproduction “Unlocking Doors of Cinema: Mohamed Malas” by Nezar Andary about the Syrian author and director Mohammad Malas.

“Unlocking Doors of Cinema: Mohamed Malas” was among 27 international and world premieres that CIFF has announced acquiring their rights last week.]]>
10/20/2019 4:01:19 PM
<![CDATA[Mona Zaki awarded Best Star Award at Dubai Stars Conference]]>
Balqees commented on the picture saying: “You are the most beautiful human before being the most beautiful soul, I love you so much and I am so pleased to meet you.” Zaki replied to the comment saying: “I love you so much”. The Egyptian actress Zaki was chosen to be awarded the Best Star Award of Dubai Stars.

The Dubai Stars page, via its Instagram account, posted a video on why Mona Zaki was chosen, saying “Leading star in the Arab world, won the Best Actress Award at the Murex d'Or, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Congratulations Mona Zaki.”

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10/20/2019 3:39:52 PM
<![CDATA['Studio Misr' documentary to be screened in Carthage Film Festival]]>
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The Egyptian documentary “Fe Studio Misr” (In Studio Masr) for Mona Asaad will be screened in Carthage Film Festival outside the official competitions of the festival in the special films section.

The documentary shed light on the privatization of Studio Misr in 2000, after decades of public sector management. A young team of filmmakers have modernized the ancient studio. Fifteen years later, the team contemplates this adventure, as “Studio Misr” takes us on a journey through time and space, through history and fiction, through friendships, aspirations and dreams.

Director Mona Asaad was born in Cairo in 1956 and studied medicine. However, she discovered the world of cinema when she worked as a doctor for the cast of Youssef Chahine's “Farewell Bonaparte” in 1984, then the film “Sarekat Sayfiya” (Summer Thefts) by Yusri Nasrallah in 1987.

In 1996, Asaad began working in the filmmaking industry as an assistant director with Radwan el-Kashef and Yusri Nasrallah. In 2000, she joined Elixir Technical Services team with its management of Studio Misr. Asaad worked as an executive producer for the company's documentary films, including "Nafas Tawil" in 2012 and “Geeran” in 2009 directed by Tahani Rashid.




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10/20/2019 3:33:14 PM
<![CDATA[Singer Robbie Williams to release first ever Christmas album]]>
“The Christmas Present”, made up of two “Christmas Past” and “Christmas Future” discs and released on Nov. 22, will feature original songs and covers, including duets with the likes of singers Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Jamie Cullum as well as boxer Tyson Fury and Williams’ father Peter Conway.

“I’m beyond excited to announce my first ever Christmas album. I’ve done a lot in my career and releasing this record is another dream come true,” Williams said in a statement.

The “Let Me Entertain You” and “Angels” singer scored the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot in the UK music charts in 2001 with duet “Somethin’ Stupid” featuring actress Nicole Kidman.

The 45-year-old singer, who has also been a judge on the British version of music talent show “The X Factor”, was previously a member of hugely popular 1990s boyband Take That before embarking on a successful solo career.]]>
10/20/2019 2:33:59 PM
<![CDATA[‘Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel’ in Saudi Arabia as part of Riyadh season]]>CAIRO – 19 October 2019: The successful play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" (Three Days in North Coast) started its shows on Saudi Arabia on October 17 and will continue to October 20 as part of Riyadh season.

This is the second show to the play in Saudi Arabia, the first was from July 3-6. The play is achieving booming success in Saudi Arabia, garnering huge revenues.

The Saudi Ambassador in Egypt Osama el Nokaly previously attended Egyptian play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel, expressing his admiration with the play.

After a 16-year hiatus, comedy star Mohamed Henedy returns to the theatre and competes with his new play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel."
The first show of the play was on January 10, 2019.

"Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" houses notable cast: Ahmed Fathy, Nada Moussa, Mohamed Sarwat, Maha Abou Ouf, Bayoumi Fouad, Samia el Taraboulsi among others.The show is written by Hatem Hussein and directed by Magdy el-Hawary.


Henedy’s last play was named "Tarae’eo", was directed by Samir el-Asfoury and was written by Nabeel Ameen. Stars Ala’a Morsy, Hanan Turk and Ghada Abdel Razek participated alongside Henedy in the play.

"Tarae’eo" revolved around the obstacles Egyptians may face in their daily lives. The main idea of the play was portrayed in a comic way supported by several dances.

Fares, a young man from Upper Egypt and the main character of the play, was sent to Cairo by his parents to pursue a successful academic career.

Unfortunately, Fares faced numerous obstacles that disabled him from reaching his main goal.


It is worth mentioning that Henedy received the Creative Achievement Award at the closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival for his significant contribution to cinema.
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10/19/2019 3:38:02 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to participate in AMF at Cairo Opera House on Nov.5]]>
The iconic singer is also scheduled to perform two concerts in the United States on Nov. 16, 17.
Shaker participated as well with a concert at Citadel Music Festival on August 23.

The prominent annual music festival kicked off on August 18 – September 1 under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem and the head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber.


Shaker also performed live at the second edition of Festival international de Siliana, in Tunisia, on August 15.


The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

Poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate with the prominent singer in a new song entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo). Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.

He studied music in the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a student in the second year, he released his first breakthrough hit “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a wonderful life). Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.



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10/19/2019 3:22:20 PM
<![CDATA[Fifteen celebrities who have experienced mental health issues]]>
Yet mental health is still a rarely spoken of matter, a taboo that not many will discuss, especially in the arab world but these celebrities have broken the 'rule' as they open up about their mental health issue in an effort to raise awareness.



Prince Harry; Panic attacks

Yes, even a prince can have a mental health issue as Prince Harry admitted to Forces TV that after the death of his mother Princess Diana he struggled with panic attacks and every time he was in any room with a group of people he would be sweating and his heart beating very fast “like a washing machine” as he felt trapped and unable to hide away from grieving in the public eye.

J.K.Rowling ; Depression

It is hard to image how one of the best selling authors who enjoys such success can suffer from depression but Rowling has talked about her struggle as it being more than sadness, “Sadness is to cry and feel, but it is that cold absence of feeling”.

Robbie Williams; Depression

Robbie Williams one of the most successful singer of his generation and a very popular member of Take That band has battled mental health issues, self esteem problems that led to alcoholism and substance abuse. He revealed that it was his friend Elton John that booked him into a clinic to deal with the drug use that emerged from the depression while he was still a member of Take That.

Maisie Williams; Self-esteem

The star of Game of Throne's who plays the young Arya Stark revealed in an interview on the Happy Place podcast that being exposed to the spotlight from a young age and all the social media criticism took a serious toll on her self-esteem and mental health. Williams explains how at times she feels like sitting in “a hole of sadness” where she would be awake late at night “telling myself all the things I hate about myself”.

Justin Bieber; Depression

Speaking to Vogue magazine Justin Bieber spoke about how he got really depressed while on tour in 2017 and cancelled 14 dates of the tour. Bieber revealed how he was lonely and needed some time out, he also spoke about how he misused prescription drugs in the past.

Jim Carrey; Depression

Comedian actor Jim Carrey has spoken about his struggle with depression in 2017 to Inews but admitted what helped him to deal with it is a “good dose of detachment”.

Adele; Anxiety

Adele has gone through some severe anxiety attacks with constant panicking on stage, she revealed that when the panic starts, her heart feels like it's going to explode because “ I never feel like I am going to deliver, ever.”

Elissa – Depression

The Lebanese singer admitted in an interview that she suffered from depression during her cancer treatment and she sought a psychiatrist to help her through that period. In a tweet she stated the importance of seeking help and how doing so enabled her to fight the depression and urged all her followers to do the same and regard a psychiatrist just like a dentist and not attach any stigma to it.

Ghada Abel Razak – Depression

The Egyptian actress revealed recently that she has been taking anti depressant tablets for a fair while and for over 12 years has been seeing a psychiatrist due to the pressure and toxic environment of the acting industry, plus the fact that she was betrayed by a very close of hers which caused her considerable emotional and mental struggle.

Angham - Depression

The Egyptian singer told Amr Adeeb in a TV interview that she suffered from depression for years and sought medical help and was taking anti depressant for more than five years. The reason behind this depression is not men related but due to her surrounding environment, as she informed Adeeb.

Ahmed Zahr – Depression

Ahmed Zahr, the Egyptian actor suffered severe depression due to an alarming weight gain – he went from 85 kg to 180 – due to a rare illness that occurs in one person out of 10 million. His deteriorating health and increased weight meant no work was being offered to him which led him to isolate himself and stay at home. Zaher stated that it was his wife who stood by him and pulled him out of this very dark period of his life.

Ezzat About Ouf – Depression

In a TV interview with Raghda Shahlob, the late Egyptian actor and musician revealed ho his wife's death affected him greatly as he suffered from severe depression and sought medical help beyond Egypt, visiting clinics in the USA, UK, France and Germany. He also said that for three years he could not eat and lost over 20kg, and he lost his appetite for work and life in general.

Abed Fahd – Anxiety

The Syrian actor experienced severe anxiety attacks prior to getting married as he feared the responsibility of such a big commitment and worried how it would impact his acting career, he sought a psychiatrist and was on medication to deal with his anxiety.

Hend Sabry – Depression

The Tunisian actress began acting at a very young age which caused her internal emotional and mental struggle due to the fact that she had to grow up very fast in the limelight, she too went to see a psychiatrist who helped her deal with these issues.

Soad Hosni -Depression

After years of dominating the world of acting and performing, the Egyptian actress nicknamed the Cinderalla found herself suddenly isolated in a small flat in London, struggling to pay her way and dealing with various health problems that affected her physical appearance. Many claimed Hosni suffered from severe depression which made her live in a self imposed exile as she did not want people to see how she has changed. Her death is still a mystery; while some claim she was killed others believe that she committed suicide after her depression reached its peak.


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10/19/2019 2:55:21 PM
<![CDATA[Anany: Assasif discovery the most important in modern era, coffins to be placed at GEM ]]>CAIRO – 19 October 2019: The Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced that the Assasif discovery is the most important in the modern era.

The Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty.

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Anany added that an integrated hall is currently being prepared in the Grand Egyptian Museum to house all the coffins discovered at Assasif archaeological area.

The coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.


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The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate to prevent any robbery attempts.

Head of the supreme council of antiquities Mostafa Waziri elaborated in the press conference that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.

He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.

These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.

Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.

This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.

Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground.



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The colored sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of Assasif, west of Luxor belong 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 Tuesday 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 of the ancient Pharaonic dynasties.

Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of Assasif.

It is likely that the coffins were exhumed and buried again to re-use the tombs at Mount Kurna, in successive eras from the ancient Egyptian state.

The Ministry of Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities held an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 19 to reveal all the findings in the area and explain to the world the endless magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The press conference was attended by international and local media outlets, in addition to officials of the ministries of antiquities and tourism, and leaders of various foreign countries to celebrate this historic event and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.



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10/19/2019 2:01:02 PM
<![CDATA[Rare discovery of 30 coffins at Assasif necropolis in Luxor]]>

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Waziriy added that the Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty. The coffins are kept in a store to prevent any kind of robbery attempts.

The head of the supreme council of antiquities added in the press conference held at Hatshepsut Temple that the coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.

The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate.

Waziri elaborated that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.

He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.

These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.

Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.



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This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry announced the archaeological discovery through the Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, who stated that since the mission began working in the Valley of the Apes in December 2017, it succeeded for the first time in finding the workshops used for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture utilized in the tombs of the kings, located next to a storage pit that took the numbering (KVT).

In front of it, A kiln was discovered to burn pottery and metal, which was found next to two silver rings, in addition to large quantities of decorative items that were used to decorate wooden coffins during the era of the 18th Dynasty, and also the discovery of gold flakes and some decorative elements that were titled the wings of Horus.

Furthermore, Hawass previously added that work is currently underway in the western valley to search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the tomb of her daughter and wife of King Tutankhamun Queen Ankhesenamun.

The veteran archaeologist further commented that the area between the tomb of King Amenhotep III and the tomb of King Ay is the area that is expected to contain the tombs of members of the dynasty that lived during the Amarna era.

Additionally, Hawas previously explained that one of the most important discoveries made by the mission is finding 30 specialized workshops that were utilized for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture prior to being placed inside the cemetery, in addition to a tomb labeled KV 65 that was used to preserve some funerary objects and furniture, which is similar to the tomb KV 54 adjacent to the tomb of King Tutankhamen, in which the tools used in the construction of the royal tombs were found.

Moreover, Hawass previously clarified that the second mission, working in the Valley of the Kings is the largest excavation that took place in the Valley of the Kings after the excavations carried out by the English archaeologist Howard Carter in search of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

The veteran archaeologist further explained that the mission is now working to uncover the royal tombs that have yet to be uncovered, in addition to the tombs of the wives and sons of kings of the eighteenth Dynasty, who were buried in the Valley of the Kings.
Burials in the Valley of the Queens did not begin until the nineteenth Dynasty.

Hawass also clarified that the mission has worked next to the tomb of King Ramses VII, the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut, next to the tomb of King Ramses III and behind the tomb of King Merneptah, stressing that the mission has also excavated next to the tomb of King Tutankhamen where they found many artifacts including; 42 small huts where workers kept the tools used to construct the tombs before they left the valley for Deir el-Medina, in addition to many of the hieroglyphic paintings that illustrate many archaeological topics and fragments of carved tombs and rings spanning back to the era of the 19th and 20th dynasties.




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10/19/2019 1:21:15 PM
<![CDATA[Certified Mail to participate in Carthage Film Festival ]]>
The Egyptian movie will participate in the official competition of the festival.
“Elm el-Wosool” directedby Hisham Saqr participated in the discoveries film section in the last edition of Toronto Film Festival which was held from September 5-15, being the first Egyptian film to participate in an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.

“Elm el-Wosool” has previously participated in the Final Cut film section of the 75th Venice Film Festival, and also won the la Francophonie award in the training department of Carthage International Nights Film Festival.

The film is starring popular Egyptian actress, Basma, alongside Passant Shawky and Mohamed Sarhan. “Elm el-Wosool” is co-produced by Mohamed Hefzi's Film Clinic and Hisham Saqr's White Feather.

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10/18/2019 4:40:57 PM
<![CDATA[Cairokee to perform two concerts at El Sawy Cultural Wheel Oct.21,22]]>
Cairokee has launched at the end of March their latest album with the title "Abna'a el Batta el Soda” (The Ugly Ducklings) on their official youtube channel.

The album contains 8 tracks that are "Benkhaf'' ( We are Afraid), ''Kan lak Ma’aya'' ( You Have with me) , ''Ya abyad ya eswed'' ( Either White or Black), ''Hatlena bel ba’y leban'' ( Buy Gum with the Rest of Money), ''Yalla neghany'' ( Lets Sing) , ''Ana el segara'' ( I am the Cigarette), ''Ma’aad sagheran'' and ''Ana el sout” ( I am the Voice).

All tracks' compositions and music arrangements are by Cairokee except for "Ma aada Sagheran" that was arranged by “Sary Hany” and all the tracks' lyrics were written by Amir Eid except for "Benkhaf" by Mohamed Shafaay, "Hatlna Bel Ba’y Leban“ By Atwa ,”Ma’ad Sagheran" By Dr.Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq and" Ana el sout " by Nour AbdAllah .

The Ugly Ducklings is the album were Cairokee tried to handle many human fears and challenges such as anger, loss and rebel to direct many messages to all those who were defeated and rejected by others and by life itself! those who lost hope and who are suffering from any kind of discrimination.

Cairokee hits back the market after the massive success of their last album "No’ta Beida" A drop of white.

That their viewership on Youtube has exceeded over 170 million views on Youtube.

The whole album was filmed as music videos in a single location, except for their track “El Dinosaur”.

The album was made in their style along with different twists that their audience was not used to, but were well-received.


Cairokee is one of the most successful bands in Egypt; they are well-known for their folk and indie rock music, as well as their lyrics that tackle social and political issues in the country.

The band was founded in 2003, but their hit "Soot al-Horreya" (Voice of Freedom), launched online in 2011, took them to another level of fame and placed them among pop stars.






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10/18/2019 4:25:09 PM
<![CDATA['Lama Benetwelled' movie in Egyptian cinemas starting Oct.23]]>
The movie was premiered at the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival on September 21 where the crew of the film will move on the red carpet.

When we are born, each one of us has a life path, which is then influenced by how we are raised and the beliefs ingrained in us.

The film interweaves the hopes and dreams of three characters at the center of the Egyptian lifestyle, accompanied by musical narration: a son who yearns to pursue a singing career against his father’s will, a romantic Christian woman who is in love with a Muslim man, and a newly-wed personal trainer who must compromise his principles for a chance to own a gym.

Will these characters make the best choices for themselves and the people they love? The film is written by Nadine Shams and directed by Egyptian director Tamer Ezzat.
"Lama Benetwelled" is starring Amr Abed, Sameh el-Serety, Ebtihal el-Serety, and Salma Hassan, Amir Eid among others.

It is worth mentioning that the organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition granted renowned comedian Mohamed Henedy the Creative Achievement Award for his significant contribution to cinema in the festival closing ceremony.

The festival’s third edition ran from September 19 -27.

The festival's management granted as well the Palestinian director Mai Masry the same award in the opening ceremony.

Masry is one of the most prominent Palestinian directors. She is known for her documentaries, which focused on women and children.

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10/18/2019 4:13:56 PM
<![CDATA[Angham, Wael Gassar to perform in Kuwait on Nov.14]]>
Angham as well is scheduled to perform a concert at the Al-Manara Convention Center in the 5th Settlement on October 25.
She recently received Middle East Music Awards ( MEMA) for the best female singer in 2019.

The famed singer performed a concert at the Saudi city Jeddah on June 23. Murex D’or as well announced Angham best Arab singer and she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on Saturday, April 6 in Lebanon.

She 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 Thursday, 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 performed for the first time in a massive concert in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, September 22 on the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day.

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.

The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018.

The BIAF, which is held under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, honours every year figures from different fields such as art, politics, culture, music, finance and humanitarian services.
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10/18/2019 2:36:18 PM
<![CDATA[Swedish Academy defends choice for 2019 Nobel literature prize]]>

Handke’s prize has attracted criticism, including from survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre who have called for the academy to revoke the 9 million Swedish crown ($930,000) award it announced last week.

In 2006, Handke spoke at the funeral of late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who died while in detention awaiting trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for his role in the wars in Balkans in the 1990s.

Handke also voiced support for Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, who were convicted of genocide for the killing of more then 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the United Nations protected enclave of Srebrenica.

In an article published on Thursday in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, Mats Malm, the head of the Swedish Academy, accepted that Handke had made “provocative, unsuitable and unclear comments in political questions”.

But he said the author of “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick” and “Slow Homecoming” had not glorified bloodshed and had clearly condemned the Srebrenica massacre.

“The Academy ... has not found anything in his writing that constitutes an attack on civil society or on the respect for the equality of all people,” Malm wrote.

The Academy quoted an article from 2006 in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in which Handke said the Srebrenica massacre was the worst crime against humanity in Europe since Word War Two.

The Academy was forced to postpone the 2018 Literature prize after a scandal that led to the husband of one member being convicted of rape.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has accused the Academy of “diminishing the value of the prize” by awarding it to Handke and “wading into yet another scandal that will tarnish its reputation for decades to come.”

The Academy’s decision has been widely criticised in Albania and Kosovo, where an estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed and almost 1 million put to flight during a 1998-99 war waged by forces under Milosevic.

Munira Subasic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica association which represents survivors of the 1995 massacre, told Reuters the Swedish Academy’s decision was “shameful”.







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10/18/2019 12:47:32 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform in Alexandria on Dec.12]]>
This concert will be the first to Elissa in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing.

The heartthrob Lebanese singer is scheduled to perform as well in Mexico in November.

On October 3, Elissa directed a message to all women to raise awareness of breast cancer in the month of awareness of the disease (October), encouraging all women to undergo early tests.

“October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my case, my story and my strength, if you're a woman, see your doctor for regular check-ups." tweeted Elissa on her official twitter account.

“Encourage all women around you to undergo early detection tests to make the healing process easier, for yourself and for all those who love you" continued Elissa.



She will also perform a massive concert at the Olympia Hall at Paris on November 1.

On August 19, Elissa surprised her audience with shocking news that she is retiring, stressing that the album she is currently working on will be the last in her singing career.

"I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career.

I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore," Elissa commented on her Twitter account.

Elissa recently presented the song "Abl ay Had" (Before Anyone) promoting for a major telecom company in Egypt. The song is written by Tamer Habib and composed by Ehab Abdel Wahed.

The song/commercial is the production of Synergy and has received positive reactions on social media platforms.

Elissa 's latest work was a video clip for the song "Karhani" off her last album "Ella kol Elly Behbouni" (To all those who love me).

It is a song in the Lebanese dialect written by Ali el-Mawla, composed by Fadel Suleiman and directed by Angy Gamal.

On February 4, in conjunction with the International Day of Cancer, Lebanese singer Elissa was keen to launch an awareness campaign, asking Lebanese people to detect this disease early.

"Cancer is present now in every family in Lebanon; we can’t ignore it anymore," Elissa previously wrote on her Twitter account.

Elissa performed a concert in Egypt on January 18. The yield of the concert was fully dedicated to Egyptian breast cancer patients. Elissa previously expressed her happiness for being chosen to be the ambassador of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

“I am proud to be the ambassador of the national campaign to combat breast cancer," said the star during the campaign.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her latest clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.

In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.

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10/18/2019 12:42:33 PM
<![CDATA[‘Abwab el-Rahma’ to be screened at Zawya Cinema on Oct. 17]]>
The film, which will be screened on Oct. 17 at 7 pm, discusses the story of Nadia, a mother of a newborn girl in Cairo. Her daughter Laila was born as a result of a relationship outside of legal marriage. She decided to keep her baby against her family's demand for an abortion, resulting in both Nadia and her daughter to become outcasts.

“Abwab el-Rahma” traces Nadia's struggle as she deals with her family in the face of a communal and family rejection, while struggling to obtain a birth certificate for the child, who desperately needs medical attention.

The film also highlights a group of voiceless women and children in Egypt. Thousands of Egyptians are born out of wedlock in a society that stigmatizes them and refuses to recognize them. They are even denied access to basic education, health care and the right to vote. The film stars Tharaa Jbeil, Lubna Wans, Hanan Youssef and Magda Mounir.

Young director Abdullah al-Daly said in a statement about the film that it is dedicated to all individuals seeking forgiveness from a society that seems to be perfect but actually is double-faced and hypocritical.

The film poses an important question: Should we eliminate the future of a baby girl whose parents have sinned? Why society harms women without prejudice to men despite their participation in the same offense?

Daly earned his master's degree in cinematography and visual arts from the New York Film Academy, and worked in several film productions in Los Angeles.

The film has officially participated in many international festivals such as Shnit Short Film Festival, Rwanda Film Festival’s Semi-Finals in addition to being Nominated for Best Editing at the Grand Off Short Film Festival, among others.

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10/17/2019 3:51:48 PM
<![CDATA[Rabie, Khater to co-star in new Ramadan series in 2020]]>
“Fekra Be Million Geneih” (EGP 1M Idea) was Rabie’s last series broadcast in Ramadan 2019. The series co-starred Sahar el-Sayegh, Sabreen, Salah Abdullah and Karim Afifi. Currently, “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater) 7th season in which Rabie participated is being broadcast.

On the other hand, Khater also participated in the previous Ramadan season with the screenplay “Talqet Haz” co-starring Ayten Amer, Wahba Magdy, Mohamed Anwar, Rania Shahin and Inaam Salousa. The series is written by Ihab Beleibal and directed by Ahmed Amin.

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10/17/2019 3:49:39 PM
<![CDATA[President to be chairman of NMEC board of trustees]]>
The new regulations set clear terms of reference for the Board of Trustees, after the approval of the Committee of Culture, Information and Antiquities at the House of Representatives (the Parliament).

Article 5 of the draft law stipulates that the trustees, the museum management will subject to the administration of the board of directors, and the chief executive officer.

As per Article 6, the museum Board of Trustees will be responsible for approving the general policies, plans and strategic affairs of the Museum, enabling the authority to make decisions as deemed necessary, and allowing the museum to fulfill its cultural, historical and scientific mission to the world.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization houses a large collection of valuable artefacts.

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10/17/2019 3:46:43 PM
<![CDATA[El-Assasif new discoveries continue to amaze]]>
Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground. The number of coffins is expected to rise in the next couple of days before the ministry’s official announcement on the findings on Oct. 19.

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 Wednesday, 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 Tuesday 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.
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Part of the dazzling ancient Egyptian coffins discovered in El-Assasif - ET
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 of the ancient Pharaonic dynasties. Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of El-Assasif.

It is likely that the coffins were exhumed and buried again to re-use the tombs at Mount Qurna, in successive eras from the ancient Egyptian state.
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The ancient Egyptian civilization never cease to amaze - ET

The Ministry of Antiquities stated that after completing the comprehensive inspection of the findings, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities will hold an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 19 to reveal all the findings in the area and explain to the world the endless magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The press conference will be attended by international and local media outlets, in addition to officials of the ministries of antiquities and tourism, and leaders of various foreign countries to celebrate this historic event and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.












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10/16/2019 5:24:35 PM
<![CDATA[Latest known bullying victim: American pop singer Sulli]]>
Despite having an angelic face and a fit physique, pop singer Sulli was bullied by her followers on social media. The comments heavily impacted her fragile soul and made her slip into depression.

It is widely perceived that Sulli became extremely upset after a live footage she made on her official Instagram account, speaking about how some negative “bullying” comments made by her followers caused her to become depressed.

The beautiful young woman was born on March 29, 1994 and passed away on Monday, Oct. 14 at the age of 25. Her lifeless body was found in an apartment in Seoul, South Korea.

According to Reuters, Sulli complained on a television program about receiving “hurtful” comments on social media platforms after appearing in several photos not wearing a bra, which some found offensive and fiercely criticized her. Sulli described the comments as “bullying”. Those statements were made by the deceased singer on July 21.

The pop singer further explained that such comments scared her, and that people should respect each other’s choices without having to be mean in their criticizing once they spot something they don't condone. Sulli explained that she did not expect her photos would spark such in-comprehensive criticism. She stated that people should accept one another they way they please to appear.
RIP- Sulli - ET
Late Sulli -ET

Bullying can be very painful, especially for those who acquire a sensitive, delicate soul. People are meant to be different. It is unexplainable to become aggressive or hurt someone just because you happen to disagree with their actions, decisions or beliefs. Learning to move on in such cases is what maturity and civility is all about.

Despite being named “social media” platforms, I personally believe social media created a big gap between individuals regarding natural and healthy human relations. Many people nowadays resort to social media in order to attack and hurt others, unnecessarily.

Parents at home should raise their children to accept one another, love one another, and that differences among humans is actually healthy. Bullying must be combated by implementing strict laws banning such unacceptable behavior, as the action of bullying could equate to murder, sometimes.




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10/16/2019 4:44:34 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates Omar el-Hariri ]]>
Hariri has been considered one of the main pillars of the Egyptian dramatic and theatrical scene for decades, precisely during the golden era, where he enriched the Egyptian artistic scene with everlasting contributions.

The late iconic actor was born in February of 1926. His full name is Omar Mohamed Saleh Abdel Hadi el-Hariri. He was infatuated with art and theater from a very early age, as his father used to take him to numerous theater shows performed by Naguib el-Rihani and Yusuf Wahba. Hariri became obsessed with acting and decided to join his school’s acting team that competed with other schools' teams.

The late prominent actor stood in front of the camera for the first time as a child in a short silent scene in the film (Salama fe Kheir), starring Naguib el-Rihani in 1937.
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RIP Omar el-Hariri

He then joined the Higher Institute of Acting and graduated in 1947. After graduating, he participated in a number of radio programs and was watched by Zaki Tulaimat, who chose him to be part of his team, where he acted at Yusuf Wahba’s Theater and the National Theater.

Hariri participated in a large number of films and despite playing secondary roles inmost of his films, he was able to achieve great fame. Some of his most prominent films are “Al-Wesada el-Khalya”, “Sokar Hanem”, “Nasser Salahuddin”, “Maali el-Wazir”, and “El-Khaena”

The only film in which he performed the leading role was “Aghla men Einy” in 1995.

The late renowned actor performed roles in numerous screenplays, the most prominent of which were“Ahlam-el Fata el-Tayer”, “Saken Qosadi”, “Khalti Safeya Wal Deir”, “El-Sera el-Helaleya”, and "Sheikh el-Arab Hamam”.

Hariri also performed numerous theatrical plays alongside legendary comedian Adel Imam who was his close friend. Two of the well-liked plays the duet performed together and achieved great success are “Shahed Mashafsh Haga” and “El-Wad Sayed el-Shaghal”.

Hariri also left his mark in Ramadan’s Fawazeer(Riddles) where he played delightful roles with Sherihan and in the series “100 Leila wa Leila”.
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The veteran actor received numerous awards for his enriching acting career and was honored by the ninth Egyptian Film Festival in 2003. Critic Zeinab Aziz also published a book about the legendary actor.

On the personal level, Hariri married three times. In each of his marriages he was blessed with a daughter; hence he was dubbed “Father of the girls”.

In 2007, Hariri started to feel unwell. His daughter Merritt accompanied him to the doctor where her father was diagnosed with bone cancer. Merritt decided not to inform her father as he was very old and she was worried the news would have a very negative impact on him. The late actor obliviously resumed his life normally and even participated in the series “Sheikh el-Arab Hamam”; without knowing he was ill.

In October 16, 2011, Hariri was performing on stage and suddenly felt extremely sick;he was transferred to a hospital, where he was announced dead.

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10/16/2019 4:15:28 PM
<![CDATA[In fury, Sherine Abdel Wahab boycotts all social media platforms]]>
“Today I wrote a post about Lebanon because I wanted to be of help.And my voice is all I have. I am not a doctor or an engineer; my voice is the only thing I can offer in this situation. I thought even monetary support would not be much of a help because no matter how much money I donate, it won't be enough compared to the size of the catastrophe. So, I thought I'd rather be positive and do something that can be of value,” commented Abdel Wahab on her official Instagram account.

Instagram post by Sherine Abdel-Wahab * Oct 15, 2019 at 8:54pm UTC

33.4k Likes, 1,724 Comments - Sherine Abdel-Wahab (@sherine) on Instagram




“When I saw the comments made after the statement I uploaded, I realized I won't please everyone, no matter what I try to do. Rumors follow me everywhere; they said I got divorced, that I had an abortion, and they even claimed I betrayed my country. This is why I decided to boycott all social media platforms so that I won't hurt myself or those who read the comments made by some,” resumed the singer.

The controversial singer commented on Oct. 16 on her official Instagram account: “My heart is burning for our beloved Lebanon. In such situations, words are not enough.I am totally ready to stage a concert, where all the profit will be dedicated to those who got harmed by the fires. I call on Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad el-Hariri to organize a concert for me that would be under his patronage.”



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10/16/2019 3:09:12 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities visits Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings]]>
Images of the sarcophagus at the time of its discovery revealed that it was divided into two parts, before placing it on the ground in the ancient cemetery decades ago.
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Minister of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri inspecting the lid - ET

Earlier this week, the Minister of Antiquities, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri and veteran archaeologist Zahi Hawass visited the ancient tomb of the young king and discussed the possibility of mounting the lid on the coffin -in its original place above the coffin- for visitors to see for the first time.

The visit came after the Minister of Antiquities visited the archaeological area in El-Assasif in Luxor to inspect the work of the archaeological mission of the Ministry of Antiquities, which unveiled a huge cache of colorful human sarcophagi. Details will be announced on Saturday morning (Oct. 19) at an International press conference west of Luxor.

Also read:

El-Assasif new discoveries continue to amaze

CAIRO - 16 October 2019: Sources at the Ministry of Antiquities revealed that work is still underway to extract the coffins discovered in El-Assasif area in Luxor. Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground.








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10/16/2019 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA["Rehla Saeeda" to be staged in Alexandria end of October]]>
The play is written by Mohammed el-Sawaf and directed by Mohamed Morsy. The theatrical play will be launched end of October at the Freedom Center for Creativity in Alexandria, in cooperation with the Cultural Development Fund.

Morsy explained that the play revolves around a bus traveling to Sharm el-Sheikh, transferring a variety of different class segments of the Egyptian society. The group faces an obstacle along the way, before starting searching for solutions in a comical manner.

It is worth mentioning that the play will be roaming around the country to stage in different universities, schools and cultural centers in numerous governorates, after it is launched in Alexandria, as part of the roaming plan of the Theater House for the season 2019-2020.

The play’s cast include Mohamed Farouk, Ehab Gaber, Radwa Hassan, Adel Said, Mohannad Mokhtar, Athar Wahid, Mahmoud Fischer, Ahmed Hosni, Ghada Kamal, Abdel Rahman Eid and Mirna Hisham.
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10/15/2019 3:07:20 PM
<![CDATA[A glimpse on January’s film season]]>
El-Feloos (Money)

Superstar Tamer Hosny’s film “El-Feloos” (Money) will be released on January 3. This is the first artistic cooperation uniting Hosny with director Saeed el-Marouq. The film revolves around a modern-day con artist who suddenly decides to stop his dirty work.

“El-Feloos” stars Tamer Hosny, Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Mohamed Sallam, Aisha bin Ahmed, and Nancy Salah. Ahmed el-Sakka, Mai Ezz el-Din, Ali Rabie and Wizo all appear as guests of honor. The much anticipated film is written by Mohamed Abdel Moty.

Les Baghdad (Thief of Baghdad)

Film director Ahmed Khaled Mousa is currently putting the final touches on the film to be released on January 18. “Les Baghdad” is starring Mohammed Imam, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Yasmin Raes, Amina Khalil, Mohamed Abdel Rahman Touta, Salah Abdullah and Ahmed Rizk. It is written by Tamer Ibrahim and produced by Synergy Film Productions.

Dido

"Dido" stars Karim Fahmy and will be competing with the aforementioned films during the month of January 2020. “Dido” also stars Hamdy el-Merghany, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Tharwat, Bayoumi Fouad and a number of other stars. Also, Ahmed Fahmy, Hisham Maged and Chico feature as guests of honor. The film is directed by Amro Salah.


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10/15/2019 2:31:43 PM
<![CDATA[Afro-Chinese Arts Festival's press conference to be held Oct. 15]]>
Details of the festival’s fourth edition will be announced during the conference. The conference will be attended by representatives of the ministries of culture, tourism, youth and sports, social solidarity, antiquities and immigration, in addition to the Chinese cultural counselor in Egypt and a number of stars, including veteran actress Lubna Abdel Aziz and Rania Farid Shawky. This is in addition to representatives of the participating African countries.

The conference’s program includes the artistic participation of children with special needs and the children's cancer hospital. Stars Sameh Yousry and Amir Salahuddin from the black Tema will also participate within the conference’s program.

The fourth edition of the Afro-Chinese Arts and Folklore Festival will be held from Oct. 27 to 31 in Aswan Governorate. Aswan was named the capital of African youth by President Sisi.

The festival will be held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Solidarity, Ministry of Immigration, Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the aim of supporting Egyptian-African-Chinese relations at the cultural and touristic levels.


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10/15/2019 2:21:39 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to perform a concert on Oct. 25]]>CAIRO - 15 October 2019: Prominent singer Hani Shaker is preparing for a huge concert on Friday, October 25, where he is expected to perform a wide selection of his most popular songs.

The songs include “Lesa Betesaalini?”, “Nesyanak Saab”, “Yareitak Maaya”, “Ghalta”, “Aghla Bashar”, “Amrak”, “Law Betheb”, among others.

The iconic singer is also scheduled to perform two concerts in the United States on Nov. 16, 17.

Shaker’s latest musical work was a national song titled “Masr Agmal Shee’”. It is written by Mohamed Salah and composed by Khaled Geneidy.
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10/15/2019 12:53:10 PM
<![CDATA[Discovery of coffins, mummies in Luxor's West Bank]]>
It is one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry announced the archaeological discovery through the Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, who stated that since the mission began working in the Valley of the Apes in December 2017, it succeeded for the first time in finding the workshops used for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture utilized in the tombs of the kings, located next to a storage pit that took the numbering (KVT). In front of it, A kiln was discovered to burn pottery and metal, which was found next to two silver rings, in addition to large quantities of decorative items that were used to decorate wooden coffins during the era of the 18th Dynasty, and also the discovery of gold flakes and some decorative elements that were titled the wings of Horus.

Furthermore, Hawass added that work is currently underway in the western valley to search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the tomb of her daughter and wife of King Tutankhamun Queen Ankhesenamun. The veteran archaeologist further commented that the area between the tomb of King Amenhotep III and the tomb of King Ay is the area that is expected to contain the tombs of members of the dynasty that lived during the Amarna era.

Additionally, Hawas further explained that one of the most important discoveries made by the mission is finding 30 specialized workshops that were utilized for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture prior to being placed inside the cemetery, in addition to a tomb labeled KV 65 that was used to preserve some funerary objects and furniture, which is similar to the tomb KV 54 adjacent to the tomb of King Tutankhamen, in which the tools used in the construction of the royal tombs were found.

Moreover, Hawass further clarified that the second mission, working in the Valley of the Kings is the largest excavation that took place in the Valley of the Kings after the excavations carried out by the English archaeologist Howard Carter in search of Tutankhamen’s tomb. The veteran archaeologist further explained that the mission is now working to uncover the royal tombs that have yet to be uncovered, in addition to the tombs of the wives and sons of kings of the eighteenth Dynasty, who were buried in the Valley of the Kings. Burials in the Valley of the Queens did not begin until the nineteenth Dynasty.

Hawass also clarified that the mission has worked next to the tomb of King Ramses VII, the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut, next to the tomb of King Ramses III and behind the tomb of King Merneptah, stressing that the mission has also excavated next to the tomb of King Tutankhamen where they found many artifacts including; 42 small huts where workers kept the tools used to construct the tombs before they left the valley for Deir el-Medina, in addition to many of the hieroglyphic paintings that illustrate many archaeological topics and fragments of carved tombs and rings spanning back to the era of the 19th and 20th dynasties.








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10/14/2019 5:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egyptian, international stars honored in Saudi’s Entertainment Industry Forum ]]>
The forum’s opening ceremony was attended by a large number of Saudi ministers and officials as well as famed stars of the field of entertainment from all over the world.
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Al-Sheikh with the stars of the world - ET

The Saudi News Agency (SPA) stated that the forum started with a discussion session entitled "Entertainment and Building the Economy", in which Turki Al-Sheikh, Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed bin Mazid Al-Tuwaijri and Egyptian Minister of Culture in Egypt Inas Abdel Dayem spoke.
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Shallabi and Assala - ET

The session dealt with entertainment in Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, diversification of the economy and economic transformation, growth of the entertainment sector, enriching people's lives and improving the quality of life.

The launch of this forum comes to strengthen the Kingdom's presence on the map of the entertainment industry in the region.
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Jean-Claude Van Dam - ET

Furthermore, the launch of the forum comes in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030, which aims at developing the kingdom's entertainment industry, enabling it to become an international center for mega entertainment events and an important base for businesses and talents associated with the entertainment industry. This is in addition to enabling the kingdom to act as an attractive investment environment by building strong partnerships to create, develop and invest in all relevant platforms, including infrastructure and utilities.
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Geddawi, Abdel Baki, Bayoumi Fouad and Hany Shaker - ET

Al-Sheikh honored a number of stars from around the world, in recognition of their great efforts in this field. The honorees included Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Chinese star Jackie Chan, American star Jean-Claude Van Dam, Saudi star Nasser al-Qasabi, Kuwaiti star Suad Abdullah, Saudi mega star Mohammed Abdo and Egyptian stars Hani Shaker, Yousra, Ragaa el-Geddawi, and Issaad Younis,.
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10/14/2019 4:14:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt participates in KSA's Entertainment Industry Conference ]]>
The conference bears the name “Entertainment and Building the Economy” and will be attended by a number of ministers and officials of the kingdom.

The minister of culture said that the political leadership has included seven axes to preserve the Egyptian cultural identity in the strategy of sustainable development, Egypt 2030. These include promoting positive values in society, combating intellectual extremism, achieving cultural justice, developing talents, and developing cultural institutions.

According to Abdel Dayem, this comes out of the country's belief in the importance of cultural investment as a source of strength, and its confidence that creative industries are one of the important paths to the development of the national economy.

It is worth mentioning that the conference discussed the significance of creative industries in the vision of Saudi Arabia 2030, which comes along the lines of the strategy of sustainable development in Egypt.

The conference shed light on the importance of the Egyptian Opera house as a model for cultural communication between nations, a serious platform that presents arts of all forms, and a measure of the renaissance of the cultural and artistic movement in Egypt .

The importance of cultural partnership and cooperation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia was also discussed, weighing the possibility of linking cultural exchange activities with other cooperation opportunities, especially in the economic field.
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10/14/2019 3:54:37 PM
<![CDATA['Cleopatra Ballet' to be performed in Cairo Opera House starting Oct. 15]]>
The performances will run for 4 nights until Oct. 19 at the Grand Theater as part of the plan to enrich the field of serious arts in Egypt.

The ballet operetta revolves around the historical story of Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, and her marriage to Mark Antonio, who shared the rule of the Roman Empire with Octavius after the murder of Julius Caesar.

Octavius declares war against Cleopatra and Mark Antonio and defeats them in the naval battle of Actium.

It is noteworthy that the Cairo Opera Ballet Team was founded in 1966 and was affiliated to the Higher Institute of Ballet. They first performed in the same year. Since 1972, the Cairo Opera Ballet Team started performing in countries including Russia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, France and Tunisia. It officially became one of the Opera teams in 1991.

The team’s repertoire includes some of the world-famous plays, including “Romeo and Juliet”, “Swan Lake”, “Hamlet”, “Cinderella”, among others.








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10/14/2019 3:12:27 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Film Festival to conclude on Oct. 13]]>
The closing ceremony will be held at Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera House, where the awards will be granted to the winners of various competitions.

This is the end of a difficult edition of the festival, as it comes after the Ministry of Culture's decision to reduce monetary support to the festival to only 40 percent of its total budget, which placed a great burden on the festival’s management.

The president of the festival made desperate attempts to get the financial support of Alexandrian businessmen to save the situation and bring the festival to light.

The beginning was not promising after the audience was surprised by the venue of the opening ceremony, which changed from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to Sayed Darwish Theater. Hence, the festival canceled the Red Carpet tradition for the first time in its history, bringing the stars and guests directly to the theater.

As the festival lost one of its main events, media personnel had great difficulty conducting interviews with stars and guests of the festival at the opening ceremony. However, the situation improved during the festival’s second day as the official seminars and film screenings of the festival kicked off.

The seminars witnessed a huge turnout from the people of Alexandria who were keen to attend to take memorable photos with the stars. Perhaps the most prominent symposium was that of actor Mahmoud Kabil, which saw a cry from the people of entertainment because of high unemployment rates among them.

Opinions varied greatly on the artistic level of the participating films. Some assert that they are of a good standard, while others believe that the films are rather mediocre. Yet, there was an agreement among attendees on the films capable of garnering the awards of the closing ceremony, including the Palestinian film “Jaffa Om el-Gharib” for director Raed Dzdar, and the Syrian film “Darb el-Sama’a” for director Jud Saeed.

Also, the festival's committee decided to cancel film screenings at the guests' residence as the hotel's exhibition hall is next to wedding halls.

Like most festivals, many films suffered from low turnout; however, the situation changed when the festival's management announced the screening of the film “El-Mammar” (The Passage) in honor of its filmmakers.

The huge turnout prompted the festival's administration to set aside two halls for the screening of the film, which was previously broadcast by most free-to-air Egyptian channels.

The halls did not accommodate the large number of viewers, where some decided to sit on the stairs, while others watched the entire film while standing.

The strangest thing however was the interaction of the audience with the film’s events despite their prior knowledge of what was happening.

Although all the honoring symposiums were a full house, the number of attendees arriving for the symposium of “El-Mammar” was unprecedented. It was attended by actor Mohamed Farrag, Mohammed Gomaa and producer Hisham Abdul Khaliq.

In addition, the festival’s management announced that French star Natalie Bay will not be able to attend the festival’s closing ceremony and receive her honoring as scheduled due to health reasons.

The French star confirmed that she was eager to visit Egypt, but faced sudden health deterioration, wishing the festival’s management would invite her in the upcoming edition, especially after what she heard about Egypt in general and the city of Alexandria in particular.


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10/13/2019 3:19:05 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Ezz: Egyptian people and their army will always be united]]>
"We are overjoyed to celebrate the memory of the October war victory with you through the film “El-Mammar” (The Passage). The success of the film is a message, a message made by the Egyptian people and those who watched the film, which affirms that the Egyptian people and their army is one united entity that will never be separated." said Ezz during his speech at the 31st educational seminar of the armed forces in the presence of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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10/13/2019 2:07:02 PM
<![CDATA[House of Egyptian Architecture organizes seminar on bridges, tunnels ]]>
Recently, several areas in Cairo have witnessed the implementation of fundamental changes in the traffic system, including the cancellation of several metro routes, and the establishment of a number of bridges in several locations in Heliopolis.

These radical changes affect the heritage and architectural characteristics of the area, which possesses a special urban identity, which has raised the concern of the media as well as many experts and civil society institutions concerned with the preservation of urban heritage, asking for more information on such projects, their justification and feasibility.

The seminar attempts to analytically and objectively explore the general framework of these projects. It calls for the participation and interaction of all concerned parties to present visions and alternatives that minimize the negative impacts.

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10/13/2019 1:45:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cemetery of the poor discovered south of Saqqara]]>
A team of Polish archaeologists announced on June 27 in an article published on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland the stunning discovery of hundreds of mummies in the area of the archaeological Saqqara cemetery.

Notable symbols were also discovered on the tombs. Two drawings of the god Anubis (embalming and after life god) appeared facing one another. According to the Polish researcher who discovered them, the inscriptions are likely to be written by an illiterate worker, The Sun reported. He confirmed that 36 mummies were found in Saqqara, the city of the dead.

Far from the ancient Egyptians' intricate burials we are familiar with, the newly discovered mummies, each aged 2,000 to 2,600 years old, were in an unfortunate state. The mummies were protected only by a thin layer, which indicates that they belonged to the working or middle-class families and not the elite.

"Most of the mummies we discovered were very modest, only exposed to basic mummification treatments, and were placed directly in the pits prepared for them," said Polish Egyptologist Kamel Korazikowicz.
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The discovered mummies - ET

"There are no inscriptions or personal objects that might hint at the names or professions of these people; however, analyses of the skeletons' remains indicate that they did hard labor," Korazikowicz continued.

Archaeologists have been working for decades in Saqqara, which served as a cemetery for the entire ancient city of Memphis.

In the cemetery, portraits of a jackal appeared to represent Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death. “"It seems that the craftsman who drew it was illiterate and perhaps tried to recreate something he had previously seen. Some of the painted figures are not hieroglyphic signs and the text is not coherent,” stated the Polish Egyptologist.

Despite being far from the tombs of the elite kings and statesmen, the discovery shows that ordinary Egyptians have received similar funerals as their wealthier counterparts, perhaps attempting to emulate the funerary practices of the rich, even if they do not completely understand them.

Saqqara archaeological area is one of the most prominent archaeological areas in Egypt and one of the richest places in Egyptian monuments. It includes Saqqara Amphitheater, the oldest stone structure known to man, as well as the first royal tomb in history, along with many royal tombs dating back to the first Pharaonic dynasties.












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10/13/2019 1:42:18 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass announces 2 remarkable archaeological discoveries in Luxor]]>
The first discovery as recounted by Hawass was in the West Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monkeys, and the second one was in the East Valley, which houses the famed pharaonic tombs.

Hawass said that the Egyptian expedition has uncovered “an industrial area” for the first time ever in the location. The Expedition has been working in the Valley of the Monkeys since December 2017.

He further added that the area houses an oven tailor made for making clay products, and a water storage tank used by workmen.

The findings discovered at the site include: a scarab ring and hundreds of inlay beads and golden objects which were used to decorate royal coffins. Some of thediscovered inlays are decorated with the wings of Horus.

Hawass announced that the excavation in the West Valley is searching for the tombs of Nefertiti and Ankhsenamun, her daughter and the widow of Tutankhamun.

He said that he thinks that the wide valley between the tomb of Amenhotep III and Ay could be the place that houses the tombs of the Amarna family.

Hawss announced as well that the discovery of 30 workshops is very important. They are comprised of storage buildings and buildings for the cleaning of the funerary furniture, and contained many pottery finds dated to the eighteenth dynasty.

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The Egyptian expedition has also discovered a royal tomb, labelled KV 65. They found inside it tools used for tomb construction.

Hawass said that the expedition that is working in the East Valley is the largest excavation which has taken place since the time of Howard Carter.

It is searching for tombs that have never been found before, as well as those of the wives and sons of the kings of the eighteenth dynasty buried in the Valley of the Kings, since the Valley of the Queens did not start taking on burials until the beginning of that dynasty.

The expedition is working near the tomb of Ramses VII, the tomb of Hatshepsut, the tomb of Ramses III and behind the tomb of Merenptah, the son of Ramses II.

The expedition also excavated the surroundings of Tutankhamun tomb. It found many important objects.

Hawass announced all the details pertaining to these important discoveries during a press conference on Luxor’s West Bank on Thursday which was attended by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.



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10/12/2019 4:19:09 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF becomes the first Arab festival to join the 5050×2020 Pledge ]]>
The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

“We’re extremely happy that Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has decided to sign the Pledge, showing their attachment to the issue of equality and inclusion in the Arab region. We hope many other festivals in the region will follow their lead” says Delphyne Besse co-founder of the 50/50 by 2020 movement.

CIFF will publicly announce the percentages of women participating in the film programming and selection teams, in addition to the percentage of films submitted by woman directors and the ones selected in the official programme.

The president of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy recounted that Egypt is keen on women representation in all areas of life and specifically in cinema.

It is already the case that women filmmakers representation in the Arab world is as equal if not favourable as their representation internationally.

By joining this Pledge we are confirming such strong position which we have adopted since last edition when we celebrated 8 Arab filmmakers outstanding careers and impact on Arab cinema: Hala Khalil’s “Nawara” (Egypt), Hala Lotfi’s “Coming Forth By Day” (Egypt), Mai Masri’s “3000 Nights” (Palestine), Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib” (Palestine), Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Wadja” (Saudi Arabia), Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Beauty and the Dogs” (Tunisia), Sofia Djama’s “The Blessed” (Algeria) and Nujoom Al-Ghanem’s “Sharp Tools” (UAE).

Hefzy added that when he first reviewed the commitments stated in the Pledge he was happy to find that most of the conditions related to the festival’s organization were al-ready fulfilled.

The Delegated Artistic Director, critic Ahmed Shawky announced that the signing of this Pledge will be celebrated during the gala screening of “Scales” (“Sayidat Al Bahr”). Written and directed by up-and-coming Saudi Arabian filmmaker Shahad Ameen, this fantasy film tells the story of a young girl who defies patriarchal traditions to forge her own path.

Produced by award-winning media and entertainment company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, “Scales” premiered at the 76th Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, where it was awarded the Verona Film Club Award for most innovative film.

Scales is also participating in the Horizons of New Arab Cinema Competition during the upcoming edition of the Cairo Film Festival (20-29 November 2019).AGC International, the international distribution arm of Stuart Ford's fast-growing independent content studio AGC Studios, is handling international sales on the film.

Nearly 60 festivals have signed the 5050×2020 pledge, among them are Berlin, Locar-no, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, London, Sarajevo, Los Angeles, Rome and New York, as well as the Annecy animation and Clermont-Ferrand festivals. The Durban Film Festival in South Africa was the only signing African festival.





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10/12/2019 11:16:12 AM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem established the 1st center for Languages , Translation]]>
In addition, they opened the first phase of :-the Art School building and The Center for Languages ​​and Translation .

Afterwards, they inspected the fence surrounding the Academy and The Supreme Institute of Cinema after its decorating them with : plastic Art drawings, portraits of stars of Egypt.

During the visit, Abdel Dayem met with the students of the first batch of the Supreme Institute of Child Arts.

She stressed that it is an effective addition to the specialized educational and cultural infrastructure in Egypt and the Arab world to create a new generation of specialized creators, adding that this dream has been achieved after 29 years from the date of the decision to establish it.

Abdel Dayem further explained that it is equipped with all possibilities to become a productive unit to apply the sustainable development plans that the state seeks to achieve.

She directed to open the other branches of the Institute in the provinces to parallel with the expansion of the academy in the regions.

For his part, Dr. Ashraf Zaki, head of the Academy, said that the Supreme Child Arts Institute includes three buildings for writers, directors, toys and puppets. He said that the projects were launched by the Minister of Culture and Dr. Fawzi Fahmy, the former president of the Academy - who stated the foundation stone for them and preserve 19 acres of the Academy land that was threatened. After a halt for years and with successive efforts, the first stages have been completed in preparation for receiving new batch. He explained that the study will start soon in The Center for Languages ​​and Translation and The Institute of Child Arts -the postgraduate batch, which will be affiliated to the institutes of the Academy and in cooperation with Assiut University, he added that the School of Arts includes the educational stages of primary, preparatory and secondary, it aims to teach the different branches of arts :- ballet - Oriental and Western music - cinema - theater artistic criticism and others. This is considered to be a beginning to prepare and qualify talented students before joining the academic institutes, pointing that The school includes a number of playground, parks and various spaces for various activities.

The inauguration was attended by Dr. Ghada Gabara vice-president of The Academy, Dr. Mohamed Shabana, Dean of the Higher Institute of the Child Arts, the great writer Dr. Fatima Almadoul and a number of deans and faculty members.

It is worthy of note that The Minister of Culture started her visit with inaugurating an exhibition titled ” 6/10” in the exhibitions hall and it comes within the celebrations of The Ministry of Culture commemorating the glorious victories of October.

The exhibition included a variety of works of elite Egyptian artists and it tells the story of the steadfastness of the Egyptians to achieve victory and it reflects the interaction of artists with the achievements of the country, confirming the role of creativity in preserving identity and forming the awareness of young people.



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10/12/2019 11:11:43 AM
<![CDATA[Nesma Abdel Aziz to perform at Cairo Opera House on Oct.24]]>
On August 23 Abdel Aziz performed a concert at the Damanhour Opera House as part of he events of the summer festival organized by Cairo Opera House.

Abdel Aziz is considered one of the contemporary music icons, as she is the first marimba player in Egypt. She participated in numerous concerts in Cairo Opera House such as Omar Khairat concerts.

Having her debut in 2001, Abdel Aziz founded her ensemble and released music pieces like "Marimba Fusion," and "Tico, Tico".

Abdel Aziz toured the world with her ensemble under the theme of "Spreading Happiness" and achieved huge international success.

Abdel Aziz has dazzled audiences worldwide with her combination of classical and contemporary music, bringing together a unique blend of western and Arab instruments to create a whole new genre.

In 2000, Abdel Aziz performed Hummel concerto for percussion with the Cairo Opera Orchestra in the Cairo Opera House, celebrating the 75th birthday of Bertold Hummel who was attending the concert. That made Abdel Aziz the first musician to play this concerto in Africa.

Abdel Aziz has been invited to represent Egypt in the second festival of Women Creators of the Two Seas; Mediterranean and Black Sea, which was held in Thessalonica. She was the solo percussionist of the Cairo Opera Orchestra for many years.

The marimba artist is the first Egyptian musician that has three musical video clips in which she is playing marimba and percussions. She performed several concerts in Egypt, Italy, Spain, Germany, India, Austria, Lebanon, USA, Switzerland, Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and France. Abdel Aziz participated in the Egyptian Festival in Canada in 2007, 2008.

In October 2015, Abdel Aziz participated in a celebration presented by the Tourism Promotion Authority to support tourism in Egypt. The event took place at Abu Simbel in Aswan.
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10/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday king Mounir]]>
Egypt Today celebrates his birthday and brings to all his fans a profile about his music career.

Mounir was born in Aswan, and came to Cairo with his family after the immigration of Nubian people during the High Dam construction.

He graduated from the photography, cinema and TV department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, and he started his musical career in the late 1970s.

He started his career by singing with his brother Fouad, who supported Mounir throughout his journey.

Mounir’s had his real debut when he met prominent Egyptian poet Abdel Reheem Mansour and Nubian musician and singer Ahmed Mounib.

The meeting heralded cooperation between international jazz legend Yehia Khalil, Mounir, Mansour and Mounib, who changed the shape of Egyptian music and constructed an influential chapter in Arabic music history.

Mixing Nubian music with the scale of fifths, which is also known in Arabic as “Al-Selem Al-Khomasy”, made Mounir the first Arab singer to introduce jazz music to Arab listeners.

“Shababik” was listed as one of the best Arabic/African music albums.

Singing in a mixed Egyptian/Nubian accent is one of the definitive features of Mounir's musical style.

Mounir sang in a pure Nubian accent in the song "Shamandoura," and in a Moroccan accent in "Hikmet Al-Aqdar" [The Wisdom of Fates].



Believing in the cultural role of music and cinema, Mounir acted in many films and series such as “Al-Youm Al-Sades” [The Sixth Day] and “Al-Maseer” [The Fate] with veteran late Egyptian director Youssef Shahin.




He also played the role of the singer in “Al-Malek Howa Al-Malek” play.



The last role Mounir played on screen was in 2016 in “Al-Moghani” [The Singer]; a documentary series tackling Mounir’s own biography.




Peace, love, hope, Egypt, and childhood are the main themes of Mounir's songs.

“Al Ard Wal Salam” [The Land and Peace] was Mounir's spiritual album, released in 2002; the album brought him CNN’s Prize of Peace. Mounir also won MEMA in 2008 for Best Singer.



It is worth mentioning that Mounir won the Platinum Award for Best Arab Egyptian singer from the international music production company Universal and was awarded the Diamond Award by BAMA Awards.

His song "Yasmina," which featured Adel al-Tawel and Ich Und Ich band, sold 700,000 copies in Germany, while “El-Laila Ya Samra” was listed as one of the best 50 African songs of the 20th century by BBC.


Furthermore, Mounir sang the official theme song of one of the most famous Egyptian cartoons ever; "Bakkar."

Acting spontaneously on stage, and using remarkable casual outfits are the distinguishing features of Mounir's live concerts.



He released a number of music videos such as "Shetta" [Winter], "Belad Tiba" [Tiba's Lands], "Madad Ya Rasoul Allah" [Help me, Prophet of God].



Mounir became the first voice of the January 25 Revolution through his song "Ezay" [How], which carried political innuendos.

He is one of the most beloved Egyptian artists by the Egyptian youth and elite alike.


Cooperating with a number of leading artists, Mounir released “Aa'lam Gadeed” [New World] with Hamid al-Sha'ery, "Belad Tiba" [Tiba Lands] with Anoushka, "Leh ya Donia El-Wahed" [Why Life] with Khaled Aggag, and "Al-Qahera" with Amr Diab.



In 2017, Mounir cooperated with Adel al-Tawil in "One World". The German Ministry of Education has decided to teach ‘’One World’’ song to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in German schools.

''One World'' song tackles refugees’ crisis, and was released in 4 languages, Arabic, English, French and German. The aim behind this decision is teaching the children the idea of accepting others and how to be able to live together peacefully, despite coming from different backgrounds.

On the other hand, Mounir dubbed the king previously expressed his great pleasure as a result of this decision.

In general, the king explained that this decision proves the importance of music and art in enlightening societies and countering terrorism. He added that this is the true role of art, in dealing with the extremism in all aspects of life.


"One World" song is a trio by King Mounir, the German Egyptian singer Adel Tawil and the world Music Award winner Youssou N’Dour. The song was dedicated to the refugees.

It was released in 4 languages, to reach the largest number of audiences around the world. The song aims to destroy all the barriers between humans and strengthen the ties that connect them to each other.


Mounir previously announced that he was preparing for this song from a long time, especially that this song is about refugees’ crisis, which is considered a vital world-wide issue.

Mounir’s career comprises more than 30 albums including: "Momken" [Maybe], "Wist Al-Dayra" [In the Center of the Circle], "Shababik" [Windows], and "Etkalemi" [Speak Up]. He is still capable of introducing innovative music and performing live, and he is still enriching the music scene locally and internationally.



Born in Aswan, Mounir inherited a sense of love and belonging for the Nile. Even when he moved to Cairo, he took the Nubian culture with him.

Mounir’s music reflects his Nubian culture, and his contribution to the Arab music scene is almost unbelievable.

He was the first Arab/Middle Eastern singer to mix jazz with Nubian music, developing the inherited Nubian music scales and combining them with new, universal jazz music.

Furthermore, Mounir helped introduce many Nubian concepts into Arabic music, which is obvious in his song "Wist al-Dayra" (In the Circle's Center).

Many of Mounir's songs have an orchestral backing, enhanced with magnificent tunes of the Oud.

Songs such as "Borg Hamam" (Pigeons Tower, 1995) and "Shababek" (Windows, 1981) best demonstrate this unique aspect of his music.

Using oriental drum beats, Mounir performs dynamic songs based on folk tunes, such as "Al-Nawasy" (Sidewalks, 2001), in which the drum beat is reminiscent of the familiar beats of "Al-Zar".

He also produced notably oriental-sounding songs such as "Eqrar" (Endorsement, 2004).

He frequently enriches his music with rock tunes, especially in live concerts. One of the best examples is his song "El-Kon Koloh Beydor" (The Universe is Spinning, 1981) or "Ezai" (How, 2011).

Mounir added female vocals to paint the music with more emotional and attractive colors in his song "Sheta" (winter) in 1995.

Mounir released his latest song entitled ‘’ Mahmoum’’ ( Careworn) on July.


‘’ Mahmoum’’ is written by Amir Teima, composed by Waleed Saad and distributed by Ahmed Ibrahim.

After 17 years of absence Mounir participated in Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts performing a concert on July 27.

Mounir performed at Family Park on the Cairo-Suez road on March 1 to celebrate the release of his latest album "Watan" (Homeland).

Mounir performed as well a massive concert at Global Village in Dubai on February 15.

He released his latest album “Watan” (Homeland) in December 2018. Mounir's fans have been eagerly waiting for his album since the last single he released in 2017. Happy birthday legend


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10/11/2019 2:39:09 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform a massive concert in Mexico ]]>
On October 3, Elissa directed a message to all women to raise awareness of breast cancer in the month of awareness of the disease (October), encouraging all women to undergo early tests.

“October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my case, my story and my strength, if you're a woman, see your doctor for regular check-ups." tweeted Elissa on her official twitter account.

“Encourage all women around you to undergo early detection tests to make the healing process easier, for yourself and for all those who love you" continued Elissa.



She will also perform a massive concert at the Olympia Hall at Paris on November 1.

On August 19, Elissa surprised her audience with shocking news that she is retiring, stressing that the album she is currently working on will be the last in her singing career.

"I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career.

I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore," Elissa commented on her Twitter account.

Elissa recently presented the song "Abl ay Had" (Before Anyone) promoting for a major telecom company in Egypt. The song is written by Tamer Habib and composed by Ehab Abdel Wahed.

The song/commercial is the production of Synergy and has received positive reactions on social media platforms.

Elissa 's latest work was a video clip for the song "Karhani" off her last album "Ella kol Elly Behbouni" (To all those who love me).

It is a song in the Lebanese dialect written by Ali el-Mawla, composed by Fadel Suleiman and directed by Angy Gamal.

On February 4, in conjunction with the International Day of Cancer, Lebanese singer Elissa was keen to launch an awareness campaign, asking Lebanese people to detect this disease early.

"Cancer is present now in every family in Lebanon; we can’t ignore it anymore," Elissa previously wrote on her Twitter account.

Elissa performed a concert in Egypt on January 18. The yield of the concert was fully dedicated to Egyptian breast cancer patients. Elissa previously expressed her happiness for being chosen to be the ambassador of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

“I am proud to be the ambassador of the national campaign to combat breast cancer," said the star during the campaign.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her latest clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.

In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.
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10/11/2019 1:46:25 PM
<![CDATA[In memory of legendary Egyptian actor Anwar Wagdi]]>
Originally from Syria, Wagdy lived with his family in Cairo under impoverished circumstances. He started his career alongside another legendary Egyptian actor, Youssef Wahby, which allowed Wagdy a chance to star in minor roles in theater before participating in the film “Awlad El Zawat” (Aristocratic Children).

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Anwar Wagdi [Photo: Wikimedia]
Wagdy proved his talents on the silver screen and convinced a number of directors and producers to cast him in major roles.

In the 1940s, Wagdy became the number one Egyptian actor after portraying the role of the rich, young man in “Fatmah,” alongside Umm Kalthoum.

In 1945, Wagdy decided to produce his own films. He produced “Laila Bent El Fokara’” (Laila, the Daughter of the Poor) with iconic Egyptian singer Laila Mourad. Not only did Wagdy produce the film and perform the role of the hero; he also wrote the scenario and directed it.

Due to the great success of the film, Wagdy decided to complete his series of cooperation with Mourad and starred again with her in “Ghazal El Banat” (The Flirtation of Girls), “Alby Dalely” (My Heart is My Guide) and “Bent El Akaber” (The Daughter of the Rich).

He eventually married Mourad; forming one of the most cherished cinematic couples in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

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Wagdi and Mourad [Photo: File Photo]
Contributing to cinema with Fayrouz, “the miracle child,” Wagdy introduced a number of films that employed dance, performance and music in a cinematic frame.

“Arbaa’ Banat Wa Dhabet” (Four Girls and and an Officer) was the last film Wagdy produced.

Six of his films, where he was the protagonist or the producer, are on the list of the best 100 films in the history of the Egyptian cinema: “Al Aa’zima” (The Determination), “Ghazal El Banat,” “Rayah Wi Skinah” (Rayah and Skinah), “Amir El Enteqam” (The Prince of Revenge), “El Wahsh” (The Beast), and “Gharam Wi Intekam” (Passion and Revenge).

A few days before his death, Wagdy and Laila Fawzy got married.

He died in Stockholm on May 14, 1955, as a result of polycystic kidney disease.
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<![CDATA[AIFF to honor ' El Mamar' movie stars ]]>
The film screening will be followed by a seminar honouring the film producer Hisham Abdel Khalik and the movie stars: Mohamed Farag, Mohamed Gomaa, Amir Salaheldin, Ahmed Falawks and Mahmoud Hafez.



Successful Egyptian movie “El-Mamar” topped the Twitter trend after its first TV screening on ON TV channel.

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, with revenues amounting to over LE 65,000,000.

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.

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10/11/2019 1:30:37 PM
<![CDATA[Hisham Kharma to perform at Cairo Opera House on Oct.31]]>
Kharma released his latest album entitled “ Kon” ( Be) last April.

He shot the head song of the album in Iceland. ‘’ Be what you like, be what you want’’ is the main theme of the album.

Kharma was born in Cairo but lived most of his life in Miami, Dubai and Hamburg where he was heavily influenced by an eclectic mix of music inspired by the different cultures. His music is a combination of electronic, ethnic, lounge and funk sounds.

Kharma’s melodies cross all cultural barriers taking the listener to different worlds. His first official release by Virgin Megastore and Hybrid Records was First Voyage.

Kharma’s second album with Sony Music was the Arabesque series, which brought him together with Grammy Award winner Yanni and Cat Atilla.

His third and latest album Al-Yaqeen (Faith) was released in 2016; and gained widespread success. “Sahla we Basita” (Simple and Easy), “Shouf be Albak” (See with your heart) and “Fel Malakout” (In the Kingdom) are among his most famous hits.

Kharma has become an icon of electronic music in Egypt; he has recently released his latest joint single “Youmeen” (Two days) with Hany Adel; and is about to release a new album.

Kharma has also recently cooperated for the first time with awards winner Indian singer Tanvi Shah of the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.

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10/11/2019 12:55:05 PM
<![CDATA[Alicia Vikander takes on bilingual role in Tokyo-set 'Earthquake Bird']]>
Based on the novel by Susanna Jones, the film follows Vikander’s character, translator Lucy Fly, an expat living in Japan who begins a romantic relationship with photographer Teiji, played by Naoki Kobayashi.

But Lucy’s life is turned upside down with the arrival of fellow expat Lily Bridges, played by Riley Keough, who befriends the couple. Lily disappears, presumed dead, and Lucy becomes the main suspect.

While Lucy appears tough on the outside at first, her psychological fragility soon shows.

The film, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on Thursday, requires the Swedish-born Vikander, known for “Ex Machina” and her Oscar-winning performance in “The Danish Girl,” to speak in Japanese in numerous scenes.

“I wish I could tell you that I knew Japanese and I learned it in three months,” Vikander, 31, told Reuters at the premiere. “I mean I did an immense amount of work to be able to do the Japanese ... and being bilingual I know you can’t just mimic words and sounds, you need to really know what you’re saying.”

“So I did everything from reading my scenes out loud in English and then we kind of reworked on translating them to really get the kind of sensitivity and the emotion and the subtext that I had in my acting, hopefully ... It was a lot of work.”

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Alicia Vikander poses at the premiere for "Tomb Raider" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Director Wash Westmoreland, known for dramas “Colette” and “Still Alice,” said he was familiar with the setting when he was first approached about the project, having lived in Japan in 1989.

“When I started reading Susanna Jones’ brilliant novel I just fell into it, just the psychology was so fascinating and the story’s so unexpected and I felt, ‘Aha, I can use this to make a neo-noir,’” Westmoreland told Reuters.

“Earthquake Bird,” which will have a limited theatrical run, will be released globally on streaming service Netflix on Nov. 15.

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10/11/2019 12:46:25 PM
<![CDATA[New archaeological discovery announced in Luxor]]>
The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that the discovery removes the ambiguity surrounding the fate of a tomb belonging to the wife of the Golden Pharaoh King Tutankhamun.

Egyptologist Francis Amin said research has been going on in this region for nearly 100 years to research the era of Amenhotep III, a historically rich period.

The western shore in Luxor consists of numerous ancient Pharaonic tombs, most of which belong to the 18th Dynasty of the Modern Pharaonic State.

The valley of Thebes (now Luxor) was the capital of the state at the time. It is divided into the eastern valley and the western valley or the Valley of Apes.

The Valley of the Apes is a closed area west of Luxor, similar to the Valley of the Kings in its topography and geography. It is surrounded by mountain ranges from three directions, the south, east and west.

As for the Western Valley, this name was appointed to it after the discovery of the tomb of King Ai. The tomb was discovered by Giovanni Belzoni in 1817. Belzoni carved his name and the date of the discovery on the door of the tomb to honor and immortalize his work.
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10/10/2019 2:59:31 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera to present 9 live shows from American Metropolitan Opera]]>
Turandot's opera by renowned Italian musician Giacomo Puccini will stage on October 12 at 7 p.m. at the small theater.

Turandot Opera is inspired by the 1762 play “1000 nights” written by Carlo Gozzi and is divided into three chapters.

The play takes place in China, where Prince Calaf falls in love with Princess Turandot, who pledged to marry him if he solves three complicated puzzles. Despite solving the complicated puzzles, the princess continues to refuse marrying him.

It is noteworthy that Puccini died before completing Opera Turandot. The remaining section of the play was written by Franco Alfano, and premiered for the first time in Milan's La Scala Theater on April 25, 1926.

Additionally, the live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera shows for the 2019-2020 season will include nine of the most important contemporary and classical operettas.

The live broadcast of the American metropolitan shows in the Egyptian opera comes within the framework of efforts of communication between the two operas that aim at creating a state of artistic and cultural vogue in Egypt.

The broadcast will become a reality through the use of high-quality technology which features a special sound system and a huge screen which covers the entire space of the small theater.


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10/10/2019 2:42:20 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Ashour to perform concert on Oct. 18]]>
The star is expected to present a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Kalemouha Ani”, “Beit Kbeer”, “Ana bastaslem”, “Zekrayat Kadaba”, in addition to songs of his new album “Ayam”.

It is noteworthy that Ashour held a concert last Friday, ina club in the 10th of Ramadan City.

Ashour announced his engagement to Dareen Helmy -Miss Universe for 2019. The duo decided to exchange rings in a restricted family ceremony. Before the end of 2019, Ashour plans on holding a huge wedding ceremony in which he will invite all his friends and relatives.

The star released his latest musical album on March 31. The album consists of 12 songs, including “Ayam”, “Khalsana”, “Salam”, “Fi bali”, among others.

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10/10/2019 2:19:41 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform in Cairo Opera House on Oct. 20,21]]>
Khairat is scheduled to present his most significant works throughout his enriching career, including “Saber ya am Saber”, “El-Bakhil wa ana”, “Leilat al-Qabd Ala Fatma”, “Damir abla Hekmat”, “Khali Balak men Aalak”, “Masalat Mabdaa”, among others.

The international musician recently held an extraordinary night in the Egyptian Opera House after two months of hiatus, because of his preoccupation with composing the music of the film "El-Mammar” (The Passage).

As usual, Khairat looked brilliant as he presented his unique musical compositions and was keen to address his fans who interacted with him, greeting them more than once during his performance.

The iconic musician received great acclaim after the broadcast of the film “El-Mammar” on “On E” during the celebrations of October victory. The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Ahmed Rizk, Iyad Nassar, Ahmed Flawkas, Mohamed Farrag, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mohamed el-Sharnouby, Mohamed Gomaa, Mahmoud Hafez, Amir Salah el-Din and Asmaa Abu el-Yazid.

“El-Mammar” is written and directed by Sherif Arafa.








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10/10/2019 11:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities inspects renovation works in Egyptian Museum of Tahrir]]>
The maintenance and renovation works is implemented by the Environment Quality International Company, under the supervision of the members of the committee formed to evaluate the work of the company responsible for carrying out the renovation works at the museum.

The company includes professors and consultants from outside the Ministry of Antiquities, specializing in engineering, museum display, fine arts and restoration, in addition to Mo'men Osman, head of the museums sector, and Sabah Abdel Razek, director general of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

Abdel Razek stated that the tour included inspecting all the halls and galleries included in the development work. The Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, was keen to review the original documents, maps and designs for the establishment of the museum, signed by the architect of the French Monuments Museum Marcel Dornion in 1899.

During the tour, the Minister of Antiquities and the members of the evaluation committee gave the executing company some instructions regarding painting the walls and ceilings of the museum to the exact original color recorded in the designs of the French architect.

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10/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[ET presents conditions for participating in Youssef Idris Short Story Competition]]>
The first-place winner will be awarded a prize of LE 50,000, while the second-place winner will be granted LE 30,000.

Conditions for participation come as follows:

- The awards are given to the best short story collections written by Egyptian nationals.
- The participating story's first edition should have been published not more than 3 years ago.
- The contestant shall not submit the same collection to another contest until the result of the competition is announced. An acknowledgment letter must be attached and signed by the contestant.
- The contestant shall submit a declaration that he/she has not received any previous awards in other competitions for the submitted collection.
- The contestant must submit four copies of the story collection.
- The collection shall not be retrieved after submission.

The applicant must go to the Competitions Department at the Supreme Council of Culture to fill in the competition form and submit the story collection, in addition to a short CV on a CD, a photocopy of the national ID and a bank statement with the account number.

The applicant should also mail the aforementioned requirements to 1 Gabalaya St., Opera, Giza, Supreme Council of Culture.

The last day for submission is Nov. 30, 2019.






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10/9/2019 4:18:03 PM
<![CDATA[Nabila Ebeid: It is something else to be honored by this festival]]>
The 35th edition of the festival commemorated the stars that departed our world in 2019, including Talaat Zakaria, Farouk el-Fishawy, Ezzat Abou Ouf, Galal Issa, Mohamed Abul-Wafa, Hassan Kamy, Mahmoud el-Gendy and director Omar el-Sheikh.
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A slideshow of the deceased artists' photos were displayed on the main screen of the festival, accompanied bya song titled “Wahashtouna” (We miss you).

Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria’s Opera House is host the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival, where a large number of international, Arab and Egyptian artists will be honored, especially those who come from Alexandria. This year, Mahmoud Kabil and Mohamed Fadel from Alexandria are honored.
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A number of films from Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Syria will premiere in this year's edition of the festival.
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Kabil was honored during the festival - ET

The festival’s guest of honor is Spain. Half the films presented in both competitions of the festival will screen for the first time.

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نبيلة عبيد #مهرجان_ الإسكندرية #افلام _نبيلة عبيد #الاسكندرية دخول مبهر للنجمة نبيلة عبيد أثناء تكريمها في مهرجان الاسكندرية المزيد من التفاصيل والفيديوهات https://www.dotmsr.com/ تابعونا على الصفحات الرسميه مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي Official website : http://videoyoum7.com/ Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VideoYoum7 Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/videoyoum7 Official youtube : http://www.youtube.com/MubasherYoum7








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10/9/2019 3:45:11 PM
<![CDATA['Welad el-Balad' launched in Sharm el-Sheikh amid high turnout]]>
“Welad el-Balad” is directed by Mohamed el-Sharkawy and is the production of the Theater House.

A satirical comedy, the theatrical play sheds light on numerous important societal issues, including corruption, national social security, illegal immigration and the sacrifices of the army and police forces on the borders and internally. The play is written by Mostafa Selim and is starring a group of young performers.

The show was attended by Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda, Commissioner of the Governor for Media Abdel Fattah Helmy, director of the play Mohamed el-Sharkawy, Director of Sharm el-Sheikh Cultural Palace Omaima Ismail, and Activities Manager Safaa Ammar.

It is worth mentioning that the governor praised the show, especially as it seeks to raise the awareness of young people and contributes to clarifying the facts about terrorism. Fouda thanked the organizers in Sharm el-Sheikh Cultural Palace, the General Authority for Culture Palaces and the Theater House for their efforts.

The play staged at the Theater of Sharm el-Sheikh Culture Palace, Sharm el-Sheikh Club, Sharm el-Sheikh Plateau Center, and the Open Theater of the Culture Palace in Sharm el-Sheikh, among other locations.

The show will run until Oct. 14.













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10/9/2019 3:31:43 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Malmö Arab Film Festival’s closing ceremony]]>
The Egyptian film “Lail Khargy” for director Ahmed Abdallah al-Saeed won the Best Feature Film Award. The award is the biggest prize granted by the festival and totals up to SEK 20,000. The film’s leading stars, Sherif el-Desouki and Mona Hala, received the award in front of an audience that filled the Royal Cinema, Sweden's largest cinema.

The judging panel of the feature films competition consisted of Egyptian star Laila Elwi, Iraqi critic Qais Qassem and Tunisian director Reda Bahi granted the Lebanese film director Bahig Hagig the Best Director Award for his film “Sabah el-Kheir”. The film "Mafak" by Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi won the Best Screenplay Award.

Additionally, Tunisian star Ahmed el-Hafiane won the Best Actor Award for his role in the film “Fatwa” directed by Mahmoud bin Mahmoud and Moroccan Fatima Atef won the Best Actress Award for her role in "Mbarka" by Mohamed Zinedine.
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In the short films category, the jury, composed of Palestinian producer Layali Badr, critics Walid Seif from Egypt and Nabil Hajji from Algeria, granted the Best Short Film Award (SEK 10,000) for "Ikhwan" directed by Tunisian Mariam Jaber. Her fellow countrywoman Kawthar Bin Haniyeh won the Best Director of a Short Film Award worth SEK 5,000 for her movie "Batikh el-Sheikh".

The committee gave a special mention to the movie "Al-Asfoor" directed by Nasri Hajjaj from Palestine.

As for the Long Documentary Films, the judging panel, composed of director Mai Masri, critic Tarek bin Shaaban and director of the Tripoli Film Festival Elias Khalat, granted the Best Documentary Film Award worth of SEK 15,000 to Ghassan Halawani’s Lebanese film.

Sarah Qasqas, also from Lebanon, won the Best Director Award for a Feature Documentary for her film "Taht el-Taht.” The judging committee also gave a special mention to the Sudanese film "Oufsad el-Khartoum" by director Marwa Zain.

Moreover, the Public Choice Award, presented by the Culture Office in Malmö, went to the Egyptian film "El-Deif" (The Guest) by Hadi el-Bagoury.

Members of the judging committee of the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Nahar, critics Adnan Hussein Ahmed, Mustafa Kaoud and Marwa Abu Aish, granted their award to the film “Mafak” directed by Palestine's Bassam Jarbawi.

Following the awards granting ceremony, the Egyptian film "Youm wa Laila” directed by Ayman Makram, screened. The film stars Khaled el-Nabawi, Dora, Ahmad el-Fishawi and Hanan Mutawa.

Famed star Dora came with director Ayman Makram, writer Yahya Fikri and producer Raymond Ramses to present the film in its first international premiere in Malmo, Sweden to the audience, who filled the auditorium.









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10/9/2019 2:45:48 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Talaat Zakaria passes away at 59]]>
The body was accompanied by family members, in addition to actress Hana el-Zahed, her mother Sherine el-Manzalawi- Zakaria’s divorcee- and Head of the Theatrical Professions Syndicate Ashraf Zaki.

Zakaria passed away on October 8 at the age of 59, after a vicious struggle with illness. In 2007, he suffered of inflammation in one of the arteries of the brain, which led him to be hospitalized before slipping into a coma. He later recovered.

“Halimo Ostoret el-Shawate’” (Halimo the beach legend) was the last artistic work performed by the late actor. It was initially released in movie theaters in December 2017. The film co-starred Dina, Reem el-Baroudy, Amina, Nermin Maher and Bayoumi Fouad. It was directed by Mohamed Saed.

Shortly before his death, Zakaria also participated in the film “El Mawqef" alongside Menna Fadaly, Mohamed Reda, and Rico. “El Mawqef” is directed by Mamdouh Zaki.

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10/9/2019 2:21:17 PM
<![CDATA[Abbasi, Lemus to ET: Filmmakers must present something unique]]>
Abbasi is a writer, director, editor and composer. His feature film “DAYVEON” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Spirit Awards. Abbasi’s upcoming projects include “The Quench” and “Silhouette”.

Marvin Lemus is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer. Lemus co-created and directed “GENTEFIED”, a bilingual digital series which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is now set for release as a half-hour dramatic-comedy for NETFLIX in 2020.

Abbasi told Egypt Today that they worked with the workshop participants on their ideas, what movie they want to make as each of them has a very specific voice, which is nice.

“This workshop is not about being prescriptive to them but rather encouraging of their own unique voices because the Arab world is rich with unique stories that should be preserved in that type of storytelling,” Abbasi recounted.

Lemus said that he lead a workshop in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year as part of the Global Media, Maker which was different from this one.

“Egyptian filmmakers have their films and we are helping them with their short movies, where in Dubai, it was a masterclass on digital series.

This workshop in Egypt is very exciting because the participants already have their ideas; they have a whole treatment to the script. We are helping them with the story they want to tell,” Lemus said.

On the similarities between the Egyptian and American cinema industry, Abbasi explained that there is some sort of bridge between the two industries.

“There are huge Egyptian talents and the same in the US. I think there is probably a synergy and a sort of sensibility; an example of that is Rami Malek, the Egyptian-American star who won the Oscars for Best Actor.

That was a massive achievement. Also, Ramy Youssef, who is a TV show creator, which is a big role in the US industry. I think especially right now, we have a unique Egyptian moment in the US cinema and this formed a nice bridge between Egypt and the US,” Abbasi explained.

Abbasi added that preserving the traditions of storytelling is also important, to be able to know that this is a very unique way of telling a story verse and to have diversity in storytelling.

“It is fun to sit with top students who are watching films from all over the world and getting to create their own point of view. Especially that in Egypt, there is a new generation that is starting to create a strong cinema industry,” Abbasi said.


Abbasi added that during the workshop they looked for smart techniques of storytelling that qualified filmmakers should have.

“We looked during the workshop at short films of Martin Scorsese, for instance, we talked with the participants about the ideas of the movies they want to make. There are places that short film could be improved, so giving the students the chance to look at that sort of angle will show how true talent is born and will shed light on the ways to improve that talent,” Abbasi said.

Lemus added that he worked with the participants on how to enhance their storytelling techniques through certain exercises. “I have a very different background; the way I started in this industry was through doing digital short movies, performing sketches on YouTube and for different brands.

The way I learned and grew was through basically having to figure out how to make something in two or four or five minutes that’s going to get used, grab the attention and bloggers talk about it,” Lemus explained.

Lemus added that when it comes to short films storytelling you have to highlight what you are trying to say, what you are trying to talk about, what is your storyline and dramatic point.

Lemus further noted that when you are studying short filmmaking, you have to watch a lot of features, to gather a lot of thoughts, themes and story points. “Short films help to crystallise the idea and the story.

I think expressing the idea in a short period of time in a short movie is more difficult than in a feature movie, unlike what others may think,” Lemus clarified.

Making features is more difficult in the screenwriting process, according to Abassi. “I think short films have more creative factors; it can be totally expressionistic, experimental; you have some sort of accessibility, where in the feature you have certain rules that you should abide by,” Abbasi said.

“For short films, to make somebody feel something in just a minute or two is not an easy task, so doing that kind of work means that this filmmaker masters his craft well,” Lemus recounted.
“I have never done a workshop like this. I can’t say I am very well burst in Egyptian cinema.

I am hoping to continue to learn more about it and that is the reason why I wanted to come here.

Since I have never done this type of screenwriting curriculum, I really wanted to make sure I was prepared so I tried to build up what I thought was appropriate curriculum based on the types of processes that work for me.

I guess our best expectations were to hopefully set the twelve students at their best,” Abbasi stated.

Lemus explained that he expected the participants to be beginners,but found them to be great filmmakers. “I found that they are really very strong storytellers, they are so smart and really exceeded my expectations,” Lemus added.

Lemus explained that El Gouna Film Festival is one of the fanciest festivals he has been to.

“The line-up of the festival is really amazing, a lot of prominent movies that are all worth watching. It is very comfortable when you are at the other side of the world and everyone is just being open and inviting; this festival really stands for broadening horizons,” Abbasi said.

Abbasi added that he advised the participants at the workshop to be uniquely themselves and make the movie they want to make. “Filmmaking is a singular thing that comes from the vision of the scriptwriter or the director,” Abbasi added.

Lemus advised them to be vulnerable, honest, real and to be themselves in an intimate way.



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10/8/2019 7:10:57 PM
<![CDATA[35th Alexandria Film Festival kicks off on Oct. 8]]>
A large number of events will be held during the 35th edition, including honorings, film screenings, special productions and workshops.

This year’s edition bears the name of iconic actress Nabila Obeid who is set to be honored during the festival’s events. Obeid’s honoring includes the publication of a book about her artistic career and biography, prepared by Sherine Abdel Khalek.

Beside Obeid, a number of Egyptian and Arabic names, including actor Mahmoud Kabil, will be honored, also through the publication of a book about his artistic career and biography, prepared by Intisar Dardir.

Furthermore, director Mohamed Fadel will be honored, through the publication of a book shedding light on his artistic career and biography, prepared by Walid Seif.

The remaining honorees include critic Ahmed Raafat Bahgat and Lebanese actor Rafik Ali Ahmed. The Mediterranean Festival’s medal will be awarded to Tunisian director Rachid Ferschio.

Films in which the honorees participated will screen, such as “Al Rakesa Wal Seyasy” (Dancer and Politician) starring Nabila Obeid, “Youm el-Karama” (Dignity Day) for Mahmoud Kabil and “Hob fel Zenzana” (Love in a jail cell) for director Mohamed Fadel.

The festival also celebrates the centenary of a large number of creators, including the centenary of prominent late writer Ihsan Abdul Quddus. His name is due to be honored, and his son, Mohammed Abdul Quddus, will receive his father’s honoring. This is in addition to the publication of the late writer’s biography, written by Amal Osman. Also, a seminar with the screening of “Abi Fawka el-Shagara” will be held.

Additionally, the centenary of director Hassan al-Imam will be celebrated by honoring his name. His daughter Zeinab al-Imam will receive the honoring. A book containing critical analyses on the director’s works will be published, in addition to the screening of the film “Bain el-Qasren”.

Moreover, the centenary of late renowned director Ezzidine Zulfaqar will be celebrated and his wife Kawthar Shafik will receive the honoring. This is in addition to the screening of the film “Imra’a ala el- Tareek” (Lady on the road) and the publication of a book.

The festival also celebrates the centenary of the 1919 revolution through a symposium entitled "100 years of revolution" and a book presented by critic Emad Noueiri, in addition to celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Khedive opera with the screening of the film “Opera Fire”, along with a seminar with director Kamal Abdel Aziz.

This year's festival includes five competitions:

- Feature Film Competition: This competition’s judging committee is headed by actor Mohie Ismail.

A total of 15 films from Mediterranean countries, including Syria, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Palestine, Lebanon, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Morocco, Malta, Algeria, France and Italy, are competing.

- Short and Documentary Feature Films Competition: 34 films from Egypt, namely “Laylat al-Milad” by Ahmed Emad, and “Najwa al Halabiya” by Muhannad al-Kashef are competing

Other competing films come from Greece, Morocco, France, Tunisia, Spain, Syria, Montenegro, Malta, Lebanon, Algeria, Palestine, Italy, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The film’s judging committee is headed by Adel Adib.

- Mohamed Bayoumi Competition for Short Egyptian Films: Sixteen short films will be competing. The judging committee is headed by Abdel Rahim Kamal.

- Noor al-Sherif Competition for Long Arabic Films: Thirteen films will be competing in this competition. Only one Egyptian film is participating in the competition which is “Waraqet Gameya” for director Ahmed el-Bably. This competition’s judging committee is headed by Lebleba.

- Best Scenario Competition: The competition’s judging committee is headed by Hassan Emad Makawi, former dean of the Faculty of Media.

It is worth mentioning that Spain is the guest of honor of the festival’s 35th edition and that four Spanish films will be participating.

Two workshops will also be held on the sidelines of the festival. The first is entitled "Cinema and Experimentation", during which a seminar will be held by French director Gerard Couran and another will be held by French director Hugo Verland.

The second workshop is entitled "Cinematic Lessons". It includes four 6-hour workshops. The first workshop will be on editing, and will be lectured by Ghada Gebara, while the second workshop will be about film directing, and will be lectured by Hala Khalil. Lectured by Kamal Abdel Aziz, the third workshop will be about filming techniques, and the fourth workshop will be about scenario writing and will be lectured by Nasser Abdel Rahman.

The festival will also witness the organization of a photography exhibition entitled “35 years of festivals”,and another exhibition displaying the different festival posters throughout the years. This is in addition to special screenings of films of the Ministry of Social Solidarity and a special day for the films of the students of the Arab Academy for Technology, Science and Maritime Transport.











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10/8/2019 4:03:29 PM
<![CDATA[Malmö Arab Film Festival concludes on Oct. 8]]>
The competing films are; “Mubaraka”, “Fatwa”, “El-Deif”, “Tafah el-Keil”, “Lail Khargy”, “Sabah el-Kheir”, among others.

At the end of the ceremony, the Egyptian film “Youm wa Leila” will be screened in its first International Premier.

Sessions on the Malmö Market Forum resumed as participating films competed for valuable prizes. Two film project categories were presented; short films in development stage where five film projects competed for the award, in addition to the long post-production documentary, in which four film projects competed.

The short films screenings which participated in the ninth edition of the Malmö Arab Film Festival witnessed a huge turnout from the Arab and Swedish audiences.

The second screenings included Tamer Ashri's movie "Matelaash Ala el-Hageb", "Bateekh el- Sheikh" by Kawthar Bin Haniyeh, "The Barber" by Melanie Arenson, “Fekra Thaneya” by Bilal Khatib and “Kesa Ghariba” (Strange Story) by Anthony Yazbek.

The Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) operates as an intercultural platform for diversity and tolerance. As one of the largest film festivals with the focus on Arab cinema outside of the Arab world, the festival offers a meeting ground for the Nordic and Arab film industries.

MAFF has an annual structure with events and festivals all over Sweden with special projects and programs.

The festival was founded in 2011 by the general manager and artistic director Mohamed Keblawi. Evolving from a crossroad movement, the festival was initiated through a need, for a space that would share and explore the Arab culture.




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10/8/2019 3:21:05 PM
<![CDATA[Riyad el-Khouli to present first leading role in ‘Shadid el-Khotoura’]]>CAIRO - 8 October 2019: Veteran actor Riyad el-Khouli will officially play his first leading role in a series, where he is set to present a pivotal character in the new series “Shadid el-Khotoura” (Extremely Dangerous).

The series, starring Ahmed el-Awady, is the first 7-episode screenplay to be exclusively broadcast on Watch iT! Digital Platform. “Shadid el-Khotoura” is produced by Synergy and directed by Hossam Ali.

Synergy Productions previously finalized contracting with the stars Reem Mostafa and Hosny Sheta. The remaining contracts will be finalized when the director decides on the remaining details of the work such as locations of photography.

“Shadid el-Khotoura” is the first Egyptian production of a series that consists of seven episodes. The screenplay is scheduled to be broadcast exclusively on Watch iT! Digital Platform in November.

Written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir, the series is the first of its kind in the world of television drama.

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10/8/2019 2:03:21 PM
<![CDATA[Head of Museums Sector reveals development plan of Kafr el-Sheikh Museum]]>
Othman said that the visit is the first of a series of visits he will make for the archaeological museums to inspect them and get acquainted with the latest developments.

He pointed out that he started with Kafr el-Sheikh Museum because of the important role the museum plays in the development of archaeological awareness and social communication with the people of Kafr el-Sheikh in particular and of the Delta in general.

The inspection tour included a visit to the museum's exhibition halls, the open hall, stores, and administrative offices. This is in addition to reviewing the museum activities and meeting with the engineers responsible for the implementation of the project, the director of the museum and the curators, where all the problems they faced and ways to overcome them were discussed.

Furthermore, Othman clarified that the action plan for the Museums Sector in the coming period will be based on developing and enhancing the human element because of its importance in the process of attracting the public.

The young cadres in all museums will be developed through organizing training courses and workshops to enhance their work techniques, providing them an opportunity to assume responsibility.

He added that the sector will work on two levels; the first level focuses on pushing the work of museums under construction or completely new ones to be finalized according to the Museum sector’s schedule, ensuring that they serve as sophisticated models of museums in terms of construction standards and methods of presentation.

The second level aims at improving the performance of the old museums in terms of the museum displaying methods, while preserving the shape, authenticity and identity of these museums. Also, this level aims to develop the performance of employees and raise interest in museum activities to deepen and increase communication with the citizens, raising archaeological awareness among the Egyptian public.


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10/8/2019 1:14:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Opera House celebrate its 31st anniversary on Oct. 10,11]]>
The concert will be performed by Mai Farouk, Ahmed Effat and Iman Abdel Ghani accompanied by the orchestra team lead by Mostafa Helmy.

The Egyptian Opera House organizes a series of monthly concerts under the title "Kulthumiyat", in honor of the late Arab singing legend Om Kulthum or “Planet of the East” as part of its plan to revive the heritage of Arab music and to disseminate it to new generations, as an integral part of Egypt's cultural and civilizational history and the bridge between the past, present and future.
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10/8/2019 1:11:17 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Salah Hosny: Proud to be part of ‘El-Mamar’]]>
Hosny added during an interview in “Kol Youm” (Everyday) program broadcast on On E on Oct. 6 that the movie’s entire cast underwent rigorous training before shooting the scenes, the most significant ones were within the Egyptian army battalions, where the cast members learned how to deal with the different types of weapons and how to survive under extreme conditions. “I did not serve in the army before this film. However, after the film I consider myself part of the Egyptian army,” Hosny added.

Hosny explained that his role in the marine shock troops required him to undergo additional maritime training in Alexandria in a record time, explaining that the main aim of the film is to illustrate the state of war that was witnessed and experienced by the Egyptian army.

In addition, the star pointed out that the film’s cast aimed to clarify the Egyptian Armed Forces’ efforts and heroic actions.

Hosny explained that during the filming the cast took countless risks, ending up with some physical injuries, especially in the scenes of bombings, which were among the most dangerous scenes to be ever filmed in the Egyptian cinema.

“El-Mamar” is written and directed by Sherif Arafa. It was initially released to movie theaters on June 4, 2019 and is still trending.


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10/7/2019 3:28:05 PM
<![CDATA[‘El-Mamar’ tops Twitter trend after its screening on ON TV]]>
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, with revenues amounting to over LE 65,000,000.

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.



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10/7/2019 3:25:57 PM
<![CDATA[Massar Egbari to perform at Sheikh Zayed on Oct.16]]>
The Egyptian band released their latest album entitled “El Album” in March 2019. Also, Massar Egbari participated in the events of the Arab Youth Festival that kicked off on March 19.

Massar Egbari was the only Egyptian band performing in the festival which presents a blend of different fusions of Arabic music in a series of mass concerts that ran until April 9 at the Martyr Park in Kuwait.

The band’s third album consists of ten songs which have been filmed as video clips; the album is considered different than the band’s two previous albums.

Massar Egbari is an Egyptian rock band founded in Alexandria in 2005. The band released their third album "Mosawamat" (Bargains) in July 2019 which brought them back to the music scene three years after releasing their album "Toqa’a w tqom" (Fall & Rise).


Massar Egbari was awarded the title of Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds. UNESCO honoured Massar Egbari in 2011 in Paris.

Massar Egbari participated in Black and White Music festival which kicked off on November 16, 2018, in Family Park at Al Rehab city.

The opening ceremony of the festival witnessed for the first time the participation of the most popular Egyptian bands such as, Black Theama, Sharmoofers, Wust El Balad, Karakeeb, Disco Misr.

Black and White Music festival is considered the first musical carnival of its kind in Egypt, the most famous six Egyptian bands performed on one stage in the longest continuous musical day that lasted 12 hours under the media auspices of Youm 7.

Massar Egbari,in cooperation with famed singer Ahmed Sheba, previously released a song entitled “Enzel we Sharek” (Go out and participate), which invited citizens to participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The song was released under the slogan "For our country and for the next generations, go out and participate."

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10/7/2019 2:31:16 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy receives Gold Creator Award from YouTube]]>
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.

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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10/7/2019 2:28:51 PM
<![CDATA['Aisha' short film sheds light on stigma surrounding divorcees in Egypt ]]>
Several articles and social media posts challenged the social stigma, trying to reverse the public conceptions of divorced women in particular, and shed light on the psychological harm and bullying women face for taking the decision to end their marriages.

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Screenshots of Aisha short film - Photo provided by Kawthar Ali


Four youths decided to provide a close-up on the dilemma in a short film to participate in the Youssef Chahine Award for Best Short Film.

The film, titled “Aisha” meaning [Just living], was inspired by the real life of the actress, Maleeka, who tells her stories with harassment and awkward situations at work, or with her neighbors and family following her divorce. Like many female divorcees, Maleeka is rendered the main breadwinner for her children, as some men decide to evade the responsibility.

The crew of the film includes: Director Shaher Youssef , assistant director Mohamed Ismail, director of photography Kawthar Ali, and Maleeka Mohamed, the sole actress in the film.

The film will be submitted to the jury of the festival on Thursday, Oct.10 to compete for the prestigious award.
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10/7/2019 12:51:12 PM
<![CDATA[Nancy Ajram to perform a concert in Mansoura on Oct. 11]]>
The Lebanese star is expected to perform a wide selection of her most popular hits, including “Matigi Hena”, “Ya Banat”, “Akhasmak Ah”, “Qol Tani Keda”, “Yasalam”, among others.It is worth mentioning that Ajram recently held a huge concert at the Dubai World Trade Center. She also held a huge concert in Jordan as part of the activities of Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts in July, in addition to numerous concerts in Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.

Ajram’s latest clip is a new national song entitled "Ragel Ibn Ragel", written by Malak Adel, composed by Walid Saad and directed by Batoul Arafa. The Lebanese diva is always eager to post pictures on her official social media platforms with her children and husband, unlike many celebrities in the Arab World who prefer not to expose their family members to the public.


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10/7/2019 12:20:17 PM
<![CDATA[Special display of Queen Meritamen statue in Tahrir's Egyptian Museum ]]>
Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek explained that the statue is one of the treasures displayed in the museum and is one of the masterpieces of sculpture from the modern state. The statue portrays the upper part of Queen Meritamen, daughter of King Ramses II, holding in her hand the "Manat" necklace, which is used for claying in religious ceremonies to venerate gods. Abdel Razek noted that the statue was found inside her small temple in Ramesseum (the funerary temple of Ramses II).
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10/6/2019 3:47:16 PM
<![CDATA[Free theatrical performances in 4 governorates celebrating October Victory]]>
The Theater House will present numerous theatrical performances, special celebrations and concerts on the occasion of the anniversary of the October victory. All performances will be free of charge in Cairo, Alexandria, Fayoum and South Sinai. The celebrations will also include the screening of "Know Your Army", which was produced in collaboration with DMC.

Mokhtar added that the Theater House will present on October 6 “Youm el-Nasr” (Victory Day) celebration produced by the Alexandria Theate. It is a celebration specially dedicated to the anniversary of the glorious October victory this year. The celebration is written by Mohamed Mostafa and directed by Islam Abdel Shafiee and will be staged on Bairam el-Tunsy Theater in Alexandria at 8 p.m.

El-Saha Theatrical Group will present the play “Seheina ya Sina” at 8 p.m. in Prince Taz Palace in Sayeda Zainab. The play is written by Khamis Ezz el-Arab and directed by Essam al-Shuweikh. Furthermore, the Sun Theatrical Group –with the aim of integrating individuals with special needs- will present numerous musical performances at 8 p.m. at the International Garden’s Theater in Nasr City.

The Modern Theater Group will present its play “Amr Taklif” (Mandate) written by Issa Gamal and directed by Bassem Kenawy at the Fayoum Culture Palace at 8 p.m. This is in addition to the play “Welad el Balad” written by Mostafa Selim and directed by Mohammed el-Sharkawy in Sharm el-Sheikh Cultural Palace at 12 p.m.

On October 10,11, 12, Al-Talea Theater Group will perform the play "Kaenak Tarah" written by Nesma Samir and directed by Maher Mahmoud at Al-Jazeera Youth Center at 8 p.m. The National Theater for Children will perform “Obor wa Entisar” (Crossing and Victory) written and directed by Mohamed el-Khouly at El-Salam Theater in Kasr el-Ainy Street starting Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m.



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10/6/2019 3:41:57 PM
<![CDATA[Songs to make 6th of October victory alive forever]]>
These songs allowed all the generations that didn’t witness the golden moment of victory to live it, feeling both feelings of enthusiasm before the war and pride after the war.

Egypt Today will shed the light on the most important songs that truly reflect this vital part of Egypt’s history.

1- “Khaly el Selah Sahy” (Take Off the Weapon)

Khaly el Selah Sahy” was performed by the legendary heartthrob Abdelhalim Hafez, composed by the great composer Kamal al Tawil and written by the veteran poet Ahmed Shafiq Kamel.

The Egyptians were using this song in their daily language as an example of attention. It was written during the war of attrition to increase the soldiers’ enthusiasm to prepare for revenge, with its enthusiastic words that said on behalf of the Egyptian soldiers, ‘’Keep the weapon ready If the world will sleep, we will wake it with our weapons. My weapon is in my hand in the morning and in the evening, saying to the revolutionists that our enemy is perfidious.”




2- “Bismillah Allah Akbar” (In the Name of God...God is Greatest)


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Abdelhalim hafez- Wikimedia Commons

This song was written on October 7, 1973 just one day following the victory. The song’s composer, Baligh Hamdi, after hearing the first military statement on the radio, then heard the cheers of people in the streets saying, “Bismillah Bismillah...Allah Akbar”. He picked these words and decided to make them the first part of the song. He contacted the poet and songwriter Abdel Rahim Mansour and urged him to go to the radio. Mansour wrote it, Hamdy composed and Hafez sang it to be one of the first songs documenting the 6th of October victory.

The TV director Mohamed Salem aired it on Egyptian TV, accompanied by scenes of the Egyptian soldiers while crossing the channel. The first part of the song says, “In the name of God...God is Greatest...In the name of God…In the name of God…In the name of God...Victory for our country.”




3- Om el Batal” (The Mother of the Champion)


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Sherifa Fadel-Youtube

Sherifa Fadel is a veteran Egyptian singer who gave her country the most precious sacrifice ever – her son, who was one of the martyrs of the 6th of October War. “Om el Batal” is the song performed by Fadel to express the pride that the mothers of 6th of October War martyrs received despite the pain they were suffering. It was written by the poet Nabila Kandil.

Her pride of her son, mixed with her grief that she lost him, drove Fadel to sing this song with sincere, warm and credible feelings. Fadel sang at the beginning of her emotional song, “My lovely son, you are the apple of my eyes; people take you as a role model. All my lovelies congratulate me, sure because I am the mother of the champion.”




4- “Rayheen Shayleen Feeidna Selah” (We Are Going, Holding Weapons in Our Hands)


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Aly Ismail-File Photo


Surprisingly, this song was produced in 1972 as the soundtrack for the film “Al Asfour” (The Bird), but was re-broadcast in 1973 during the war. It was written by Nabila Kandil, composed by Ali Ismail and performed by a chorus of Egyptian singers. The first part of the song is “We are going, holding weapons in our hands, raising the flags of victory, swearing to God to devote our lives to Egypt.”




5- “Helwa Belady el Samra” (How Beautiful is My Country)


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Warda-File Photo


The famous late singer Warda was one of the first singers to sing celebrating the 6th of October victory. She performed this song directly after the Egyptian soldiers crossed the channel. On the day she performed this song, she accompanied Baligh Hamdi and Abdel Rahim Mansour to meet with the Egyptian radio officials to record the song. The radio head told them that there is no budget to record this song. The three of them signed a paper that they would waive their fees and perform the song for free. The song was aired on Egyptian TV on Sunday, October 7, accompanied by real scenes from the war. The first part of the song is “How beautiful is my country. I am singing long live Egypt.”




6- “Masr el Youm Fe Eid” (We Have a Feast in Egypt Today)


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Shadia- File Photo


This song by the famous Egyptian actress and singer Shadia was realised on April 25, 1982 on the first anniversary of the Sinai liberation feast, the day Sinai returned completely to Egypt. The song, which was composed by Gamal Salama and written by Abdelwahab Mohamed, said, “There is a feast in Egypt today. Sinai is back to Egypt completely today; therefore, there is a feast in Egypt today.”


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10/6/2019 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about the Unknown Soldier Memorial]]> 80529-السيسى.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during one of his visits to the memorial - ET

It is an annual symbol of celebrations in the Egyptian state. Each year, wreaths are placed on the Unknown Soldier Memorial, witnessed by the President, the Minister of Defense and senior commanders of the armed forces.

However, many do not know the details of the memorial, although 44 years have passed since it was established in 1975. It is a concrete building in the form of a hollow pyramid from the inside with a height of 33.64 meters. The width of the pillars at the base is 14.30 meters, with a diameter of 1.9 meters each.
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The Unknown Soldier Memorial from an internal view - ET

In the following lines, ET reveals some special angles to the memorial, supported by pictures and drafts, created by the late great scientist Sami Rafi, who passed away several months ago.

At first glance, onlookers might think that the memorial carries geometric shapes. However, the surprise is that the body of the hollow pyramid bears the names of many citizens, where the designer of the memorial immortalized their names in gratitude of their acts of heroism and martyrdom.

Furthermore, the body of the memorial carries 71 names and symbols, including; Mustafa, Omar, Nagy, Suessi, Said, Moussa, Abdullah, Hilal, Helmi, Sharqawi, Ibrahim, Mohammed, Hamdi, Qasim, Asaad, Othman, Atef, Shawki, Bassiouni, Shady, Zaki, Sami, Saber, among others.

“A surprise that many do not know is that I was not directly assigned to design the tomb of the unknown soldier. There was a competition launched by the Ministry of Housing published in the newspapers, where 50 artists applied for participation. Fortunately, I was the winner among the contestants. The prize was LE 3,000 in 1975, being the biggest reward of that time, I was skeptical about receiving it.” said Sami Rafi jokingly in one of his rare interviews.

The late artist and engineer Sami Rafi stated that he knew he was the winner through the newspapers, saying: “I even kept looking at the newspaper, checking the name and reward number, time and time again”. He adds that three days after the announcement of the competition, “I went to the Ministry of Housing, and because of the overwhelming welcoming i received, I feared that they would not grant me the reward”.

The designer of the memorial further stated that when late President Anwar Sadat saw the Maquette of the memorial in the newspapers, he immediately called the Minister of Housing and told him: “Have you read the Al-Ahram newspaper today? See what Sami Rafi designed and executed the memorial in Nasr City”.
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The Maquette of the memorial - ET

The Minister of Housing returned to Sami Rafi with the immediate need to start implementing the design as soon as possible, in order to complete it before the anniversary of October 1974.

The call was in June, which lead Sami Rafi to ask the minister: “You want to complete the memorial in four months only?” The minister replied saying: “Yes, we will celebrate this historic work with all the Egyptians, and I will do it.”
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Late President Sadat, former Presiden Hosny Mubarak and officials appreciating the memorial - ET

The Minister of Housing at that time was Osman Ahmed Osman, founder of the Arab Contractors Company.

In a press interview before his death, Sami Rafi clarified that the symbolic and virtual names placed on the memorial, such as Ali, Hussein, Mohammed, Sayed, Mahmoud, Peter, Gerges, Jacob and George were placed on the memorial reflecting the unity of the Egyptian people from all ethnicities and backgrounds in defending the homeland.

Moreover, the names of people derived from the names of cities and provinces were also placed on the memorial, which reflects the unity of the country’s different cities and governorates in times of hardships. The names were implemented on the Unknown Soldier Memorial using the Kufic line of a cube made of solid basalt stones.
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Late Artist and Engineer Sami Rafi - ET
Sami Rafi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Decor in 1948, and a Diploma of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Department of Theater Decor. The late artist and engineer was the Undersecretary of the Syndicate of Fine Artists, in addition to his design of 14 drawings of the Egyptian subway system, in addition to several Egyptian entities and institutions.








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10/5/2019 2:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Hefzy a jury member for the official competition at BFI London Film Festival]]>
In the press release announcing its jury line-up for this year's Festival Awards, the BFI London Film Festival mentioned the selection of Mohamed Hefzy, highlighting his extended career as an award-winning Egyptian screenwriter and producer with over 30 features to his name, including Mohamed Diab's Clash, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and in LFF Competition in 2016.


It is worth mentioning that Hefzy along with Megastar Yousra, and acclaimed director Amr Salama were chose as members to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

"I am honored to be invited as a member to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences... Now I not only have to watch the Oscars, I actually have to watch the films and vote,"Hefzy previously wrote on Facebook.

Born in 1975, Hefzy is an Egyptian film producer and screenwriter. He is the founder of the Film Clinic that is now considered one of the leading production companies in Egypt and the Arab world.

Hefzy is also a film activist who gives workshops and training programs conducted in cooperation with acclaimed international organizations and institutes.

In 2013, Hefzy was named by Screen International as the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production. In 2016, he was chosen by Variety on top of a list of Ten Names You Need to Know in the Arab Film Industry.

His films have participated widely in numerous prominent film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto, and have won more than 80 international awards.

In 2016, one of his productions "Clash" was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011, Hefzy was a jury member at several local and Arab festivals such as the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.

Hefzy is a former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, has been a board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013, and continues to represent and lobby for independent filmmakers in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.

In 2018, Hefzy was appointed president of the 40th edition of CIFF, becoming the youngest to ever be appointed for this post. He was also selected as a jury member of the Horizons section at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

Hefzy produces films that receive critical and audience acclaim alike, such as "Yomeddine", which world premiered at Cannes International Film Festival and was Egypt's official submission to Oscars Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

The film marked the third time in a row that a film produced by Hefzy gets submitted to the Academy Awards after "Clash" and "Sheikh Jackson".

Moreover, Hefzy was on The 100 Most Important Names in the #Arab Film Industry list at Cannes Festival.

It is worth mentioning that the Arab Cinema Center has previously chosen Hefzy, to be the Arab Cinema Personality of the Year. The award was presented by the Hollywood reporter.

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10/5/2019 2:44:11 PM
<![CDATA[Malmo Arab Film Festival kicks off]]>CAIRO – 5 October 2019: The opening ceremony of the ninth edition of Malmo Arab Film Festival took place on October 4.

A notable group of Egyptian stars attended the opening ceremony such as Asser Yassin, Shereen Reda, Mona Hala, Tamer Ashry, Magdy Ahmed Aly among others.

The 5th edition of Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) Market Forum, the co-production of feature, documentary and short films in development stage, received no less than 54 projects from the Arab region, Sweden, and Nordic countries. And 45 projects in post-production platform.

The development fund and the post production platform are a way of promoting and supporting Arab filmmakers, but also encouraging cooperation between Arab and Nordic film industries.

The selection process was tough, as we have received many interesting projects. However, in the final stages, the true standout projects were discussed and considered at length by the entire selection committee and festival director.

MAFF is proud to announce the projects in competition for MAFF development and post-production funds.

Projects selected for competition in MAFF Development Fund:
Feature:

TO THE GOALSTRAIGHT, Arab producer: Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Swedish producer: Shaker K. Tahrir, director: Tamer Ashry, country: Egypt

I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE ME, Arab producer: Nermine Haddad, Swedish producer: David Herdies, director: Feyrouz Serhal, country: Lebanon

COMMEDIA, Arab producer: Myriam Sassine, Swedish producer: Olivier Guerpillon, director: Myriam El Hajj, country: Lebanon

THE SEA NEEDS TO HEAVE, Arab producer: Alaa Alasad, Swedish producer: Helene Granqvist, director: Zain Duraie, country: Jordan

MOTHERHOOD, Arab producer: Sarra ben Hassan, Swedish producer: Frida Martensson, director: Myriam Joobeur, country: Tunisia
Documentary:
ETHEL, Swedish producer: Christer Nelson, director: Mohamed Siam, country: Egypt
LOOKING FOR SAADA, Arab producer: Rashid Masharawi, Swedish producer: Linda Mutawi, director: Areen Omari, country: Palestine

The day of Wrath, Tales from Tripoli, Arab producer: Jinane Dagher, Swedish producer: Sofia Reshmis, director: Rania Rafei, country: Lebanon

Short:

HABIB & THE THIEF, Arab Swedish producer and director: Naures Sager, country: Sweden

THE LAST DINNER, Arab Swedish producer: Eyad Eid, director: Wassim Kashlan, country: Sweden
A RESUME, Arab Swedish producer and director: Bassem Nabhan, country: Sweden

REPRESSION, Arab producer: Abed Lotfi, director: Mike Malajalian, country: Lebanon

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Arab producer: Mohammed Taieb, director: Mohammed Tawfik, country: Tunisia, Iraq, Denmark

Projects selected for competition in Post Production Platform:

Feature:

MICA, producer: Lamia Chraibi, director: Ismael Ferroukhi, country: Morocco, France
FOR THE CAUSE, producers: Hassan Benjelloun and Rachida Saadi, director: Hassan Benjelloun, country: Morocco

THE WOMEN IN BLOCK “J”, producer: Rachida Saadi, director: Mohammed Nadif, country: Morocco

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, producer: Mohammed Ali ben Hamra, director: Majdi Lakhdar, country: Tunisia

STATE OF AGITATION, producers: Elie Khalife, Nicolas Khabbaz, and Mahmoud Karak, director: Elie Khalife, country: Lebanon

Documentary:

SUSPENDED WIVES, producer: Karim Aitouna, director: Mariam Addou, country: Morocco

THEIR ALGERIA, producer: Marie Balducchi, director: Lina Soualem, country: Algeria, France

EXTRA TIME, producer: Eslam Mosbah, director: Alaa Mosbah, country: Egypt

CAPTAINS OF ZA’ATARI, producer: Dina Emam, director: Ali El-Arabi, country: Jordan, Egypt

At least one representative from the selected 22 projects will be invited, by Malmö Arab Film Festival, to attend the MAFF Market Forum (5-8 October).

Malmö Arab Film Festival previously announced the list of Egyptian films participating in the Festival. Egyptian cinema will have a strong presence with seven feature films and three short films in the various festival programs.

In the feature film competition, will house two Egyptian films which are (Exterior/ Night) and ‘’ El Deif’’ ( The Guest).

‘’We are delighted to participate in one of the largest Arab film events in Europe, in the midst of a series of the most important Arab films recently released, Which we trust to have been carefully chosen to reflect some of the latest contemporary cinema trends in the region for both European and Arab audience’’ said Ahmad Abdulla El Sayed director of ‘’ Leil Khargy’’.

The feature documentary competition will include both ‘’Kilo 64’’ directed by Amir El-Shenawy and ‘’The Profession’’ by Ramez Youssef. Three Egyptian films will take part in the short film competition: "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" (Eyebrows) directed by Tamer Ashry, ‘’ Shoka w Skina’’ (Fork and Knife) directed by Adam Abd El Ghaffar and (Extra Safe) by Nouran Sherif.

In the non-competitive sections, ‘’ Turab el Mass’’ (Diamond Dust) will be secreened in Arabian Nights section. The festival organizes a special evening featuring the Egyptian film ‘’ Yommedine’’ (Judgmental Day).

‘’Malmö Festival has become the largest Arab specialized film festival taking place outside the Arab world. All the team is very excited about screening the film in Malmö and meeting the audience of the city’’ said Abu Bakr Shawky, director of “Yommedine”, which competed last year at Cannes’ International Competition.

‘’El Fares w el Amira’’ (The Knight and The Princess) will be screened in its international premiere as a morning family screening.

‘’Since the establishment of the festival in 2011, Egyptian cinema has been very present every year,
and it is a logical thing because you cannot organize an Arab cinema festival without presenting the

very best in the oldest and largest Arab cinema industry’’ said Mouhamad Keblawi, founder and
President of Malmö festival.

“Last year, Egypt was the festival’s guest of honour. In the 9 th edition, the Egyptian presence will continue through a showcase of carefully selected films to shed light on the various aspects of modern Egyptian cinema’ Keblawi added.

Malmö Arab Film Festival is the largest and most famous Arab film festival in Europe and the only one in the Scandinavian countries.

Since its founding in 2011, MAFF took major steps towards offering a panoramic view over the Arab social and political situation and conducting constructive dialogues for both professionals and public.

The festival goal is to build bridges between cultures based on film as a universal visual language, capable of imitating the diversity of human dimension.

Based on the remarkable development, MAFF launched the first edition of its market forum during its fifth edition in 2015, as a co-production platform. Since its establishment, MAFF market forum helped a large number of Arab film projects creating productive partnerships with the Nordic countries.

A glimpse about the Egyptian participating movies:

1- “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night)

The Egyptian film “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night) was screened at the first edition of Meknes International Cinema Festival, which kicked 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.

2- “El-Deif” (The guest)

Veteran writer Ibrahim Essa's film “El-Deif” (The guest) was screened at Manarat Film Festival for Mediterranean Cinema in Tunisia on July 3.

“El-Deif” previously participated in Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival and Arab Film Festival, Rotterdam.


The film is the second cinematic experience for the veteran writer after the great success he achieved in his previous controversial film “Mawlana” (The Sheikh).

“El-Deif” (The guest) is starring Khaled el-Sawi, Sherine Reda, Ahmed Malek and Jamila Awad and is directed by Hadi el-Bagouri.

The film revolves around a man who visits a family for dinner as a guest, and then strange incidents follow.

Yahia Tijani is the writer and thinker the film revolves around. Tijani has opinions that make him face the charge of contempt of religions. Perhaps the most prominent among his opinions is that hijab is not obligatory.

Tijani has a small family consisting of his wife Mimi and his daughter Farida, who Osama proposes to marry. Osama is "the guest" that changes the course of events in the film.

“El-Deif” was granted the Public Award in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia early December 2018, as it was competing in the official contest of the festival representing the African continent.

3- ‘’ Kilo 64’’

"Kilo 64" is a documentary film that attracted attention in its premiere at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival.

The film revolves around a young pharmacist named Wael, driven by his ambition to shift away from his field of study and move to cultivate the desert, influenced by the spirit of the January Revolution in Egypt. However, the young man faces numerous complexities and obstacles that obstruct his mission.

Shennawi is a director focusing on documentary films. He attained his master's degree in documentary film from London in 2017.

Since 2010, the rising director has been working in the field of films. During the past 5 years, he has directed a number of successful documentary films.

4-‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ (Fork and Knife)

Writer and director Adam Abd ElGhaffar's short film ‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ has been selected to compete within the Short Films Competition at the second edition of El Gouna International Film Festival that was held from September 20-28, 2018.

‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ stars Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin. The short movie follows a romantic date that seems very normal until the couple started talking about their past and their future changes.

Alongside Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin, the short film stars Rosaline Elbay, Nour Aboulela and Nourchène Bahri.

5- "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" ( Eyebrows)

After winning the best short movie award from the second edition of El Gouna Film Festival, the Egyptian short movie "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" participated in five international festivals.

The festivals are African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milano; Middle East Now festival; San Sebastián International Film Festival; Geneva International Film Festival and Tripoli Film Festival.

The makers of “Photocopy”,script writer HaithamDabbour and director Tamer Ashry, collaborated again in "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib".

"What is the one thing that you wish was not prohibited?" Aisha, the movie heroine, writes in a closed Facebook group addressing her burqa-wearing peers in the group.

Directly after posting this question, Aisha meets her friend Sally at a mall. They go shopping together to discover at the end that the thing she hates most is her burqa. The 21-minute movie stars Mariam el-Khoshet, Asmaa AbulYazid, and Ali el-Tayeb among others.

6- "Turab al-Mass" ( Diamond Dust)

"Turab al-Mass" is based on the novel of the same name by Ahmed Mourad. The plot revolves around Taha, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father.

Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

Alongside Yassin, the cast includes Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kidwany, Ezzat al-Alayly, Mohamed Mamdouh, Khaled al-Sawy and Sawsan Badr.

7- ‘’Yomeddine’’ ( Judgmental Day)

Egyptian film Yomeddine won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film at the Carthage International Film Festival. It is the third award for the film after the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature and the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at El Gouna Film Festival.

“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a former Coptic Egyptian patient in the Leprosy Colony. He was lucky enough to be cured, unlike his late wife.

After his wife’s death, Beshay decides to leave the colony and search for his family with his friends; a donkey and a child. Beshay’s journey takes him to the past and to the future as well, exploring how society deals with his disease and highlighting the suffering of leprosy patients in the colony.

The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9, 2018.


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10/5/2019 2:35:47 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at the Fifth Settlement on Oct.11]]>
Khairat performed a concert in Aswan on Sept. 27, amid the presence of his fans, media personnels and public figures.

The concert comes under the patronage of the Ministries of Tourism, 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 AblaHikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-KabdalaFatma” (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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10/5/2019 1:46:13 PM
<![CDATA[What was up on Instagram last week? ]]>
CAIRO - 5 October 2019: In the past we used to wait for the weekly entertainment magazines such as 'Al-Maw'ed', 'Noura', 'Kawakeb' and so many others to just read the latest news about actors and entertainers but nowadays we are in control of the ever increasing sea of news and updates about the celebrity world yet we no longer have a reliable source and it is becoming more difficult to distinguish the fake and real news. So we at Egypt Today took it upon us to save you our readers, the effort and hassle of scrolling and searching through social media to find all the latest news, by providing you with our fortnightlyy round up of what has been happening in the world of celebrities.


The past week Instagram witnessed a mixture of happy and sad post that kept the general public gripped, so lets start with the biggest and happiest piece of news first.


The Wedding;

Ahmed Fahmy and Hana Zahid's fairytale wedding photos and videos flooded Instagram, with many famous personalities posting clips and images. The wedding was attended by so many that it quite a task to name them all but the ones that posted photos from the event were; Ayten Amer, Amr Youssef and his wife the Syrian actress Kinda Alloush, Hesham Maged, Mai Omar and her husband the director Mohamed Sami, Akram Hosni – who wrote a song for the happy couples which gained thousands of views as a video of Hosni's performance was posted by many. Other notable guests were; Mohamed Emam, Ahmed Ezz, Karim Abdel Aziz, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Chico, Ali Rabee', Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Mustafa Khater, Hassan Al Radad – though the absence of his wife Emy was quite notable -, Ahmed Dawood and his wife Ola Roshdy, The second generation of El Sobky Group, Samer Ghanem, Donia Samer Ghanem and her husband Rami Radwan, Salwa Othman, Mona Shazly, Maged El Masry, Yaser Galal, Lebleba, Esaad Younes to name just a few.


The Trolls and Cyber Bullying

The week also witnessed the ugly side of social media rearing its head, targeting the following people;

Karim Fahmy: in the midst of his brother's wedding, Karim posted a family photo consisting of Karim, his wife, mother, the groom and bride and two of his three daughters whom he covered their faces with heart emoji. This sparked an astonishing attack on Karim Fahmy's daughter with one instagramer commenting that the girls' hair is like a dishwasher sponge, and that triggered a reaction from the usually mild mannered Karim with a reply that consisted of 'I can retaliate with worst things to say about you but I won't make your father upset just like you upset me'. Soon afterwards Ahmed Fahmy reacted angrily to the comment unleashing a tirade of abuse against the female follower, using language that was deemed by many as inappropriate for such a high profile actor.


Carol Samaha; another person who received many negative and abusive comments after posting a photo of herself without make up. The comments ranged from ' take this photo off you look so ugly' to ' you are so full of wrinkles. Carol chose to remain silent.


The Egyptian actor Ahmed Dawood is one of few actors who rarely gets negative comments on his post but this was changed when he put up a video advising people to search for the truth in their soul and not just trust anyone's claims blindly, which caused a great backlash with people abusing Dawood and even his mother.


Happy Occasions;

Nancy Ajram; Nancy posted images from her youngest daughter baptism along with her husband and two other daughters, which immediately drew comparison between Karim Fahmy hiding the faces of his daughters and Nancy being very open.


Surprise Birthday Parties


The last fortnight saw two celebrities get a surprise birthday party thrown by their perspective partner. Donia Samer Ghanem organised a party for her husband TV presenter Ramy Radwan, which was attended by Hesham Maged and his wife, Emy Samer Ghanem, Shaimaa Self, and Mohamed El Sobky, Rami Emam to name a few

Mohamed Emam is another star who arrived home to find a surprise birthday party thrown for him by his wife and boasted of many celebrities such as Ashraf Abd ElBaqi, Mahmoud Al Bazawi, Donia Samer Ghanem and her husband Ramy Radwan, Rami Emam, Sherif Money, Chico, Hesham Maged,Ahmed Rezk, Karim Mahmoud Abd El Aziz amongst others. A day later Emam posted a video of Ahmed Fahmy and Hana Zahid,from their honeymoon singing to him happy birthday and wishing they could be there to celebrate with him.

The Lebanese Singer Wael Kafoury chose to celebrate his birthday in style with more than 200 guests at his ranch which was attended by a mixture of singers, actors, TV personalities and politicians with Melhm Zain and Pascal Mash'alany both singing throughout the night. Instagram was flooded with videos of Savoury dancing the night away with his friends including the singer/actress Cyrine Nour. The birthday cakes were 3 with Wael's initial on each one with a crown on one of them alluding to Wael's nickname / title that his fans address him with King of Romance.





Birth:

Mohamed Abd Al Rahman the comedian actor welcomed his son Seif into the world with many celebrities congratulating him most notably Mohamed Emam who are both working together these days on the film Baghdad's Thief (Les Baghdad).



Less happy news..

Divorce:

The Lebanese model turned actress Nadine Nasib Nejim announced on her Instagram page that she and her husband have formally divorced after they kept their separation a secret for over a year to protect the well being of their two children. She didn't provide details of the separation but has chosen to keep all their old photos together on her Instagram page: a move that is rare for celebrities who split up.



The big Fall:

Assi Al Hilani the Lebanese singer who is known for his passion for horse riding fell off his horse whilst riding, causing considerable damage to his entire body with some claiming he was in a coma and had to be rushed to hospital. This meant the halt of The Voice Kids which only a week earlier he had annoyed to be joining Nancy Ajram and Mohamed Hamaki as the third judge. The recording of the program had to stop until Assi can walk and fully function again.



Death

Lebanon mourned the death of the God father of music and entertainment; Simon Asmr, who created Studio Al Fan that saw the emergence and discovery of many current super stars such as Ragheb Alama, Najwa Karm, Nawal Zoughby. Wael Kafoury, Majda El Roumi, Elissa, Assi Al Helani, and so many others. His funeral drew criticism of the many stars who did not attend citing lack of loyalty though Ragheb Alama, Wael Kafoury, Najwa Karam, Waled Tawfeq, and Majda El Roumi all attended.


The Gouna Film Festival

Instagram was full of photos of stars who attended the film festival, with fashion being the main focus. Yet the main highlights were; a photo of the co-founder of the festival Bushra with the actor Mohamed Ramadan, who were rumoured to be on bad terms following the song that Bushra sang in retaliation at Ramadan's own song 'I am the king'. Another rare photo was Ahmed El Sakka with his wife who many claimed they were separated, Mohmed Henedy was another one that was photographed with his wife who is hardly seen in the limelight.





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10/5/2019 12:30:09 PM
<![CDATA[Diahann Carroll, TV trailblazer for black women, dead at 84]]>
Carroll, whose career also was punctuated by a pioneering Tony Award and an Oscar nomination, had been suffering from cancer and died in her sleep at home in Los Angeles with her daughter by her side, her manager, Brian Panella, said by phone.

“She had been fighting it for quite some time, and did not want the world to know,” said Panella, who had managed her career for 20 years.

With a handful of movie roles and an award-winning Broadway career already under her belt, Carroll landed the title role in the 1968 situation comedy “Julia.” She played Julia Baker, a nurse struggling to raise a young son by herself after her husband was killed in the Vietnam War.

The show, which ran for three seasons on NBC and earned Carroll a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination, was a breakthrough for African-American women who were only beginning to make inroads on the small screen at the time.

Actress Nichelle Nichols first appeared two years earlier on “Star Trek” in the supporting role of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura. But “Julia” was the first prime-time network series to star a black woman playing a professional character, as opposed to a maid or domestic worker, as was the case in the 1950s sitcom “Beulah.”
“She never wanted to praise herself for anything in that regard,” Panella said. “It was more that she felt that she was a part of the expansion of the African-American community in the arts, not the sole creator of that movement.”

Carroll’s close friend and fellow vocalist from that era, Dionne Warwick, reacted with grief, saying, “My personal world has taken a downward spiral. Losing my dear friend and mentor comes as a true hurt to my heart.”

ANOTHER SINGLE-MOM ROLE

Carroll’s success as “Julia” set her up for another title role in the 1974 movie, “Claudine,” for which she received an Academy Award nomination as best actress. Playing opposite James Earl Jones, she reprised her single-mother persona, this time living in Harlem with six children and on public relief.

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She went on to play numerous screen roles, mostly in television shows and made-for-TV movies, until just a few years ago. Besides “Julia,” she is perhaps best remembered by TV audiences for her role as Dominique Deveraux, a glamorous diva on the 1980s hit prime-time soap opera “Dynasty.”

Carol Diann Johnson was born in the Bronx borough of New York City on July 17, 1935, daughter of a subway conductor, and began singing with her Harlem church choir at age 6, according to IMDB.com.

Modeling for Ebony magazine by the time she was 15, she adopted the more exotic-sounding Diahann Carroll as a teenager auditioning for singing gigs, it said.

In 1954, she landed her first singing role on Broadway in the musical “House of Flowers,” before going on to play Clara in the Otto Preminger’s big-screen version of “Porgy and Bess in 1959. She also had auditioned for the lead in Preminger’s 1954 film adaptation of “Carmen Jones” but ended up cast in the supporting role of Myrt instead.


Her performance as a fashion model in the 1962 Broadway musical interracial love story “No Strings” won her a Tony Award as best actress, a first for an African-American performer.

Carroll, who had been married four times, also sang in nightclubs and recorded several record albums from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s.

“She was a tremendous talent and just a very unique human being,” said Panella. “I was blessed to have her as my client for all of that time.”





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10/5/2019 12:24:16 PM
<![CDATA[Film Independent panelists on 'powerful' role of social media]]>
The event, presented by Film Independent and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, was moderated by Lebanese producer Myriam Sassine.

The panellists were Missy Laney, the director of development at Adult Swim; Jordana Meade, the director of distribution at ITVS; and Rebecca Sosa, an accomplished film executive and consultant.

The panellists discussed the role of the new direct-to-consumer platforms that continue to subvert traditional distribution models and provide multiple options to release a movie.

‘’ ITVS was founded by filmmakers in the states, its public broadcasting system is wonderful, offering excellent educational programing, these filmmakers were trying to get their documentaries in there, so they united together and founded ITVS’’ Meade said to Egypt Today.

ITVS mission as recounted by Meade is to fund, distribute and amplify independent storytelling voices and distribute the public television system in US.

Meade in addition spoke about the role of social media saying it is very powerful and important.

‘’ We were saying actually in this panel how really the filmmaker, director, scriptwriter and their team really need to make social media part of their business plan or film plan, so social media presence is highly important because it is highly essential for the marketing process’’ Meade said.

Meade further added that she advised them in the panel to take marketing and social courses.

‘’ I have to admit as well that it can be difficult to build an audience, there is a principal in the industry that says if you can get 5000 followers or 10000 followers that is a nice benchmark, any filmmaker has to built a group of fans who are not just mum, dad and uncle but strangers who are really interested in his/her films, fans who perform actions whether to buy, queue or vote for the movie’’ Meade said.

Laney said Adult Swim platform is a part of the Warner Media family. She added that Adult Swim has individual development team that visit festivals to find independent voices and storytellers to partner with.

‘’ Often this comes through recommendations, or I have reached out filmmakers that I found on Instagram, you guys were talking about the power of social media, but it is the power of internet, there is one worldwide web and we all have access to it, so one tweet or one short video can go viral everywhere’’ Laney said.

Meade talked about copyrights and explained that when someone is funding your film, it depends on the deal structure.

‘’ But for us as co-producers, usually you will see in the US - I am not sure if this exists internationally specific with Egypt- whoever is funding that is actually keeping these copyrights, they own the film, they have the final say pertaining to the editorial of the film and the final say regarding the business decisions or transactions with the film’’ Meade said.

Meade added that they provide guidance to the filmmakers but if they decide that they want to take the story in a certain way or edit in a certain way, they can do that.

‘’ They can absolutely do that and we will continue in our relationship, and we will move it through production and distribution, so that is a very unique deal’’ Meade recounted.

Meade added that she hasn’t looked at a lot of international deals especially pertaining to Arab funding or anything like that but it is not something that is typical.

Meade expressed to Egypt Today how much she is passionate about documentaries.

‘’Three of us separately are in love with stories in general, I think that’s the reason why we try to find the way into this industry from 10 or 12 years ago, it really did come down to unique stories that inspire me, that make me angry, that make me happy, it all comes back down to my general passion with films, I have to admit that after starting my career at Sundance Film Festival at the operation department and then moving to a regional film festival like Florida Film Festival , I have seen a lot of independent films, and this is personal me speaking the best stories are always the documentaries’’ Meade admitted.

The beautiful thing about documentaries as recounted by Meade beside that they are now more accessible is the way that you are more forgiving on the production value, because the story is so powerful you would pay money for a ticket.

‘’ Documentaries have the most powerful stories being told on a personal level’’ Meade added.

Meade further added that their content strategy team in ITVS is looking for stories and storytellers from unserved region and unserved background anywhere and sometimes fulfilling certain cinematic initiatives.

‘’ We are looking for stories from anyone, from all backgrounds that has something interesting and unique to say about the present system in the US. Sometimes and actually quite recently, we started to make efforts looking for stories that are coming from Arabs, Arab background, Arab-American and Middle-Eastern’’ Meade said.

Meade added that they spoke in the panel about funders and investors who see value in authentic content helping to fulfil their mission and messaging, and how they need to be connected to creators.

‘’ Someone in the panel asked what is your bottom line and what are your goals and I would say whether you are producer, distributor or scriptwriter the goals are different but in the commercial world I would say if revenues are important this doesn’t mean that other goals are not important too’’ Meade said.

She added that three of them had the opportunity to watch ‘’ 1982’’ movie at El Gouna Film Festival. ‘’ To see it was an amazing opportunity, it was a beautiful screening and it is really a moving film’’ Sosa said.

Meade admitted that the venue were the film was screened at GFF was brilliant. ‘’ For that film specifically, seeing these young talented Lebanese actors on screen was amazing, I would say that I got very excited about the crossing of boarders and lines between the Arab stories in the Arab world filmmaking and in the states or the western countries , seeing those faces on the screen, especially young people who have a lot of passion and talent was something really amazing’’ Meade said.

Meade explained that the next step for them is to really embracing Arab backgrounds and global backgrounds coming from their home countries to start working in content and TV and that sort of things in the Western countries.

‘’ It has been a long road for African Americans and women to start their career in our countries’’ Meade said.

‘’ It is great to see women in the industry, even in the states there are a lot of males in the industry, here in Egypt we saw distinguished women filmmakers, so it is good to see women getting in the business’’ Sosa said.

‘’ El Gouna Film Festival does really well in creating a whole very dynamic group of diverse people who come together from different countries ,different backgrounds and expertise. We were discussing together how all of the questions in the panel were from people from different perspectives so we all have something to give and exchange, no matter how long each of us has been in the industry and I think it is very important to listen to one another and I am impressed from GFF because they succeeded in bringing all these filmmakers together’’ Laney said.



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10/4/2019 6:36:21 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Abed: The Day We Are Born]]>
Egypt Today chats with Abed about his controversial role in ‘’Lama Bentwelled’’ and his upcoming plans.
1- Tell us more about Amin’s character in Lama Bentwelled movie.

Amin is a newly married young Egyptian living with his family because he can’t afford to buy an apartment. The only way he sees to fulfil his dream is to work as a male prostitute. It is true that he only does that under certain economic pressures, but at the end of the day this was his choice. This issue is not often discussed, but yes there are male prostitutes out there.

2- How did you prepare for this difficult and bold character? You weren’t afraid of the backlash from a conservative society like Egypt, which has its own customs and traditions?

In general I don’t see it’s a bold movie. I see it as a soft, romantic and simple movie. We were keen to narrate Amin’s story, so no I wasn’t afraid. First I worked hard to accept him, and not to judge his choice. When I first read the script I found myself not angry with Amin, and from that point I started working on the character. Later I sympathized with him and loved him, and if I ever met someone like Amin in real life I would not judge him simply because I am not in his place and I wasn’t subjected to the pressures he was subjected to.

3-In general, is the audience ‘s prospective reaction a factor you consider before accepting a role?

No, I know audiences are smarter than this. By the way this character is not bold at all. In general there are people who think all ‘bold’ scenes are vulgar or cheap, but there are no vulgar or cheap scenes, there are well executed scenes and badly executed scenes. We describe some scenes as vulgar because we have moral judgments on things, but if we see a very bold scene in European or American movie we say, “no problem they are foreigners.” We shouldn’t have double standards when we’re judging movies.

4-Then you don’t have any concerns about performing bold scenes?

I can do any role, as long as I am convinced of the character and the whole movie.

5- Was your intention to make audiences sympathize with Amin?

I don’t take these matters into consideration while I am performing my role. I only want to be honest with myself and the character, to narrate and deliver the character’s story honestly.

6- Do you think that the moral caveats we have in our society restrict cinema? I support that everyone works in the movie he/she sees suits him, that’s all what I can say.

7 - Amin’s story is only one of three in the movie. Do you think that shifted the focus away from Amin?
Yes, Amin’s story can be in a film on its own, but its place in the movie is good too, his story can be narrated in a two-hour movie and it was great when it was included as part of the movie.

8-Tell us more about your experience as an acting coach. Has working as an acting coach taken you away from acting?

My first acting coach was the veteran Ahmed Kamal, he was the one who told me that the actor should always continue learning. I gave acting lessons with Kamal at Studio El Moma- sel, later I directed plays at university and trained the students, then I held workshops and directed short movies, and I am currently writing a feature movie. I love to continuously learn acting, scriptwriting and directing.

9- When will the Aw’at Faragh sequel will be released?
The date is not confirmed yet, the script is now being written.

10- Some sequels never live up to the original. Does that worry you?

Of course yes, but we will do our best to produce a strong, coherent movie. It will tackle what happened to the three heroes after the passing of 13 years.

11- And when will we see your upcoming mov- ie, Ras Shaytan?

The film will be re- leased soon and stars Rania Youssef and Bassem Samra. I hope people will like it.
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10/4/2019 1:25:27 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient Egyptian jewelleries were uncovered in Indonesia]]>
An archaeologist from the South Sumatra Archeological Center named Retno Purwanti said that this area is thought to have been a trading center during the era of the Sriwijaya kingdom era in the seventh century until the emergence of the Palembang sultanate in the 12th century.

Purwanti added that the uncover of parts of a boat, such as paddles and a helm, in Tulang Selapan, Cengal and Air Sugihan districts in the regency, supports her words.

"Local residents found gold and jewelry, including an ancient necklace called a mata kucing [cat’s eye], based on our research, the unearthed jewelry was made in Egypt and Indo-Pacific countries” Purwanti said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

She added that similar discoveries were performed around four years ago when wildfires also struck the province.

"Local residents did not even need to dig deep to find jewelry as well as precious metals [at that time]," Retno said.

"Many of the residents are tempted by the high prices offered by collectors," she went on to say.
According to data from the Environment and Forestry Ministry, around 11,826 hectares of land across South Sumatra have been engulfed by forest and land fires throughout this year.

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10/4/2019 11:07:27 AM
<![CDATA[Elissa encourages women to undergo early Breast Cancer detection tests]]>
“October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my case, my story and my strength, if you're a woman, see your doctor for regular check-ups." tweeted Elissa on her official twitter account.

“Encourage all women around you to undergo early detection tests to make the healing process easier, for yourself and for all those who love you" continued Elissa.

Last year, Elissa announced that she had breast cancer through her song "Ela Kol Eli Beyhebouni” (To all those who love me). She since made it her objective to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

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10/3/2019 3:31:59 PM
<![CDATA[ET presents October Victory celebration map]]>
The events include six concerts for Arab music ensembles in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhur, all starting at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, October 6, a selection of the most famous national compositions will be performed. The celebrations will be held at the Grand Theater, Gomhoria Theater, Arab Music Institute Theater, Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria and Damanhur Opera House.

Additionally, a concert for children classes and the talent development center's ballet classes will be held at the Open Theater.

Also, the film “El-Mamar” will screen on Monday, October 7 at the Grand Theater at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

In cooperation with the Supreme Council of Culture, a symposium will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Damanhur Opera Theater entitled "Makers of October Victories".

Furthermore, a seminar entitled "Egypt’s Crossing 73" will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria in the presence of several intellectuals and public figures.

For her part, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem said that the glorious October War remains a defining moment in Egypt's modern history, where it announced the will and determination of the Egyptian people.

Abdel Dayem further referred to the heroic acts of the martyrs that succeeded in retrieving a precious part of the homeland.

The minister added that this event is an inspiring occasion for young generations and that it represents an incentive to further build the country and make more glorifying achievements in various fields.

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10/3/2019 3:02:20 PM
<![CDATA[Angham to perform a concert on Oct. 25]]>CAIRO - 3 October 2019: Popular Egyptian singer Angham is scheduled to perform a concert at the Al-Manara Convention Center in the 5th Settlement on October 25.

Angham uploaded the concert’s flyer on her personal Instagram account commenting: "Waiting for you on Friday, October 25, tickets are now available for reservation."

The singer recently released her latest album “Hala Khasa Gedan” (A Very Special Case), featuring 14 songs: “Hala Khasa Gedan”, “Hat’ul Lerabena Aih?”, “Ba'ul Nasiak”, “Yareitak Fahemny”, “Nazwa”, among others.

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10/3/2019 2:49:04 PM
<![CDATA[GEBO announces contest to design CIBF's 51st edition poster]]>
The poster must contain the following details:

- Egyptian Ministry of Culture's official logo.
- General Egyptian Book Organization's official logo.
- Cairo International Book Fair’s 51st edition.
- Active days of the edition are from January 22 - February 5.
- “Egypt Africa... Culture of Diversity” to be the label of the 51st edition.
- Guest of Honor: Senegal and the country’s flag.
- Person of the fair’s 51st edition: Gamal Hemdan.
- Location of the festival: Egypt International Exhibition Center.
- The winner receives a prize totaling up to LE 1,500.
- The design must take into account the renewal, originality and the presence of the Egyptian spirit that embraces this important annual event.
- The design must take flexibility into account, so that it can be applied to different sizes, or colors to form a special visual case for the exhibition.
- The poster must be vertical with a diameter of 56 cm and 48 cm in length, and with a rudder not less than dbi300 per inch.
- The design will be used for all marketing materials and advertising elements.
- Each contestant may submit more than one design; however, the maximum number of designs for one contestant is three.

Conditions for applying:

- Designs to be submitted no later than October 20, 2019 at 12 p.m.
- The designs should be submitted on a CD with a colored porch not less than 28 cm wide at the Egyptian General Book Authority.
- The applicant must submit his / her own work with a personal photo and an original proof of identity, in addition to a copy of the provided proof of identity.
- The contestant shall sign a declaration before the official in charge that this work is his/her copy and has not been plagiarized.
- The contestant must submit a printed CV in no more than 70 words.

Designs that do not meet any of the above requirements will not be considered





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10/3/2019 1:56:05 PM
<![CDATA[Palestine Cinema Days Festival kicks off on Oct. 2]]>
The participating films are from Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Iran, Denmark, Kosovo, Albania, Afghanistan and the United States.

Organized by Film Lab-Palestine, the festival will be held in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Ramallah. The festival is supported by local and foreign institutions and will be held in six cities: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus, Gaza, Nazareth and Ramallah.

"This year we are celebrating a distinguished edition of the festival. The number of filmmakers from Palestine and the Arab world, who have left their mark in the cinema industry, is increasing, and the local and international demand on the Palestinian cause has become an inevitable reality," said Brigitte Bolad, executive director of the Film Lab-Palestine Foundation, at the opening.

In addition, the Palestinian prime minister stated, "Cinema contributes to the consolidation of the dimensions of the Palestinian cause: pain, hope, history, geography and national right. This cultural and art festival and everything that enhances the Palestinian cause will receive all possible support."

Furthermore, this year's edition of the festival includes a program entitled “Next Generation” that sheds light on children and family films. This is in addition to another program entitled “No Means No”, which deals with the image of women in cinema and the violence they face in society.

Also, the festival organized for the third consecutive year “The Forum of Filmmakers” with the participation of 50 prominent filmmakers.

It is worth mentioning that the festival specialized a competition titled “Palestinian Sunbird” for Palestinian films or films made in Palestine with the participation of 18 films. The screenings and activities of Palestine Cinema Days Festival will run until October 9.

Since 2014, Palestine Cinema Days (previously called Days of Cinema) has grown to be one of the most important pillars of the Palestinian film scene. Bringing together international and Palestinian film professionals is one of the festival’s main goals.

Palestine Film Meetings (PFM) is a creative platform to exchange and share ideas and visions, planting seeds for future collaborations.

Palestine Cinema Days was founded in the firm belief that cinema and culture are important tools for a more tolerant, and democratic society amidst the daily struggles Palestine experiences.

The films showing at Palestine Cinema Days each year offer an opportunity to see humankind without borders, reflecting on the state of man across societal and geographic boundaries.

They depict human conditions that every society grapples with. The films are a catalyst for debate and discussion, each offering an intimate portrait of life under various circumstances, and in different times and places. What unites them is their passionate cinematic gaze.
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10/3/2019 1:34:30 PM
<![CDATA[Opera House to launch 'For the Love of Opera' to celebrate 31st anniversary]]>
“For the Love of Opera” will be held at Salah Taher and Ziad Bakir halls starting from Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. to Friday, October 11.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 works from different trends and schools of plastic art. Also, the exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium entitled "Art of Life" set to be held at Salah Taher Hall on Tuesday, October 8 at 6 p.m.

During the symposium, journalist and art critic Kariman Harak will host psychiatrist and consultant Ahmed Abdullah, and artist Taha Al-Qarni, accompanied by oud performance by Hani Jizawi.

It is noteworthy that the exhibition will host alongside the Egyptian artists, artists from Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Algeria, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, and Palestine.

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10/2/2019 4:53:43 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about the New Suez Canal]]> New Suez Canal

Project Summary

Cost: EGP 20 billion and 417 million
Duration: 354 days
Objective of the project: To reduce transit time of ships through the Suez Canal to achieve more profitability.
Project description: Construction of the new Suez Canal from KM 60 to KM 95, in addition to expanding and deepening the branches of the Great Lakes and Balah Lake with a total length of 37 km (total length of the project 72 km).

Project idea:

Establishing a new parallel water channel and maximizing the utilization of the existing canal and its branches with the aim of achieving the greatest percentage of double-direction without the stoppage of vessels in waiting areas within the channel, in addition to reducing the transit time of passing ships. It also will increase its capacity for the passage of ships in light of the expected growth of the global trade volume in the future, in conjunction with the development project in the Suez Canal area and to raise the degree of confidence in the channel as the best shipping lane in the world. The new water channel will without a doubt reduces the value of thought in competitive alternative channels in the world and the region. It also raises confidence in Egypt's readiness for the success of the development project in the Suez Canal area. All the aforementioned positive points is reflected in the increase of the Egyptian national income of foreign currency pouring directly into the state treasury, in addition to creating the largest number of job opportunities for Egyptian youth and create new urban communities.

Project goals:

- Increasing the Egyptian national income from foreign currency.
- Achieving the highest percentage of double-direction in the Suez Canal and increasing it to 50% throughout the length of the waterway.
- Shorten the transit time to be 11 hours instead of 18 hours for the North convoy(s).
- Reduce the waiting time for ships to be 3 hours in the worst conditions instead of (8 to 11 hours), which reflects on the reduction of the cost for the ship owners and raise the degree of valuation of the Suez Canal.
- To contribute to the increasing demand for the use of the channel as a major international shipping lane and raise the degree of its global classification.
- Increasing the capacity of the passage of vessels in the canal to meet the expected growth of the world trade volume in the future.
- An important step on the road to the success of the development axis project in the Suez Canal area and pushing the wheel of the Egyptian national economy to transform Egypt into a global trade hub and a global logistics center.

Project Outcome and Profits

- Increasing the channel's capacity to 97 standard ships in 2023 instead of 49 as in 2014.
- Achieve direct non-stop transit of 45 vessels in both directions with the possibility of allowing ships to pass up to 66 feet of submersible in all parts of the Canal.
- To increase the Suez Canal revenues by 259% in 2023 to $ 13.226 billion compared to the current revenue of $ 5.3 billion. This leads to a direct positive impact on the Egyptian national income of foreign currency.
- Increase employment opportunities for the people of the cities of the Canal and Sinai and neighboring governorates with the creation of new urban communities.
- Maximize the competitiveness of the channel and distinguish it from similar channels around the world.
- The improvement of the global classification of the course of navigation as a result of increased rates of navigation safety during the passage of ships.

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10/2/2019 3:36:10 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Culture launches dramaturgy workshops]]>
The workshop is organized by the General Authority for Culture Palaces headed by Ahmed Awwad and will be hosted in Cairo during February 2020 for a period of 6 days.

“We are seeking to implement the strategy of talent discovery and adoption in various creative fields," stated Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, referring to the role of culture and arts in the development of society and rooting the national identity of young people.

The minister of culture added that the workshop aims to refine the talent of theater writers in towns and villages of Egypt, as one of the many tracks of the training plan launched to encourage young people in all governorates.

For his part, Ahmed Awwad explained that interested writers should head to cultural palaces to apply for the workshop. The conditions for admission include that the applicant should be a member of a theatrical group and/or a theater club, or should have previous experience in writing in amateur teams and for university theaters.

Awwad further stated that those wishing to attend the workshop will be interviewed without submitting any prior work, adding that the participation form is available at all cultural sites of the cultural palaces and at headquarters of the General Directorate of Theater in Memphis Hall behind the Balloon Theater.

In the same context, Adel Hassan, the director of the Department of Theater in the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, stated that lectures of the workshop will be given by a group of professors specialized in playwriting and will resume for 6 days from the launch date.

According to Hassan, the workshop also includes 48 hours of training that end with reviewing the graduation projects of the participants. This is in addition to a number of theoretical and practical meetings.









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10/2/2019 2:28:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ashraf Zaki attends opening of Sharjah Art Academy]]>
At the opening, Zaki met with the Ruler of Sharjah amid the presence of elite artists from the Arab world, in the presence of Sheikh Abdullah al-Owais, Head of the Culture Department, Director of the Department of Theater Ahmed Bou Rahima, Secretary General of the Arab Theater Authority Ismail Abdullah and a number of members of the Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Art Academy.
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10/2/2019 2:24:06 PM
<![CDATA[California hosts exhibition of sunken Egyptian artifacts]]>
Before leaving Cairo for the United States to launch the exhibition, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri told the press that the exhibition will be held under the title "Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt" and will include 293 artifacts.

Waziri further clarified that the exhibition will be held in California as part of its tour in a number of American cities, St. Louis being the first.

It is noteworthy that there is a large number of sunken Egyptian artifacts dating back to distinguish eras, including a site of sunken monuments in Aswan, Abu Qir Port, on the site of Qaitbay castle, Maamora Gulf, and the location of Khufu port in Al-Jurf Valley among other locations.
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Due to the availability of a wide variety of sunken Egyptian Antiquities, the Ministry of Antiquities has established a special department called the Department of Submerged Antiquities.

The role of the Department of Submerged Antiquities is limited to taking care of the artifacts and monuments under the seas, lakes and the Nile. Such artifacts could have possibly sunk with a ship or were located in collapsed buildings, among other possible reasons.

According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the department was created in the Supreme Council of Antiquities after important discoveries were made in the Mediterranean waters in Alexandria in 1995 and 1996, when the remains of Alexandria Lighthouse were discovered next to Qaitbay Castle and the Royal Quarter under the waters of the Eastern Harbor.


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10/2/2019 2:07:25 PM
<![CDATA[Assi el-Hellani to perform in Cairo Opera House on Nov. 8]]>
Hellani is expected to perform a wide selection of his old and new songs, in addition to presenting numerous surprises to the audience during the concert.

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 performes more than one song in the Egyptian dialect.
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10/2/2019 1:21:45 PM
<![CDATA[Ashry, Shenawy to spend 1 week in LA presented by US embassy, Film Independent]]>
The ceremony was initiated by Intishal el-Tamimy, Gouna Film Festival’s director, who thanked the platform’s team, mentors, and jury and gave a special thanks to Bushra, the festival’s COO.

Presenting the awards was Nada Howedi, the Senior Springboard coordinator of CineGouna Platform. The winners received a CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash prize of US $15,000. Additional awards were presented through local and regional institutions with a total value of $250,000.

The project that garnered the highest number of awards was “Straight to The Goal”, a film in-development that is directed by Egypt's Tamer Ashry. The project won a $10,000 award from iProduction, a $10,000 award from Ergo Media Ventures, and a $5,000 award from Waraq powered by Magic Beans.

The project also won $15,000 from Film Independent and the U.S Embassy, in addition to a chance for the screenwriter to participate in the Film Independent Spirit Awards Residency.

"The Fountain of Bakhchisarai", an Egyptian film in-development, directed by Mohamed Taher and produced by Amir el-Shenawy, won a $15,000 sponsorship from Film Independent and U.S. Embassy. This is in addition to a chance for their creative producer to participate in the Film Independent Spirit Awards Residency.

"I started working in 'Straight to The Goal' 3 years ago; the movie tackles the story of the 20-year-old football player, Aly, who comes from Kafr el-Sheikh. Aly is offered a chance to play in France, but he suddenly suffers from a knee injury and is deprived from playing football," Ashry told Egypt Today.

Ashry added that the movie was based on a true story of a Syrian football player in Syria's national team, who had to travel after the Syrian crisis to Germany.

Louay Khraish, project manager at Film Independent, told Egypt Today that both Ashry and Shenawy won a residency in Los Angles. Ashry will attend a workshop for his script with American scriptwriters and script consultants and will attend the Spirits Awards.

"Shenawy will go later in the spring to attend a workshop to develop his project as a producer, where he will meet producers and distributors and will attend the Film Independent Forum," Khraish explained.

Ashry explained that this is his third participation in El Gouna Film Festival, as he previously participated with two movies; "Photocopy" that won the best feature film award in the first edition and "Ma Ti'lash An el-Hageb" that won the best short movie award in the second edition.

Ashry added that he started his career in 2006 with documentary movies and kept on working on documentaries for 10 years. He recounted that he didn’t expect to receive five awards and that "these awards will give a push to the movie to be implemented. I am working on this movie since 2016. I hope to finish it soon so that it can participate in the fourth edition of El Gouna Film Festival."

Ashry said that he will try to develop the movie script and reach a final version during the week he will spend in Los Angles. "I am thinking of Ahmed Dash to perform the leading role," Ashry said.

Shenawy said that his documentary “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” tackles the story of five pioneer Egyptian ballerinas, including the famed ballerina Magda Saleh. The five ballerinas will re-unite and perform their old dance "The Fountain of Bakhchisarai" using the hologram technique.

Shenawy said that he will attend the Film Forum in Los Angles for one week and meet with distributors and producers from all around the world. “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” won two awards at the CineGouna Platform; the first is from Synergy production and the second is from Film Independent.

Shenawy explained that this is the first cooperation with Film Independent and that he is excited to cooperate with them in this project. "All the previous experiences of Film Independent are successful; that’s why we are enthusiastic to work with them," Shenawy recounted.

Shenawy added that “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” will need to be executed via the hologram technology, which is not available in Egypt, so he will contact American tech companies during the week he will spend in Los Angles.

For his Part, Taher said that these two awards encouraged them and proved they are moving in the right track. "We participated in Cairo Film Connection last year and the award was to meet European producers; all these awards will help us to continue our project," Taher explained.

Shenawy admitted that the documentaries' market is of limited size in Egypt; that is why the two awards they received at the CineGouna will help them to complete their project.
"I started to cooperate with Shenawy 7 years ago and our last project was a long documentary entitled ‘Kilo 64’ where Shenawy was the director, and I was the producer. The movie premiered last year at Cairo International Film Festival," Taher said.


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10/1/2019 5:25:18 PM
<![CDATA[Goldberg: 'We are very glad to see this important piece of Egypt’s cultural heritage back in Egypt']]>
This coffin of a high-ranking Egyptian priest from the first century B.C.E. was stolen from Egypt in October 2011, smuggled and transported through a number of countries and then sold with fraudulent paperwork to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in July 2017.

According to a statement from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “Once presented with evidence of the theft, the Metropolitan Museum of Art fully cooperated, culminating in the repatriation of the artifact to Egypt.”

Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of HSI New York, praised the collaboration between HSI New York and the Manhattan District Attorney in the investigation, and welcomed the return of priceless cultural property such as the Coffin of Nedjemankh to its rightful homeland for its citizens to enjoy. At the ceremony in New York where Egyptian Foreign Minister took possession of the coffin, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, “I am honored to repatriate this extraordinary artifact back to the people of Egypt.”


Speaking on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum President and CEO Daniel Weiss said, “After we learned that the Museum was a victim of fraud and unwittingly participated in the illegal trade of antiquities, we worked with the DA’s office for its return to Egypt. The nation of Egypt has been a strong partner of the Museum’s for over a century.”

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger commended the Ministry of Antiquities for its communication and continued cooperation with the staff at the U.S. Embassy. According to Goldberger, “We are very glad to see this important piece of Egypt’s cultural heritage back in Egypt where it belongs and where it can be enjoyed by
Egyptians and the millions of others who come to Egypt every year.”

From the U.S. side, the return of this important artifact to Egypt does not end the investigation, and the United States will continue to use our law enforcement agencies as well as our Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Property, which the U.S. signed with Egypt in November 2016, to continue to prevent and address the
illicit importation of cultural property from Egypt into the United States.

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10/1/2019 4:36:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt retrieves Nedjemankh’s golden sarcophagus from USA]]>
The golden sarcophagus of Nedjemankh was displayed in the attendance of Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri and a number of foreign ambassadors and representatives of archaeological missions in Egypt. The Egyptian diplomatic efforts succeeded in recovering the golden sarcophagus of the Pharaonic priest, Nedjemankh, as part of the growing international efforts to combat the black market of antiquities and the exceptional efforts of the Egyptian state to retrieve its stolen artifacts.

The golden sarcophagus is made in the shape of a mummy and is 6 feet (2 meters) long. It is subtly made of wood and metal. The sarcophagus is covered with gold plates, elaborately decorated with hieroglyphic scenes and texts aimed at guiding the priest on his journey to eternal life. According to CNN reports, gold found in the coffin symbolizes the priest's relationship with the Egyptian gods, where it was widely believed that the gods were made of precious metal. “This is not only for Egyptians but also for our common human heritage as we all share the same values and are parts of the same international family,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said at the repatriation ceremony.

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10/1/2019 3:58:53 PM
<![CDATA[5 Egyptian, American, Spanish archaeological missions launch excavation season]]>
Thebes is the capital of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The winter excavation season will be launched with the participation of three Egyptian missions, a mission from the USA and a mission from Spain, aiming to search the ancient Pharaonic cemetery west of Luxor. The excavations come under the supervision of the Ministry of Antiquities to revive tourism in Egypt.

The head of the Egyptian archaeological mission in Luxor stated to the press that earnest work is being carried out by the foreign excavations in the west bank of Luxor, an area that is rich in hundreds of tombs and dozens of ancient Egyptian temples. Waziri further explained that these missions began excavating, besides the work of protection and restoration of monuments and antiquities.

In addition, Waziri commented that the most prominent of these missions is the Egyptian archaeological mission headed by well-known Egyptologist Zahi Hawass; the mission operates in the western valley known as the Valley of the Apes and in the Valley of the Kings.

Hawass also heads the Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Draa Abul Naga area, in addition to the Egyptian archaeological mission operating in the region of Assasif, next to the Spanish archaeological mission that works in the temple of King Tuthmosis III and the American archaeological mission, which works in the tomb of Prince Amenmesse and the cemetery number 63 in the Valley of the Kings.

The Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities confirmed the approval of the council's Permanent Committee on the work of about 240 foreign archaeological missions in various archaeological sites during the new archaeological season, in addition to 40 Egyptian archaeological missions.

Waziri further pointed out that the number of Egyptian archaeological missions that carry out excavations in archaeological sites in Egypt's governorates rose from five missions to 40 during the new archaeological season, which began days ago. Also, the Egyptian archaeologists are participating with 20 missions that share their work with the Ministry of Antiquities. Furthermore, Waziri stressed the Ministry of Antiquities was able to provide the necessary funds for these missions through the establishment of a number of successful foreign exhibitions, the latest of which was “Treasures of the golden pharaoh Tutankhamun” in Paris.

Waziri clarified that such exhibitions not only provide more funds to the Ministry of Antiquities, but also contribute significantly to promoting tourism in Egypt. Waziri added that the foreign archaeological missions working in Egypt depend on Egyptian archaeologists, restorers and workers by 90 percent, and that the Ministry of Antiquities succeeded in improving the expertise of Egyptian archaeological workers through workshops held in excavation and restoration schools.




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10/1/2019 3:51:33 PM
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin marry for second time]]>
People magazine and E! News, citing sources close to the couple, said the pair exchanged vows in a religious ceremony attended by their parents and celebrities including Ed Sheeran, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Usher and Baldwin’s actor uncle Alec Baldwin.

Representatives of the pair did not return requests for comment on Monday but celebrity media and paparazzi have been closely following the two days of celebrations at the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort.

People magazine said the couple exchanged vows as the sun set at a chapel on the resort, in front of about 150 guests.

Bieber and Baldwin first married in an under the radar civil ceremony in New York in September last year.

The Canadian singer, 25, and model Baldwin, 22, first met in their early teens, attend the same church and started dating again seriously about two years ago.

Bieber rose to worldwide fame at the age of 13 but has largely retreated from public life since abruptly quitting his “Purpose” world tour in 2017, citing the need for rest.

Since then he has written several emotional social media postings chronicling his struggles with depression, drug abuse and the pressures of fame, and crediting religion and Baldwin for his recovery.

“Now I am navigating the best years of my life “MARRIAGE” !! Which is an amazing crazy new responsibility,” he wrote in an Instagram posting in early September.]]>
10/1/2019 12:29:06 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. opera singer Jessye Norman dies at 74]]>
Norman died in a New York hospital of septic shock and multiple organ failure related to complications from a spinal cord injury four years ago, the family said in a statement.

Norman, a soprano, was born in the U.S. state of Georgia and spent much of her early career in Europe before making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1983.

As one of the most popular opera singers of the 1980s and 1990s, she sang at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, as well as the 60th birthday celebrations of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.



“We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy,” the family statement said.

“We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education.”


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10/1/2019 12:25:43 PM
<![CDATA[GEM receives a total of 49,797 antiquities]]>CAIRO - 30 September 2019: The Grand Egyptian Museum received 331 artifacts, including the 42 pieces belonging to King Tutankhamun that were on display at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

In addition, the Grand Egyptian Museum received 27 pieces of wood from King Khufu's second ship that was located at its restoration lab near the Pyramid.

Director General of Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Tayeb Abbas said that the artifacts of King Tutankhamun include a collection of sandals made of Halfa, weaving threads and papyrus, and a wooden silo that was used to preserve grains and seeds, stressing that all of the king’s artifacts are still kept in good condition.
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Moreover, among King Tutankhamun’s belongings that were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum are a set of food utensils and a quiver of arrows that was used by King Tutankhamun on his hunting trips. This is in addition to the statue of God Serapes, the official god of ancient Alexandria, who was worshiped in the Greco-Roman era, and another statue of a naos containing the god Harpocrates and the child Horus.
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Director General of the Executive Affairs for Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Essa Zeidan stated that the parts of Khufu’s second ship are large-scale pieces that were transported within the Egyptian-Japanese joint project for the extraction and restoration of the ship.
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This brings the number of artifacts that have been transferred from the ship to the restoration center on the site so far to 892 wooden pieces. The team carried out three-dimensional documentation and registration as well as the necessary restoration work of all the pieces before the transfer.
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Zeidan further clarified that archaeologists, restorers and security staff of the Grand Egyptian Museum are in a race with time to complete the transportation and restoration works before the official opening of the museum in 2020; the Grand Egyptian Museum’s team has so far succeeded in transporting 49,797 antiquities.








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9/30/2019 4:06:49 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Imam’s YouTube channel reaches 1M subscribers]]>
The star uploaded a picture on his official Instagram account holding the golden YouTube shield, commenting: “A step along the way; is that enough or what?”

Imam’s latest films “Les Baghdad” (Thief of Baghdad) is almost finalized. Fathi Abdel Wahab, Yasmin Rais, Amina Khalil, Mohamed Abdel Rahman Touta, Salah Abdullah and Ahmed Rizk costar alongside Imam in “Les Baghdad”.

“Les Baghdad” is written by Tamer Ibrahim, directed by Ahmed Khaled Mousa and is the production of Synergy Films.

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9/30/2019 3:32:13 PM
<![CDATA[Who is Jalal al-Din al-Rumi?]]>
Jalal al-Din al-Rumi is one of the most famous Sufis Islamists. At his time, his fame roamed the horizons and crossed cultures, how did this happen and why?

Who exactly is Jalal al-Din al- Rumi?

Mohamed ibn Mohamed ibn Husayn al-Balkhi, better known as Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, is a poet and scholar of jurisprudence and many other Islamic sciences. The scholar was known for his ingenuity in his field. He was also a mystic.

Al-Rumi wrote many poems in Persian, which was recently translated and became very popular across the Arab and Islamic world, especially among Muslims in Turkey, France. Many pop singers sang his poems.

What is the most famous works of Al-Rumi?

Rumi composed several works, including “Quartets”, “Diwan al-Ghazal” (Love Poem), “Rasael al-Manbar”, “Diwan Shams el-Din el-Tabreezi”, “El-Magalis el-Sabaa” ,among others.

How did the West become interested in Jalal al-Din al-Roumi and his mysticism?

The Western interest in Sheikh Rumi dates back to an early age. One of the first people interested in his works is the English Orientalist "Reynold Nicholson", who translated selections from his poem "Shams Tabriz" in 1898.

During the twentieth century, studies, writings, and translations of Rumi’s works have significantly increased.

Two of the most important of those who worked on the translation and interpretation of his poems is English Orientalist Arthur John Arbori and German Orientalist Anna Marie Shemel.

Shemel devoted her huge book consisting of 815 pages "The Victorious Sun" to the study and analysis of his poems.

In 1973 and on the 700th anniversary of his death, several international meetings and lectures were held discussing Rumi's works, in addition to the publication of several scientific studies on Rumi’s poems,his philosophy and his style of writing, according to Jordanian researcher Khaled Bashir.






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9/30/2019 3:27:36 PM
<![CDATA[Welsh to ET : Film Independent is a bridge between filmmakers from all around the world ]]>
1- Tell us more about your cooperation with El Gouna Film Festival?

This is the first year that Film Independent together with US embassy partnered with El Gouna Film Festival. I can’t say how we are excited to be here, this is an excellent festival, I know it is very new as it is the third year, but it is already established itself in Egypt and the region as a very serious festival and especially the project market, I was lucky enough to be invited to be in the jury in the CineGouna platform and the films that were being presented there whether in post-production or development were very strong.

So for Film Independent to be part of that and meet with these filmmakers, get to know them and hopefully incorporate them in some of our programing is very exciting. Additionally we performed a panel about distribution and screenwriting workshop. We are thrilled to be here and connect with filmmaking community and the cinema industry here.

2- How do you evaluate the film industry in this region?

I think the film industry all around the world is undergoing terrific change, everything is changing because of the new platforms and the new forms of distribution, I think all around the world is very disruptive and a lot of people are finding it challenging because it is becoming a different business but it is incredible opportunity for the Arab region and other parts of the world. I think that these new platforms really present exciting new opportunities, there is chance for filmmakers to reach wider global audience with their work than previously, honestly we see this in the united states where young upcoming independent filmmakers are now able to deal with Netflix and Amazon, their passionate projects on these platforms reach people from all over the world.

So the potential to reach a much larger audience. It also brings about the opportunity to collaborate and to work internationally, so I think you starting to see the reasons why Film Independent is here, it is such an exciting opportunity to partner American filmmakers with filmmakers in other parts of the world. So the movie 1982 gives you an example on the cooperation between Film Independent and Arab filmmakers. We are working with filmmakers in the Middle East from 4 years in 9 countries like Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon.

3- What are the other Egyptian festivals that Film Independent partnered with?

Last year we participated in Cairo Film Festival, and we will participate again in the upcoming edition of CIFF.

4- What is the main differences between Cairo International Film Festival and El Gouna Film Festival?

Well I am still learning, as this was my first time at El Gouna Film Festival, but in general they are both very strong festivals, the setting is very different at El Gouna Film Festival than in Cairo Film Festival, but I think both have strong project markets where they introduce new films to the industry, they have the opportunity to meet with different filmmakers, they both have strong film programs, but as I said this was my first time at El Gouna Festival.

5- Why did you choose to work in that field especially?

I have always loved movies since I was a little kid, when I was growing up my mother didn’t believe in television so we didn’t have a TV in the house, she believed in books and movies so I grow up going to the movies and I just loved movies and working at Film Independent was really a dream for me. Film Independent is not a production company nor a school, we don’t distribute films, we are non-profit company that supports filmmakers with real regional voices, our mission is to champion creative independent filmmakers and visual story telling. So really what we do is working with young emerging writers, directors and producers, helping them develop their work, I am sure you all know it is very competitive and it is hard industry to break into and people need support to work in the industry.

6- After four years of work what has changed in the cinema industry?

Since we started Global Media Makers the program has grown dramatically and it exceeded our wildest expectations I have to say , when we started the program 4 years ago we were in 5 countries in the Middle East and Turkey, I think we started in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, and now we are in 9 countries across the Middle East, and 5 countries in South Asia, so this year, we also have filmmakers from India and Pakistan.

7- In your first participation in El Gouna Film Festival, why you chose to present script writing workshop?

In Film Independent international programing we do workshops in foreign countries, foreign to the US all the time, it is a big part of what we do now. When we choose the workshop we always work with local partners to figure out what would be most interesting, a lot of countries frankly want screenwriting, even in the united states filmmakers need help with screenwriting, but other countries want to focus on production or distribution or directing or working with actors. After talking with the management of El Gouna Film Festival and its director Intishal al Timimi and the embassy we thought for the first time coming here lets do a screenwriting workshop and so far what I heard from the mentors there are a fantastic group of young writers.

8- Beside 1982 movie, what are the other movies that Film Independent supported in the Middle East?

Another notable one is Amr Salama’s film ‘’Sheikh Jackson’’, that was screened in the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, it was a beautiful film. When Salama came into the program it was the first year of Global Media Makers, we read the script, we loved it, we saw some of his earlier work, we knew he is a strong filmmaker, now he is doing a show with Netflix, so he was a major talent that we were happy to have in the first year. We also supported Karim el Shenawy’s movie ‘’Gunshot’’, we supported a number of strong filmmakers in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco and Turkey.

9- How can filmmakers approach Film Independent?

First of all Film Independent is an open access organisation, anybody can join and become a member, we produce in show in the United States which is the big televised show for independent films, so the winners are determined by our members, we have members now all over the world, people who join receive links to watch all the nominated films and have to vote on them, we have resources and education programs for our members, many of which are free, a lot of them are based in Los Angeles but for people who don’t live there we are now expanding and offering our education program online. The second answer to your question is that Global Media Makers that’s a program by nominations, so filmmakers can apply directly to it, they have to be nominated, but if filmmakers are interested of being nominated we recommend to be nominated through a local film school, local organisation or production company, of course we take nominations from the US embassy in all the countries that we work with, but if a filmmaker comes to us without nomination and said I want you to look at my script we communicate with him/her.

10- Is Film Independent keen to support certain kinds of movies, comedy, action, social, science fiction?

That’s a great question in Film Independent we support all different genres but we really looking for things that tend to be more personal and definitely lower budget we are not supporting big budget studio films, we don’t tend to support a lot of action films, but what we really looking for are regional voices, people who have unique point of view that we call in the United States independent films, films that are a little bit outside the mainstream, they can be comedies, dramas or action but they have to have real unique point of view, we are very interested in filmmakers who want to tell stories from their own communities, if we are looking at filmmaker from Egypt we would love to see a uniquely Egyptian story, that tells things about the world we don’t know and Sheikh Jackson movie is a great example on that, it a Egyptian story that resonate internationally.

11- Some say that Independent movies lack the entertainment side commercial movies have, is this true?

I don’t think that is true, I mean some of them do ( he laughs), but I think a well made story with a good filmmaker, no matter if it is a small budget or big budget, people will be excited to see it, but in general it is harder for people to know about independent films because they don’t have massive production movies behind them. it is true that people in the United States and the world enjoy big superhero movies but there is a hunger for something more and different.

12-Do you think the Independent films can survive in front of huge commercial movies?

Yes they can, I think it is going to be a fierce fight, honestly financially it is too tough because commercial movies make too much money, but audience want more than that, I love superhero movies but I want to watch other kinds, I think audience are the same, people want to see themselves and their stories reflected on screen., so independent movies will continue to exist based on this desire. It became so much easier to make a movie if you are a young filmmaker starting out, it is easy now for American filmmaker for example to work in Egypt, this is a very exciting thing. But I have to say that it is easy to make the film but it is hard to reach the audience because of the distribution and marketing.

13- Tell us more about the awards Film Independent offered in El Gouna Film Festival this year?

So this year in our partnership with the US embassy in Cairo we are giving two prizes tied to the CineGouna platform, the first is screenwriting residency, it is a one week residency in Los Angles given for a screenwriter in the platform who will come to Los Angles for a week in February, he will get to attend the Spirit Awards which is our big awards show and will get meetings with mentors and working screenwriters and talk to them about their work. Then we will do producing residency later in April where a producer who has a project in the CineGouna platform will come to Los Angles for a week in April.

14- What are the criteria you follow to choose the winners?

We are looking at the strength of the project, do they have good script, for the screenwriters it is primarily do they respond to the script, we are searching for filmmaker with a regional voice, who is serious about perusing the craft, committed, who has a combination of talent and discipline. For the producer he should have strategy.

15- What is your next step in Egypt and the Arab world?

As I said earlier when we first came in the Arab world we were in 5 countries than we moved to 7 then to 9, in Egypt and across the Arab region we met so many talented filmmakers so to keep engaging with them, supporting their work and connecting them with American filmmakers is my dream, we are not here to teach anyone the Hollywood method, what we do is to connect young American filmmakers with young Egyptian or Arab filmmakers to learn from each other.

Part of the Global Media Makers program is that American filmmakers cooperated with their Arab counterparts in making short movies which are usually great movies. Film Independent exist to serve the filmmakers and help them to develop, but in doing the Global Media Makers program I come to realise we are serving the filmmakers but we are also serving the industry itself. In Film Independent we serve as a bridge between US and other countries.




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9/30/2019 3:05:35 PM
<![CDATA[12 film projects selected by Red Sea Int. Film Festival]]>
One-third of the projects selected are for Arab female directors, and more than a quarter are produced by Arab female producers. The selected works also included six Saudi projects, in addition to six projects from Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon. This reflects the program's endeavor to support the local and Arab film industry.

Each film project consists of a team made of a director, a writer and a producer. The selected names included emerging talents presenting their first or second feature film, in addition to prominent names who offer new film experiences and ideas.

Participants will compete for two funding grants to produce two projects worth half a million dollars per project. The two winning film projects will premiere at the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival that will be held in 2021.

The selected projects will join the lab’s integrated program that presents three workshops, held in collaboration with Torino Film Lab, in Jeddah under the supervision of international experts in the fields of directing, photography, sound and editing.

The lab also supports all stages of film production including the script writing and commercial aspects of finance, distribution and audience engagement.

The first workshop will launch in October 2019 and will conclude on the sidelines of the Red Sea International Film Festival in March 2020.

The committee included significant names in the Arab and international film industry, including CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival Mahmoud Sabbagh, Director of the Red Sea Film Market Julia Bergeron, Director of the Arab Program at the Red Sea International Film Festival Antoine Khalifa, Head of Studies at the Venice Film Festival College Jane Williams and Executive Director of Torino Film Lab Safina Neruti.

Furthermore, Saudi writer and critic Fahad al-Osta and Layali Badr from the Arab Radio and Television Network participated in examining the presented film projects. Saudi producer Jumana Zahid oversees the Red Sea Film Lab for film development.

Saudi film projects focused on the socio-economic transformations witnessed in the kingdom, such as the discovery of oil, and the storming invasion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979.

The Saudi film projects also shed light on the marginalization of women in the Saudi society and their daily social struggle. One Suadi project dealt with the contemporary psychological treatment of loneliness.

The participating film from Egypt

”Rehlat al-Rosas Wal Khobz”

The film is written and directed by Mohamed Hammad. It is the production of Mohamed Hefzy and Kholoud Saad.

The film revolves around an accidental encounter between the brutal bandit, Awad, and the educated young man, Yusuf, that leads to an unexpected friendship and a life full of pain, betrayal and death.

Participating films from KSA

”Momarasat el Ta’adod”

This animation film is written and directed by Malak Qouta. It is the production of Bentley Brown.
The animated feature film records the daily struggle of several characters in the face of customs and traditions in Saudi Arabia.

”Basma Adli”

“Basma Adli” film is directed by Ali el-Sameen and written by Fatma el-Banawy. The film is produced by Sara el-Nawasra.

Who can save Dr. Adly after his divorce and the deterioration of his mental health? Can his daughter Basma rid him of his illusions?

”Arbaa Awgoh Lel Asefa”

The film is written and directed by Hossam el-Helwa. It is the production of Mahmoud al-Homoud.

The film tells a story about the conflict between future vision and tradition. When Saudi nomad Ayad meets American geologist Roy, a conflict that will determine the future of the kingdom arises.

”Wal Negm Eza Hawa”

Written and directed by Mohamed Salman el-Safar, the movie is produced by Mousa al-Thenayan.

An Anthology film about one woman, one kingdom and their multiple tales linked to customs and traditions and a rich cultural heritage, extending from the vast desert to the bustle of the modern city.

”Rehla Ela Disney”

Written and directed by Maha el-Saaty, “Rehla Ela Disney” is the production of Hussein Salam.

This film project portrays a journey for love. A Saudi woman travels to Florida in search for the man who left her behind, but the reality may be different from the tales of Disney and its happy endings.

”Sharshaf”

This film project is directed by Hend el-Fahhad and written by Manal al-Oweibel. It is the production of Talal el-Harby.

“Sharshaf” discusses the influence of the 1979 storming of the Grand Mosque in Mecca on the cultural and social freedom of a generation through the story of Hila, a simple Saudi girl who loves cinema.





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9/30/2019 3:01:21 PM
<![CDATA[ON E TV to air closing ceremony of GFF on Sep.30]]>
El Gouna Film Festival concluded its third edition on September 27 with a closing ceremony held at the Marina Theater, where the award-winning films were announced.

Winners of different competitions came as follows:

Feature Narrative Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $50,000) went to “You Will Die at Twenty​” by Amjad Abu Alala.

El Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $25,000) went to “Corpus Christi​” by Jan Komasa.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to “Adam”​ by Maryam Touzani.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $20,000) went to “Papicha”​ by Mounia Meddour.

El Gouna Star for Best Actor​ (Trophy, certificate) went to Bartosz Bielenia for his role in “​Corpus Christi”.

El Gouna Star for Best Actress​ (Trophy, certificate) went to Hend Sabry for her role in ​”Noura’s Dream”.

Feature Documentary Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $30,000) went to “Talking About Trees”​ by Suhaib Gasmelbari.

El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to “143 Sahara Street”​ by Hassen Ferhani.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $7,500) went to “Kabul, City in the Wind”​ by Aboozar Amini.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $10,000) went to “Ibrahim: A Fate to Define”​ by Lina Alabed.

Short Film Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to “Exam”​ by Sonia K. Haddad

El Gouna Silver Star for Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $7,500) went to “Ome”​ by Wassim Geagea

El Gouna Bronze Star for Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $4,000) went to “Flesh”​ by Camila Kater.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $5,000) “Give Up the Ghost”​ by Zain Duraie.

The Special Jury Mention went for “16 December​” by Álvaro Gago Díaz.

Cinema for Humanity Audience Award

The festival’s Audience Award for a film exemplifying humanitarian themes (Trophy, certificate, and US $20,000) went to “Les Misérables”​ by Ladj Ly.

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film went to “Kabul, City in the Wind​” by Aboozar Amini.

FIPRESCI Award went to “1982”​ by Oualid Mouaness.


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9/30/2019 1:30:15 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Abominable' Climbs to No. 1 With $20.8 Million, 'Judy' Hits High Note]]>
The PG movie benefited as one of the few offerings at multiplexes catering to family crowds and marked the best opening of the year for an original animated film.

Jill Culton wrote and directed “Abominable,” becoming the first female to independently make an animated film for a major studio. Universal’s DreamWorks co-produced the movie with China’s Pearl Studios. With a softer $8.8 million start at the international box office, the two companies will rely on Chinese audiences to turn out in force (where it debuts on Tuesday) to help justify its $75 million budget.

“Abominable” follows a young girl named Yi (voiced by Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress Chloe Bennet) who embarks on an epic journey to reunite a yeti named Everest with his family.

As awards season kicks off, Roadside Attractions’ “Judy” hit a high note at the specialty box office. The Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland biopic amassed $3 million, enough to crack the top 10 despite opening on just 461 screens. The movie, which is already generating Oscar buzz for Zellweger’s transformation into the troubled star, appealed mostly to older females. Among inaugural crowds, 60% were women and nearly 80% were over the age of 35.

Though “Abominable” was the only new nationwide offering this weekend, a number of holdovers enjoyed solid receipts. Last weekend’s box office champion, Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” slid to second place on domestic charts. The big-screen adaptation of the popular British TV series collected $14.5 million from 3,390 theaters, declining 53% from its inaugural outing. After two weeks of release, “Downton Abbey” has earned $58.5 million in North America.




In third place, STX’s “Hustlers” declined just 32% in its third frame, added another $11.47 million to its domestic haul. The $20 million film — directed by Lorene Scafaria and starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu — has generated a strong $80 million at the domestic box office and $95.4 million globally.

In a race that’s currently too close to call, Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two” and Disney’s “Ad Astra” will battle it out for fourth and fifth rankings on box office charts. Based on Sunday’s estimates, both films pocketed roughly $10 million over the three-day frame. “It: Chapter Two,” now in its fourth weekend of release, has made $193 million in North America. Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” has picked up $34 million at the domestic box office.

In box office milestones, Universal’s “Good Boys” crossed $100 million in global ticket sales, becoming the first original R-rated comedy to surpass that benchmark since last February’s “Game Night.”

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9/30/2019 12:55:56 PM
<![CDATA[ Hawass promotes Egyptian antiquities in Noto, Italy]]>
According to ANSA, the acclaimed Egyptian archaeologist visited the excavation site of Catania University and a local university within the archaeological city. “These excavations are very important because they will reveal to us for the first time the love relationships and religious life of the townspeople who lived in that area. The mission uncovered a religious area and the remains of a church spanning back to nearly a thousand years,” stated Hawass during his visit.

Hawass spoke about the pyramids, mummies, Cleopatra and also about the archaeological activities associated with Mount Alvernia. It is known that an earthquake struck the city in 1693. The city was completely destroyed and sank beneath the ground.

The region dates back to the Roman and Arab times when Sicily was colonized. Noto is a city in southeastern Sicily, Italy. It is better known for its flamboyant architecture, including the reconstructed 18th-century Noto Cathedral. The mayor of the city announced calling Hawass to uncover the secrets of the ancient city of Noto.



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9/29/2019 5:02:27 PM
<![CDATA[The remains of Ptolemy IV temple were discovered in Sohag]]>
Secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the ruins include parts of the temple's walls with engravings and inscriptions holding the name of Ptolemy IV, as well as limestone walls and floors.

Waziri recounted that adrilling works have been stopped to recover the temple remains.
He further added that an archaeological mission has been assigned with recovering the ruins.


It is worth mentioning that the temple ruins were uncovered while drilling to implement a sewage drainage project in Sohag.

The decline of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt started during the reign of Ptolemy IV Philopator, the son of Ptolemy III and Berenice II.

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9/29/2019 4:55:43 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass gives Seagal his book ‘Secrets from the Sand’]]>
During his meeting with Hawass, Seagal expressed his great love for King Akhenaten and for the ancient Egyptian civilization in general.

The famed American actor asked Hawass to invite him to watch Tutankhamun Opera which will be displayed at the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum.


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On Saturday morning, Seagal toured the Pyramids Plateau along with his wife.
Seagal came to Egypt on Friday to attend the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival. He described the Pyramids as "the human miracle."

It is worth mentioning that Hawass announced that one of the most important scenes in Tutankhamun Opera revolves around Nefertiti's attempt to kill Tutankhamun and snatch the throne for one of her six daughters.

Composed by Zamboni, the opera's score will be completed this December, according to Hawass.

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9/29/2019 4:40:06 PM
<![CDATA[37th World Theater Festival to launch on Sept. 29]]>
The festival’s theatrical shows will run until Oct. 5, when the awards will be granted. A total of 50 theatrical plays applied for participation in the festival; however, only six shows were selected to participate in the festival’s new edition, bearing the name of late actor Farouk el-Fishawy.

The list of performances includes JP Priestley's "The Rose and Crown" directed by Ibrahim Ashraf, “Intithar” that is taken from Clifford Odets' play "Waiting for Lefty" and is directed by Islam Tamam, Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" directed by Yousef el-Asadi. This is in addition to Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of our Teeth" directed by Asma Imam, "Othello Returns" written by Nikos Kazantzaki and directed by Alaa el-Wakeel, and "Al-Manwar" written by Antonio Vallejo and directed by Khalid Shoukri.





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9/29/2019 4:19:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Opera House to celebrate 46th anniversary of October Victory]]>
The celebration program includes a distinct variety of the most famous national musicals, which formed part of the conscience of the Egyptian people throughout the years. The songs include “Homat al-Watan”, “Khale el-Selah Sahy”, “Helwa Belady el-Samra”, “Aash eli Qal”, “Ya Aghla Esm”, “Masr Om el-Donia”, among others.

The songs will be performed by Walid Haidar, May Jubaili, Essam Mahmoud, Ahmed Effat, Rehab Motawea, Amira Ahmed, Marwa Hamdy, and Hasna. The Egyptian Opera House also organizes a series of monthly concerts under the title "Kulthumiat", in honor of “Planet of the East” Umm Kulthum, as part of its plan to revive the heritage of Arab music and spread it among the new generations, as it is an authentic part of Egypt's cultural history and the bridge between the past, present and future.








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9/29/2019 4:14:44 PM
<![CDATA[Live broadcast of GFF’s ceremonies generated more than 770,000 viewers on Twitter]]>
Here are the most mentioned celebrity accounts on Twitter who attended the festival:

Egyptian Canadian actor Mena Massoud - @menamassoud
Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk - @dorra_zarrouk
Egyptian actress Arwa Gouda - @arwagouda
Syrian actress Nesreen Tafesh - @nesreentafesh
Tunisian actress Hend Sabry - @hendsabry


The majority of the most Tweeted emojis about #GFF19 included different shapes and sizes of hearts. Here is the ranking:

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Here are the moments that generated a peak in Tweets during the closing ceremony:

When Egyptian singer Abu (@AbuMusic) inaugurated the closing ceremony by singing his new song “Habibi Ya Leil”
Red carpet highlights including the photo sessions and celebrity interviews
The moment COO of #GFF19 and Egyptian actress Bushra (@BushraRozza) called Egyptian actor Ahmed El Saka (@ElSaka) on stage
El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film went to Algerian film 143 Sahara Street by Hassen Ferhani
A special video dedicated to Mohamed Henedy (@OfficialHenedy) screened before he was called on stage and given the award
Here are some of the celebrity Tweet highlights throughout #GFF19:



When Mohamed Henedy (OfficialHenedy@) thanked El Gouna Film Festival for honoring him



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Egyptian action actor Ahmed El Saka (@ElSaka) surprised the attendees with his first appearance in the festival and handed the award to Henedy. Following the ceremony, the pair shared a humorous interaction on Twitter, referring to the classic film they worked on together “Se3eedi Fee Al Gam3a Al Amrekeya”.








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When Mena Massoud Tweeted (@menamassoud) during the opening ceremony



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When Cairokee (@Cairokee) lead singer Amir Eid (@AmirEid) Tweeted about his acting debut in When We Are Born being screened at #GFF19


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When Tunisian actress Hend Sabry (@HendSabry) Tweeted about her film Noura’s Dream being screened at #GFF19, which she later on won Best Actress for during the closing ceremony



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In addition, Twitter created the first ever dedicated event page for the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival, that was available in Arabic and English.

Fans were able to stay updated live with the events taking place through videos and Moments (collections of Tweets) by accessing the page either through Twitter’s Explore section, on top of their timelines or through Twitter 'search'.








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9/29/2019 12:57:14 PM
<![CDATA[Jose Jose, one of Mexico's most-loved voices, dies at 71]]>
Jose Jose received several Grammy nominations, sold more than 250 million albums and was once courted by music legend Frank Sinatra, who wanted to win him for his own label.

He is often considered Mexico’s most successful singer and was also an occasional actor.

“It is sad, his passing,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters. Mexico City residents gathered for an impromptu tribute at a statue of the singer, laying wreaths, and singing his songs. Some were in tears.

“The Prince of Song,” as the Mexican was affectionately called by his fans, was born into a family of musicians and raised in Mexico City.

Son of tenor Jose Sosa Esquivel and pianist Margarita Ortiz Pensado, Jose Jose began his musical career as a child: he debuted in school choir and in 1963 formed a musical trio formally starting his career at age 15.

Initially, he appeared in nightclubs and even formed a jazz and bossa nova group in which he played the double bass; later, he scored a contract with the Mexican subsidiary of the international label RCA Victor.

In 1969, he released his first album under the pseudonym of “Jose Jose.” The singer said later that his artistic name was inspired by the name of his father, who died in 1968 of alcoholism.

Jose Jose conquered the Spanish-speaking world with the interpretation of “El Triste” at the 1970 Latin Song Festival that took place in the Mexican capital. It became the performance that catapulted him to stardom.

The sudden fame also brought negative consequences. Like his father, he fell into alcoholism and had to take some time out. He returned to the stage in 1971, but continued to suffer from alcoholism for 30 more years.

The 1980s became the most successful decade of his career, during which he sold two million copies of his album “Secrets” in just a few weeks while also making his debut in the cinema.

But his dipsomania and lack of rest irreparably damaged his vocal cords, forcing him to undergo several operations that failed to restore them. In 2007, he also suffered a facial paralysis.

As a result of his alcohol addiction, Jose Jose’s health deteriorated rapidly since the 1990s. Even so, supported by his wife, Cuban Sarita Salazar, Jose Jose recovered and continued his career. In recent years he gained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported the singer died in Miami at 71 after complications following treatment for pancreatic cancer. Two years ago he announced that he had a tumor in the pancreas that was being treated with chemotherapy.

Many of his works inspired a younger generation of artists and musicians, including Latin pop star Julio Iglesias, who interpreted Jose Jose’s first big hit “The Ship of Oblivion.”

His son Jose Francisco, known as Jose Joel, who is also a musician, changed his profile picture on Twitter to a black ribbon. His daughters Marysol and Sara have also followed the family tradition into music.

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9/29/2019 12:27:48 PM
<![CDATA[Hend Sabry to ET : Noura’s Dream is a handmade piece of art ]]>
The film participated in San Sebastian International Film Festival and also screened for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Exploration Section.


The heartthrob actress chatted with Egypt Today about Noura’s Dream movie and participation in El Gouna Film Festival.

1- Tell us more about Noura’s dream movie?

Noura’s dream is a movie that houses special perception of its writer and director, it is not a commercial movie, this is common more in the Tunisian cinema because it depends more on artistic quality. I was raised up in this community, all the Tunisian movies I previously participated in were based on the artistic factors more than the commercial ones. The preparation to such movies is completely different because it is more like performing a handmade piece of art. I am so proud that I usually perform massive movies in Egypt like ‘’The Blue Elephant’’ which is like a big factory unlike Noura’s dream, one of the good characteristics in any artist is the ability to do both and doesn’t limit himself/herself to a certain kind, and this year I am happy that I transferred from the big factory of The Blue Elephant to the handmade piece which is Noura’s Dream. I think this is a message to my colleagues and filmmakers that yes we can do both, not always to say that I want to work on commercial movies only because it went viral, the other kind also enriches the cinema, also participating in a massive movie who will be seen pan Arab doesn’t mean that you don’t participate in independent movie especially if you strongly believe in it. We as Arab actors must be part of all the Arab cinems whrther in Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, we should work in all the Arab countries.

2- What was the European audience feedback about the film as it was screened at a number of prominent international festivals like Festival de San Sebastian and Toronto International Film Festival?

The story of the movie is a global one, that lies between the extreme local storyline because it touches the whole Tunisian society specially the social level that Noura is part of and at the same time is global because it tackled a story that can happen in any country in the world, in all the societies and the social levels, so Noura’s Dream is both so local and so universal. When it was screened in Toronto International Film Festival people were shocked, they weren’t accustomed with such kind of movies to come from Arab countries, people were dazzled by the movie at Festival de San Sebastian, they stood up and applauded for about 10 minutes.

3- You weren’t afraid performing such a bold character ?

I don’t fear from any role ( she laughs), because I see that the cinema role is to raise questions about issues that sometimes we don’t prefer to talk about in our societies, what I liked in this movie is that it tackled things related to law and moral sides where all the characters are grey, no one is ideal, each one of them has problems related to dealing with his reality even Noura, she is not ideal at all, everyone can see her the way he/she wants whether guilty or victim, even her husband Gamal some will sympathise with him others will see him as a criminal. For me this grey area is the place where cinema can tackle because nobody is perfect.

4- Do you think that Noura character perplexed the audience so they don’t know whether to sympathy with her or to find her guilty?

Everyone will judge based on his own perception, life and personal circumstances, at the same time all you can say that all the characters aren’t purely good or purely bad, they are all grey as I told you, this is something I truly respect in a script, because in most cases we tend to show the main hero or heroine of the movie as ideal people. The screening of the movie in El Gouna Film Festival was important to me because people in Toronto don’t know Hend Sabry unlike here so I wanted to see the feedback of the audience here when they see the star or the actress they know and familiar with doing a character who may not be appealing to them, I can’t do all the time ideal characters, plus I usually don’t judge morally on any character.

5- Despite the main idea of the film is bold there wasn’t any sexual scenes, did you interfere to make this equation?

This was the choice of the movie director Hinde Boujemaa, all the film characters are moving on a tiny line between being good and bad, Noura for example is a liar, she lied a lot to cover her position and she is full of contradictions, but every one of them has his/her own excuse for his/her actions. Also the strength of some of the film scenes lies in that they are out of frame, people have to use their imagination to imagine what is happening.

6- Are you from the actors who get influenced with the character they are performing?

First I was like as soon as I finished shooting I got out of the character but this year is different, I was influenced much with my role in The Blue Elephant part 2 movie. I started shooting The Blue Elephant part 2 directly after I finished shooting Noura’s Dream. While shooting Noura’s dream I was forced to dye my hair as you saw in the movie so I hated my look much at that time to the extent that I wasn’t able to go out with this hair colour so I was almost in a complete isolation then I started shooting The Blue Elephant. This year I performed two strong totally different characters in The Blue Elephant and Noura’s dream so I consider myself lucky because both were released the same year reflecting the meaning of diversity, proving that I am an actress who can play different roles. I am happy that this year I made strong comebacks to the massive production movies with The Blue Elephant and the independent movies with Noura’s dream.

7- What is the importance of festivals to the cinema industry?

Noura’s Dream movie came out because of El Gouna Film Festival. Two years ago Hinde Boujemaa applied with her script in CineGouna platform here in GFF to take fund for her script and said that she want to cooperate with me, she called me later to do casting for the role, I told her I have never done casting, she said I have to because it is a difficult role, for her being a star or not wasn’t an issue, frankly speaking at the beginning my ego was pushing me to refuse, but at the end I said why not, so I travelled to Tunisia to do casting for the movie like any uprising actress, at the end she has a certain perspective and maybe I am not suitable for Noura’s character, so the matter is not about that she wasn’t sure from my acting capabilities. Last year here in El Gouna Film Festival I made the agreement with the producer to start shooting the movie, I am narrating this story because some people say what the benefit from festivals is? Because during these festivals important projects are born, CineGouna platform is very important, Cairo International Film Festival’s workshops are vital, in general festivals are the kitchen where movies are being cooked.

8- To what extent you support the independent movies?

We as filmmakers should support the independent movies whether we work in it or not because they represent a type of cinema that should exist, because the core of cinema is the independent one.

9- Do you think that independent cinema now has larger audience than before?

If you compared it to the popularity of the massive production movies and the commercial films you will find huge gap but yet I am optimistic because of the new platforms like Netflix as they started to pay more attention to the independent cinema ,they can’t produce only commercial movies because there are some who want to watch independent movies.
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9/28/2019 2:35:52 PM
<![CDATA[Who are the award winners of the third edition of GFF ? ]]>
The winners were as follows:

Feature Narrative Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $50,000) went to You Will Die at Twenty​ by Amjad Abu Alala.

El Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $25,000) went to Corpus Christi​ by Jan Komasa.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to
Adam​ by Maryam Touzani.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Narrative Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $20,000) went to Papicha​ by Mounia Meddour.

El Gouna Star for the Best Actor​ (Trophy, certificate) went to Bartosz Bielenia by ​Corpus Christi.

El Gouna Star for the Best Actress​ (Trophy, certificate) went to Hend Sabry for her role in ​Noura’s Dream.

Feature Documentary Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $30,000) went to Talking About Trees​ by Suhaib Gasmelbari.

El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to 143 Sahara Street​ by Hassen Ferhani.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $7,500) went to Kabul, City in the Wind​ by Aboozar Amini
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El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Documentary Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $10,000) went to Ibrahim: A Fate to Define​ by Lina Alabed.

Short Film Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to Exam​ by Sonia K. Haddad

El Gouna Silver Star for Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $7,500) went to Ome​ by Wassim Geagea

El Gouna Bronze Star for Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $4,000) went to Flesh​ by Camila Kater.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film​ (Trophy, certificate, and US $5,000) Give Up the Ghost​ by Zain Duraie.

Special Jury Mention for 16 December​ movie by Álvaro Gago Díaz.

Cinema for Humanity Audience Award

The Festival’s Audience Award for a film exemplifying humanitarian themes (Trophy, certificate, and US $20,000) went to Les Misérables​ by Ladj Ly.

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film went to Kabul, City in the Wind​ by Aboozar Amini
FIPRESCI Award went to 1982​ by Oualid Mouaness.
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9/28/2019 10:42:03 AM
<![CDATA[Henedy to ET: Proud to receive an award received by Adel Emam, wait for me with Disney]]>
“We try to select those who have the biggest influence on the industry; those whose achievements have a value that goes beyond their personal limits,” he said.

Henedy will receive his award at the closing ceremony of the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival tonight on the stage of the Marina Theater. Mohamed Henedy is an Egyptian actor known for his comical style. He began his artistic career through university theater, then took on small television roles, until he was chosen by director Youssef Chahine, who assigned him a role in some of his films during the late 1970s. In the late 1990s, Henedy had already become a staple name in the Egyptian cinema, confirming his talent and presence as a comedian. Henedy is also famous for his successful plays, some of which are considered theatrical hits in 20th century Egyptian theater. Egypt Today chatted with the heartthrob comedian revealing

1- Tell us more about your feeling when you knew that you will receive the Creative Achievement Award for your significant contribution to cinema

I am so happy that I will be honoured in the closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival especially that comedians usually don’t receive awards, despite the fact that the audience enjoy comic work like any other cinema genre. I am so proud to receive the award veterans like the iconic Adel Emam and Dawoud Abdel Sayed received before.

2- Your upcoming movie ‘’ Oklet el osboo’’ (Hop-o'-My-Thumb) has stopped now despite that you previously said ‘’wait for me in a massive production movie’’ what are the reasons behind that?

I was just busy with my play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" (Three Days in North Coast) and you know to what extent theater kills time but very soon will continue working on the movie.

3- Hop-o'-My-Thumb character was performed by a number of actors what is the new that you will going to present in this movie?

The story itself is rich and can be presented from different shapes and perspectives, even if they are 10 movies. Also this movie will be executed using the latest graphics techniques performed by an international graphics company.

4- Tell us more about the premiere of your movie 'The Knight & The Princess’’ which is the first Egyptian animated feature film in El Gouna Film Festival?

Frankly speaking I forgot this movie, because I participated in it 20 years ago ( he laughs) but I am definitely very proud of this experience, to participate in the first Egyptian animated feature movie that was premiered in El Gouna Fillm Festival. On this occasion I remember a funny situation last year they telephoned me and said we want you in The Knight & The Princess animation movie, I told them so sorry I am too busy they said no you have performed your role already ( he laughs).

5-How do you see the feedback on The Knight & The Princess?

The movie achieved booming success when premiered here, the feedbacks I got were extremely postive and destroyed the wrong claim that says ‘’cartoon movies are for kids only’’, the truth is that we enjoy them like kids.

6-There will be part two from Seedy Fe el Gamaa el Americia ( Upper Egyptian in AUC) movie?

Yes this is true , we are currently preparing for this but we are very cautious because part one achieved booming success and was performed 20 years ago. We are working on it and waiting for the greenlight of the producer to start shooting.

7-Tell us more about your recent play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel"?

This play achieved booming success that rewarded me after 15 years of hiatus from theater, the play success was not here only but in Saudi Arabia too. Also the Saudi Ambassador in Egypt Osama el Nokaly watched the play expressing his admiration with it.

8-Who is the actor that you wish to work with?

I wish to work with the veteran Yehia el Fakharany, this generation is really great.

9-Tell us more about your new stand-up comedy show entitled 'Henedy Live,' which will be staged in a number of acclaimed theaters in 20 different countries

We are currently preparing for it, ''Henedy live will kick off on Beacon Theatre at New York's Madison Square Garden. This is my first stand-up comedy, I wanted to do this step few years ago because theatre is my ultimate passion.

After New York I will go to Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia, in addition to an Arab tour that will start with Saudi Arabia and moves to the UAE and Kuwait. But when they saw my CV in US, Disney decided to cooperate with me in a project as well, will announce the details soon.

10- There will be part two from Ard el Nefaq ( Land of Hypocrisy) series?

Yes, we decided to present part two from the series on the aftermath of the booming success of part one.




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9/27/2019 4:47:27 PM
<![CDATA[ Ashry,Shenawy won CineGouna Platform’s Springboard Competition at GFF]]>

The closing of “CineGouna” Platform has finally arrived along with the awards ceremony as part of the Gouna Film Festival at the Marina Theatre.

Various projects by directors and producers from the Arab world were in competition seeking creative and financial support. The projects involved include some in development and others in post-production.

The ceremony was attended by US embassy in Cairo officials along with “Intishal El Tamimy” the Gouna Film Festival’s Director who thanked the Platform’s team as well as mentors, and the jury and gave a special thanks to “Bushra” the festival’s COO.

Presenting the awards was “Nada Howedi“ the Senior Springboard coordinator of the CineGouna platform. “Siza Zayed” The CineGouna Bridge Manager also thanked her team including volunteers and festival organizers as well as the sponsors.

The Springboard Jury consisting of experts in filmmaking from all over the world choose a winner in both the projects in development category and the ones in post-production. The winners receive a CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash prize of US $15,000. Additional awards are presented through local and regional institutions for a total of $250,000 US.

The project that won the most awards was “Straight to The Goal” by Ashry”. The project won awards from the sponsors iProduction for $10,000 US, Ergo Media Ventures for $10,000 US, Waraq powered by Magic Beans for $5,000 US.

The project also won $15,000 from Film Independent and U.S Embassy and the chance for their screenwriter to participate in the Film Independent Forum Independent Spirit Awards Residency. And finally unlimited location shooting service provided by Dakhli West El Balad presented by Moshira Adel.


Intishal presented the award sponsored by “Synergy Films” worth $10,000 US to “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”, a film in development from Egypt and directed by “Mohamed Taher”. The film also won a $15,000 US sponsorship from Film Independent and U.S. Embassy for their creative producer to participate in the Film Independent Forum Residency.


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9/26/2019 8:40:07 PM
<![CDATA[Heliopolis Association commemorates Sayed Hegab in Heliopolis Library]]>
Secretary General of Heliopolis Association Nabil Helmy, stated that the celebration comes from the keenness of the Association to celebrate the Egyptian symbols in various fields, especially in the fields of literature, novels and poetry, to enlighten the present generation to these pioneers and how they influenced cultural life not only in Egypt but throughout the Arab World.

The band “Habayibna” participated in the celebration, in addition to artists Ahmed Ismail, Ahmed Nabil, Reem Sayed Hegab, Mervat al-Gisri, Mahmoud Yusuf, chanting the lyrics of the most popular soundtracks of screenplays written by the iconic late poet Hegab, including soundtracks of the series’ “Layali el Helmeya”, “El mal wal banoon”, “Bawabet el Halawany”, among others.

It is worth mentioning that the late iconic poet Sayed Hegab (September 23, 1940 - January 25, 2017) was known for writing his poems in the Egyptian colloquial dialect for many Egyptian screenplays.

Born in the city of Matareya, Dakahlia Governorate, Hegab joined the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University in 1956, and then moved to Cairo University to study mining engineering in 1958.








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9/26/2019 3:10:47 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform Aswan concert Sept. 27]]>CAIRO - 26 September 2019: Renowned musician Omar Khairat is scheduled to perform a concert in Aswan on Sept. 27, amid the presence of his fans, media personnels and public figures.

The concert comes under the patronage of the Ministries of Tourism, Youth and Sports.

Khairat is expected to perform a wide selection of his most-liked music compositions, including “Khali Balak Men Aalak”, “Al Legaa El Thany”, “Masaalat Mabdaa”, “Khawaga Abdel Kader”, among others.

It is noteworthy that Khairat has presented many successful concerts in the past recent period, the latest of which was within the activities of the Mahki Citadel Festival of Music and Singing, headed by Magdy Saber. The concert was attended by nearly 20,000 spectators.


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9/26/2019 2:57:24 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Halim Nouira Ensemble to perform in Gomhoriya Theater on Sept. 27]]>
The concert’s program includes a selection of iconic Arab music compositions, including; “Ana el-Masry”, “Aho Da Eli Sar”, “El-Shaitan” for Sayed Darwish, “Ge Qalbi Gharam” for Abdel Azim, Mohammed, “Habibi Waheshni” for Mohammed el-Mougy, among others.

It is noteworthy that Abdel Halim Nouira’s band was founded in 1967, under the leadership of Maestro Abdel Halim Nouira. The band was performing under the name the Arab Music Ensemble, aiming to revive the authentic singing heritage in Egypt.

The band presents traditional musical forms and musical templates targeting enthusiasts of authentic Arabic music.

It also provided an opportunity for contemporary composers to present their fine production of traditional musical templates.
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9/26/2019 1:32:24 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform a concert on Sept. 26]]>
The concert is expected to be attended by thousands of students, a number of media professionals and public figures.

During the concert, Hosny will present a number of his most popular hits, including; “Naseni Laih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, “Kefayak Aazar”, among others.

It is noteworthy that Hosny is currently awaiting for the release of his new film "El-Flous" scheduled for release in October 2019.

Beside Hosny, the film stars Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha Bin Ahmed and Mohamed Salam, in addition to a group of guests of honor, including star Ahmed el-Sakka, Mai Ezz el-Din and stars of the Egyptian Theater Ali Rabie, Wizzo and others.

“El-Floos” is written by Tamer Hosny and directed by Saeed al-Marook.

Hosny is also preparing for another film entitled “Mesh Ana”, written by Tamer Hosny and directed by Sara Wafik.

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9/26/2019 1:12:57 PM
<![CDATA[Strong Egyptian presence in Amman Int'l Book Fair]]>
The exhibition will witness a number of cultural and artistic events, as well as book signing ceremonies of prominent Arab and Jordanian writers.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, the Regional Conference of the International Publishers Association will be held on September 30 and October 1 -within the activities of the 19th edition- in an attempt to highlight the role of reading in the future of the Arab world, and to combat reader’s challenges of accessing books, especially students and refugees.

The Amman International Book Fair comes under the slogan "Reading is Life". Tunisia is the guest of honor of the exhibition in its 19th edition, with the participation of 22 countries and 350 Arab and foreign publishing houses. Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser was chosen as the cultural figure of the year.

It is noteworthy that the number of Egyptian publishing houses participating in the exhibition’s 19th edition totaled up to 63 publishing houses directly participate through the set pavilions, in addition to the participation of a number of other agencies on behalf of publishing houses, as well as the participation of publishing sectors in the Ministry of Culture represented in the National Center for Translation, Supreme Council of Culture and the General Authority for Writers.

The organizers of the Amman International Book Fair also prepared intellectual and cultural seminars, in addition to poetry evenings, book signings, as well as readings of stories and plays for children.





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9/26/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[US Embassy organises ‘Hits of Hollywood’ performance at GFF]]>
Music is an integral part of cinema, and yesterday this powerful concert conducted by Maestro Ahmed El Saedi, was a testament to that.

It paid homage to the timeless works of music that have accompanied some of the world’s most iconic films such as ‘’Jurassic Park’’, ‘’Lawrence of Arabia’’ and ‘’Back to the Future'’.

It also celebrated famed composer Nino Rota’s works for Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti films.

Egyptian star Bushra said that they dedicate this concert to the soul of the late great Egyptian actor and musician Ezzat Abu Ouf.

The magical concert was attended by a notable group of the embassy officials such as Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Helen LaFave , Cairo's Cultural Attache Rachel Leslie, Deputy Press Attache Michael Harker and Deputy Cultural Attache Michelle Angulo.

A number of prominent artists attended the big concert as well such as Laila Elwi, Bushra, Arwa Gouda, Yousra, Bassem Samra, Eyad Nassar, Ingy el Mokadem, Ahmed Dawoud, Tamer Habib among others.

A core tenet of US embassy in Egypt is creating cross-cultural dialogue and building connections.

So yesterday after the concert the embassy has thrown a swanky soiree to celebrate this incredible week of meeting new people, discovering new movies, and building connections, fueled by film that will hopefully last a lifetime.

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9/26/2019 9:07:28 AM
<![CDATA[In memory of Khaled Saleh]]>
Even though the great actor died at a rather young age, Saleh’s enriching artistic contributions and memory remain immortal in the minds and hearts of his fans and the Egyptian and Arab acting communities.
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Saleh in one of his roles - YouTube
Saleh presented numerous outstanding roles during his acting career, such as his role as an officer in the film “Tito” starring Ahmed el Sakka, his role as a terrorist in the film “El Gezira PII” and his role in the screenplay “El Rayan”, in addition to many other roles, in which he captivated the hearts of his colleagues and fans.
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Part of the late actor's funeral - YouTube
Acting stars who have worked with Saleh still speak highly of him and his talent, despite having lost him for almost half a decade.

Ahmed el Sakka

صاحبة السعادة | السقا يوضح معاناة خالد صالح فى أيامه الاخيرة وإصراره على إستكمال التصوير

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Khaled Saleh will remain in the memory of his fans through his everlasting works - YouTube
Khaled el Sawy

تعليق الفنان خالد الصاوي على صورة الراحل خالد صالح

رنامج حواري من نوعية برامج Hard talk .. تقدمه الإعلامية بسمة وهبة وتستضيف فيه ٣٠ ضيفا من نجوم المجتمع في مجالات الفن والرياضة والإعلام والسياسة...الخ استضاف البرنامج على مدار عامين العديد من النجوم محققا نسب مشاهدة مرتفعة وحصل على جائزة فضية من موقع يوتيوب لوصوله إلى معدلات مرتفعة لمشاهدة حلقات البرنامج.









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9/25/2019 4:09:47 PM
<![CDATA[Watch It! Digital platform upgrades exclusive content]]>
In addition to the aforementioned, Watch It obtained the exclusive digital broadcasting rights of the Egyptian Premier Soccer League for four consecutive seasons. Also, the digital platform also obtained the digital rights to broadcasting the most popular screenplays such as “Kalbash 3” , “Zelzal” and “ Badal el-Haduta Talata”.

Furthermore, the platform acquired the exclusive rights of several masterpieces of the Egyptian drama, including “Rafaat el-Hagan”, “Ahlam el-Fata el-Tayer”, “Layali el-Helmeya”, and “Al-Mal wel Banon", through the Egyptian Television Library and Media Production City.

It is worth mentioning that the platform started exclusively airing the 2019 productions, including the series “Bahr”, “Qaid Aeli” and “Nasibi wa kesmetak”.

Watch It has also included a selection of the most popular theatrical plays of the 1960’s, including “Sayidaty el-Jamila”, “Hello Shalaby”, “King Lear”, among others.

Moreover, the digital platform created a section for the most successful TV programs such as "Sahebat el Saada" for Esaad Younis, "Maakom" for Mona el-Shazly, and "Ana we Benty” presented by Sherif Mounir and his daughter.

It is noteworthy that Watch It has recently made a comprehensive insurance for the platform after it was attacked by some hackers in an attempt to break its security last May.

Utilizing the latest technologies, the platform has begun to provide Ultra HD - 4K viewing.

In addition, the platform provides subscribers with unlimited access via digital devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets. Subscriptions can be paid through various electronic and cash payment methods, including Visa card, e-wallets or cash through Fawry network services.




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9/25/2019 4:04:37 PM
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks to get lifetime award at Golden Globes]]>
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said on Tuesday it would present the prolific actor and producer with its Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills on Jan. 5.

The boyish-looking Hanks, now 63, made his movie breakthrough in “Big” in 1988, playing a teenager who wakes up to find himself in the body of an adult.

He went on to win back-to-back Oscars and Golden Globes in 1994 and 1995 for his roles in AIDS drama “Philadelphia” and comedy “Forrest Gump.”

“For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said in a statement.

“As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director.”

Hanks’ next movie appearance will be in November as the much loved U.S. children’s television host Mister Rogers, in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

He also starred in more than 80 other movies, including “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Private Ryan” and was the voice of cowboy Woody in the “Toy Story” animated movie franchise.

The Cecil B. DeMille award is given annually to an actor, director or producer who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Harrison Ford.]]>
9/25/2019 3:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities to inaugurate Prince Youssef Kamal Palace on Sept 29]]>
Prince Youssef Kamal Palace was established in 1908, under the supervision of architect Antonio Lashiak, one of the most prominent architects who came to Egypt at the end of the 19th century. The palace was registered as an Islamic monument in 1988.
Stunning windows design ZEINAB MOHAMMED
Stunning design of windows - Zeinab Mohammed
The palace consists of 9 unique architectural units, built on an area of 10 acres. However, the original size of the land decreased with the passage of days, as parts of the palace were cut off to government agencies and civil services.

The architectural units of the palace include Salamlek Palace, the palace, the dining hall, the kitchen, the shrine of Sheikh Omran, the minaret, among others. The nine palace units portray a mixture of European and Islamic architectural styles.
The beautiful coloumn designs ZEINAB MOHAMMED
The beautiful design of pillars - Zeinab Mohammed
The palace has four ceramic façades, the main north-east facade directly overlooking the Nile and is preceded by a double marble staircase leading to a front porch.
Overview of the beautiful ceiling Zeinab Mohammed
Overview of the ceiling design - Zeinab Mohammed
The north-western façade is interspersed with a series of marble balconies, with window openings and the southwestern back facade; which has a secondary entrance to the palace closed by a wooden shutter.

The inside of the palace consists of two floors and a basement. One of the most beautiful things in the palace is a wooden elevator made by the Prince specifically for his mother who suffered from heart disease.

The dining hall occupies the southwest of Salamlek and has 4 ceramic façades.








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9/25/2019 3:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Henedy prepares for new film "Ab lel Egar"]]>CAIRO - 25 September 2019: The star Mohamed Henedy is currently preparing for a new film titled "Ab lel Egar” (Father for Rent) for Nader Salah el-Din. The film is scheduled to be released in 2020.

Currently, several stars are being nominated for the leading roles. The film is set as a comedy and revolves around a father who gets involved in several problems.

On the other hand, Henedy travels to the city of El Gouna after being selected by the El Gouna Film Festival’s organizers in its 3rd edition to be awarded the Creative Achievement Award for his enriching career in the Egyptian cinema.




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9/25/2019 2:09:43 PM
<![CDATA['The State of Film Distribution' panel took place on September 24]]>
The event, presented by Film Independent and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, was moderated by Lebanese producer Myriam Sassine.

The panelists were Missy Laney, the director of development at Adult Swim; Jordana Meade, the director of distribution at ITVS; and Rebecca Sosa, an accomplished film executive and consultant.

The panelists discussed the role of the new direct-to-consumer platforms that continue to subvert traditional distribution models and provide multiple options to release a movie.

As distribution experts, the panelists presented snapshots of the distribution landscape today, as they explained the various ways filmmakers can distribute their movies and monetize their content.

According to the panelists, the many different kinds of mediums expanded the limits of viewership and the access to different kinds of movies, as people are now not only watching more, but they are also creating more space to watch films.

They agreed on the point that filmmakers of today should be aware of the differences between those mediums, in addition to recognizing their target audience, where they live, and the platforms through which they have access to movies.

Talking about documentary films, which face more viewership challenges compared to narrative films, the panelists stated that filmmakers should seek alternative distribution opportunities that may seem rather unpopular, such as educational institutions that are eager to buy various documentary films for their students.

Filmmakers need to go beyond the traditional distribution mechanisms and realize that there is not only one plan that would lead to success in every case.

Instead, amid the wide range of opportunities out there, they should find the right plan for each specific case.

There are no right answers for questions as to whether a filmmaker should participate in as much film festivals as s/he can with her/his very first short film, or make her/his debut by streaming the film on online platforms.

When faced with these decisions, the most important point, according to the panelists, is that filmmakers should think about distribution during the film’s production process, and not after.]]>
9/25/2019 12:19:40 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa, Islam present new cinematic language in ‘You Will Die at 20’]]>
The movie touched our hearts and grabbed the Lion of the Future (Luigi de Laurentiis) Award for Best Debut Feature at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on September 7, becoming the first Sudanese film to win such prestigious award.

The hero and the heroine of this great movie, Mostafa Shehata and Islam Mubarak, sat down with Egypt Today to reveal everything about this great movie.

1-How were you cast to El-Mozamel role?

Moatafa: I knew the movie director from the movie auditions. My friend encouraged me to apply and it was my first audition. Before El-Mozamel, I had played only a couple of small roles. From this audition Amjad chose me to play the role. I was over the moon. The script was subject to a number of amendments but in general I didn’t see anything impossible or difficult. Then, we all started to prepare for our characters and Amjad really helped us a lot.

1- Did you study acting?

Mostafa: My bachelor has nothing to do with acting (he laughs). I studied medicine and I am now an assistant ophthalmologist. Before the movie, I had only performed some sketches on social media.

2- How did you get ready for the role?

Mostafa: I took a one-month workshop before shooting with veteran Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali. Salwa is a great acting coach and she helped us a lot. Amjad guided us a lot and was with me in every step, he advised and guided me, and he used to send me movies to watch and learn. We discussed all the details of El-Mozamel character, even his hair and outfit.

3- Tell us more about your background.

Islam Mubarak: I am a Sudanese actress. I studied drama and I work more in TV series and theatre, as there hasn't been cinema industry in Sudan for 20 years because of the previous regime until Amjad came and opened the door with "You Will Die at 20", which is my first cinematic experience. I knew Amjad by coincidence; I was in the theatre performing rehearsals for my new play and Amjad was performing auditions for the movie and I decided to participate; it was a new experience for me because, in Sudan, we are not used to the idea of auditions. I have to admit that embodying Skina in the movie was an easy mission for me, despite the fact that it might be a problem if you find the character easy. I loved Skina and lived in her life. I was Skina in front of the camera and in my personal life.

4- The film used a new cinematic language and was characterized by calm and deep dialogue. How did both of you manage to convey that on the screen? Is this your normal performance or Amjad directed both of you to act that smooth?
Islam: First, veteran Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali came to Sudan and gave us an acting workshop for 15 days. I had a good experience in TV but Mostafa and I don’t have any experience in cinema. Amjad and Salwa guided me to minimise my reactions because they were so tense. I was accustomed to theatre reactions and I worked on myself to say the dialogue smoothly. I feel like I must meet the character at a certain point; either I go to her or she comes to me.

5- What was your toughest scene?

Islam: I might surprise you. There wasn’t a scene that I considered hard or tough; I felt every scene I performed, and my only problem was to get out of Skina after we finished shooting. I wasn’t able to get rid of the impact Skina left on me.

6- Did you expect this huge success for the movie?
Islam: I was truly confident that the huge effort we exerted in this movie and the great love that united us all will bring us success. I was both happy and proud to participate in this purely Sudanese movie after 20 years of hiatus, to be part of the seventh movie in the history of Sudan, so this represented a great challenge. I literally put my soul in this movie.

7- To what extent did this movie place Sudan on the international cinema map?

Islam: The movie is a revolution and a radical change to a lot of concepts and beliefs for Sudanese people pertaining to Sufism.

9-My question to Mostafa, how did you prepare for El-Mozamel?

First of all, to be the protagonist of the seventh movie in the history of Sudan was a huge responsibility for me. I decided not to overburden myself and think it is mission impossible but rather concentrate on my role to present something distinguished, because the comeback of the Sudanese cinema after 20 years should be unique. I always say that I am lucky to have been cast for this movie; 7 is also my favourite number (he laughs). When I was chosen by Amjad to perform El-Mozamel, I was 20 years old; I am 22 now.

10- What was the hardest scene for you in the movie?

Mostafa: There wasn’t a tough scene for El-Mozamel but for Mostafa, it was very hard after every scene to get rid of the character. However, the final scene that showcased El-Mozamel's change from a person who fears death to one who loves life, and the scene of Mozamel's lover, Naima's marriage were exceptionally hard scenes. The reason behind my simple and smooth performance is Amjad, who told me that my acting performance should be natural, simple and smooth. This was my first serious acting experience, so I used to perform based on my understanding to every scene and he told me to keep on doing that.
During the workshop, great actress Salwa Mohamed Ali praised my performance and said that I was diligent student, so this gave me a great push to perform my role. Salwa was with us one month before shooting then Amjad added his touches during shooting.
I like improvisation and Amjad encouraged me to improvise. I didn’t face major difficulties in this movie because acting is my greatest passion; the only difficulty was to get rid of El Mozamel's influence on me after shooting. But, the moment I watched the movie for the first time and saw Mozamel on screen, he got out of me.

11- Do you follow the Egyptian cinema?

Mostafa: Of course. I always look up to the iconic actor Ahmed Zaki. I adore his performances. Nobody will be like him; he was an unrepeatable person.

12- How do you feel about the participation of "You will Die at 20" in El Gouna Film Festival's feature film competition?

Islam: Because of some problems in the visa, Mostafa and I couldn't travel with Amjad when the film screened in Toronto International Film Festival or when the film won the award at the Venice Film Festival. But I am so happy that the Arab premiere of the movie was in Egypt because I adore Egypt and consider it my second homeland.
I lived in Egypt for 5 years. The moment I saw the film screening here was very precious to me, because it was the first time for us to see the movie and it happened in a country that speaks the same language and shares similar emotions.

13- Who are your favourite Egyptian actors?

Islam: I adore Ghada Abdel Razek and Fardous Abdel Hamid. Sudanese people in general are so influenced with old Egyptian movies, but I haven’t watched many new Egyptian films. I wish to work with Ghada Abdel Razek.

Mostafa: Of course Ahmed Zaki, and I adore Mohamed Ramadan; they say that I look like him. I met him a few days ago and he said, "You look like me but you are even more handsome." (He laughs). He is so sweet and I wish to work with him.









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9/25/2019 11:31:12 AM
<![CDATA[‘Diego and Frida’ exhibition in Cairo marks Mexico's Independence Day]]>
The exhibition, consisting of 48 (50X70cm) photographs printed on cardboard paper for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, two of the great Mexican painters of the twentieth century, who formed a passionate, stormy and creative couple, which would be reflected in the art of the Mexican painter.

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Picture of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo - Photo courtesy of Mexican Embassy in Cairo


Rivera, is one of great Mexican painters and muralists who achieved universal famous for his art. His wife Frida, in addition to be distinguished for her pictorial work, became an icon of female improvement and gender equality in the world. Both, in addition, for their universal art and intense public life, became one of the most interesting couples of the twentieth century.

The exhibition, through photographs of art artists such as Guillermo Zamora, Agustín Víctor Casasola, Juan Guzmán, Bernard G. Silverstein, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lucienne Bloch, among others, exhibits different stages of the life of this extraordinary couple since their early childhood, youth, their marriage relationship, and also highlights scenes of their revolutionary life.]]>
9/24/2019 4:32:56 PM
<![CDATA['Nora Tehlam' to screen in GFF on Sept. 24]]>
The film will participate in the feature film competition at the festival and is scheduled to screen at 7 p.m. A red carpet will be held for the film’s cast and filmmakers.

Sabry arrived to El Gouna to attend the screening of her film after spending several days in Spain for the participation of her film in the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

“Nora Tehlam” also screened for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival where it participated in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Exploration Section.

Besides Sabry, the film stars Lotfi al-Abdali, Hakim Boumsoudi, Iman Cherif, Jamal Sassi and Saif al-Dareef. The film is directed by Hind Boudjemaa.

Sabry plays in the film the role of Nora, a poor Tunisian girl. The film sheds light on Nora's daily suffering with the imprisonment of her husband and the harassment she is exposed to because of his criminal history. The film also portrays how her relationship with her children and husband changes after he gets released from prison.


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9/24/2019 3:33:26 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture attends “Ebdaa Helmak” theatrical workshop in Fayoum]]>
The “Ebdaa Helmak” (Start Your Dream) initiative aims to prepare and train talented people in different colors of theatrical arts at Fayoum Culture Palace.

They also witnessed the play “Toqoos al-esharat” and the great transformations of the palace’s theatrical group, whom received several awards and certificates of excellence from the 12th edition of the National Festival of the Egyptian Theater.

Abdel Dayem stated that the “Start Your Dream” workshop -since its launching in 2018- succeeded in attracting and discovering a huge number of talented individuals from different age groups in the various governorates of Egypt, confirming the abundance of creativity in Egypt.

The Minister of Culture added that the discovered promising talents have been prepared and qualified to enrich the field of theatrical arts as one of the significant tools of raising awareness and the development of society.

The “Start Your Dream” training workshop occurs in three stages:

1- The first stage explores the abilities and talents of trainees and measure their capability of working together as a team.

2- The second stage aims to use theoretical concepts and practical exercises to formulate short theatrical scenes based mostly on improvisation.

3- The third stage includes training for live performances, the so-called graduation presentations, and aims to test the trainees' abilities to apply the acquired artistic skills.




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9/24/2019 2:48:55 PM
<![CDATA[LAFF revealed names of Film Selection Committee members]]>
Director of the festival Azza el-Husseini revealed the names of the committee as follows: Director Saad Hendawi, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Director Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, Director Ahmed Rashwan, critic Amal al-Gamal and critic Osama Abdel Fattah.

The festival’s management has launched the application forms for participation in the competitions of the festival’s ninth edition, which started from September 15 to December 15, 2019, to be films produced in 2019 and for African directors residing inside and outside of Africa.

The application forms are available on the festival’s website in Arabic, English and French.

The Luxor African Film Festival is organized by the Young Independent Artists Foundation with the support of the Ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Youth and the National Bank of Egypt in cooperation with the Governorate of Luxor and the Syndicate of Film Professions.


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9/24/2019 1:48:05 PM
<![CDATA[“Heart of Palm” special screening to be held in Cairo Opera House on Sept. 25]]>
The film screening will be held at 6 pm, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Al-Hanager Cinema Hall in the Cairo Opera.

Following the screening of the film, a symposium on the film-making industry of environmental documentaries will be held by Adel al-Absawi, head of the Central Department of Distinguished Production.

The special screening will also witnesses the honoring of a number of media leaders in the Distinguished Productions Sector, shedding light on their continuous efforts in the resurfacing of the production movement after long years of hiatus, and the personal funding of its employees.
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9/24/2019 1:08:19 PM
<![CDATA[Souad Shawky assigned head of Egyptian Film Center]]>
Shawky graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema with honors. She then obtained a master's degree in 2001. She then received a PhD with excellence in 2010 on the problem of temporal construction in contemporary cinematic narratives.

Shawky directed 4 short films during her study period, including; “El-Hawy”, “El-Rasm belnar”, “Omahat lam yaledan” and “Fe haga keda”.

She also directed various documentaries, short fiction and episodes for a range of programs. Shawky worked as an assistant professor in the directing department at the Higher Institute of Cinema, as well as seconded in numerous Egyptian universities.

The newly assigned Head of the Egyptian Film Center participated in various local and international festivals, including; television festivals, national cinema, radio and television, Munich short films (Germany), short films in London, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Shawky was also granted several awards, including Best Short Film Award for her film “Kaif Trani?” at the Alexandria International Festival, Best Short Film Award also for "Kaif Trani?" at the Women's International Film Competition at Muscat International Festival, among others.


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9/24/2019 12:51:51 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna symposium discusses the role and impact of film festivals.]]>
The session “The role and the impact of film festivals” had participants from around the world who agreed that festivals like this one doesn’t require any particular criterion, and that’s for the sake of giving drama and art a free platform to express itself.

They also urged film makers to orient themselves to the most convenient festivals that serves them well at each point of their careers.

That vastly depends on their relavent experiences, current circumstances..etc that positions them in the film industry. Also, they advised to have leading and well experienced film marketer on the team when applying to festivals as (s)he plays a fundamental role in marketing a film to the festivals committee.


During the round table discussion, the participants of the session all agreed that if a film gets rejected from a festival by any means it does not mean that that film has failed, it only means that every festival has its unique theme and direction.

From that we learn that it’s the film maker’s full responsibility to understand that very well and act upon it by applying to relevant festivals and markets the film to its target audience effectively. For instance some of the local festivals have a clear direction of including and viewing commercial films only! So that of course that means if a film maker tried to register a foriegn movie that discusses a western affair, they will definitely fail at getting in.

The session also discussed on the role of festival organizers and curators in maintaining good relationships with all actors and film makers around the world, as it’s the only way to keep the festival running and sustainable.

For example the programmers of Toronto International Film Festival (tiff) are closely monitoring what is happening on electronic platforms that are related to the film industry to keep themselves up to date with all the new and innovative ideas out there in search of creating new ties and coming up with contemporary themes.

The session was attended by a number of internationally renowned figures in the industry; Cameron Bailey the famous film critic and tiff festival programmer, Nashen Moodley the director of Sydney Film Festival, Mark Beranson editor in Cinema Scope mgazine and the director of Vancouver Film Fest and Shayna Weingast associate programmer of Film & television for the Tribeca Film Festival and Sitora Alieva director of the Sochi international film festival.

The discussion did not overlook the importance of the Arab drama industry, since Arab films have started to become involved in major festivals around the world.

This is a good indication of this industry in the whole Arab region. The speakers agreed on the important principle that the entry of the film only for the festival in itself is a success of this work, but at the same time did not diminish the importance of obtaining prizes, which definitely benefits the film, and adds to the film’s special luster.

The creators of major festival festivals around the world predicted that the gap between documentaries and drama films would be diminishing over time, so that all films would be able to compete without restriction from those that held back each festival's interest.
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9/24/2019 12:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Exclusive: Amir Eid says 1st acting experience 'added a lot to me']]>
The film interweaves the hopes and dreams of three characters at the centre of the Egyptian lifestyle, accompanied by musical narration made by the popular singer, composer, song writer and Cairokee band star, Amir Eid.

The three characters are Ahmed who yearns to pursue a singing career against his father’s will, a romantic Christian woman who is in love with a Muslim man, and a newly-wed personal trainer who must compromise his principles for a better living.

The film is written by late Nadine Shams and directed by Egyptian director Tamer Ezzat.
"Lama Benetwelled" is starring Amir Eid in his first acting experience, Amr Abed, Sameh el-Serety, Ebtihal el-Serety, and Salma Hassan, among others.

Egypt Today sat down with Eid who revealed the details of his first acting experience and upcoming projects

1- What drove you to pursue an acting career now?

Frankly speaking, what attracted me to participate in this film in the first place is that I will perform the movie songs, compose them and write their lyrics along with Sherif el-Hawary from Cairokee. I felt enthusiastic to play this game because it represented an important challenge to me.

2- What did you learn from your first acting experience?

I learned a lot from this experience. I learnt to write and compose in a different way, and to take a certain theme from a scene and use it to write a song. I learnt also how to express a lot of things in a short period of time and to translate the vision of the director. I was curious to know if I will succeed in this experience or not.

3- Some singers were scared to pursue an acting career in fear of failure. How did you overcome this feeling?

I don’t have these insecurities pertaining to image and how people perceive me because at the end of the day I do my best to be a real artist when singing, acting or writing. I strongly believe that different kinds of arts coalesce together. One of my upcoming projects is to cooperate with a painter in one of my future albums to draw a picture reflecting each song so that the album is like a music gallery.
I like artistic cooperation because we develop when we meet inspiring people, who significantly add to us like the movie director Tamer Ezzat.
These people are added value to any person's life. I enjoy my work and I don’t care about my image and I hate the word "my fans" because they are not mine; they are free to choose whoever they want to listen to.

4- What did your first acting experience add to you?

I love to enjoy my life, to try and learn new things. I may succeed in some and will surely fail in others. All I care about is the experience. I learned a lot from my participation in "Lama Bentewelled." I was a totally different person from the one sitting with you now before this experience. I am now artistically better-developed.
I saw how the director works and how he exerts immense efforts with everyone in the cast. I learnt from his role that any artistic work has artistic and managerial sides. Acting wasn’t part of my plans but this step came when I felt I would enjoy it.

5- Will you repeat this experience?

I don’t know if I will repeat this experience in the near future. I don’t have to make this decision now. I enjoyed watching the movie in its premiere yesterday, and I enjoyed receiving positive feedback from my family and friends.

At the same time, I love music so much and this year I have an idea for a music album that will require 9 months of preparation, so I will not go through another acting experience until I finish it. However, if there is a project, like a Cairokee movie, with acting, music and painting in it, I will do it.

Also if there is a good musical project, I will be enthusiastic to be part of it. I am an artist who enjoys everything he is doing and wakes up every day with a different mood, so I let my feelings guide me.

6-Tell us more about the songs in the movie; how did you prepare for them?

There was great harmony between director Tamer Ezzat and me. He used to tell me we need a song to reflect this scene or that feeling and I used to write and compose it and every time I managed to give him exactly what he wants.

7-Tell us more about the cinematic experience you will embark on with Cairokee.
We have a simple idea of a musical that will be directed by Adham el-Sherif. The movie's plot has nothing to do with our real story as Cairokee band; this is all I can say now.

8- Tell us more about Cairokee's next concert in Paris. We know it is already sold out; how do you feel about that?

This is the first time for Cairokee to perform in Paris. We have performed in a number of European countries but not Paris. Of course I was happy to know that all the tickets were sold out and that people are eagerly waiting for us.

After Paris, we will perform in London. It will be a musical tour. We usually go on a tour every year, but every year it is different. Of course we will not sing in a different language because our Arabic language is the one that conveys our feelings the best.

9- Some felt that your character was present in all the movie's songs; does your real character have an influence on your writing and composing?

Before I start writing and composing, I get rid of everything related to Amir and I put myself in the shoes of the character I am preparing the song for. That’s why I loved this movie because in general my songs are about my life experiences and Egypt, so I was happy to change that in the movie, and write, sing and compose romantic songs, a matter away from my comfort zone.

I learned to work on my imagination, as I don’t want to be monotone. I tried to imagine I am Amin, Sara and every character in the movie. The director helped me a lot in every song; he used to tell me about the feeling or the message he wanted in this line or that scene, and he gave me the guidelines that made my mission much easier.
In general, I like to try new things and I am curious to know if I will succeed. I don’t want to be that artist who only does what he knows he can do. I am not afraid of failure. I want to always try new things and if I fail, I will definitely learn.








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9/23/2019 4:43:54 PM
<![CDATA[Film Independent script writing workshop kicks off]]>
The first scriptwriting workshop kicked off on Monday, September 23 and will continue for three days. Marvin Lemus, Amman Abbasi and Ayten Amin are the mentors of the workshop.

The U.S. Embassy partnered with El Gouna Film Festival since 2017. This edition collaboration will build on previous editions successes and highlight Arab cinema’s creativity and growing global reach.

The U.S. support for the third edition of the festival includes an industry panel discussion with leading American film executives and producers.

In addition, twelve Egyptian filmmakers will participate in a three-day feature film script-writing workshop led by American experts.

The U.S. Embassy will also sponsor the Cairo Symphony Orchestra’s “Hits of Hollywood” performance at the “Cinema in Concert” event on Wednesday, September 25.
The U.S. Embassy and Los Angeles-based Film Independent will also grant two awards valued at $15,000 each for CineGouna Platform’s Springboard Competition: A Spirit Awards Residency in Los Angeles for an Egyptian screenwriter; and a Film Independent Forum Residency in Los Angeles for an Egyptian creative producer. Film Independent President Josh Welsh will serve as a jury member for the competition.

Film Independent is the nonprofit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.

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9/23/2019 4:34:04 PM
<![CDATA[Angham performed a huge concert in KSA on Sept. 22]]>
Despite the extreme hot climate, the Egyptian star’s concert was fully booked. A large number of fans attended in addition to her husband, music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim, as he was keen to support her.

The Egyptian star performed a wide selection of her old and newest songs, including “Hala khasa gedan”, “Yaraitak fahemny”, “Baatli Nazra”, among others.

Recently, Angham released her newest album entitled “Hala khasa gedan”. The album consisted of 14 songs.

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Angham during the concert in Jazan - ET

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9/23/2019 4:14:07 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House commemorates Mohamed el-Mougy on Oct. 3]]>
The concert’s program includes some of the most popular musical works of the late iconic musician Mohamed el-Mougy, including “Safini marra”, “Fengan Qahwa”, “Lel Sabr Hodood”, “Hobak Nar”, among others.

Mougy is one of the most prominent musicians of the 1960s. His first song was "Safini Marra", sung by late Abdel Halim Hafez. He then collaborated with a number of singing stars in the Arab world such as Umm Kulthum, Fayza Ahmad, Warda al-Jaza'iria, Muharram Fouad, Ali al-Haggar, Mohamed Kandil, Shadia, Maher el-Attar, Sabah and Samira Said.

The Egyptian Opera House also organizes a series of monthly concerts under the title of “Kulthumiat” in honor of the “Planet of the East”, Umm Kulthum, and within its plan to revive the heritage of Arab music, disseminating its gems among the new generations, as an integral part of Egypt's cultural history and civilization and a bridge between the past, present and future.
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9/23/2019 3:58:00 PM
<![CDATA[Theatrical Professions Syndicate prohibits dealing with Ahmed Abdel Aty]]>
The official statement also warned against dealing with artistic producer Ayman Shawky.

The statement was issued due to Abdel Aty's non-compliance with the principles of the syndicate and the violation of its laws, in addition to casting actors who are not enlisted as members of the syndicate.

The syndicate has previously warned all production companies not to cast actors/actresses who are not enlisted in the syndicate, as the syndicate seeks to find employment opportunities for syndicate members first.

Actors/actresses who are not members of the syndicate came as follows:

Hany Adel, Kareem el-Omary, Kareem Sobhy, Nancy Salah, Tony Maher, Shady Gamil, Esraa el-Belisy, Asma Soliman, Mostafa Salama, Yasmine Ghaith, Mai Fakhri and Saba Rifai.

Zaki told the press that the syndicate’s members convened to discuss the violations made by Abdel Aty, who violated the laws and regulations set by the union.

The head of the Theatrical Professions Syndicate stressed that actors/actresses who continue to deal with Abdel Aty will be suspended immediately.

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9/23/2019 3:54:34 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamun Exhibition breaks record in Paris]]>
The exhibition was visited by 1,423,170 visitors in the past six months since it was opened by the Minister of Antiquities on March 23, 2019 at the Grand Hall de la Villette.
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Calcite Stopper for Northwest Canopic Jar, King’s Head

The Minister of Antiquities explained that in 1967, when France hosted the Tutankhamun exhibition for the first time, it attracted 1,240,975 visitors.

Today, 52 years later, the Golden King's exhibition attracted more than 1.4 million visitors, which indicates how passionate the French people and visitors of France are towards the ancient Egyptian civilization.
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Wooden Traveling Chest of Tutankhamun with Gilded Knobs, Ebony and Ivory Inlay

In addition, Anani stated that despite the success of the exhibitions, they allowed the French people and visitors of France to see only a small and simple portion of the treasures of the Golden King and the ancient civilization of Egypt.

The Minister of Antiquities affirmed that this exhibition is an invitation to attract and encourage millions of enthusiastic visitors to Egypt, to see and enjoy its great and unique civilization, discovering thousands of pieces of the treasures of the Golden King and to visit and enjoy watching many archaeological areas and distinctive museums throughout Egypt.

It is worth mentioning that the exhibition "Tutankhamun: The treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" included 150 artifacts from the collections of the young king, including a number of gilt ushabti statues, wooden boxes, canopic pots, a gilded wooden Ka statue and alabaster pots.


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9/23/2019 1:59:45 PM
<![CDATA['King Lear' to resume after high-turnout]]>
The play is now scheduled for Sept. 26, 27, in addition to October 3 and 4.

“King Lear” was performed on the last Eid al-Adha for 5 days; the cast resumed after their return from performing the play in Saudi Arabia for 3 days.

On the other hand, star Magdy Kamel joined the play’s cast, and has already begun intensive rehearsals with director Tamer Karam, the director of the show.

The play stars Yehia el-Fakhrani, Rania Farid Shawky, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Heba Magdy, Nidal al-Shafei, Tharaa Jubail, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Nasser Saif, Ahmed Azmi, Mohammed Fahim, Ayman al-Shiwi and Tamer Karam.

It is noteworthy that Heba Magdy revealed her meeting with resigned actress Gehan Nasr after one of the play’s performances in August 2019 at Cairo Show Theater, one of the major malls in the Fifth Settlement District.

On one of her official social media accounts, Magdy uploaded pictures of her, Gehan Nasr along with Nasr’s children after the end of the performance. The photos went viral on social media.





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9/23/2019 10:22:04 AM
<![CDATA[Africa guest of honor at Samaa’ Festival]]>
Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem stated that hosting the African continent as the guest of honor of the 12th edition of the International Samaa’ Festival for Spiritual Music and chanting, comes as a rooting of the historical relations that link Egypt to Africa and the Egyptian depth in Africa.

Abdel Dayem added -during the opening of the festival on Sept. 21-that the opening coincides with the celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is a message to spread love, peace and brotherhood among cultures, on the land of Egypt, the focal point of religions.

For his part, the founder of the festival, Intisar Abdel Fattah, said that the festival affirms every year a message of peace and love, thanking the sectors of the Ministry of Culture for organizing this important cultural event in cooperation with the Ministries of Antiquities and Tourism.

This year, 24 countries will participate in the festival; including Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, France, Greece, Spain, Libya, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Congo Brazzaville, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Congo Kinshasa, Malaysia, Mali, Tanzania and Brunei, in addition to a distinguished participation from the Syrian chanting groups residing in Egypt.


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9/22/2019 6:14:45 PM
<![CDATA["1982" to be screened in GFF on Sept. 22]]>
A red-carpet ceremony will be prepared for the film’s makers and cast.

The film received a support award from the last edition of El Gouna Film Festival in the post-production category.

Set in a private school on the outskirts of Beirut during the Lebanese war in 1982, the film stars a group of actors and Nadine Labaki plays the leading role.

The film focuses at the start of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June of the same year while taking place in a school setting, where a little school boy determined to declare his love to a classmate as war breaks out changing both their lives forever.

The war did not make the boy back off from declaring his love to his beloved class-mate, infact, it made him even more eager to confess his love.

The film is the first work of the young director Walid Mounis and co-starring famous director Nadine Labaki.

“1982” participated in the last edition of the Toronto Film Festival, winning the Best Asian Film Award and is expected to compete strongly at this year's awards in El Gouna Film Festival.
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9/22/2019 3:16:56 PM
<![CDATA[Watch role of Zionists in establishing Al-Jazeera]]>

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Qatar's Al-Jazeera television channel has admitted broadcasting false and fabricated videos and pictures on social media platforms to stir public opinion in Egypt and provoke sedition and chaos in the country.

Al-Jazeera's broadcaster admitted that the sound of chants calling against the regime were installed on videos of Al-Ahly fans after winning the Super Cup on Friday Sept. 20 against their usual rivals Zamalek.

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Al-Jazeera has been attacked by social media users for publishing these false, misleading and fabricated videos and pictures of Egyptian public opinion.

Egyptian citizens came out through their official social media pages to clarify the facts broadcast by the terrorist channel(s), stressing that their disclosure of the facts forced the Qatar-based news network to recognize the fabrication of videos and admitting to it.

In an incident that reveals the lies of the channels supporting the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, Ahmed Helmy, a young Egyptian citizen came out through his official page commenting: “A little while ago, I found myself in a revolt in the street. I did participate in this demonstration, but that was in January 2011!”.

In turn, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry condemned the incitement of the Turkish media and Al-Jazeera TV channel against the Egyptian state, urging citizens to participate in demonstrations stirring unrest in the country.

“Al-Jazeera does not have credibility and behave unprofessionally causing great confusion and expressing deep hatred for all the progress that is witnessed in the country.” said Shoukry on Sept. 21 during a phone call with Amro Adeeb on the program “Al Hekaya” aired on MBC Masr.
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9/22/2019 2:55:10 PM
<![CDATA[SITFY launches application forms in English, Arabic]]>
The festival's management has set December 31, 2019 as the deadline for submitting applications for all theatrical groups from around the world.

The festival, through its official website, placed two copies of the application form in Arabic and English.

The president and founder of the festival explained that the form is launched in the specified period, but the festival receives other offers throughout the year through some international programmers who nominate offers to the festival and is selected by the viewing committee.

The festival selects its shows using two methods; through the selection of performances nominated by international programmers and the other through applicants filling the festival’s application form.

The festival’s management has also set more than 14 conditions for participation in the festival, including; giving the priority when selecting performers to young directors, the director applying for participation must not exceed 40 years of age, the performing shows must be written by youth and the participating show must be a duration of no more than 90 minutes.

It is noteworthy that the honorary president of the Sharm el - Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth is veteran actress Samiha Ayoub and the Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the festival is the iconic actor Mohamed Sobhi. The festival is managed by Angy el-Bastawi.

The festival will be held under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Ministry of Tourism Rania al - Mashat and the Tourism Promotion Authority headed by Ahmed Youssef and Ola Gamal el Din - Head of the Domestic Tourism Sector.


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9/22/2019 2:24:54 PM
<![CDATA['Blue Elephant P II" exceeds the 100 M mark in revenues]]>
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 movie is the production of Synergy and is supervised by producer Ahmed Badawy. The same cast in the movie’s first part worked together in the second part, led by director Marwan Hamed and the author Ahmed Mourad.

The film’s cast was led by stars Karim Abdel Aziz, Nelly Karim and Sherine Reda. Hend Sabry and Marwan Younis joined in the second part, along with Jordanian star Iyad Nassar and a number of artists as guests of honor, including Tara Emad.

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.

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9/22/2019 2:01:36 PM
<![CDATA[Viacom buys exclusive cable rights to 'Seinfeld' from Sony]]>
“Beginning in October 2021, the full library of Seinfeld episodes will air amongst Viacom’s entertainment brands, including Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land,” Viacom said in a statement.

“Seinfeld”, a show starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld playing a version of himself and often humorously described as a show about nothing, followed four self-absorbed friends in New York City. It was a hit on the NBC broadcast network in the 1990s.

Sony Corp’s Sony Pictures Television, which owns the distribution rights to “Seinfeld”, reached the deal with Viacom. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Netflix and other streaming giants are poised to nab streaming rights for popular TV shows as the battle for streaming viewers intensifies.]]>
9/22/2019 1:38:57 PM
<![CDATA[G space collaborated with Founders Media Company, during a panel discussion ]]>
The panel discussed intersections between technology and media in the Arab world and the Middle East.

The session included a short lecture by Maged Farrag, creative and manager director of 5DVR on the history and future of VR technologies and its multiple uses in the educational, commercial and artistic sectors.

After the lecture, a panel discussion was held titled “is this the end of television? What will we watch then?” Moderated by Digisay founder Ahmed Abbas, this discussion included Amr Salama, filmmaker and screenwriter, Johannes Larcher, Managing Director, Digital at MBC, and Nadine Samra, chef business officer at Zee Entertainment.

The session also included a dialogue between Hana Zaghloul, head of English content at Founders Media, and Sam Taggart, marketing manager at ThreeFold company, titled "Means of Influence: Life on Social Media."]]>
9/22/2019 11:44:49 AM
<![CDATA[Amr Salama: Such combination of art and humanity portrays asylum and displacement issues]]>
Shaden Khallaf, Acting Head of Policy Unit in UNHCR Regional Office, shed light on portraying the lives of refugees in drama and films. Khallaf added that the Arab region produces 40% of the global rate of refugees due to regional conflicts, civil wars, armed conflicts between rival tribes throughout the region and between factions on state borders.

“The humanitarian side to Gouna Film Festival is what distinguishes it from similar festivals around the world.

It aims at delivering significant messages that blend between art and humanity, creating a unique platform centering around youth and the issues the face including, conflicts, seeking asylum, and displacement, which have unfortunately become pressing issues in our unsettled Arab region” said Thuraya Ismail,

Executive Director at Mentor Arabia Foundation.

Director Amr Salama expressed his delight at the attendance of this session, which reflects the wide awareness of the regional and global issues at hand.

On another note, Salama highlighted importance of the role of music in addressing issues of drama at a larger scope.

He illustrated the huge impact of music on global unity and cultural exchange between different nations, through the large viewership of the Korean song "Gangam Style".

Salama added that music definitely influences behavioral change, expression of feelings, ideas and ideologies, and commented on his experience with the production of one of the songs on asylum issues, saying that the team heard real stories from real refugees.

“I still remember every word narrated that day,” noted Salama, adding that such a combination of art and humanity portrays asylum and displacement issues in a way that delivers the felt experience to the audience.

Syrian actor, Qusai Sheikh Najib, expressed his delight regarding allowing the artistic works to be filmed again in Syria.He added that issues of asylum, displacement and its violent impact on humanity as a whole are the main causes he will be presenting in the upcoming period.

“Refugees have significant stories of struggle, success and resilience in all the areas to which they are displaced, and portraying them is one of the tools of psychological support for refugees,” stated Qusai.

Qusai narrated a story of a Syrian family of doctors that sought refuge in Canada, but failed to find jobs. However, they did not give up. Instead they started making home-made chocolate candy called “Salma with Chocolate”.

The product has seen large success being sold at supermarkets. One day, on his visit to the White House in America, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasted the cany and shared it with attendees of the meeting saying “This is what refugees make when they’re offered a chance to live in peace”.

On another note, Amin Dora, Director of "Shankaboot", the world's first Arabic web drama series, said that the series narrates the story of young Suleiman who worked as a delivery boy at a store that hired refugees.

Throughout the series, we lived every detail of Suleiman’s story. Dora said that the success of this series is due to the use of everyday Arabic language that smoothly communicated the refugees cause.

Actress Saba Mubarak talked about her experience with herseries, "Obour", which she produced and starred in, highlighting how it showcased different stories of the lives of refugees in a camp in Jordan.

Through “Obour”, Mubarak portrayed the humanitarian side of the lives of refugees, illustrating how she lived the lives of refugees themselves through their stories, and that each event played in the series beginning with script, dialogue, and stories have been inspired by true narrators.

Daniela Cicchella, Assistant Representative for Protection (UNHCR), said that the most important focus on addressing the refugee issue is talking to refugees, not talking about them, which clearly supports the principle of humanity.

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9/22/2019 11:11:41 AM
<![CDATA[“CineGouna” second panel discussion kicked off on sep.22]]>
The discussion was regarding the “Nature of the boundaries between documentary and fictional filmmaking” and was led by “Alessandra Speciale”, consultant of Arabic and African movies in the Venice Film Festival.

The main speakers included documentary filmmakers, and the discussion began with Alessandra pointing out that documentaries tell the story of real life events portrayed by real people who lived through these experiences. Moreover, the filmmakers must exclude certain facts and be more imaginative to add an attractive narrative element in order to grab the attention.

“Tala Al Darki”, a Syrian director, had a different point of view, he claims that there’s no need to add a nonrealistic element to a documentary to attract an audience, he expressed his gratitude to technology for allowing documentary makers to reach the audience in a different way; anyone with a camera can film a while movie and upload it to the internet to be watched by millions of people.

On the other hand, the Egyptian Director “Mohamed Seyam” added that movies combine reality with imagination because showing facts may not be enough artistically for the filmmakers and the audience. He also mentioned that the lines between documentaries and fictional movies are being blurred, and that soon they will both be classified as “movies” with no specific description.

The director and creator of the movie “Sisters in Arms” which is competing in the feature narrative competition, added her voice to this opinion. She even mentioned that sometimes movies portray real life events better than documentaries. Caroline talked about her movie and how proud she is to have finally made a narrative movie after creating several documentaries. She added that you can film whatever you want in a documentary and then edit the footage and choose whatever you wish to show the viewers. In contrast, when shooting a narrative movie you have to carefully think about your creative choices beforehand while keeping in mind certain obstacles in production and in setting a budget.

Then it was “Marouan Omara”’s turn to talk who expressed how happy he was to be a part of such a panel open to the public. He talked about his experience while working his highly acclaimed movie “Dreamaway” which depicts young Egyptian workers in the city of “Sharm El Sheikh” who work in one of the luxury hotels in the area where they’re exposed to Western culture showing us a specific class of young guys living the dream.

Moreover, “Subaib Gasemalbari” the Sudanese director, agreed that there is no difference between a documentary and a narrative movie in terms of how both express the filmmakers point of view which is composed of the reality of different situations as well as an artistic touch to complete the movie.

The panel was attended by a large audience with standout members like actresses “kinda Alloush” and “Tara Emad” as well as various young filmmakers.
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9/22/2019 8:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[CineGouna discusses the importance of film restoration and its impact on Drama]]>
This was the first CineGouna session of the Gouna Film Festival.

“If we successfully establish a well-built filmmaking industry all we have to do is to found a strong infrastructure to preserve and store those films,” said Sandra Sandra Schullberg, president of IndieCollect, on the importance of finding sustainable methods to preserve filmmaking and production.

Schullberg added that her organization’s businesses are primarily based on working with indigenous filmmakers, whom we unfortunately lose every week to death.

Schullberg highlighted that restoring original film copies faces several major challenges due to lack of funding, especially as it depends mainly on grants from various parties.

She explained that her organization faced this challenge when attempting to restore some of the old films dating back to 1970 that showcased issues facing women of African origins, as well as African-Americans, or those of Asian descent, which is also the case with the restoration of private films.

Another challenge is obtaining original film copies “Film Negatives”, since they’re usually incorrectly stored in unsuitable places with no regard to the delicacy of these negative materials.

They’re often stored in refrigerators to maintain their quality for the longest time possible, which is ironically not very long.

Schullberg added that finding good formats to store and preserve films will enable us to preserve films for 300 years approximately, instead of digital storing methods which do not last for more than 4 years at best.

For example, a warehouse was found in Pennsylvania containing more than 8,000 containers of film negatives that have been incorrectly stacked in a way that ruined their content, which is a huge loss of valuable content produced over many years.

This lead Schullberg to minimize digital storages of film negative, whether it’s via Dropbox or CDs; given how they’re constantly at risk of being lost or damaged.

Schullberg also deliberated on the impact of incorrect storing on film restoration, highlighting how it can cause the film colours to change, in turn affecting the original product and the director’s view in time of production.

Damage in negatives can tamper with colours causing green to dominate the image, which sabotages the imagined outcome for directors and filmmakers.

For instance, if the film is to present an African-American character, the image could display a different skin colour, causing a radical change in the dramatic context.

Moreover, Sandra Schullberg announced a new partnership with Google Inc., making Google Arts & Culture its main film platform; simultaneously minimizing the share of digital platforms, like Netflix, in funding film preservation.

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9/21/2019 6:59:52 PM
<![CDATA['Lama Benetwelled' to screen at GFF on Sep.21]]>
When we are born, each one of us has a life path, which is then influenced by how we are raised and the beliefs ingrained in us.

The film interweaves the hopes and dreams of three characters at the center of the Egyptian lifestyle, accompanied by musical narration: a son who yearns to pursue a singing career against his father’s will, a romantic Christian woman who is in love with a Muslim man, and a newly-wed personal trainer who must compromise his principles for a chance to own a gym.

Will these characters make the best choices for themselves and the people they love? The film is written by Nadine Shams and directed by Egyptian director Tamer Ezzat."Lama Benetwelled" is starring Amr Abed, Sameh el-Serety, Ebtihal el-Serety, and Salma Hassan, Amir Eid among others.

It is worth mentioning that the organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition revealed granting Mohamed Henedy the Creative Achievement Award for his significant contribution to cinema.The festival’s third edition is scheduled to run from September 19 -27.

The festival's management decided granting Palestinian director Mai Masry the same award. Masry is one of the most prominent Palestinian directors. She is known for her documentaries, which focused on women and children.
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9/21/2019 11:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[GFF organise a retrospective exhibition honoring the iconic Abdel Quddous on Sep.21-27]]>
Forty-seven of his novels have been adapted into film which is a record among Arab
writers.

Abdel Quddous wrote more than 600 novels and stories; five of which were
adapted into stage plays, nine into radio series, and ten into television series.

Sixty-five of his novels were translated into English, French, German, Ukrainian and Chinese.

GFF discovered a treasure trove of Abdel Quddous' personal belongings, such as exquisite furniture, magnificent paintings, the author's prestigious certificates of appreciation, handwritten documents from his collection of fiction and journalistic works, rare photographs, and many more.

These treasures will be displayed in exhibition, which will take place from September 21 to 27, 2019, at the TU Berlin El Gouna Campus.

Abdel Quddous was an Egyptian writer, novelist, and journalist and editor in Egypt's Al-Akhbar (The news) and Al-Ahram newspapers. He is known to have written many novels that have been adapted in films.

Abdel Quddous was born in Cairo, Egypt, to an Egyptian father, Mohamed Abdel Quddous, and Egyptian-Turkish actress Rose al-Youssef. His favorite hobby as a child was reading. At the age of 11, he started writing short stories and classical poems.

His father, Mohamed Abdel Quddous, an Egyptian theatre and film actor, motivated him to pursue a career in law.
Abdel Quddous graduated from law school in 1942 and worked as a lawyer. He was, at the beginning of his career, a trainee for the law firm of Edward Qussairi, a famous Egyptian lawyer. He was also an editor in Rose al Youssef, a weekly magazine that his mother Fatima al Youssef (aka Rose al-Youssef) had founded.

In 1944, he started writing film scripts, short stories, and novels. He later left his law career to focus on his literary career. A few years later, he became a distinguished journalist in Al-Akhbar newspaper, where he worked for eight years.

He then worked in Al-Ahram newspaper and became its editor-in-chief. He often criticized important personalities, which got him imprisoned three times throughout his journalism career. During his life, Abdel Quddous enriched the Egyptian literature and cinema with everlasting works.

Abdel Quddous regarded women as symbols of sacrifice in the Egyptian society which was why women were the central theme of his literary works. His works influentially contributed to bring change in the conventional concepts in Egypt.
On the contrary to his literary works, he was a very conservative person. He was known to have a resisting personality and had been a strict husband and father in his house. He wrote more than 60 novels and collections of short stories.

Of his novels, five were dramatized, nine were used as radio series scripts, ten had television miniseries adaptations, and 49 had film adaptations.

His works have been translated to several foreign languages including English, French, German, Ukrainian, and Chinese. Abdel Quddous also co-founded the Egyptian Story Club.

It is worth mentionong that the organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition revealed granting Mohamed Henedy the Creative Achievement Award for his significant contribution to cinema.The festival’s third edition is scheduled to run from September 19 -27.

The festival's management decided granting Palestinian director Mai Masry the same award. Masry is one of the most prominent Palestinian directors. She is known for her documentaries, which focused on women and children.






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9/21/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Movies to watch at GFF on Sep.20]]>
12: 30 PM
SYSTEM CRASHER at Grand Cinemas Hurghada


3: 00 PM
LES MISÉRABLES at Audimax

CENTRAL STATION at Sea Cinema 3


3: 15 PM

HEIGHT OF THE WAVE at Sea Cinema 1

THE TRAITOR at Grand Cinemas Hurghada

3: 30 PM
OH, LES FILLES! at Sea Cinema 2


5: 45 PM
SISTERS IN ARMS at Marina Theatre (with Red Carpet)
THE TRAITOR at Audimax

6: 00 PM
SONG WITHOUT A NAME at Sea Cinema 1

6: 15 PM
KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND at Sea Cinema 2


6: 30 PM
SYSTEM CRASHER at Sea Cinema 3

LES MISÉRABLES at Grand Cinemas Hurghada

8: 30 PM
THE FATHER at Sea Cinema 1

9: 00 PM
KONGO at Sea Cinema 2

9: 15 PM
AD ASTRA at Audimax

ONCE IN TRUBCHEVSK at Grand Cinemas Hurghada





9: 30 PM
YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY at Marina Theatre (with Red Carpet)
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9/20/2019 1:52:40 PM
<![CDATA[In Depth look at the opening ceremony of GFF]]>

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El Gouna Film Festival, taking place in El Gouna’s Marina Theater, will run until September 27.

The grand opening of the 3rd edition of the festival has witnessed the participation of celebrities, filmmakers, directors and producers from various countries.

This festival was attended by festival founder Naguib Sawiris, El-Gouna founder Samih Sawiris, CEO and co-founder of the festival Amr Mansi, COO and festival co-founder Bushra Abdallah Rozza, festival co-founder Kamal Zadeh, and festival director Intishal Al-Timimi.

Mona Zaki, Ahmed el Fishawy, Amina Khalil, Rania Youssef, Ahmed Dawoud, Ola Roushdy, Karim Kassem, Amr Youssef, Kinda Alloush, Emy Samir Ghanem, Hassan el Raddad, Laila Elwi, Elham Shahin, Yousra, Eman el Assi and Mohamed Ramadan who attended the festival for the first time were the key celebrities who attended the opening ceremony.

ramadan gff

Ramadan attendance carried a hidden message that his dispute with Bushra has ended.

The 2019’s creativity achievement prize was rewarded to Palestinian director and producer Mai Masri and the festival also commemorated Egyptian-Canadian Aladdin star Mena Massoud.

The opening ceremony presenter Mariam el Khoshet said that cinema gathered a lot of filmmakers tonight.

‘’ We are here today because we love cinema’’ recounted the other opening ceremony presenter Egyptian actor Aly Kassem.

The opening ceremony was inaugurated by a light comedy song by comedian Akram Hosny, namely “Cima”, about cinema and moviemaking throughout history and its contributions to human history and humanity.

‘’ I wish this festival will continue for 100 years’’ Hosny said.

‘’I asked co-founder of the festival Amr Mansi about whether he “really” asked Tamer Habib before assigning me to sing the opening ceremony song’’ Hosny joked with the Mansi and the attendees.

‘’This festival carry happiness and joy through its selected movies’’ recounted Al-Timimi. GFF Director Further added that this edition will also celebrate the centennial birth of the late acclaimed Egyptian writer and Journalist Ihsan Abd el Quddos.

‘’We tried to achieve the golden equation through choosing a selected group of movies’’ Al-Timimi said.

The festival director also announced that the festival will organize a big concert conducted by maestro Ahmed el Saidi.

‘’This edition has its own glow because we are celebrating Gouna’s 30th anniversary’’ the Egyptian actor and one of the opening ceremony presenters Karim Kassem said, stressing that for this reason this edition will be unique in all aspects.


mona zaki in gff

‘’ I announce now a special agreement between UNICEF and El Gouna Festival’’ recounted the Egyptian star and UNICEF ambassador Mona Zaki. Zaki added that this agreement will be pertaining to children rights because humanity is the main aspect of El Gouna Film Festival.

‘’Cinema revive humanity and El Gouna Film Festival’s main slogan is humanity’’ Zaki added.

The famed Egyptian actress added as well that Egypt is considered the Hollywood of the Middle East.

‘’ Before I start to talk in English, I am happy that I returned back in Egypt the mother of the whole world as they describe it’’ Massud said in Arabic at the beginning of his speech.

Massoud thanked the artistic director of the festival Amir Ramsis for the effort he and his team exerted in the festival, and Samih and Naguib Sawiris for organising such important cinema festival.

Mena Massoud in gff


‘’ Thank you for El Gouna Film Festival for welcoming me so warmly in this incredible moment, I say moment because that what I felt this festival represents, it is momentous, a time of excellence, influence, of lasting pride and empowerment. We are here today because we all believe in one thing that is the power of art. As an artists we have an extraordinary privilege to tell the stories of our people, our land and our culture, we are our stories. When I was growing up, I never saw people who looked like me on the big screen, there wasn’t room for my story. The EDA foundation that I started is about creating space for all our stories, it is about empowering artists from all over the world to tell their story or our story, because when we represent our cultures with sensitivity and truth, we foster society that support all people. I am here because I am confident in the talent we have to offer, we must continue to work to broaden the scope of our narratives.’’ Massoud said in his speech.

Massoud later said to the attendees in Arabic while joking: ‘’ you are too silent people, we are here in Egypt and I can’t believe that all this happen in Egypt.’’

‘’I am glad to present the first EDA award to Nesrine Eradi’’ said Massoud who chose Nesrine Eradi as the first filmmaker to receive such award.

In general Massoud said he was happy to have been chosen and to be in Egypt, noting that he has always been keen on practicing his mother tongue.


The Egyptian Ministry of Immigration has chosen Massoud as an ambassador for the “Etkallem Masry” (Speak Egyptian) initiative, which promotes the national identity among Egyptians abroad.

‘’We are honored to present the life achievement award to the Arab Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri’’ said acclaimed director Hany Abou Assad before giving Masri her award.

Syrian singer Faia Younan dazzled the festival attendees with a song commemorating our great artists who passed away. Ahmed el Fishawy’s tears came out when he saw the picture of his father late great actor Farouk el Fishawy.

Younan song managed to touch the hearts of all the attendees.


At the end of the opening ceremony the festival director announced the jury members of the festival who are:

The jury of the Feature Narrative Competition has the iconic Egyptian film director Khairy Beshara for president.

Beshara has been active in the film industry since the 1970s, and is considered one of the directors who redefined realism in Egyptian cinema.

He is also one of the first Arab directors to venture into digital filmmaking in the late 1990s.

Among the members is award-winning director and producer Mai Masri, one of the pillars of Palestinian and Arab cinema; Nashen Moodley, the director of the Sydney Film Festival, who served in juries at San Sebastian, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, Durban and Tokyo film festivals; and Resul Pookutty, Asia’s most feted sound technician, winner of an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; and Stas Tyrkin, film critic and artistic director of the Dvizheniye National Debut Film Festival and the Strelka Film Festival.

The Feature Documentary Competition jury is headed by acclaimed Senegalese director, producer, screenwriter and actor Moussa Touré, founder of the Moussa Invite Festival in Senegal, which aims to promote African documentaries directed by African filmmakers.

The jury members include award-winning director and producer Anne Aghion, who is a panelist and juror at film festivals including Cannes and IDFA; Ludmila Cvikova, who was a programmer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for 15 years, and has cooperated with numerous international festivals; Talal Derki, a renowned Syrian film director, producer and screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019; award-winning Egyptian costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, who has worked with many legendary directors such as Youssef Chahine and Yousry Nasrallah.

The Short Film Competition jury is headed by prominent Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, who received numerous awards and honors for his feature films such as ‘’The Yacoubian Building’’ and ‘’The Blue Elephant’’ .The jury also includes Colombian-Belgian film director and cinematographer Juanita Onzaga; as well as the director of the Tampere Film Festival, Jukka-Pekka Laakso, who has served as a jury member at numerous film festivals around the world.



dorra in GFF

In addition, two acclaimed figures from the Arab world are members of the Short Film Competition jury; Iraqi director, producer and screenwriter Mohamed Daradji, whose films have been selected for leading international film festivals; and Tunisian star Dorra Zarrouk, who starred in more than 30 films, theater plays and TV series across the region.

Additionally GFF welcomes the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) jury, which will award one feature-length film by an Asian director from the GFF program.

The NETPAC jury consists of Gulnara Abikeyeva, film critic and historian from Kazakhstan; Syrian-French film critic Nada Azhari; and Hasan Haddad, writer and film critic from Bahrain.

This year also marks GFF’s first time to host an International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) jury, who will award one feature-length Arab film from the lineup of the Festival.

FIPRESCI jury members are Karsten Kastelan, journalist and film critic from Germany; Mervat Omar, film critic from Egypt; and Frédéric Ponsard, film critic from France.

Lebanese dancing troupe Mayas gave an amazing performance at the end of the ceremony.



Around 80 movies will be screened during the festival, most of which have won prestigious awards, to compete for El Gouna Golden Star Prize, which will award the winner a trophy, a certificate and $50,000.





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9/20/2019 1:23:34 PM
<![CDATA[IEFTA attends GFF with films, mentorships, panels ]]>
El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is one of the leading festivals in the MENA region and presents a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, is committed to the discovery of new voices, and strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World.

Making its World Premiere at GFF, Marco Orsini’s Beyond TheRaging Sea follows the harrowing tale of two Egyptian adventurers, Omar Samra and Omar Nour (affectionately known as O2), as they take on the world’s toughest row, an unsupported, perilous 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The extreme journey is part of an annual ocean-rowing race called the Atlantic Challenge. They didn’t make it.



Eight days, and 500 miles into their journey across the Atlantic, Team O2 were hit by 45 knot winds and towering waves that caused their boat to capsize - their boat did not self-right as it was meant to do.
The 12 hours that followed, deserted and floating in the rough seas in a small rubber raft (as well as literally in the sea trying to fix the small rubber raft), before they were rescued by a cargo ship which re-routed in answer to their mayday call, became a survival story of epic proportions.



Sponsored by DHL, Team O2 dedicated their row to raising awareness of the global refugee crises. In an ironic twist, Nour and Samra faced the same dangers, terrors and decisions of those they meant to recognize and relieve.

Featuring jaw-dropping, you-are-there footage of a remarkable ordeal and rescue at sea, Beyond the Raging Sea is the gripping account of that experience narrated by those who lived it, capturing what they endured, what they felt and what it meant.



A collaboration by DHL, UNDP, UNHCR and IEFTA, Beyond TheRaging Sea will have its World Premiere on Saturday, 21 September.



Screening as well, will be a presentation of the ongoing collaboration between the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and IEFTA, Refugee Voices in Film. From South Sudan to Central America, from Somalia to Afghanistan, Refugee Voices in Film 4th Edition presents the stories of individual refugees across the globe.

Here refugees speak out about loss and desperation but also resilience and hope. Witness the impact of film in giving a powerful voice to the displaced and dispossessed. This is the first time the program has been presented by IEFTA and UNHCR outside of the Cannes Film Festival where the previous editions have screened.



In addition, the program in El Gouna will also feature a Round table Discussion: Refugee Voices in the Film Industry.

Refugees feature in some of the most compelling works of recent cinema. In this year’s third edition of #GFF’s #CinemaforHumanity initiative, we will hold a round table gathering filmmakers and organizations to talk about innovative and creative approaches when filming humanitarian crises around the globe.

Whereas some filmmakers are moving from observational into participatory filmmaking, this roundtable will look at how to shift the focus to refugees and migrants as audiences of films rather than simply subjects. It will also shed light on how visual storytelling can empower and inform, while expanding the boundaries of humanitarian filmmaking.



With its mission to discover, nurture and empower budding filmmakers from emerging economies, IEFTA, through its Global Film Expression (GFE) initiative, has brought many promising filmmakers to the Cannes Film Festival for more than a decade, providing screenings, networking, mentoring and exposure.

Now, in partnership with the Marché du Film and its Industry Workshops program, IEFTA supports collaborations with filmmakers from across the Horn of Africa, Middle East and Asia. Internationally, there is always an appetite for stories untold, voices unheard and visions as yet unseen, and IEFTA provides opportunity and education to those with little to no access to resources for their cinematic expression.



At this year’s El Gouna Film Festival, IEFTA representatives will again take part in the CineGouna Platform, where they will view films, mentor filmmakers and discover the next filmmakers from Egyptian and Arab cinema to join in the Global Film Expression program at Cannes 2020.

A creative hub for minds and markets, the CineGouna Platform is a filmmakers/industry oriented event created with the objective of nurturing and strengthening promising Egyptian and Arab cinema projects & filmmakers and to help them find artistic and financial support. This past May, two filmmakers who were selected from the CineGouna Platform attended IEFTA’s Cannes program: Ruba Atiyeh from Lebanon and Marwa Zein from Sudan.



IEFTA is a Monaco based non-governmental organization founded with the purpose of discovering and developing film talent from emerging regions, globally. We connect film makers to established industry professionals, engage cultural diversity and foster relationships that are; mentoring, inspiring and educational.



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9/20/2019 12:17:56 PM
<![CDATA[‘Game of Thrones’ seeks record in final Emmys battle]]>
Despite its misfiring finale which divided fans, the fantasy epic about feuding families and flame-shooting dragons secured a whopping 32 nominations for this year’s Emmys — television’s version of the Oscars.

The most decorated fictional show in Emmys history, “Thrones” has twice won 12 awards in a single season.

It is well on its way to besting that record this year, with 10 awards already bagged in lesser categories at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, including for the show’s blockbuster special effects and mock-medieval swords-and-bodices costumes.

It is the overwhelming favorite to add the top drama series prize to its haul on Sunday.

“All signs point to ‘Game of Thrones’ picking that up,” predicted Variety’s Michael Schneider.

“Even if fans weren’t necessarily loving that final season ... it doesn’t matter — if the voters love it, then that’s what’s going to win the Emmy,” he added.

The Television Academy’s 24,000-plus voters had two weeks in August to pick their favorites.

To get across the line Sunday, “Thrones” has 14 contenders across seven categories.

Serial winner Peter Dinklage is a front-runner for sharp-tongued dwarf Tyrion Lannister, as is Maisie Williams as princess-turned-assassin Arya Stark.

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) are among the others in the running.

“Thrones” was not just a critical hit but a sweeping cultural phenomenon — more than 40 million tuned in to watch each episode of the final season.

Emmys organizers, who have copied the Oscars by eschewing a host this year, will hope that such wild popularity lifts the ceremony’s viewing figures.

All 10 “Thrones” acting nominees will serve as guest presenters — as will the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and the Kardashians.

Further star power among the acting nominees will be provided by Oscar-winners Michael Douglas, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali and Patricia Arquette.

Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel” and HBO’s “Chernobyl” have also emerged as powerhouse contenders.

“Mrs Maisel” — Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic — won the best comedy Emmy last year, and the second season is well-placed to add further prizes Sunday.

It is locked in a fierce showdown for the overall comedy gong with “Veep” and “Fleabag.”

Like “Thrones,” US political satire “Veep” is contending its final Emmys after a stellar run, including 17 statuettes.

The show won best comedy in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but took a forced hiatus last year as Julia Louis-Dreyfus battled breast cancer.

She would claim the standalone record for acting Emmys with a ninth win.

Another long-running popular show taking its final Emmys bow is “The Big Bang Theory,” the throwback sitcom about a group of geeky, young California scientists.

It earned only one nomination — for directing — but its creators are unlikely to mind after all 12 seasons were purchased by HBO Max streaming service this week for a reported $500 million.

In the limited series categories, “Chernobyl,” HBO’s drama about the 1986 nuclear disaster, won seven technical Emmys last weekend. It even inflicted a rare defeat on “Thrones” in production design.

But it may struggle to add to that tally on Sunday, when it competes with Netflix’s “When They See Us,” the searing true story of five men wrongly accused of raping a Central Park jogger, which has eight acting nominations.

In the variety sections, HBO’s political satire “Last Week Tonight” starring British comedian John Oliver is again front-runner, while NBC’s all-time leading Emmys winner “Saturday Night Live” remains formidable.

National Geographic’s “Free Solo” does not compete Sunday, but scooped an impressive seven Emmys last weekend.

The Oscar-winning documentary about a hair-raising, free solo climb of El Capitan in California’s Yosemite swept the non-fiction categories.]]>
9/20/2019 8:10:34 AM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival posits humanity as slogan, ET highlights key remarks]]>rd edition of El Gouna Film Festival opened its curtains with a slogan that stressed a deep connection between the movie industry and humanity, adding "Cinema for Humanity" as its permanent slogan.

El Gouna Film Festival, taking place in El Gouna’s Marina Theater, will run until September 27.

The grand opening of the 3rd edition of the festival has witnessed the participation of celebrities, filmmakers, directors and producers from various countries.

The 2019’s creativity achievement prize will be rewarded to Palestinian director and producer Mai al-Masri and the festival will also commemorate Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud.

Around 80 movies will be screened during the festival, most of which have won prestigious awards, to compete for El Gouna Golden Star Prize, which will award the winner a trophy, a certificate and $50,000.

The Egyptian Ministry of Immigration has chosen Massoud as an ambassador for the “Etkallem Masry” (Speak Egyptian) initiative, which promotes the national identity among Egyptians abroad.



Massoud said he was happy to have been chosen and to be in Egypt, noting that he has always been keen on practicing his mother tongue.

This festival is attended by festival founder Naguib Sawiris, El-Gouna founder Samih Sawiris, CEO and co-founder of the festival Amr Mansi, COO and festival co-founder Bushra Abdallah Rozza, festival co-founder Kamal Zadeh, and festival director Intishal Al-Timimi.

The festival aims at presenting a wide variety of films from around the world, as well as seeking cooperation and cultural exchange through connecting filmmakers from the various region with their international counterparts through the CineGouna Platform to help Arab filmmakers find artistic and financial support.

This edition will also celebrate the centennial birth of the late acclaimed Egyptian writer and journalist Ihsan Abdel-Quddous, the festival will host an exhibition honoring his memory.

The opening ceremony was inaugurated by a light comedy song by comedian Akram Hosny, namely “Cima”, about cinema and moviemaking throughout history and its contributions to human history and humanity.

Egypt Today brings to you some key quotes by celebrities and moviemakers during the 3rd edition of the Gouna Film Festival:

Akram Hosny:

Actor Akram Hosny
Actor Akram Hosny

- I wish this festival will continue for 100 years.

- I asked co-founder of the festival Amr Mansi about whether he “really” asked Tamer Habib before assigning me to sing the opening ceremony song.


Intishal Al Timimi:

Movie maker and cinema critic Intishal Al Tamimi
Movie maker and cinema critic Intishal Al Timimi

- This festival carry happiness and joy through its selected movies.

- We tried to achieve the golden equation through choosing a selected group of movies.

- The festival will organize a big concert conducted by maestro Ahmed el Saidi.

Karim Kassem:

Actor Karim Kassem
Actor Karim Kassem

- This edition has its own glow because we are celebrating Gouna’s 30th anniversary.

Mona Zaki:

Actress Mona Zaki
Actress Mona Zaki

- I announce now a special agreement between UNICEF and El Gouna Festival.

- Egypt is the Hollywood of the Middle East.

- Cinema revive humanity and El Gouna Film Festival’s main slogan is humanity.

Mena Massoud:

Actor Mina Masoud
Actor Mina Masoud

- I am happy that I came to Egypt, the mother of the world.

- I am glad to present the first EDA award to Nesrine Eradi.

Hany Abou Assad:

Director Hany Abou Assad
Director Hany Abou Assad

- We are honored to present the life achievement award to the Arab Palestinian filmmaker Mai El Masry.
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9/19/2019 11:06:53 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous free-of-charge outings during September]]>
A few events are taking place where you can go with friends or family, and enjoy some classy forms of art that offer sublimity to the soul:

The International Samaa' Festival for Spiritual Music & Chanting in its 12th edition will take place with the participation of more than twenty bands from different countries of the world in the period from September 21 - 26.

The opening ceremony will be staged on Bir Youssef Theater in Salah el Din Citadel at 8 pm. Admission is allowed starting at 6 pm, free of charge during all the days of the festival. All you need is your transportation money, if any!

On Sunday, September 22nd, the largest international carnival will be held with the participation of almost all countries in Al-Moez Street, starting at 4 pm in front of Bab el-Fotouh.

On Monday (Sept. 23), Tuesday (Sept. 24) and Wednesday (Sept. 25) numerous events will be held at 8 pm in Bir Youssef theater in Salah El-Din Citadel, Al-Moez Street, Al-Ghoury Dome at the end of Al-Azhar Bridge in Al-Ghouria, Al-Hanager Square inside the Opera House, and at 6 pm at the Freedom Park at the end of Kasr El-Nile Bridge.
Mohamed Sawy
The sublimity of the Complex of Religions
Remon Magdy

ًWilliam Sadek

Also on September 25, the Forum of Religions will be held with the participation of several countries. It will be held at 8 pm at the Coptic Museum in the Complex of Religions in Masr el Kadima district, in front of Mar Girgis Metro Station.

The closing ceremony of the events will be held at Bir Youssef Theater in Salah el Din Citadel on Sept. 26 at 8 pm, with the participation of several countries.
Magic of Salah el Din Citadel - Pinterest
The Magic of Salah el Din Citadel - Pinterest

This festival is targeting all family members, specializing events and commodities for all ages. In Salah el Din Citadel, there will be a heritage market for traditional and handicraft products from the governorates of Egypt, as well as an exhibition of traditional handicrafts.
Beauty of El Moez St
Beauty of El Moez Str.

A global festival attended by thousands of audiences. Because it is completely free-of-charge, the festival imposes the first arriving - first entry way because the capacity of the place is suitable for only about 4,000 individuals.
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The festival is a great way to spend some quality time with the family and is completely free of charge. Make sure you don't miss it!










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9/19/2019 2:33:06 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture launches Biennale of Luanda - Pan-African Forum ]]>
The meeting was held in Fortezza de Sao Fort, in the presence of the Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdi Sanad, Ambassador Khaled Hassan of Egypt, and Rasha Ragheb the Director of the National Training Academy.

The Egyptian pavilion included more than 35 diverse works of art, including decorative sculpture and paper-based photography by artists El Hoda Ahmed and Mohamed el Abd.

Attendees witnessed the artistic performance of the Toshka Folk Art Group of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, stressing through its presentation that arts are a language of communication between cultures.
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FILE - Part of the shows during the Biennale

During the opening ceremony, a number of tableaux were presented that reflected the Egyptian popular heritage, as the Angolan audience interacted with them with African dances, raising the flags of Egypt that decorated the fort.

For her part, the Angolan Minister of Culture appreciated Egypt's participation in launching the first edition of the Biennale, stressing the importance of supporting and enhancing cultural and artistic cooperation between the two countries through intensifying creative and intellectual mutual activities.


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9/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mena Massoud chosen ambassador of ‘Speak Egyptian’]]>
On Wednesday, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram met the Alaadin actor who is in Egypt to participate in al-Gouna Film Festival Sept. 19-17. She expressed pride in Massoud’s Hollwood success, as well as his ability to speak Arabic.

Massoud said he was happy to have been chosen and to be in Egypt, noting that he has always been keen on practicing his mother tongue. For her part, Makram said his example gives a positive image of Egypt internationally.

The Etkallem Masry initiative includes a program that teaches Arabic and the Egyptian accent, and has sections for every age group.
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9/19/2019 1:01:21 PM
<![CDATA[CIFCET concludes its activities on Sept. 19]]>
The play “Domoo’ Hadid” for Walid Awni will be presented during the festival’s closing ceremony, in the presence of the festival’s President Sameh Mehran, General Coordinator Director Essam el Sayed, the Festival's Director Dina Amin, Poet Mohamed Bahgat Head of the Media Committee and a constellation of stars of art and theater in Egypt and the world.

The program of the ceremony includes the national anthem followed by Sameh Mahran's speech.

The festival’s medal will be awarded to honor Sayed Ragab, Samira Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Kamal and the writer Abdel Razek Hussein.

The festival will also honor a group of late creators who have a long history of artistic contributions including Hazem Shehata, Hanaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed Abul Seoud.

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9/19/2019 12:57:46 PM
<![CDATA[Alzaro to present GFF's opening, closing ceremonies]]>
The festival's management decided to entrust the opening and closing ceremonies to the young actor Bassel Alzaro.

Alzaro will present the concerts "online" in a live broadcast on the official page of the festival.

It is worth mentioning that the last dramatic work presented by Alzaro was through his participation in the series "Haramlek", broadcast during the month of Ramadan and with the participation of many stars of the Arab World, including; Dora, Gamal Suleiman, Basil Khayat, Sulafa Mimar, Bassem Yakhour and Samer el Masri.

The screenplay is written by Sulaiman Abdulaziz and directed by Tamer Isaac.
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9/19/2019 12:40:21 PM
<![CDATA[NCW urge women to participate in Breast Cancer Early Detection Initiative]]>
Ihsan Dawood al-Ghali, head of the National Council for Women in the province, said in a statement on Wednesday Sept. 18: “The Breast Cancer Early Detection Initiative is part of the Presidential Initiative to Support Egyptian Women's Health”.

She stressed on the importance of the participation of women to check on their health situation, as the medical examination will be free of charge in the many medical points deployed in various health units and communities in the villages.

Al-Ghaly further explained that the branch gathered the largest number of women in villages and various communities, urging them to participate in the initiative.

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9/19/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[New Zealand to be Middle-earth again in Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series]]>
The Amazon.com Inc unit said the multi-series adaptation will explore new storylines preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”, the first instalment in the famed fantasy trilogy set in the fictional land of “Middle-earth”.

Amazon bought the TV rights to Tolkien’s literary classic two years ago when screens were ruled by HBO’s blockbuster fantasy series, “Game of Thrones”. Unlike HBO and others such as Netflix Inc, a hit for Amazon could not only draw in viewers but also shoppers to its Prime subscription service.

Three movies made of The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the early 2000s were filmed in New Zealand by director Peter Jackson. They garnered nearly $3 billion at the box office and 17 Academy Awards.

“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff,” showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in a statement.

Pre-production for the series has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, in the coming months, the statement showed.

Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings, “The Hobbit”, was also made into a movie trilogy by Jackson in New Zealand.

However, production ran into disputes with unions in 2010 over labor contracts that nearly sent filming overseas and resulted in the government changing employment laws.

The new series is likely to boost the economy of the tiny country and create several jobs, having been widely hyped in the media as likely one of the most expensive TV shows of all time.

“This is a sought after production and fantastic news for New Zealand’s screen sector and our economy,” New Zealand’s Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said in a separate statement.]]>
9/18/2019 4:50:45 PM
<![CDATA['Alice in Wonderland' to be presented by Russian ensemble]]>
This will take place in four morning and evening concerts on Sept.21 and Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Opera House's Grand Theatre.

The show features the interplay of modern technology with the diversity and richness of artistic elements that combine 3D technologies, fireworks, visual effects and audio effects, in addition to special costumes, masks and accessories, turning the theater into a dazzling world of magic.

The show tells the famous story of Alice, who moves to a fantasy world inhabited by strange creatures, experiencing a lot of adventures and interesting situations.

The novel "Alice in Wonderland" was written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodson under his pseudonym Lewis Carroll in 1865. It gained huge popularity among children and adults alike for its manipulation of logic and attractive and diverse characters.

It has been translated into at least 174 languages, including Arabic and Japanese. The novel has been reissued into numerous modified copies.


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9/18/2019 4:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[Hallani: My condition is now stable]]>
“Thank God. My condition is now stable with treatment and is constantly improving," said Hellani.

The Lebanese star added that he is scheduled to perform more than one concert in Egypt during the coming period, including a concert in the Arab Music Festival held in the Egyptian Opera House, and another one in New Year’s season in one of the major hotels overlooking the Nile.

The renowned star recently cheated death and was in a coma after the horse fell over his body. He suffered a number of serious injuries, and bruises.

Ironically, the Lebanese star stayed for several days in the hospital where late director Simon Asmar, the man who discovered Hellani at the beginning of his career, used to be treated.

In a different context, “Edhaki”, Hallani’s latest song, amassed almost 3 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube. The song is written by Amer Lawand, composed by Ali Hassoun, and distributed by Suleiman Demian.

The Lebanese star is currently putting the final touches on his latest album, scheduled to be released in the upcoming period. In his new album, Hallani collaborates with numerous poets, composers and distributors, and performs more than one song in the Egyptian dialect.

Hallani has recently participated in several summer concerts, in addition to his participation in some weddings in Lebanon, including the wedding of the son of the international designer Elie Saab, in the presence of many stars of the Arab world.




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9/18/2019 4:38:03 PM
<![CDATA[Min. aims to convert Tanis Archaeological City into open museum]]>
Tanis is located on the site of San el-Hagar in Sharkia governorate and both parties aim to convert it into an open museum. The project was launched by the ministry in April, and the French side has provided the appropriate budget for its implementation.

The meeting was attended by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, director of the French Institute of Oriental Antiquities and the general supervisor of the Department of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities.

It is noteworthy that the project of development of San el-Hagar archaeological site is the result of the coordination between the Egyptian and French sides within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Antiquities to upgrade the services in archaeological sites. San el-Hagar is an important archaeological city; it has been the focus of French archaeological missions for nearly 90 years.

The development project includes the establishment of a center for visitors, creating a path to the visitors, provide services and put signs to explain the archaeological area. This is in addition to the restoration of royal tombs and monuments, and putting them on the map of local and international tourism.

The ministry also repaired, assembled, re-installed and lifted two obelisks and statues in the archaeological area in preparation for the revival of the entire area.

San el-Hagar archaeological area is considered “Thebes of the North”. Despite the historical value it retains, most of its monuments were shattered and scattered on site.

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9/18/2019 3:53:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sharjah International Book Fair to launch on Oct. 30]]>
The book fair will be held at the Expo Center in Sharjah, with the participation of selected writers, novelists and artists from around the world.

Regarding the launch of the 38th edition of the book fair, the President of the Sharjah Book Authority said: “Sharjah's cultural journey culminated in the title of the “Book Capital of the World of 2019”, which was the result of the efforts of many cultural institutions and organizations that placed Sharjah in a leading position on the map of cultural and creative action in the Arab world and globally.”

“This special edition of the book fair was devoted to a complete set of cultural and creative events led by a group of writers, intellectuals and novelists from around the world who came to participate in this event, which has become a milestone in the history of the UAE and Arab culture alike.” continued the President of the Sharjah Book Authority.

The Sharjah International Book Fair is the third largest book fair in the world. A global model to follow, which promotes culture and all its elements, ensuring Sharjah a permanent destination for intellectuals, writers, publishers and those interested in cultural work and the publishing industry locally, regionally and globally.


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9/18/2019 3:46:18 PM
<![CDATA[Abu to perform GFF’s closing ceremony song]]>
The song bears the name "Habibi Ya Lail"; it is written and composed by Abu and distributed by Robert Kamal, and is his second cooperation with the festival after "3 Daqat", which achieved great success.

Abu has recently stated to the press that El Gouna Film Festival has become one of the most important artistic and cultural events in Egypt, and that his participation in this significant event comes in line with his desire to provide strong and different artistic content.

He added that the presence and participation of international artists in the festival confirms that it has a great resonance outside Egypt, and plays an important role in supporting tourism in the Red Sea region.

Abu further pointed out that his participation in the festival this year came at the request of Amr Mansy, CEO of El Gouna Film Festival.

The star also noted that films presented in the festival tell beautiful stories, and he loves to tell stories through songs and music. Abu clarified that this is the reason he decided to make the festival’s closing ceremony song.

In August, Abu celebrated the release of his latest song "Aysh Ya Albi" during a press conference. The song featured the cheerful tone which distinguishes Abu’s songs.

It was filmed in the Lebanese city of Tire (AKA Sour) with its stunning scenery and with the participation of the Lebanese theatrical artist Rafik Ali Ahmed, Miss Lebanon and star Valery Abu Chakra; the video clip was directed by Fadi Haddad.



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9/18/2019 3:22:37 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture to participate in Luanda - Pan-African Forum ]]>
The Egyptian delegation traveled to Luanda to participate in the Biennale of Luanda - Pan-African Forum For the Culture of Peace.

During the visit, the Minister will witness the launch of the first edition of the Biennale of Luanda - Pan-African Forum For the Culture of Peace from Sept. 18 to 22.

The Egyptian delegation was welcomed upon arrival by Ambassador of Egypt in Angola Khaled Hassan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation Tati Antonio, and Nelson Cosme, the Angolan Ambassador who is nominated to represent his country at its Embassy in Egypt.

It is expected that the Egyptian Minister of Culture will hold several meetings with the officials of culture and arts in the Angolan capital during the period of the forum to present and study many artistic and intellectual projects aimed at strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Egypt and various countries of the continent, through soft power as one of the most important means of communication between cultures.

It is noteworthy that the first edition of the Biennale of Luanda - Pan-African Forum For the Culture of Peace will be attended by eight heads of state, government officials representing the four African regions and a number of international figures.



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9/18/2019 3:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Writers Union announces winners of 2019]]>
The Union stated in an official statement on Sept. 18 that the prizes are estimated at LE 10,000.

The Classical Poetry Award was granted to the poet Mohammed Mohammed Issa, the Literary Criticism Award was won by Abdul Hakam Alami, Short Story Award was granted to Azza Badr, the Folk Poetry Award won by the poet Sahar Sami, the Science Fiction Award won by Salah Maati and the Children's Literature Award was won by Iman Sanad.

The Special Awards was granted to: Taha Ahmed el Sherif who won the Bahaa Taher Prize for Upper Egypt Writers (LE 5000), the award of the late Yousef Abu Rayah (LE 5000 LE) is won by Munir Otaiba and Mohamed Salmawy Prize (LE 5000) is won by Mohamed el Sawaf.

The award of Hassan al-Bandari has been withheld, where only one person has applied for it and did not get the percentage of winning the prize in the case of a single work, which is 85%.




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9/18/2019 2:51:30 PM
<![CDATA[South Korean ambassador: Cinema transfers nations' cultures]]>
Yeocheol thanked Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Galal for the fruitful cooperation between the embassy and the ministry.

"Cinema transfers nations' cultures; it is an effective way of spreading and exchanging cultures," recounted Yeocheol.

The South Korean ambassador added that in 2018 the Korean movies were translated to English only; in 2019, they are translated to Arabic, too.

"The Korean movies that will screen at the K-Nights reflect the Korean life and incidents in old eras," Yeocheol further added.

Director of the Korean Culture Centre in Cairo Yang Sang Keun emphasized the importance of the movie screenings in promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Egypt and Korea.

Yang added that the Korean Culture Centre in Cairo has a year-round program of film screenings at its premises in Dokki, noting that these screenings helped Korean culture fans in Egypt to closely experience the Korean culture and discover the Korean lifestyle.

The K-Movie Nights present a new set of different types of movies. The shows will run over three nights from September to September 17.

The films which include "Little Forest", "Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow" and "Assassination" will be displayed with Arabic subtitles.

The K-Movie Nights will include as well two screenings at Misr Public Library in Port Said, where "Little Forest" will be displayed on September 18 and "Tunnel" will be displayed on September 19.


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9/18/2019 1:04:42 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Seod's theatrical sketches to be exhibited in Zamalek on Sept. 18]]>
The exhibition will be inaugurated on Sept 18 at 7 p.m. in the presence of a group of theatrical artists and fine artists. It will run for two weeks.

Abul Seoud is considered one of the iconic directors of the independent theater. The late director has presented numerous important theatrical performances at the Hanager Center for Arts since 1991, including “El-Emian”, “Breska 2”, “El-Ayam el-Khawali”, among others.

Abul Seoud won awards for many of his shows, including the best performance and best director award in the first free theater festival in Egypt in 1992.

Mohamed Abul Seoud was honored during the 26th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater.

He was also honored at the Sharm El-Sheikh Youth Theater Festival's latest edition held in March. Also, the competition for the Best Theatrical Narrative for Youth held his name.

Abul Seoud passed away at the age of 46 after a fierce battle with disease.





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9/17/2019 3:52:50 PM
<![CDATA[Watch Tutankhamun Opera promo by Zahi Hawass]]>


Hawass announced that one of the most important scenes in Tutankhamun Opera revolves around Nefertiti's attempt to kill Tutankhamun and snatch the throne for one of her six daughters.

Composed by Zamboni, the opera's score will be completed this December, according to Hawass.

Hawass added that November 4, 2022 will be the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb, who is an important king to the whole world not Egypt only.

Hawass stated that the DNA tests will reveal a lot of information about the death of Tutankhamun and that he will announce to the whole world in 2020 how the golden king died.

Hawass said in an interview with Italia 1 Channel that the temporary exhibition of King Tutankhamun currently on display at the Grande Halle La Villette in Paris broke the records of turnout of the French cultural exhibitions.

It is the most visited exhibition in France, where the total number of registered visitors so far has reached 1.5 million, as recounted by Hawass.

In his interview with the Italian channel, Hawass revealed a number of important facts about the family of the Golden Pharaoh, announcing that his father is King Akhenaten and that the mummy of his mother is located at tomb number 35 where the grandmother of Tutankhamun, Tiye, was buried.

Hawass added that Tutankhamun was suffering from lack of blood reaching the feet, flatfoot and malaria.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty, around 1341 B.C., and was the 12th pharaoh of that period.

Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamun, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamun.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfil his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamun would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.
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9/17/2019 3:50:09 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan celebrates being most viewed on YouTube ]]>
"Thank god; my channel on YouTube is the most viewed in the Middle East, amassing over 2,80,000000 views," stated Ramadan on his official Instagram account.

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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9/17/2019 3:46:23 PM
<![CDATA[Henedy posts video of 'The Knight & The Princess’]]>
"From behind the scenes of 'The Knight & The Princess'; wait for the movie," Henedy captioned his video.


''The Knight & The Princess’’ is the first Egyptian animated feature film that will participate in the third edition of El Gouna International Film Festival that is scheduled to take place from September 19 to 27, 2019.

"The Knight & The Princess" will have its world premiere at the third edition of GFF, before its public release in October.

Inspired by a real seventh century Arab warrior, the plot follows young adventurer Mohammed Bin Alkassim. At the young age of 15, he believed that anything was possible, and he took it upon himself to save women and children abducted by pirates in the Indian Ocean.

As he turned 17, Mohammed Bin Al-Kassim was ready to take on the tyrant king Daher. He left his Iraqi hometown Basra with his lifelong friend Zaid, and his mentor Abu Al-Aswad on a challenging adventure to free Sind.

The film delves into the exciting experiences that helped shape the great leader he would later become.

Written and directed by Bashir el-Deek, the film features voices from a fine cast that includes Mohamed Henedy, Donia Samir Ghanem, Medhat Saleh, Maged El Kedwany, Lekaa Elkhamissi; along with acting legends like Abla Kamel, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, the late Amina Rizk and the late Saeed Saleh. The characters were created by the late Mustafa Hussein.

“We are proud to showcase the first Egyptian animated feature film created by an Arab crew, whose work is on par with prominent animated films from around the world.

The film not only represents a significant milestone for the Arab film industry, but also helps it take crucial steps towards expanding its horizons in a genre that embodies creativity, imagination and talent in a brand new light in the region,” commented Intishal al-Timimi, director of El Gouna Film Festival on the festival's official website.

“We are happy to screen 'The Knight & The Princess' at the third edition of GFF. It will surely add value to our line-up, as it not only pioneers in tackling a genre that has been difficult to produce in the Egyptian and Arab film industry, but also marks the comeback of writer and director Bashir el-Deek, one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the Egyptian neo-realism,” stated Amir Ramses, artistic director of the Festival.

“Making this film was a huge challenge. We started this project 20 years ago and faced production hurdles all along the way. Yet, we did not allow them to diminish our enthusiasm. We continued to work on the film and made it our mission to prove that we have what it takes to create an Arab animated film without depending on foreign expertise,” said Abbas Bin el-Abbas, film producer.

“We are delighted to premiere our film at GFF, which we consider as one of the prominent rising film festivals in the region. And we hope that this step will facilitate the distribution process of the film later on, since we may encounter the same obstacles that other independent films face in general,” he added.

El Gouna Film Platform is an industry-oriented event aimed at supporting and empowering Arab filmmakers, providing them with technical and financial support.

The platform provides two different programs for filmmakers wishing to participate and learn: El Gouna Cinema Bridge and El Gouna Runway.

El Gouna Runway is a laboratory for the development of film projects and for joint-productions. It aims to empower Arab filmmakers, including producers and directors working on film projects in the development stage, or post-production films, by providing creative and financial support.

It is worth mentioning that the organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition revealed granting Mohamed Henedy the Creative Achievement Award for his significant contribution to cinema.

The festival’s third edition is scheduled to run from September 19 -27. The festival's management decided granting Palestinian director Mai Masry the same award.

Masry is one of the most prominent Palestinian directors. She is known for her documentaries, which focus on women and children.

Through its various competitions and workshops El Gouna Film Festival continues to build on a number of collaborations it has initiated to empower Arab filmmakers, especially outside the Arab world, and promote projects and films at various stages to enhance co-production and distribution opportunities.

El Gouna Film Festival or GFF is an annual film festival established in 2017, hosted in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Egypt. The inaugural festival started September 22, 2017.
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9/17/2019 3:43:29 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: AUC dedicates 5000 artifacts to National Museum of Egyptian Civilization]]>
It was acquired by the university in the 1960s, in accordance with the division law in force in Egypt at the time. This allowed foreign drilling missions in Egypt to obtain 50 percent of the excavation output.
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The artifacts were the product of the excavations of the Egyptian-American mission in the area of Fustat, headed by archaeologist George Scanlon.

The general supervisor of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization Ahmed Sherbini said that the number of pieces is about 5,000 pieces including stone paintings, pottery and glassware, in addition to parts of statues and sarcophagi dating from the Islamic, Coptic, Pharaonic, Greek, and Roman eras.

The Deputy Superintendent of the Museum for Archaeological Affairs Inas Jaafar explained that a committee of warehouse managers has been formed to receive and classify these items, in preparation for their registration and presentation within the museum's displaying scenario.
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Jafaar pointed out that one of the most important pieces that have been acquired so far is a stone painting dating back to the Greco-Roman era, and windows from the Islamic era.

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Antiquities agreed to accept this gift after the approval of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and was received within 23 boxes.








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9/17/2019 1:18:33 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform a concert in Alexandria on Sept. 29]]>
The star will present a number of the songs of his latest album "Aish Bshouak", in addition to his most popular hits.

In a different context, Hosny is waiting for the release of his new film "El Floos" (Money) on October 2.

Beside Hosny, the film stars Khaled el Sawy, Zeina, Mohamed Salam, and a number of artists, in addition to a group of guests of honor including Ahmed el Sakka, Mai Ezz el Din, Ali Rabie, wizo, among others.

The film is written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Said el Marouk.

Also, Hosny is currently busy preparing for his new film "Mesh Ana". The film’s story, scenario and dialogue is written by the star himself. It is directed by Sarah Wafik, and produced by Synergy Films and Tamer Hosny.
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9/17/2019 12:57:53 PM
<![CDATA[Classic sitcom 'Seinfeld' will head to Netflix in 2021]]>
“All 180 episodes of the Emmy-Award winning Seinfeld are coming to Netflix - worldwide! - starting in 2021,” Netflix said on Twitter.

Netflix is poised to lose popular comedies “Friends” and “The Office” as the battle for streaming viewers intensifies.

“Friends” will move to AT&T Inc’s HBO Max in 2020, and “The Office” will go to a streaming service from Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal in 2021.

“Seinfeld,” a show starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld playing a version of himself and often humorously described as a show about nothing, followed four self absorbed friends in New York City. It was a hit on the NBC broadcast network in the 1990s.

The series currently streams on Walt Disney Co’s Hulu in a deal that runs through 2020.

Sony Corp’s Sony Pictures Television, which owns the distribution rights to “Seinfeld,” reached the new agreement with Netflix. Terms were not disclosed.

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9/17/2019 12:54:52 PM
<![CDATA[Karam, Ramadan collaborate in new theatrical play]]>
“Mohamed Ramadan is a distinguished artist in all his work, whether it is in cinema, drama or theater and finally in singing, in which he excelled with a number of songs.” Karam told the press, pointing out that he is happy for working with Ramadan in his last concerts held in the north coast in the presence of thousands of fans.

The mega star have recently celebrated over 2 billion views on his official channel on YouTube.

Ramadan held a concert in the North Coast last Friday, Sept. 13 in the presence of many fans.

It is worth mentioning that the series “Zilzal” (Earthquake) in which Ramadan played the leading role was broadcast last Ramadan. The screenplay is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal, directed by Ibrahim Fakhr and the production of Synergy.

The series stars Hala Shiha, Maged el Masri, Hanadi Mehanna, Mona Abdel Ghani, Ahmed Siam, Mahmoud Hegazy, Hossam Dagher , Tamer Diaai, Mohamed Suleiman, Youssef Othman, Mustafa Mansour and Lamia Karam.

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9/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hawass: I will announce how Tutankhamun died in 2020]]>
Hawass said in an interview with Italia 1 Channel that the temporary exhibition of King Tutankhamun currently on display at the Grande Halle La Villette in Paris broke records of turnout of the French cultural exhibitions.

It is the most visited exhibition in France, where the total number of registered visitors so far has reached 1.5 million as recounted by Hawass.

In his interview with the Italian channel Hawass revealed a number of important facts about the family of the Golden Pharaoh, announcing that his father is King Akhenaten and the mummy of his mother is located at tomb number 35 where the grandmother of Tutankhamun, Tiye was buried.

Hawass added that Tutankhamun was suffering from lack of blood reaching the feet, and that he had flatfoot and malaria.

Moreover, Hawass revealed that he prepared the script of Opera Tutankhamun to be presented in tandem with the opening of the great Egyptian Museum.

November 4, 2022 will be the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb, who is an important king to the whole world not Egypt only.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty, around 1341 B.C., and was the 12th pharaoh of that period.

Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamun, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamun.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfil his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamun would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.





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9/16/2019 4:43:21 PM
<![CDATA[Top winners of the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards]]>
Bradley Whitford won the Best Actor Award for a Drama for playing the lead role as Joseph Lawrence in "The Handmaid’s Tale" on Hulu.

Also, Luke Kirby was named Best Comedian for his role as Lenny Bruce in the series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which airs on Amazon Prime, and actress Sherry Jones won the Best Actress Award in a Drama for her role as Holly Osborne in the series "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu.

Moreover, Cameraman Jacob Ehr won the Best Filming Award for the documentary series "Chernobyl".

The science fiction series "Game of Thrones 8" has won 10 awards:

- Best audio editing for a comedy or drama series
- Best special visual effects
- Best costumes
- Best makeup for a work filmed with one camera
- Best coordinated tricks for a drama series
- Best headline design
- Best Soundtrack
- Best drama plot/narrative
- Best audio mix for a comedy series or drama series
- Best filming for a single camera series

The Creative Arts Emmys are a class of Emmy Awards presented in recognition of technical and other similar achievements in American television programming.




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9/16/2019 3:54:35 PM
<![CDATA[Min. launches competition to participate in Venice Biennale]]>
The Venice Biennale is the most prominent international arts exhibition representing contemporary architecture. It refers to an arts organization based in Venice and the name of the original and principal biennial exhibition the organization presents.
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Christoph Büchel's migrant boat is seen at the Arsenal during the 58th International Art Exhibition on May 7, 2019. Luca Zanon / Awakening / Getty

The organization changed its name to the Biennale Foundation in 2009, while the exhibition is now called the Art Biennale. Egypt is one of the first countries to participate in the Biennale competition.

Participating countries will compete in demonstrating their best architectural works. The Biennale awards give international fame and merit to the recipients, positively reflecting on the winners and the countries they represent.
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A collateral installation by Nic Fiddian Green is seen at Madonna dell'Orto on May 7, 2019. Simone Padovani / Awakening / Getty

The terms and conditions of the competition are available on the website of the National Organization for Urban Coordination. The participant must fill in the application form after paying LE 500 (non-refundable) to each participating team.

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2019, and the result will be announced no later than December 19, 2019.


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9/16/2019 3:29:21 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House hosts celebrations of National Day of Mexico]]>
The Da Alma de Corda band has prepared a special program that reflects the artistic nature of the country and includes several musical compositions from the Mexican heritage.

The band was founded in August 2015 in the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca with the aim of spreading local arts and culture. The band had also participated in many festivals in various countries, including USA and China.




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9/16/2019 3:23:13 PM
<![CDATA['Ad Astra', the opening movie of El Gouna Film Festival]]>
Astronaut Roy McBride, portrayed by Brad Pitt, travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to humanity.

On his journey, McBride unravels a mystery that jeopardizes the survival of the entire planet. He discovers secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.



"Ad Astra" had its world premiere at the 76th Venice Film Festival.

It is worth mentioning that the organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition revealed granting Mohamed Henedy the Creative Achievement Award for his significant contribution to cinema.

The festival’s third edition is scheduled to run from September 19 -27. The festival's management decided granting Palestinian director Mai Masry the same award.

Masry is one of the most prominent Palestinian directors. She is known for her documentaries, which focus on women and children.

Through its various competitions and workshops El Gouna Film Festival continues to build on a number of collaborations it has initiated to empower Arab filmmakers, especially outside the Arab world, and promote projects and films at various stages to enhance co-production and distribution opportunities.
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9/16/2019 3:10:21 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at Cairo Opera House on Sep.16,17]]>
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 AblaHikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-KabdalaFatma” (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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9/16/2019 3:07:11 PM
<![CDATA[Ric Ocasek, singer for The Cars, dies at 75]]>
Ocasek was pronounced dead at his townhouse after someone called 911 about 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) to report that he was unresponsive, a New York Police Department spokesman said. The cause of death will be determined by the city’s coroner.

His representatives could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

“So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer,” fellow classic rocker Peter Frampton said on Twitter of Ocasek. “My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace.”

Ocasek, born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Baltimore in 1944, met bass player and future band mate Benjamin Orr after moving to Cleveland for high school.

The pair joined with guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboard player Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson to form the Cars in mid-1970s Boston. Ocasek was the main songwriter, sang lead vocals on most songs and played rhythm guitar.

The band’s self-titled debut album, featuring the singles “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Good Times Roll,” reached Number 18 on the Billboard album charts and put them on the leading edge of pop rock.

The Cars scored their first top-20 single, “Let’s Go,” in 1979 and launched a succession of hits throughout the 1980s such as “Shake It Up” and “Drive,” always identifiable through Ocasek’s distinctive vocals.

The band split up in 1988, and Orr died of pancreatic cancer at age 53 in 2000. The surviving members reunited for a final album, “Move Like This,” in 2010.

The band was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

After the final dissolution of the Cars, Ocasek, who often spoke of his dislike for touring, produced dozens of albums, released solo material, wrote poetry and made visual art.

Ocasek was married three times and had six sons, two from each relationship.

His third wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, announced in May 2018 that the couple had separated after 28 years of marriage.]]>
9/16/2019 2:34:45 PM
<![CDATA[Deputy American Ambassador to ET: we are working hand in hand with our Egyptian partners]]>
The festival's opening witnessed the display of the American musical"The Fantasticks" following a ceremony that was held at the Main Hall of the Cairo Opera House.

The United States of America was chosen as the guest of honor of this important theatre festival.

Deputy American Ambassador in Egypt Dorothy Shea told Egypt Today that the embassy is thrilled and honoured to be the guest of honour of such an important festival and to share some of the American theatrical experiences with the Egyptian theatre community through"The Fantasticks"and another more experimental and edgy performance, in addition to workshops, interactions and discussions.

"We have great confidence in the ability of arts to transcend whatever differences that might be between us, eliminate whateverdivides us and help us to understand one another better; that’s my statement," Shea added.

Shea added that the opening play"The Fantasticks"is a good play and tells a love story, adding thatthe other show is going to be performed September 17,18.

"We are very interested in supporting youth theatrical troupes and plays, not only successful, famous plays," Shea stressed.

"Art is the core of so many things such as mutual understanding.It can be such a powerful tool. I don’t want to say that art in Egypt yesterday wasn’t as good as it is today but art is evolving in Egypt now. I think it is very interesting to use theatre as a way to communicate, and understand what the challenges and opportunities are in a society and explore them in a way that might not be factual or based on newspaper account, but rather through interpretive understanding of human dynamics;this kind of things transcend anyone's nationality,"Shea explained.

The American Embassy in Egypt as recounted by Shea wants to be super active and they are so glad to have so many partners.

"In the CIFCET, we are partnering with the Ministry of Culture, Cairo Opera House and the theatre festival organisers. We are also partnering with the Ministry of Antiquities and with universities. A press release will come out soon about seniors of excellence in universities to help graduates make themselves presentable to find suitable jobs in the marketplace, so there are so many areas where we can work cooperatively to capitalize our shared values and common vision. We want Egypt to make progress whether artistically or in the professional field; we are working hand in hand with our Egyptian partners," Shea stated.

Shea referred that watching an Egyptian play was one of the first things she did when she first arrived in Egypt in 2017.

The play was part of a festival at the Falaki Theater and it was facilitated by the US Embassy as two playwrights from New York city were visiting to work with Egyptian playwrights to put on their production.

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9/15/2019 5:28:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ptolemaic temple was uncovered in Sohag]]>
On September 11, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri said that the stones that were found in the village of Kom Ashqaw in the center of Tama, north of Sohag , is formed of limestone.

The limestone was discovered during the work of a contracting company to complete the sewage project in the village.

Waziri clarified that the era to which the limestone spans back is yet to be disclosed, and for this reason a committee has been formed to carry out excavations in the area, where these stones might have been used as a portal to a temple.

Waziri further stated that a committee has been formed to examine the discovered stones to determine their age based on scientific evidence.

The discovery comes after a report was received by Sohag’s security director on Sept. 10, stating that archaeological evidence was found during working on the sewage project in Kom Ashqaw village, Tama district.

Immediately, General Secretary of Sohag Governorate Ahmed Refaat, as well as the inspector of tourism and antiquities, officials from the Ministry of Antiquities, and a number of security leaders arrived at the scene to check the discovered stones and follow up on the matter.

A survey of the area showed a wall of a temple consisting of a group of stones, approximately 230 cm wide, while the length is yet to be announced.

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9/15/2019 5:08:15 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Youssef Zidan Literary Award]]>
Writer and storyteller Tayseer el-Naggar won the creations of young people award for the 2019 edition for her second story collection “Came with love” published by the General Authority for Cultural Palaces.

Zidan stated that the idea of the forum emerged 8 years ago, when Egypt was going through a critical moment because of the January 25 revolution. However, Zidan resisted the idea of creating a cultural forum in his name for many reasons, including avoiding the harsh criticism and allegations of the people with “sick souls who emerged and grew in the time of turmoil,” as he described.

The prominent scholar further stated,"I got to know Asia Kassim after the outbreak of the January revolution, where she came to Alexandria with a select Arab group of 350 individuals to host cultural seminars. I then asked her what to do? She said,'support Egypt.' This is why this lady has a special place in my heart. After this incident, we met numerous times mostly in Egypt."

"Kassim is keen to establish Arab gatherings for people from different Arab countries through charities and forums. She then proposed the idea of adding a cultural aspect to her activities, but I was not excited to have an Arab cultural forum in my name. I said that this is not appropriate, but Kassim had already submitted the forum’s papers in Beirut," continued Zidan.

“After several months, the forum became a reality and now she cannot change the name. I hardly accepted. We started organizing cultural seminars in the framework of the forum, until the idea of the award came. Kassim is also the creator of the award. I accepted and my only condition was not to be supported by a state or an institution that might impose a special orientation on us. She informed me that the award would be granted with the support of friends involved in her various activities, which are extended in a number of Arab countries.”

Kassim is keen to highlight the very deep links between Arabs that can overcome political differences, and that despite those differences, the Arab common culture prevails as Arabs will always be facing one fate,”Zidan concluded.

“From this perspective I saw and agreed that this award should be dedicated to Arab youth, considering that young people in crowded Arab countries suffer from lack of attention. This award was to inform young people in the Arab world that there are those who think about them and is preoccupied with this needs and concerns.”

“The award will be granted to the winners of each edition of the forum in a different Arab country. Kassim insisted that the forum’s first edition is to be held in Cairo.” conluded the prominent writer.

On September 22, 2018, the organizers of the Youssef Zidan Forum for Arab Culture announced the start of applying for the “Youth Literary Creativity Award” with its three branches in the fields of novel, short story, poetry. The winner will be granted the forum’s shield of creativity and LE 100,000.

The meeting was attended Youssef Zidan the President of the Forum, Asia Kassim, actress Aida Riyad, among others.

The next edition of the award will be dedicated to young Syrian creators in the literary fields of novels, poetry and storybooks, whether they are residing inside or outside of Syria.

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9/15/2019 4:48:24 PM
<![CDATA[New era of Egyptian cinema begins with 1st sci-fi 3D ’2050 Hesar Gohanam’]]>
"2050 Hesar Gohanam"will be supported by American production companies andwill be directed by Mohamed el-Komy.

The movie will feature real aircrafts, standout visuals, villain robots and artificial intelligence,which is a completely new genre in the Egyptian cinema.

"2050 Hesar Gohanam"events will occur in a futuristic deserted Mediterranean city.

Moreover, the first-ever animated Egyptian feature film, "Al-Amira Wel Fares", (The Knight and the Prince) will have its premiere at the Gouna Film Festival.

Inspired by a real seventh century Arab warrior, the plot follows young adventurer Mohammed Bin Al-kassim with a fictional twist.

At the young age of 15, he believed that anything was possible, and he took it upon himself to save women and children abducted by pirates in the Indian sea.

As he turned 17, Mohammed Bin Al-kassim was ready to take on the tyrant king Daher. He left his Iraqi hometown Basra with his lifelong friend,Zaid, and his mentor,AbulAswad, fora challenging adventure to free Sind.

The film delves into the exciting experiences that helped shape the great leader he would later become.

Written and directed by Bashir el-Deek, the film features the voices of a fine cast that includes Mohamed Henedy, Donia Samir Ghanem, Medhat Saleh, Maged el-Kedwany, Lekaael-Khamissi.

This is addition to acting legends AblaKamel, Abdel RahmanAbou Zahra, Amina Rizk and Saeed Saleh. The character designs were created by late Mustafa Hussein.

The film not only represents a significant milestone for the Arab film industry, but also helps it take crucial steps towards expanding its horizons through a genre that embodies creativity, imagination and talent in a brand new light in the region,” commented Intishalal-Tamimi, director of El Gouna Film Festival on the festival's official website.

“We are happy to screen 'The Knight & The Princess' at the 3rd edition of GFF. It will surely add value to our lineup, as it not only pioneers in tackling a genre that has been difficult to produce in the Egyptian and Arab film industry, but also marks the comeback of writer and director Bashir el-Deek, one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the Egyptian neo-realism,” stated Amir Ramses, artistic director of the festival.

“Making this film was a huge challenge. We started this project 20 years ago and faced production hurdles along the way.

Yet, we did not allow them to diminish our enthusiasm. We continued to work on the film and made it our mission to prove that we have what it takes to create an Arab animated film without depending on foreign expertise,” said Abbas Bin El-Abbas, film producer.

“We are delighted to premiere our film at GFF, which we consider as one of the most prominent rising film festivals in the region.

And we hope that this step will facilitate the distribution process of the film later on, since we may encounter similar obstacles that other independent films face in general,” he added.

Another highly-anticipated movie is "O’aletal-Osboa" (Hop-o'-My-Thumb). Written by Omar Taher and starring Mohamed Henedy, the movie will present the most advanced visual effects a Middle Eastern movie has witnessed with the helpof an international professional team of graphic designers.

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9/15/2019 4:09:11 PM
<![CDATA[Greater Cairo Library to celebrate Islamic Art Day on Sept. 18 ]]>
The program of the ceremony includes a seminar to discuss the book "Heritage of Mohammed Abdul Aziz Marzouk", in which professor of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities at Mansoura University Mohamed Abdel Latif will speak, in addition to Dr. Heba Abdel Aziz Marzouk and President of the Heritage and Traditional Arts Association Mohamed Hossam el-Din Ismail.

It is worth mentioning that Heba Marzouk presented her grandfather's collections to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina for digitization. The seminar will be moderated by Director General of the Library Yasser Othman. The celebration also includes an exhibition featuring a collection of Islamic paintings.




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9/15/2019 2:38:28 PM