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‘Coma’ achieves great success in international film festivals

‘Coma’ achieves great success in international film festivals

Although independent and documentary filmmaking are still challenging fields for young filmmakers in Egypt due to the lack of resources and financial support, many young producers and directors have managed to overcome these obstacles and go on to produce high-quality films that have represented Egypt in international film festivals around the globe. The newly released …

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9th edition of Panorama of the European Film welcomes 2 new sections

After the great success of its eight previous editions, the Panorama of the European Film is hosting its 9th edition from 2-12 November. The annual event gathers international award-winning feature and documentary productions from across Europe and showcases them in cinemas and art houses all over Egypt, including Zawya, Karim, Rivoli, Amir, Cityscape, and others. …

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Rice Harvest Season reveals hopes, suffering of Egyptian farmers

  Farmers at Qaransho village in Basion area in Gharbeya Governorate harvested their rice crops in late September, ending a season which they described as “one of the best in recent years”. Surrounded by waves of joy and excitement, farmers and their families worked to gather the rice grains from huge fields. The season for …

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Bareq challenges monopoly on media production in Egypt

Aiming to defeat centralisation and the monopoly of large production companies over the media industry in Egypt, a number of small media production houses owned by young Egyptian artists have been established over the past few years. Bareq is a new media production company whose main aim is to produce movies and programmes that are …

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‘Happy Academic Year’: photography project portrays problems plaguing pupils

“We learn at school how to fill our minds with information that we don’t understand, without even questioning if the information is false or true. You aren’t supposed to wonder how this happened because you are only asked to memorise data without experiments or conclusions. That’s why Egypt’s education system ranks very low in global …

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“Vignette”: a new experience into local and international movie worlds

After the outbreak of the 25 January Revolution and the unprecedented increase in social media usage between different age sectors and social classes, online programmes have turned into a phenomenal trend as a large number of young people saw it as an inexpensive way to express their opinions about the different issues. This came to …

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The Arabic Titanic: first Egyptian online film fails to impress

Religious feasts have always been a good season for filmmakers to release new movies and make profits. People wait for Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha to take a short vacation to help them relax and remove themselves from stressful work environments. It has become habitual for Egyptians to visit the cinema during the Eid holidays, …

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‘Every Eid’s film’ tackles sexual harassment with a new perspective

“Crowds in the feast day, the music, decorations, the look, my footstep, the smoke, the door.” With these words a new short movie called “Every Eid’s Film” shows how the feast should be if a young, veiled girl is walking in the street. The movie keeps repeating the same sequence of events, but with different …

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Creative industry summit: developing a vision for upcoming challenges

Aiming to discuss creativity in advertising, drama, and digital marketing campaigns during the month of Ramadan, the creative industry summit launched its annual special event on 5 September. The summit aims to bring together large numbers of professionals in the business and creative industries in Egypt by targeting six key areas, including advertising, art and …

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People call me a feminist writer because I’m obsessed with women’s problems, dreams, innovations: writer Rasha Samir

With her obsession of tackling women’s problems and expressing their struggles and life battles, Rasha Samir sheds light on the main challenges women have encountered in our society throughout history. Although she holds a master’s degree in dentistry, she has never withheld her endless passion for writing. Her most recent novels, such as Girls in …

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Animation helps me turn my imagination into reality: Ahmed Roshdy

Even though he is just 27 years old, Ahmed Roshdy has become one of the few Egyptian animation artists who has managed to capture the attention of critics and audiences over the past few years. After graduating from the animation department at the faculty of fine arts, he started his professional career as an Egyptian …

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Dekka: El-Marg’s first cultural centre

With the aim of introducing El-Marg neighbourhood residents to a wide spectrum of cultural and artistic activities, 24-year-old Reham Ahmed established the first cultural centre in the area turning it into a platform for raising awareness about the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives. The whole project started as a self-funded library …

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You have to let the novel choose its own identity: Amr El Gendy

After the great success of his remarkable novels Foga, 9 Milli (9 Millimeters), 313, and Msya, and his two short story collections For the Sake of Devil and Strangers, Amr El Gendy hit the book market with a new novel called Entehar Bera-ehat Al Qoronfol (Suicide With the Scent of Cloves). Although he switched from …

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Kotobna: an innovative alternative for traditional publishing houses

Providing novice writers with an opportunity to publish their first literary works, the digital platform Kotobna was established last year as a platform to introduce new talented writers to the Egyptian literary market. After years of struggling to publish his novels and short stories, Mohammed Gamal, a computer engineer, decided to create an electronic publishing …

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Congratulations, you are a famous digital harasser

Aiming to defeat digital sexual harassment via different social media networks, Ahmed Ramadan launched a campaign on Facebook to help girls report any inappropriate messages or revealing photos they receive on their accounts. Ramadan is a volunteer who has been working with El Basma Charitable Association on the harassment file for over four years. The Facebook group “Congratulations, …

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Leading Egyptian director Mohamed Khan dies at 73

Following a sudden health crisis, prominent director and writer Mohamed Khan passed away early on Tuesday at Al-Andalus hospital in Cairo. The funeral prayer took place on Tuesday, followed by the burial ceremony. Khan was a leading figure of the 1980s realist wave of filmmaking in Egypt, marking a significant period in the history of …

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Animal rights advocates in Egypt call for laws to be activated

Over the years, many people have considered advocating for animal rights as an unimportant luxury, especially in a country such as Egypt where more than a quarter of the population live below the poverty line and struggle to earn enough to get by. Thus, individual and institutional animal rights advocates have struggled to overcome the government’s …

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‘I Know Him, I Know Her’: a scary sign for distorted relationships

Challenging the customs and traditions of our society and breaking taboos, a group of women decided to use Facebook as a tool to test the loyalty and honesty of their lovers and find out about their previous relationships. More than eight groups were created under the same name, “I Know Him”, on which women started …

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Does drama reflect reality or reshape it?

In a society where more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, and more than 16m residents are illiterate, drama plays a crucial role in shaping society’s customs, traditions, lifestyle, and in introducing new trends. This raises two important questions: is TV drama responsible for improving the quality of people’s lives …

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