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May El Khishen


May El Khishen is a freelance editor, journalist and copywriter, with a secret dream of becoming an award winning book author. Highly doubts that she will ever get there. El Khishen is a health and fitness junkie, who loves bananas, dogs, the sea and European cinema.

Q&A: Amir Ramses, Director of ‘Jews of Egypt’

Q&A: Amir Ramses, Director of ‘Jews of Egypt’

Get a sneak peek at how the controversial 'Jews of Egypt' and its new sequel came to life.

Sitting excitedly in a dark movie theater, a ten year old boy stares happily, eyes transfixed at the screen in front of him. Watching the iconic filmmaker’s – the late Youssef Chahine – Iskindriyah Kaman we Kaman (Alexandria Forever and Ever) come to life transformed the little boy into an avid movie lover. And by the […]

Film Review: Dare to Make a ‘Handstand’?

Film Review: Dare to Make a ‘Handstand’?

Get ready to embark on a journey into the secret and awe-inspiring world of Egypt’s B-Boys and B-Girls

Music blasting out of secluded alleyways and concealed downtrodden studios, athletic young men head spinning and vivacious young women jack hammering. Adrenaline levels pumping and sweat beads beautifying their smiling flushed faces with each immaculately choreographed hand hop performed. The tears of frustration and defeat following the loss of a dancing battle. Spectators applauding and […]

Q&A: Behind the Scenes with Director Ahmad Abdalla

Q&A: Behind the Scenes with Director Ahmad Abdalla

From musician to the most sought after film editor to an award-winning director, Ahmad Abdalla is proof that talent, passion and determination do take you places.

Hopes deflated and dreams shattered, a young Ahmad Abdalla’s ambition of becoming a filmmaker came to a rapid halt. Rejected by the Film Institute twice – each year the institute picks only eight new students – and surrendering to his parents’ pleas, Abdalla enrolled at the Music Institute to become a viola [A bow string […]

Q&A: Amr Salama, Director of ‘Excuse My French’

Q&A: Amr Salama, Director of ‘Excuse My French’

After four years of battling it out with the censorship office, Director Amr Salama's latest movie Lamo 'akhzah ('Excuse My French') has finally hit our screens. Find out from the director himself how he and the rest of his cast made it happen.

Judging by his friendly demeanor, up and coming director and script writer Amr Salama could easily be taken for that friendly boy next door. Be warned that looks can be deceiving, because behind this laid back exterior is a passionate artist with an impending urge to break stereotypes and revolutionize the film industry one film […]

Film Review: ‘Excuse My French’ Unraveled

Film Review: ‘Excuse My French’ Unraveled

Scoop Empire takes a trip to the cinema and puts on its film critic cap to shed light on all the nitty gritty bits of Lamo Akhzah ('Excuse My French'), the much talked about blockbuster of the winter season.

When word got out that director and scriptwriter Amr Salama (Zay El Naharda (“On a Day Like Today”), 2008 and Asmaa, 2011) was creating a new feature film starring unknown child actors, tackling religious segregation and that was rejected by the folks at the censorship office for four consecutive years, radars went up and all […]