Forest Whitaker Is Going to Attend El Gouna Film Festival

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Oscar-winning actor/director Forest Whitaker is going to be feted at El Gouna Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award. Whitaker, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, in “The Last King of Scotland,” was praised by the El Gouna’s artistic director, Intishal Al Timimi, for playing roles with “significant social and human dimensions.”


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Forest Whitaker is expected to attend the festival from the 22nd till the 29th of September, and receive his award at the closing ceremony.


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Several documentaries are world-premiering in El Gouna, such as Susan Sarandon-produced refugee camp-themed “Soufra” by U.S. director Thomas Morgan (“Waiting For Mamu”); “I Have a Picture” by Egypt’s Mohamed Zedan, which delves into Egyptian film history; and “17” by Jordan’s Widad Shafakoj, about the groundbreaking Jordanian under-17 women’s world cup soccer team.


The closing film will be Chinese artist-filmmaker Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow,” about the global refugee crisis.


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WE SAID THIS: The slogan of the fest’s inaugural edition is “Cinema for Humanity.”