The Ministry of Culture Inaugurates The First African Cinema Club For The Luxor African Film Festival
By Muhammed Aladdin
As part of the activities of the 8th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), the Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, and Governor of Luxor, Mustafa Al-Ham, will inaugurate the first African Cinema Club in Upper Egypt. This will be taking place at Luxor’s Cultural Palace on the 17th of January at 6 P.M.
The opening ceremony will be attended by a number of leading cinema figures including Sayed Fouad, the President of LAFF; the Honorary President of the Festival, Actor Mahmoud Hemeida; and Ahmed Awad, the President of the General Authority for Culture Palaces.
The African Cinema Club in Luxor will be held on the third Saturday of each month at Luxor’s Culture Palace, screening films from all over the continent and bridging different countries through a common heritage. It also aims to carry LAFF’s spirit throughout the year.
If you haven’t heard of LAFF, you’re missing one of Egypt’s main cultural festivals of the year. The event has been organized by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) for more than 10 years, under the auspices of many government bodies including the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs.
Each year, LAFF invites filmmakers and cinema figures from all over the continent to submit their films. The screening takes place in Luxor’s open museum and various awards in different categories are presented.
Here is a run down of the last two editions of the festival to get a grip on the whole thing.
The 6th Edition of the Luxor African Film Festival
In 2017, LAFF screened films like “The Children of the Mountain” from Ghana, which won the Jury Prize. The film tells the story of a mother with a disabled child and how she goes through several challenges to help him heal. While the Tunisian film “Heidi”, which was awarded the Best Artistic Achievement, is about a man struggling with the norms of his society. The sixth edition has also seen the Egyptian Actresses Nelly Karim and Taheyya Kariokka being honored with a tribute for their work.
The 7th Edition of the Luxor Film Festival
In its following year, LAFF shook its audience with films like “The Originals”, an Egyptian film about a man losing his job and joining a clandestine society. The film won the Nile Grand Prize, while the Burkinabe film “
This edition honored Egyptian Actor Omar Sharif and Writer Henri Duprac from Côte d’Ivoire.
The 8th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival will be held from the 10th of March until the 21st, and the guest of honor this year will be Tunisia.