<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Italian poet Biagi presents Qabbani’s poems in “Culture Brings Us Together” ]]>
Within the “Culture Brings Us Together” initiative, Italian scholars read through the works of Arab poets and writers. Italian poet Elena Biagi will be hosted and will read poetry of late legendary poet Nizar Qabbani online.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Council of Culture has launched the “Read with Us” initiative. “Read with us” presents extracts from one of an Arab writer or poet's works read by his/her own voice. The recorded video is sent to the Supreme Council of Culture to upload it on all social media platforms, enabling the followers to engage freely in comments.

The council uploads the readings on a daily basis on Facebook and YouTube. A large number of writers and creators from Arab countries and Egypt participate in the initiative.

Furthermore, Minister Abdel Dayem launched "Stay at Home ... Culture Is between Your Hands" initiative that aims to broadcast the anecdotes of the national and contemporary national archives through the Ministry of Culture’s channel on YouTube and its various social media accounts.
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3/30/2020 3:27:12 PM
<![CDATA[Antiquities smuggling deal thwarted in Minya]]>
Information and investigations of the Criminal Investigation Department at the Minya Police Directorate, in coordination with the Public Security Sector, confirmed that a person, residing in Malawi, Minya, had acquired some artifacts for the purpose of trafficking.

Upon completing the legal procedures, the defendant was targeted by a police force headed by the public security sector. The defendant was found in his residence and 113 artifacts and coins dating back to the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras were found in his possession.

The seizures were presented to the Minya Antiquities Inspectors, and are now subject to the provisions of the Antiquities Protection Law.

The defendant confessed in the investigations that he possessed the seized items for the purpose of trafficking and that he got them through excavations carried out in his residence. Legal action was then taken.

This comes within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Interior to combat crime in all its forms, especially combating crimes of possession of antiquities, illegal drilling and excavation.

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3/30/2020 3:16:32 PM
<![CDATA[From sofas and kitchens, music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser]]>
Those who performed from their homes for the “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” also included Mariah Carey, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes and Sam Smith.

The one-hour show, broadcast on Fox television without commercials, was the biggest joint effort in the pandemic to lift spirits, raise money for those in the frontlines, and remind Americans to wash their hands and keep their distance.

“There’s doctors, nurses and scientists on the frontlines. They’re living proof that most superheroes don’t wear capes,” said John, who hosted the show from his kitchen.

“We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your souls.”

All the performances and appearances by celebrities ranging from comedian Ellen DeGeneres to R&B artist Lizzo and country singer Tim McGraw were filmed on phones, home cameras or online platforms.

The songs were interspersed with short personal stories from nurses, doctors, truckers, grocery staff, and other essential workers as millions of Americans entered a third week subjected to orders to stay home.

Dr Elvis Francois, a surgeon from Rochester, Minnesota, stole hearts on social media with an emotional rendition of “Imagine” performed in medical scrubs.

“Did this doctor just out sing every artist that’s performed?” one viewer, Ender Wiggins, asked on Twitter.

The concert, also broadcast on iHeart radio stations nationwide, urged listeners to donate to charities Feeding America, and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The amount raised was not immediately known, but more than $1 million was donated in the first 10 minutes, courtesy of $500,000 from household goods giant Procter & Gamble and a matching sum from Fox Television.

“My heart goes out to people who have lost loved ones and also those who are losing their jobs,” said Lady Gaga, clad in pink sweatpants and a hoodie.



Alicia Keys, singing “Rise Up,” Dave Grohl performing “My Hero,” and Billie Joe Armstrong’s acoustic version of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” spoke to the hardships of millions of those working or laid off as stores, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters have shut down.

“After we come out of this horrible thing, I hope we are nicer to each other, and fairer to one another,” John said.


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3/30/2020 12:43:19 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 refreshes Egypt's independent films' market with free online views]]>
This achieves a recovery for this type of films, which may not have much share in reaching the public through cinemas that are usually controlled by commercial films.

The beginning was with the "Watch and Stay at Home" initiative launched by Zawya Cinema in parallel with the suspension of its activities indefinitely, to encourage and support people in the period of social isolation.

Zawya announced on its official page on Facebook the availability of several independent films for viewing online. Most of the films are documentaries.

Zawya Cinema has announced the availability of “Gai el-Zaman” directed by Dina Hamza until April 1. The film mainly revolves around the director's feelings of loneliness especially after the demise of her late father in 2010. These feelings of loneliness and unease were vicious enough to give the grieving director nightmares and suicidal thoughts.

In an attempt to escape her negative feelings, Hamza turned to the radio, which her late father left behind. Tuning the radio to certain channels broadcasting songs, Hamza starts listening to the songs her late father wrote for the superstars of the golden era; Abdel Halim Hafez, and Shadia, Warda, among others.

During the film’s events, Hamza embarks on an ongoing search for her late father, poet Mohammed Hamza. She desperately searches for himin people, time and places.

The second film was the documentary "Thelal" directed by Marianne Khoury and Mustafa Hasnaoui, which is available to watch for free until March 30. The film explores one of the most confidential files in Egypt: Mental illness.

Meeting these mentally ill men and women who were expelled by the Egyptian society to these hospitals compels the viewer to put his preconceptions to test.

It is the first time ever that the camera has passed through the gates of the mental health institutions that have been withheld for a long time.

Furthermore, Zawya's initiative included the screening of the documentary films "Meel Ya Ghazeel" directed by Eliane el-Raheb, and "Ya Omri" directed by Hadi Zakkak, whose period of viewing ended March 24.

In addition, director Ahmed Rashwan announced on his official account on Facebook that three of his films are made available for free viewing on Vimeo.

The films are: “Basra”, which was produced in 2008 and starred Bassem Samra and Nahed el-Sebai. The film revolves around the life of a group of educated young women and men who live in Egypt as friends. The group has their way of thinking and possesses a lot of ambition and joy.

However, with the start of the Iraq War, the devastating events had its toll on the group. It prevents one of them from traveling abroad in pursuit of education. The war in Iraq does not ignite negativity in Basra and Baghdad alone; it has, in fact, wrecked the once joyful souls of these friends.

The second film is “Gowa el-Bashar”, produced by the National Cinema Center in 1998. The film focuses on the life of nun Celeste el-Khayyat, founder of the Coral Association of Upper Egypt.

The film is set in Bayadeya, one of the villages of Upper Egypt, when a nun called Celeste el- Khayyat returns to her village to see the developments that befell the choir t that she formed years ago and then accompanies them on a trip to Cairo to perform in the capital.

Rashwan's third available documentary film is "Mawlod Fe January 25", which revolves around the spark of a strike on May 27, calling for the civilization of the Egyptian state.

Moreover, director Saad Hindawi announced the availability of his movie "Doaa Aziza", which had its international premiere at the Dubai Festival.

The film traces the journey of two Egyptian girls from 2005 until the date of the production of the film. Aziza plans to emigrate and Doaa wants to leave France and return to live in Egypt.







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3/29/2020 6:56:03 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Success of the e-initiative encourage us to present more]]>
Abdel Dayem noted that the reaction she received from Egypt and the world encouraged her to continue presenting a wide diversity of concerts.

In a phone call on one of the programs broadcast on TEN TV channel, Abdel Dayem said that the initiative presents artistic content from the archives of the Ministry of Culture and not live shows. The content presented is mostly concerts and plays. The minister of culture also noted that the ministry started taking action since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is noteworthy that the concert of the legendary musician Omar Khairat, which was presented on the official YouTube channel of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, became a trend on YouTube. The concert achieved nearly half a million views in less than 12 hours, as the views reached 485,708 views.

The Egyptians highly interacted with the Ministry of Culture’s e-initiative "Stay at House ... Culture is between Your Hands", which encourages the public to stay at home as much as possible to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry's official channel reached 70,000 subscribers in less than 48 hours from the launch of the initiative.
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3/29/2020 4:19:16 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 brings Abdel Wahab back to social media]]>
Abdel Wahab posted several tweets on her official account, re-assuring her fans and advising them to stay at home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am right here dear fans. It feels really good to be cared for and loved, especially in the midst of the crisis the entire world is going through. I am just like you all, staying at home with my family, and praying that this crisis would soon come to an end.”

“Your concern and care about me gave me a much-needed positive energy in such a global crisis. I want to make you all happy, just like you made me happy. Soon enough, I will surprise you guys with something that is very close to my heart. However, until I do so, I want you all to stay safe, and stay home,” tweeted Abdel Wahab.

In fury, superstar Sherine Abdel Wahab decided to boycott all social media platforms because of what she faced after posting a comment about fires in Lebanon, precisely in October 2019.

“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 at that time.

“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,” added the singer.

The controversial singer commented on Oct. 16, 2019, 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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3/29/2020 2:31:25 PM
<![CDATA[Brazilian rapper warns of coronavirus danger in Brazil's slums]]>
His rap “Quarantine” recorded in the isolation of his home and posted on social media warns that contagion could be explosive in Brazil’s crowded “favelas” or slums, such as Rio’s City of God where he was born, some with no running water.

Seeing that many Brazilians including their president were not taking the virus seriously motivated his song, he told Reuters by email on Saturday.

“The World Health Organization warned, people paid little heed, head of state downplayed, delayed, they lost time on things that do not matter,” he rapped.

COVID-19 is not “a small cold” as Bolsonaro has claimed and more Brazilians will become infected due to the leader’s “ignorance” and “arrogance,” the singer said.

“Take care, protect yourselves ... there will be no room in the intensive care units,” he warned.

The 46-year-old rapper lives next to City of God, a sprawling complex of slums made famous in a hit 2002 movie of the same name and where the first case of coronavirus in Rio’s favelas was reported last weekend. Armed gangs and militias in the slums have imposed strict curfews and are stopping outsiders from entering to stop the virus spreading.

Confirmed cases in Brazil trebled to 3,417 in the last week, with 92 deaths so far, according to the Health Ministry.

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s two most populous and most affected states, have shut down non-essential business and public gatherings to slow the spread of the virus, their authorities at odds with Bolsonaro who has called the pandemic a “fantasy” that was exaggerated by the media.

Like U.S. President Donald Trump, the Brazilian president has advocated reopening of activities to get the economy moving while minimizing the need for social distancing urged by public health experts.

MV Bill said Brazil’s favela inhabitants would not be able to quarantine themselves because they had to work for a living and go to get food as no one was going to deliver to the slum.

The economy must continue working for those with precarious incomes. “We do need to think about the economy, but we can’t condemn people to death,” he said.

“What worried me the most in this pandemic is the lack of information of people who still don’t believe how lethal this virus is,” he said by email. “Even with the example of Italy, there are still people who are ignoring it.”]]>
3/29/2020 2:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[Polish composer Penderecki dies at 86 after long illness]]>
“After a long and serious illness, Krzysztof Penderecki - one of the greatest Polish musicians, a world authority in the field of classical music died,” Poland’s Ministry of Culture said in a tweet.

Penderecki was known for his film scores, including for William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist”, Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart”, for his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and the largely atonal St Luke’s Passion.

He won four Grammy awards for his music, most recently for best choral performance in 2016.]]>
3/29/2020 2:06:23 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Assala' s concert on Apr.2]]>
The renowned singer performed at Almasa Capital Theater on February 13 in celebration of Valentine's Day.

It is worth mentioning that Assala appeared in "Welad Rezk Part 2" ( Rezk Sons) as a guest of honor in her first acting experience.

The successful sequel stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Also, Assala’s lastest song "Shamekh" achieved millions of views on YouTube.

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was 4 years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

Her musical career started in 1991 with an album that included four songs. In 1993, she became famous after releasing her album "If You Know".

The album had four Egyptian songs of the oriental classic Egyptian tarab style. The album was an instant hit in Egypt back at that time with heart-breaking songs like "Ya Sabra Yana" and "Samehtak Ketir".

She quickly cemented her presence in the Arab world's growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam, Latifa, and Abdel Majeed Abdullah.

Assala, 48-years-old, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and is famous for her strong, melodious voice. Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011, Nasri supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assala released numerous successful songs throughout her career, such as “Ya Magnoon” (Oh Madman), “Shakhsya Aneeda” (Stubborn person), and “Tasawar” (Imagine), among others. She is married to famous Egyptian director and producer Tarek el-Erian.

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards. Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.

Recently Assala announced her divorce from her husband the famed Egyptian director Tarek Alarian after 14 years of marriage.

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3/28/2020 2:04:53 PM
<![CDATA[ The Royal Russian Ballet to perform online on Mar.29]]>
CAIRO - 28 March 2020: Cairo Opera House will broadcast Swan lake Ballet performed by the Royal Russian Ballet troupe on March 29 at 9 p.m.

The concert comes as part of the initiative “Stay Home ... Culture is between your hands” launched by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem to encourage citizens to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ministry has also launched a website to broadcast activities to entertain people while they stay at home during the imposed curfew.

The minister’s decision is a serious step to combat the morbid virus on the cultural front, where activities reach citizens at home after the decision to suspend activities for fear of spreading the virus.

A concert for Tunisian star Saber el-Rebai was broadcast on the Ministry of Culture’s official YouTube channel on March 27 at 9 p.m.

During the concert, Rebai performed a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ya Asal”, “Ana Bahen”, “Share’ el-Gharam”, “Sidi Mansour”, “Barsha Barsha”, among others.

In a different context and in celebration of the World Theater Day, the play “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” was presented. The play is written by Lenin el-Ramly and directed by Essam el- Sayed. “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” is starring Hussein Fahmy and Ezzat el-Alayli.

The play revolves around the relationship between the Egyptian and Arab societies in the future through the two classmates Burhan and Mahmoud, who later got separated. Mahmoud works as a history teacher, while Burhan received higher academic degrees and became a leading scientist.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with the Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the "Stay in the House ... Culture is in Your Hands" initiative's programs daily on Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25.]]>
3/28/2020 1:53:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Mohamed Siam's project to receive support from Cannes Film Festival]]>
Atelier initiative is tailor made to connect filmmakers with producers to help them in the development of their films.


Siam is an Egyptian feature and documentary films director. He studied in a number of global prestigious film institutions such as Sundance Labs, IDFA Academy, Doc Campus, Berlinale and Durban Talent Campus.

Siam's first documentary was “Balad Meen” (Whose Country) which participated in a number of renowned festivals and was awarded a prize at the 28th edition of Carthage International Film Festival.

“Balad Meen” revolves around Egyptian police elements' work and daily lives, shedding light on a number of important reasons that led to the emergence of January 25 revolution.

In 2017, Siam garnered worldwide fame for his second movie “Amal” which was the opening movie at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. “Amal” traces the life of a troubled Egyptian teenage girl during the January 2011 revolution and accompanies her on a six-year life journey to search for her identity in a country going through a transition stage.

“Amal” received a number of awards such as Robert Bosch Film Prize, the AfriDocs prize at Durban FilmMart and Thessaloniki Docs-In-Progress award.

Siam is a member of a number of committees and associations of documentaries in the Arab region, and is a lecturer in universities in New York, Paris, Beirut and Egypt.

In his interview with Tess Magazine, Siam previously announced that he is currently working on his first long feature movie which will focus on police in Egypt, considering it the final chapter in the trilogy he started with “Balad Meen” then “Amal”.]]>
3/28/2020 1:44:29 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF posted ‘Rizk el Cinema’ documentary on its official Facebook page ]]>
The documentary was screened ‘’Rizk el Cinema’’ documentary on November 23, to honor the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah.

More than twenty prominent filmmakers spoke about the renowned Rizkallah in the short movie: famed actress Yousra, renowned actor Hussein Fahmy, Egyptian director Hala Khalil, acclaimed script writer Waheed Hamed, veteran director Yousry Nasrallah,famed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, renowned film critics Tarek el Shenawy, Khaled Mahmoud and Kamal Ramzy, former CIFF head Magda Wassef, head of Luxor African Film Festival Sayed Fouad, in addition to the sons of Rizkallah, film critic Ahmed Rizkallah and engineer Karim Rizkallah.

CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy and acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky spoke about Rizkallah in the documentary too. ‘’Rizk el Cinema’’ documentary is directed by Abdelrahman Nasr.

Born in 1942, Youssef Cherif Rizkallah completed the Jesuit School and ranked fifth in the secondary school final examination on the national level. He then studied Political Science at the Cairo University graduating with honors in 1966.

Rizkallah dedicated his life to media specializing in film. Following his graduation, he worked at the Egyptian Radio and Television becoming the news editor.

In the 1980s and the 1990s, he was in charge of preparing, co-hosting and hosting several programmes focusing on the seventh art: "Oscar", "Telecinema", "The Magic Lantern", among others. He also chaired the Cairo Film Society between 1978 and 1994.

Throughout his work at the Radio and Television and his writings, Rizkallah raised awareness of cinema among the Egyptians, sharing with them his vast knowledge about this field in Egypt, regionally and internationally. He has also introduced many Hollywood icons to the Egyptian viewers.

Between 1997 and 2002, he was appointed president of the Nile TV Channel and then president of the International Cooperation Sector in the Media Production City (2007 – 2011) and head of the Cinema Authority in the Media Production City (2011 – 2012).

Rizkallah was among the jury members of many renowned international film festivals, including Strasbourg, Milan, Rotterdam and Montpellier Film Festivals. He also served as artistic director of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival.
The 41st Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to Rizkallah, the iconic film critic and historian who passed away on July 12, 2019.

Hefzy previously stressed that Rizkallah’s decades of work in popularizing and spreading knowledge about a variety of segments of the seventh art possesses an important place in the hearts and souls of cinema followers. He added that the significance of Rizkallah’s work in the field deserves much more than just the dedication of the festival’s 41st edition.

“We have learned the love of cinema from Rizkallah; we hope to continue learning about sincerity, alongside many values that we often miss from Rizkallah,” Hefzy previously commented.

Many activities will be held to shed light on the late critic's work and he will posthumously retain the festival’s artistic director position that he held since 2000, after joining the festival in 1987 as artistic secretary.

In the festival’s 41st edition, Egyptian critic Ahmed Shawky, the festival’s deputy artistic director, was the acting artistic director. He was in charge of all the matters related to this post.]]>
3/28/2020 1:23:09 PM
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks returns to LA after bout of coronavirus: media reports]]>
The “Forrest Gump” and “Toy Story” actor and Wilson were photographed smiling while driving a vehicle in the city.

Celebrity website TMZ said the photographs were taken shortly after the pair landed at a small Los Angeles area airport. The New York Post’s Page Six column said Hanks was seen touching the tarmac and dancing after getting off a private jet.

Representatives for Hanks, 63, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Hanks, a double Oscar winner and one of America’s most beloved stars, and Wilson were the first big celebrities to announce they had tested positive for the disease, which has become a global epidemic with more than 27,000 deaths worldwide.

They were treated in hospital in Australia and isolated themselves for a further period after leaving.

Hanks’ last posting on his Twitter account on Sunday said it had been two weeks since their first symptoms and that they were feeling better.

Hanks was in Australia working on a movie about Elvis Presley when he announced on March 11 that he and Wilson had tested positive for the disease. Filming has since been shut down on the movie, and on hundreds of other film and television productions worldwide.


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3/28/2020 11:36:07 AM
<![CDATA['Contagion' movie stars tell fans coronavirus is 'real life']]>
“That was a movie. This is real life,” said Matt Damon, who played someone who was immune to the virus featured in the 2011 film about a pandemic.

Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, and Jennifer Ehle teamed up with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to release public service announcements on ways to contain the virus.

Rentals, sales and downloads of “Contagion” have soared in recent weeks. On Friday, it was in 10th place on the iTunes movie charts for the United States, one spot above the newly-released “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”




The thriller follows a mysterious deadly infection that spreads quickly around the world, causing a breakdown in society, and efforts by U.S. scientists to find a cure.

Ehle, who in the movie played a scientist who helped discover a vaccine, urged people to heed the advice of scientists and medical experts “and that means tuning out the voices with other agendas, no matter how powerful they might be.”



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3/28/2020 11:32:55 AM
<![CDATA[Veteran George Sidhom passes away at 82]]>
George Abees Sidhom was born on May 28، in 1938، to a family originally from Upper Egypt.

His stardom was built with “Tholaathy adwaa al-masrah” troupe with the two veteran comedians Samir Ghaanem and al-Deif Ahmad.

The trio performed together a number of immortal funny musical sketches، stand-up comedy shows، comedy plays and movies.

Their debut was through “Doctor elha’ny ( Doctor help me) that was a milestone in their career.

“Tholaathy adwaa al-masrah” presented the first-ever TV Ramaadan Riddles for ten years، written by Hussein al-Sayyed and directed by Muhamad Saalem.

Their most popular films are “’Aakher sha’aawa'' (Extremely naught)، “30 yowm fel-segn'' (30 days in jail) and “Al-maganeen al-talaata'' ( The three madmen).

After al-Deif Ahmad's death in 1970، Ghaanem and Sidhom continued under the umbrella of “Tholaathy adwaa al-masrah” until 1982.


Sidhom's theatrical repertoire houses a number of sucessful plays such as “Mousseeka fel-hayy al-sharky (Music in east district)، “Al-motazawwegoun (The married couple) and “Ahlan ya doctor'' (Welcome doctor) among others.




George Sidhom retired years ago due to a brain stroke. His wife Linda، who is a pharmacist was the one who stood by his side for many years and took good care of him.
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3/27/2020 6:59:49 PM
<![CDATA[Zaki: A celebration of legendary actor and 'King of the Third Class']]>
Zaki is considered one of the most prominent actors in the history of Egyptian cinema. He was born in Zagazig as the only son in his family.

His father died when he was young, and when his mother remarried he was raised by his grandfather. During his school years, his headmaster encouraged him to work on his acting talent after Zaki presented a dazzling performance in one of the school's productions.

This production saw the attendance of many artists from Cairo, and he was advised to join The High Theater Institute, from which he graduated in 1973. After graduating first in his class, he worked in many commercially successful plays, including: “Madraset El-Moshaghbeen” (The School of Mischief), “Awladna Fi London” (Our Children are in London), “El-Eyal Kebret” (The Children Have Grown), “Hello, Shalaby” and “Al-Qahera fi Alf A'aam” (Cairo in 1,000 Years).

Many of his films are considered stepping stones in his acting career, such as: “Ahlam Hend we Kamilia” (The Dreams of Hend and Kamilia), “Oyoon La Tanam” (Eyes that Don’t Sleep), “El-Baree” (The Innocent), “El-Hob Fawk Hadabet Al-Haram” (Love on Top of the Pyramid) and “Ard El-Khouf” (The Land of Fear).

In efforts to reflect the values and identity of Egyptian society, Zaki has perfectly portrayed low and middle class society in roles such as the guard in “El-Beh El-Bawab” (The Gentle Guard). He also played the role of a simple photographer in “Edhak El-Sora Tetlaa’ Helwa” (Smile, the Picture will Come Out Fine), and the role of the driver in “Sawaq El-Hanem” (The Madame’s Driver).

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Ahmed Zaki in a scene from “El Beh El Bawab” (The Gentle Guard) movie - Youtube

Six of his films are listed on the best 100 Egyptian films based on a selection by a number of Egyptian critics. Zaki has also introduced many of the most valuable biographical films, such as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s biography, “Nasser 65”, and Egyptian President Anwar Al Sadat’s biography, “Ayam El-Sadat”.


He also depicted prominent Egyptian author, Taha Hussein, in “Al Ayam” (Days) series. Zaki’s last movie was a depiction of Egyptian singer, Abdel Halim Hafez, in a biography film titled “Halim,” which was released in 2005.



Zaki portrayed historical figures brilliantly, and it drove most of the audience to feel that their souls were instilled in Zaki’s soul. Furthermore, many of his colleagues, and the actors who followed him, admitted that they were inspired by his genuine performances and that they consider him one of the greatest actors in the Egyptian cinema history.


"To the dear soul of the great artist Ahmed Zaki, I dedicate to you my performance in 'Wahet El-Groub' soap opera. May God rest your soul in peace; you will always be an acting pedagogue," said a voice note from the famous Egyptian actor, Khaled Nabawy, on his Twitter account.

Famed scriptwriter, Wahid Hamed, said that Zaki was distinguished and strongly dedicatedl to his job to the point that it caused him some major problems in his personal life.

He added that Egyptian cinema is full of stars that are not less talented than Zaki, but what makes Zaki different is that he used his talent to master his profession, and that he paid attention to every single detail pertaining to his acting career.

Hamed said that they had shared a profound friendship since the mid-seventies, and that he knew Zaki as the person behind the actor.

Zaki’s power as an actor also lies in the fact that he was one of the first darker-skinned actors to grace Egyptian screens, challenging an unspoken color barrier that had previously existed. He paved the way for other non-conventional actors to realize that they too have a place on the cinema screen.

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3/27/2020 4:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[SITFY's message on the World Theatre Day]]>
The festival's newly established tradition aims at allowing a different, theatrically active and influential young artist each year to deliver their message on the World Theatre Day.

The festival’s administration translated the message into more than one language. The message was broadcast in audio and video annually on the World Theater Day.

Here is the English version of the message:

Theater will not die

Theater is a place where artists can present their talents to the audience.. A long time ago, the first human narrated his great hunting trip to his family.. The first human embodied his trip and his children and wife were impressed... Ever since then, theater was established..

Theater was established when humans discovered the creative language of expression.. Even before discovering the real spoken languages.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the theater continued to shine in spite of launching cinema, radio, television, and internet... The reason behind that is that theater is the living language between the artists and the audience. Additionally, theatrical language can always be renewed and developed in order to surprise everyone.

A virus -that is not invisible to the eye- forced everyone to stay at home. Humans returned to their small worlds among their families. Everyone started to narrate his tales and adventures to his family in order to impress them; thus, homes become small theaters.. Perhaps when another virus affects the whole world, or a great war takes place, the whole world will come to an end and all its mechanisms will be destroyed.. However, artists will always be able to present their creative talents to everyone.. Theater will last forever... Theater will always be able to affect the audience..... Theater will never reach an end.


SITFY postponed its fifth edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have exerted extensive efforts to launch the fifth edition of SITFY and finished all the preparations. We have contacted all the theatrical groups; however, the spread of coronavirus all over the world is the main reason behind the postponement of the fifth edition of SITFY. Thanks a million for your understanding. We hope to be back on track as soon as possible in order to continue our work with all the theatrical groups and experts. SITFY's Higher Committee highly appreciates each and every one who has accomplished his/her duties to the fullest," SITFY's President Mazen el-Gharabawy declared.

The fifth edition of SITFY was planned to bear the name of legendary actress Sanaa Gamil. Moreover, SITFY planned to dedicate the authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Sakhsoukh, who presented various theatrical and critical writings to the Egyptian and Arab theatre.

Egyptian veteran actress, Samiha Ayoub, has been appointed as the honorary president of SITFY, while veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy was appointed as head of the higher committee of SITFY, and Egyptian actor Tarek Sabri was appointed as the executive director. SITFY is managed by Ingy el-Bestawy and actor Mohsen Mansour supervises the festival's workshops.

SITFY is held under the sponsorship of the minister of culture, South Sinai governor, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Tourism Khaled al-Anany, and Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board Ahmed Youssef.
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3/27/2020 3:32:48 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Ramzy Yassa' s concert on Mar.28]]>CAIRO - 27 March 2020: As part of the e-initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is in your hands" a concert for Symphony Orchestra - Soloist : Piano acclaimed international pianist Ramzy Yassa will be broadcast on the Ministry of Culture’s official YouTube channel on March 28 at 9 p.m.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with the Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the "Stay in the House ... Culture is in Your Hands" initiative's programs daily on Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast anecdotes about the archives of national, contemporary and traditional creativity on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at homes in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.

Abdel Dayem further stated that the broadcast begins with the Opera House's hologram concert of the late wonderful singer Umm Kulthum’s “Hayart Qalbi”, in addition to other Umm Kulthum's specials performed by Reham Abdel Hakim and Mai Farouk.

The minister of culture added that broadcasting continues on a daily basis with various creative materials that include theatrical performances, Arab and classical concerts, ballet shows, short films, documentaries, and others.

The ministry's official website on the internet makes available many publications of various sectors.]]>
3/27/2020 2:07:04 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea boy band BTS postpones U.S., Canada tour over coronavirus]]>
The seven-member K-pop hit group was due to begin its United States and Canada tour on April 25 in Santa Clara, with stops in Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington and Toronto, before wrapping up in Chicago in June.

Big Hit Entertainment said new dates had not been set but all reserved tickets remained valid.

“We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of all local governments regarding public events to ensure we are providing a safe environment for everyone involved as we continue to update our tour plans,” Big Hit said in a statement on the fan community app, Weverse.



The delay came as the United States overtook China and Italy as the country with the most infections, with thousands of new cases each day.

Last week, BTS indefinitely delayed sales of tickets for its Europe tour, set to start in July, and take in the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, London and Rotterdam.

Last month, it also cancelled a concert in Seoul set for April as South Korea grapples with the pandemic.

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3/27/2020 12:48:38 PM
<![CDATA[SITFY chooses Mahmoud Gamal to deliver speech on World Theater Day]]>
The festival's newly established tradition aims at allowing a different, theatrically active and influential young artist each year to deliver their message on the World Theatre Day.

The festival’s administration will translate the message into more than one language. The message will be broadcast in audio and video annually on the World Theater Day.

SITFY postponed its fifth edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have exerted extensive efforts to launch the fifth edition of SITFY and finished all the preparations. We have contacted all the theatrical groups; however, the spread of coronavirus all over the world is the main reason behind the postponement of the fifth edition of SITFY. Thanks a million for your understanding. We hope to be back on track as soon as possible in order to continue our work with all the theatrical groups and experts. SITFY's Higher Committee highly appreciates each and every one who has accomplished his/her duties to the fullest," SITFY's President Mazen el-Gharabawy declared.

The fifth edition of SITFY was planned to bear the name of legendary actress Sanaa Gamil. Moreover, SITFY planned to dedicate the authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Sakhsoukh, who presented various theatrical and critical writings to the Egyptian and Arab theatre.

Egyptian veteran actress, Samiha Ayoub, has been appointed as the honorary president of SITFY, while veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy was appointed as head of the higher committee of SITFY, and Egyptian actor Tarek Sabri was appointed as the executive director. SITFY is managed by Ingy el-Bestawy and actor Mohsen Mansour supervises the festival's workshops.

SITFY is held under the sponsorship of the minister of culture, South Sinai governor, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Tourism Khaled al-Anany, and Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board Ahmed Youssef.

Additional reporting by Angy Essam


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3/26/2020 4:38:25 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Rebai’s concert ]]>
During the concert, Rebai performs a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ya Asal”, “Ana Bahen”, “Share’ el-Gharam”, “Sidi Mansour”, “Barsha Barsha”, among others.

In a different context and in celebration of the World Theater Day, the play “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” will be presented. The play is written by Lenin el-Ramly and directed by Essam el- Sayed. “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” is starring Hussein Fahmy and Ezzat el-Alayli.

The play revolves around the relationship between the Egyptian and Arab societies in the future through the two classmates Burhan and Mahmoud, who later got separated. Mahmoud works as a history teacher, while Burhan received higher academic degrees and became a leading scientist.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with the Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the "Stay in the House ... Culture is in Your Hands" initiative's programs daily on Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25.


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3/26/2020 3:29:11 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Council of Culture extends contests' application period ]]>
This comes in light of the exceptional circumstances that Egypt is going through amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

The contests are:

Caricature Contest

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

Playwriting Contest

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

Vernacular Poetry Contest

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

Prospects for development in Western Sahara

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

This is in addition to the contests: Creative industries and Cultural Development; Media and Promotion of Loyalty and Belonging; and Major National Projects and Remote Areas' Development.
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3/26/2020 3:20:55 PM
<![CDATA[Rola Mahmoud, 1st Egyptian celebrity to test positive for COVID-19]]>
“Good evening, sadly, my condition is getting worse. I became infected with the virus despite taking all the precautionary measures. Unfortunately, the health system here is overloaded with cases, and I have no clue whether they can provide me with the medical care. Your prayers will surely help. In the coming period, I will try to inquire about receiving medical attention in my area,” tweeted Mahmoud on her official account.

It is worth noting that Rola Mahmoud's last appearance was in the series "Kaid el-Nesa" in 2011, before travelling to England to reside there.
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3/26/2020 2:32:58 PM
<![CDATA[Television audiences surge to 12-month highs as coronavirus keeps Americans home]]>
Police action series “NCIS” scored its biggest audience since February 2019 on Tuesday night, attracting some 13.08 million viewers - a 22% increase over its last original broadcast on March 10, CBS (VIACA.O) said on Wednesday.

The Tuesday night season finale of heart-tugging NBC (CMCSA.O) series “This Is Us” was the most-watched episode since September 2019 and saw a 21% increase in viewers aged 18-49 over the previous week, NBC said.

Audiences for the big four U.S. television networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC - have been declining in recent years due to fierce competition from streaming, esports and social media.

U.S. movie theaters and Broadway theaters have been shut down for almost two weeks, and multiple U.S. states have ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, theme parks and concert venues in a bid to contain the coronavirus epidemic. There are now more than 60,000 cases in the United States and more than 880 deaths.

Streaming service Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) was also expected to be a major beneficiary of the stay at home directives. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told CNN on Sunday that viewing was up but gave no details. Netflix on Wednesday declined to comment on recent viewership.

However multiple shows on traditional television, including “The Good Doctor” on ABC (DIS.N), “The Masked Singer” on Fox (FOXA.O) and “Survivor” on CBS are also seeing a surge in viewers, according to ratings data.

Data analytics company Nielsen said in a report last week that Americans are expected to watch as much as 60% more television across all platforms as increasingly restrictive shutdowns are implemented across the United States.

The increases are not just for escapist fare. Sunday’s topical news show “60 Minutes” reached 10.9 million viewers, its largest audience since December 2019, CBS said.

Cable channel HBO is seeing increases for shows like sci-fi series “Westworld” and for older fare like teen series “Euphoria.”

Time spent on the HBO Now streaming service since March 14 was up over 40% from a month prior, while daily binge viewing increased 65% compared with the prior four-week period, according to WarnerMedia (T.N).]]>
3/26/2020 1:05:45 PM
<![CDATA[The show won't go on: Tony Awards for Broadway theater postponed indefinitely]]>
The awards ceremony had been scheduled to take place in New York City on June 7 and was to have been aired on CBS.

Broadway theaters were closed two weeks ago as part of the effort to contain the spread of the disease in what has become the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

Organizers said in a statement that the Tony Awards “will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. ... The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us.

“We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so,” the statement added.

The Tony Awards for plays, musicals, directors and performers are regarded as the highest honors in the American theater world.

Multiple cultural events involving large gatherings have been canceled or postponed in recent weeks, including France’s Cannes film festival, the Glastonbury and Coachella music festivals in Britain and California, respectively, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.]]>
3/26/2020 1:02:19 PM
<![CDATA[Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish to headline coronavirus benefit TV special]]>
The one-hour special, to be hosted by Elton John and broadcast on Fox and iHeart radio stations, is the first major nationwide event in the United States to harness celebrity power to help those affected by the disease.

The “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will also feature performances from Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. All of the musicians will film themselves from homes with their cellphones or other equipment.

The special is aimed at paying tribute to health workers and those on the front lines of efforts to cope with the pandemic, which has overwhelmed hospitals. It will also encourage viewers to donate to two charities: Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Musicians have been quick to move online as U.S. states have issued shutdown and stay-at-home orders, with free performances filmed at home and streamed on social media from the likes of John Legend and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Others have made individual contributions to hospitals and nonprofits as the coronavirus has spread across the United States.

They include folk singer James Taylor, who this week made a $1 million donation to Massachusetts General Hospital, and Rihanna, whose foundation gave $5 million to charities to supply food and protective equipment to healthcare workers.

Fox said the “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will be broadcast on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT/6 pm PDT (0100 GMT on Monday).]]>
3/26/2020 12:59:27 PM
<![CDATA[Culture, information ministers reach agreement on 'Stay at home' initiative]]>
Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting Wednesday, March 25.

Abdel Dayem said that the agreement is a model for the solidarity of state institutions and comes within the framework of efforts that urge the citizens to abide by the precautionary decisions and measures issued by the Egyptian state in order to maintain public safety.

The minister of culture indicated that the broadcasting on the Ministry of Culture’s YouTube channel continues, especially after achieving a huge viewership, which represents an unprecedented success.

Abdel Dayem added that the creative material that is broadcast on the ministry’s official YouTube channel includes theatrical performances, nights of the Arab Music Festival, Omar Khairat’s concerts, and much more related content.
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3/25/2020 4:08:05 PM
<![CDATA[Theater Art House provides 30 plays on official YouTube channel]]>
The plays include a set of masterpieces of the modern Egyptian theater, and will be provided through the ministry’s official YouTube channel in cooperation with the National Theater Center.

Mukhtar further stated that the plays provided on the ministry’s YouTube channel star the most prominent stars, including the plays “El-Malek Howa el-Malek”, “Ahlan Ya Bakawat”, and others, in addition to plays for the youth of the Theater Art House.

All the activities of the Theater Art House came to a halt as part of the state's efforts to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

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3/25/2020 3:29:22 PM
<![CDATA[Omair Khairat to perform online concert on March 26]]>
The concert comes as part of the initiative “Stay Home ... Culture is between your hands” launched by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem to encourage citizens to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ministry has also launched a website to broadcast activities to entertain people while they stay at home during the imposed curfew.

The minister’s decision is a serious step to combat the morbid virus on the cultural front, where activities reach citizens at home after the decision to suspend activities for fear of spreading the virus.

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3/25/2020 2:19:44 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: launches sterilization process in pyramids’ antiquities region]]>
Director General of the Pyramids’ region Ashraf Mohieddin said that sterilization was done in accordance with the international standards and by using materials approved by the Ministry of Health and Population, pointing out that the visitors' reception hall, X-Ray devices, tickets office, toilets, entrance to the entire archaeological area and the roads leading to it were all sterilized. This is in addition to sterilizing the wooden walkway in front of the Great Pyramid, visitors’ seating areas and other places where humans stayed.

Mohieddin stressed that all workers received the tools of protection, including gloves, masks and disinfectants, and that the rest of the region is being sterilized.

تعقيم الأهرامات وأبو الهول لمواجهة كورونا وتأهيل المنطقة فى فترة التوقف

تعقيم الأهرامات وأبو الهول لمواجهة كورونا وتأهيل المنطقة فى فترة التوقف المزيد من التفاصيل والفيديوهات https://www.youm7.com/ تابعونا على الصفحات الرسميه موا...



Mohieddin explained that the number of workers in the area has been reduced, as part of the government's instructions to limit gatherings to confront the emerging virus. The downtime period will also be used to rehabilitate the area in terms of maintenance and restoration in preparation for receiving visitors after the virus is controlled.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has cleared and sterilized its administrative buildings in Abbasiya, Giza and Zamalek.

Work is also underway to sterilize the offices of the Tourism Promotion Authority in all governorates.

The ministry is implementing the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Population to clean surfaces and places periodically during the day to ensure the safety of visitors and workers, in addition to providing the employees who deal with the public with gloves, masks, and disinfectants.

This comes in conjunction with the continuing work of the Hotel Establishments Chamber in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Population to implement the procedures for disinfection and sterilization of hotels and tourist establishments of all kinds, as the disinfection and sterilization campaign started as a preliminary stage for hotels in Hurghada and in Makadi Bay in the Red Sea Governorate, moving in the upcoming week to the hotels located in Luxor.

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3/25/2020 1:55:34 PM
<![CDATA[Broadway playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications]]>
Matt Polk said McNally, 81, died in a hospital in Florida. The Broadway theater veteran was a lung cancer survivor and had lived with a chronic respiratory condition.

McNally’s career spanned six decades, encompassing plays, musicals and operas. It ranged from AIDS dramas “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” to domestic drama “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” and the stage musical adaptation of movie “The Full Monty.”

He was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony in New York, adding to the four he received for “Love! Valour! Compassion,” “Master Class” and the books of the musical versions of “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

McNally is survived by his husband, producer Tom Kirdahy.

Tributes poured in from the theater world on Tuesday.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Twitter he was heartbroken, calling McNally “a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly.”

Former “Rent” star Anthony Rapp called him “a vital voice in American theater, especially effective at lifting up and amplifying the American LGBTQ experience.”

Peter Marks, theater critic at the Washington Post, tweeted; “This virus is taking great people away. Terrence McNally was a master with class.”

Broadway theaters have been shut since March 12 because of restrictions aimed at preventing the spread or coronavirus.]]>
3/25/2020 8:12:27 AM
<![CDATA[Legendary saxophonist Manu Dibango dies of COVID-19]]>
Thierry Doubert, publisher of the work of the famous Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, said that the artist died in France of COVID-19 at the age of 86. He further explained that the Cameroonian artist died in the morning of March 24 at a hospital in Paris.

According to Agence France-Presse, Dibango became the legend of the "Afro-Jazz", and is the first global star to die from the new coronavirus.

On Dinabgo’s official Facebook page, it was stated that the funeral will take place in a purely family setting, and later honor will be given to him at the earliest opportunity.

Manu Dibango is most famous for writing the 1972 single "Soul Makossa", which was a secondary song in a CD dedicated to the Cameroon national football team on the occasion of the African Cup of Nations. The song achieved huge success.

Dibango accused Michael Jackson of using the "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" hook without his permission in the song "Wanna Be Starting Something" that was released as part of the album "Thriller", before the artists eventually reached a financial settlement.

Later on, Rihanna used the same hook in her hit "Please Don't Stop the Music".




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3/24/2020 3:05:45 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture presents several free artistic events online]]>
Umm Kulthum's Hologram Concert

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will launch the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast anecdotes about the archives of national, contemporary and traditional creativity on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

Abdel Dayem further stated that the broadcast begins with the Opera House's hologram concert of the late wonderful singer Umm Kulthum’s “Hayart Qalbi”, in addition to other Umm Kulthum's specials performed by Reham Abdel Hakim and Mai Farouk.

Fine Arts Museum displays its holdings online

Through its official page on Facebook, the Fine Arts Museum of the Fine Arts Sector called on citizens to stay at home, commenting “Stay home, we will bring the museum right to your doorstep!”

Applying for “My Heritage Visual Arts” contest

All creators and art and culture enthusiasts can apply for the fifth edition of “My Heritage” competition for photography and plastic arts that sheds light on Cairo's architectural and urban elements that reflect the depth and diversity of its cultural heritage.

Read with us initiative

The Supreme Council of Culture, headed by Hisham Azmy, also organizes a number of online cultural events, including a series of Arab cultural episodes entitled “Read with us”.

“Read with us” presents extracts from one of an Arab writer or poet's works read by his/her own voice. The recorded video is sent to the Supreme Council of Culture to upload it on all social media platforms, enabling the followers to engage freely in comments.

A large number of writers and creators from Arab countries and Egypt participate in the event.
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3/24/2020 2:49:31 PM
<![CDATA[Facebook lowers video quality in Latin America, following Europe]]>
On Sunday, the world’s largest social network followed the steps of Netflix, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Amazon and Walt Disney in response to a call by the European Union to stave off internet gridlock as thousands of people work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“To help alleviate any potential network congestion, we will temporarily reduce bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram in Latin America,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, adding the company is working with partners to manage bandwidth constraints amid heavier demand.

Brazilian streaming platform GloboPlay, owned by the country’s largest TV channel, announced that video streaming in 4K and Full High Definition would be temporarily suspended as of Monday to preserve Brazil’s internet infrastructure and allow more people to access its contents.

Asked about future plans to lower streaming quality in Brazil, like it did in Europe, Netflix said it “will continue to work with internet service providers and governments all over the world and will apply these changes in other places if necessary.”

Local telecoms regulator Anatel has signed a commitment pact with carriers and other providers to keep Brazilians connected during the coronavirus outbreak, creating a crisis committee to coordinate actions and monitor data traffic and the network capacity.

“Anatel, within the scope of the risk management and network performance monitoring group, will prioritize emergency solutions whose main goal is the continuity of the service and its access by the Brazilian population,” the regulator said.]]>
3/24/2020 2:45:05 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Heritage books, other publications to be available online]]>
The minister added that spreading heritage comes within the activities of the e-initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is in your hands", which represents one of the efforts exerted to contribute to the implementation of the precautionary measures to preserve public safety from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abdel Dayem called on Egyptians to invest in knowing and spreading awareness.

The Supreme Council of Culture, headed by Hisham Azmy, also organizes a number of online cultural events, including a series of Arab cultural episodes entitled “Read with us”.

“Read with us” presents extracts from one of an Arab writer or poet's works read by his/her own voice. The recorded video is sent to the Supreme Council of Culture to upload it on all social media platforms, enabling the followers to engage freely in comments.

A large number of writers and creators from Arab countries and Egypt participate in the event.
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3/24/2020 2:39:23 PM
<![CDATA[GEM imposes daily strict safety measures on workers]]>
Moftah further affirmed that any violation in this regard will not be tolerated, as the health of workers at the museum comes first.

The GEM’s general supervisor noted that all workers are checked during their admission in the morning and when they leave in the evening without any exceptions, using the laser thermometer.

Moftah pointed out that the daily routines of gathering the staff in the morning for the attendance check was cancelled as it violates the safety procedures. "No handshaking" banners were also placed, as any physical contact of any kind is prohibited.

The museum is sterilized daily, both internally and externally before the staff starts their work shifts. Work breaks are divided into three periods to avoid gathering in high numbers.

The sterilization process is once again completed after the work day is completed.

Moftah confirmed that Egypt, with all its entities working in full coordination, is implementing a tight plan to control the virus, stressing that no complacency will be accepted.

GEM’s supervisor also described the museum as the “Egyptian dream of the future” and that work in the museum is carried out in full swing professionally and scientifically, putting the individuals’ health first.


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3/24/2020 2:11:33 PM
<![CDATA[Woody Allen memoir released as publishers cite freedom of speech]]>
“Apropos of Nothing,” was released nationwide, Arcade Publishing said in a statement.

The autobiography is described as a “candid and comprehensive personal account” by Allen of his life, career and “his relationships with family and friends.”

The book was dropped earlier this month by New York-based Hachette Book Group after a walkout by staff and criticism from Allen’s children Dylan and Ronan Farrow.

The four-time Oscar-winning director of “Annie Hall” and other comedies has repeatedly denied the accusation that he molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992.

“Woody has told his story comprehensively in his book; we highly recommend that anyone with questions reads it,” a spokesperson for Allen said in a statement on Monday.

Jeanette Seaver, the co-founder of Arcade Publishing, said in a statement that the decision to release the book was a matter of freedom of speech.

“We find it critical to hear more than one side of a story and more importantly, not to squelch a writer’s right to be heard,” Seaver said in a statement.

“When speakers are shouted down or even assaulted on campuses simply for having a different point of view, journalists are banned from press conferences and truth is too often dismissed as ‘fake news,’ we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected writer and filmmaker, rather than bow to the politically correct pressures of the modern world,” Seaver added.

Allen, 84, is one of dozens of filmmakers, actors and producers to have been accused of sexual misconduct or faced renewed scrutiny of historical allegations since the #MeToo movement went global in late 2017.

Allen’s 2018 film “A Rainy Day in New York” was dropped from release by Amazon Studios. His latest movie, “Rifkin’s Festival” was filmed in Spain and has yet to be released.]]>
3/24/2020 12:09:19 PM
<![CDATA[Henedy calls on his fans to stay at home during quarantine period]]>
“You have two options. Either to stay at home for fifteen days, which surely will affect many monetarily, but it's ok as it is t a period that will eventually pass, or to go out, get an infection and pass it on to your family and loved ones, god forbid,” said Henedy in the video he uploaded.

“I am sure you will choose the first option, as researchers affirmed that the incubation period of the virus is 14 days. You can walk down the streets and infect people, without knowing that you may be even infected.

However, if you stay at home during the quarantine period, you will feel the symptoms if you are sick and therefore the government can take care of you and provide you with the needed medical attention.

If you don't do this, and go out, more and more people will become infected with the morbid virus, which can pressure any government. So staying at home is your best option to protect yourself, your loved ones and your country!” concluded Henedy.

لكل الناس .. لو فضلنا بس ١٥ يوم في البيت ونقلل تحركاتنا

لكل الناس .. لو فضلنا بس ١٥ يوم في البيت ونقلل تحركاتنا كل حاجة هتعدي للمشاهدة يوتيوب https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsCW0ghSc3Q Collaboration with...




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3/23/2020 4:59:41 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous Egyptian stars take on “Al-Khair” challenge]]>
The bad weather conditions and the coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of people to lose their jobs, and hence are unable to survive.

Al-Khair challenge is an initiative launched by Saad Samir, Al-Ahly Club player, to sponsor a number of families affected by the coronavirus and torrents.

Ahmed Fahmy

The star, Ahmed Fahmy, posted a video on his personal Instagram account announcing his sponsorship of 50 families this month.

“I accepted the challenge of Mahmoud Trezeguet, and I will sponsor 50 families this month. I also challenge Akram Hosni, Ahmed Ezz, Karim Abdel Aziz, Hisham Maged, Sheko and Ali Rabie,” said Fahmy in the video.

قبلت التحدى @mahmoudtrezeguet .. قررت اتولى ٥٠ آسرة نظرا للظروف الحالية ❤️❤️

124.4k Likes, 1,631 Comments - Ahmad Fahmy (@ahmadfahmy_official) on Instagram: "قبلت التحدى @mahmoudtrezeguet .. قررت اتولى ٥٠ آسرة نظرا للظروف الحالية ❤️❤️"




Chico

Chico announced accepting Ahmed Fahmy’s challenge in a video he posted on his Instagram account, declaring his intention to sponsor 50 families affected by the economic consequences of the coronavirus and torrents.

“I accept Fahmy's challenge, and I will sponsor 50 families this month. I challenge Hana el- Zahed, Ahmed el-Saadany, Amr Youssef and Rania Youssef,” said Fahmy in the video he uploaded.

انا قبلت التحدي يا فهمي و هتولي ٥٠ اسرة الشهر دا...بتحدي هنا الزاهد، احمد السعدني، عمرو يوسف و رانيا يوسف ❤️❤️❤️❤️💪💪💪💪 @amryoussefofficial @hannahelzahed @raniayoussef_ @ahmedlsaadany

90.1k Likes, 1,473 Comments - Chico شيكو (@chico_1980) on Instagram: "انا قبلت التحدي يا فهمي و هتولي ٥٠ اسرة الشهر دا...بتحدي هنا الزاهد، احمد السعدني، عمرو يوسف و..."




Mohammed Ramadan

Ramadan announced donating LE 2 million for families affected by the economic consequences of the coronavirus and torrents.

اللهم اشفي كل مريض وتقبل صالح الأعمال ♥️🇪🇬

148.7k Likes, 4,848 Comments - Mohamed Ramadan 🌍🇪🇬 (@mohamedramadanws) on Instagram: "اللهم اشفي كل مريض وتقبل صالح الأعمال ♥️🇪🇬"




Ahmed el-Saadany

Saadany accepted Chico’s challenge and announced his sponsorship of 50 families.

“I accept Chico's challenge. I will sponsor 50 families this month. I challenge Mohammed Imam, Ahmed Rizk, Ahmed Dawood and Alaa el-Sherbiny,” said Saadany in a video he posted on his official Instagram account.

Ahmed L Saadany on Instagram: "يالا نساعد اهلنا و ناسنا ❤️❤️❤️ @ahmedrezk_ @alaaelsherbinyofficial @mohamedemam @adawoodofficial"

68.7k Likes, 1,159 Comments - Ahmed L Saadany (@ahmedlsaadany) on Instagram: "يالا نساعد اهلنا و ناسنا ❤️❤️❤️ @ahmedrezk_ @alaaelsherbinyofficial @mohamedemam @adawoodofficial"




Mona Zaki

Actress Mona Zaki participated in Al-Khair challenge that comes as part of Resala Association initiative to support those in need, and she announced challenging Ahmed Helmy, Karim Abdel Aziz and Menna Shalaby.

“I hope that everyone will take good care of themselves and their families. Unfortunately, many families depend on daily income and they will not be able to do their jobs as we all must be at home. I thank Rasala Association for this initiative. I announce that I will be supporting 80 families and I challenge Ahmed Helmy, Karim Abdel Aziz and Menna Shalaby, to support families with their income,” said Zaki.

"تحدي الخير " تضامنا مع الأسر المتضررين لمواجهة فيروس كورونا #تحدي_الخير #جمعية_رسالة #كورونا @ahmedhelmy @mennagram @karimabdelazizofficial @resala.charity.organization

78.3k Likes, 1,351 Comments - Mona Zaki (@monazakiofficial) on Instagram: ""تحدي الخير " تضامنا مع الأسر المتضررين لمواجهة فيروس كورونا #تحدي_الخير #جمعية_رسالة #كورونا..."









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3/23/2020 4:53:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass: Sun setting on Sphinx’s shoulder proves superiority of ancient Egyptians]]>
Former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass noted that the phenomenon occurs twice a year over the course of four days, as the sun sets on the right shoulder of the Sphinx, on March 21 and 22, and September 21 and 22, that is, in spring and autumn. The phenomenon is called Equinox, meaning when the night and day become equal.

Hawass continued that the sun, after falling at sunset on the right side of the sphinx, heads south, and during the summer it moves to the north.

The veteran archaeologist and former minister of antiquities emphasized that a more significant phenomenon, called Solstice, can be seen on June 21 and 22. It is when the sun sets directly between the Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) and the pyramid of Chephren (Khafre).

Hawass pointed out that the phenomenon proves that archaeologists made a mistake when they said that the ancient Egyptians accidentally found an ancient rock and turned it into a statue with a human face and an inhuman body.

He further explained that the phenomenon proves that there is an astronomical and religious reason for sculpting the statue of the Sphinx, which is the sun god, that rises and sets between the horizons of the pyramids of Cheops (Khufu) and Chephren (Khafre).

This theory is unique and confirms the tremendous scientific superiority of the ancient Egyptians.

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3/23/2020 3:20:53 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem to launch initiative to encourage citizens to stay at home]]>
“The initiative aims to broadcast anecdotes about the archives of national, contemporary and traditional creativity on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at homes in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.

Abdel Dayem further stated that the broadcast begins with the Opera House's hologram concert of the late wonderful singer Umm Kulthum’s “Hayart Qalbi”, in addition to other Umm Kulthum's specials performed by Reham Abdel Hakim and Mai Farouk.

The minister of culture added that broadcasting continues on a daily basis with various creative materials that include theatrical performances, Arab and classical concerts, ballet shows, short films, documentaries, and others.

The ministry's official website on the internet makes available many publications of various sectors.
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3/23/2020 2:50:35 PM
<![CDATA[Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus in prison: union official]]>
Weinstein, 68, has been placed in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, said Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Powers said he learned that the test came back positive on Sunday morning and is concerned about the corrections officers, who he said lack proper protective equipment. Several staff have been quarantined, Powers said.

Weinstein arrived at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison east of Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday after being housed at New York City’s Rikers Island jail.

He was sentenced to 23 years in prison on March 11 for sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress.

Following the sentencing, Weinstein spent time at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for heart problems, according to his spokesman, Juda Engelmayer. He also has other medical issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

A lawyer for Weinstein said on Sunday night that his legal team had not been notified of the coronavirus diagnosis.

“Given Mr. Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation,” said lawyer Imran Ansari, who is based in New York.

The Niagara Gazette, a local newspaper in upstate New York, reported that Weinstein had tested positive for the highly contagious virus earlier Sunday, citing anonymous officials.

Two prisoners at the Wende Facility have confirmed cases of COVID-19, a state prison official told Reuters. The official said he could not comment on any individual prisoner’s medical record.

The official told Reuters that, with each confirmed case, the Department of Corrections works with the Department of Health to identify potentially exposed people.

Mark David Chapman, who murdered Beatle John Lennon in 1980, served some of his time at Wende Correctional Facility, as did Robert Chambers, dubbed the “Preppie killer,” who strangled 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City’s Central Park in 1986.

Weinstein’s conviction was hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct by powerful men.

More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades. He has denied the allegations, saying any sex was consensual.

Weinstein also faces separate sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.

Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing “Shakespeare in Love” and was responsible for other acclaimed films including “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “Gangs of New York.”]]>
3/23/2020 2:01:41 PM
<![CDATA[5 actresses striving to present unique roles in Ramadan 2020]]>
In the following lines, ET sheds light on five famed actresses that aim to present unique roles to their fans in the upcoming Ramadan drama marathon.

Yousra

In Ramadan 2019, famed actress Yousra presented the role of a legal advisor in Mohammed Ali’s series “Ladayna Aqwal Okhra”. The series co-starred Sherine Reda, Naglaa Badr and Ahmed Hatem.

In her upcoming Ramadan series, Yousra will present an entirely new role. Her new series is titled “Dahab Eira” (Fake Gold), where she presents the role of a clothes shop owner. She is always busy solving the problems of her co-workers, neglecting her son Hisham, played by young actor Khaled Anwar. Her son resorts to drug use and becomes an addict. During the series, events between Yousra and her family develop in an interesting social framework.

The series is written by Amin Gamal and Ahmed Adel, and directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz.

Nelly Karim

Karim’s latest series was titled “Ekhtefa” (Disappearance) and did not achieve the expected success Karim’s fans were familiar with looking at her previous works such as “Segn el-Nesa” (Women's Prison) and “Taht el-Saytara” (Under Control).

In the series, Karim played the character of a university professor in Russia. She embarks on a journey to search for her husband who disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

This year, Karim seeks to present a different character, as she embodies the character of a scammer in the comic series "100 Wesh” (100 Faces) with the director Kamila Abu Zekry..

Mai Omar

Mai Omar is one of the stars who always strive to provide different roles; her choices put her at the forefront of the Egyptian stars over the past 3 years.

In 2019, she presented the role of an oppressed lady called Farah, who married an older man in the series “Weld-el Ghalaba” starring famed star Ahmed el-Sakka.

In her upcoming Ramadan series, Omar embodies the character of a prostitute, and a thug's daughter. The events take place in Cairo's Gamaleya district a century ago.

The series is starring Yasser Galal, Riyadh el-Khouli, and Ahmed Salah Hosni. It is written by Hany Sarhan and directed by Hussein al-Manbawi.


Yasmine Sabry

In 2019, Sabry presented the character, Dalida, in the series “Hekayati” (My Story). Dalida was traumatized after the death of her mother, and decided to run away from her family to start an ascending journey. The series is directed by Ahmed Samir Farag.

In the upcoming Ramadan season, Sabry strives to present a totally new character in the new series “Forsa Tanya” (Second Chance) directed by Morqos Adel. In the new series, Sabry plays the role of a pretty girl working for an advertising company. The girl and her fiancé - Ahmed Magdy- go through some difficult circumstances. However, with every dilemma, a person always finds a second chance.

The series co-stars Diab, Edward, and others. It is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and Mostafa Gamal Hashem. The series is produced by Synergy.

Hanan Motawe'

In 2019, Motawe' embodied the character of a drug dealer married to her cousin (Fathi Abdel Wahab). Motawe' received great appraisal for that role by critics and audience.

In 2020, Motawe' will present a very humane character in the series "Cairo Kabul", co-starring Tareq Lotfy, Fathi Abdel Wahab and Khaled el-Sawy.

The series revolves around a lady who is married to a terrorist, completely oblivious to his affiliation to terrorist organizations. The series is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Hossam Ali.


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3/22/2020 6:54:10 PM
<![CDATA[Haggar to present online program, concert amid coronavirus outbreak]]>
Haggar’s new online program is tailor made to revive old Egyptian songs that most of the young people know nothing about.

He announced as well that he will present an online live concert from his own studio, adding that he will reveal the date of the concert in the upcoming two days.

Haggar performed at ‎Bibliotheca Alexandrina on January 30 and at Cairo Opera House on January 16.

Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature in November 2019, to be the first Egyptian singer to receive such prestigious award.

The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.

Moreover, Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.

The renowned Egyptian singer launched the song "Laih el-Tareeq" (Why that path?) on his official channel on YouTube in 2019. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

In 2019, the acclaimed singer also released his latest album "Ma Takhdy Balek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).

Throughout his career, Haggar has performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel" with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart).
Another important phase in Haggar's career was his first collaboration with his brother, composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggar, in 1978, when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as a composer and Ali el-Haggar as a vocalist.

Among these songs are "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Sheta yedo’o el-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "Ya Masria".


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3/22/2020 6:50:40 PM
<![CDATA[Due to COVID-19, unveiling restored Ramses II statue prone to postponement]]>
The statue is 7 meters in height and weighs approximately 65 tons. It was initially scheduled to be unveiled on World Heritage Day on April 18. Will Coronavirus affect the set date?

Director of the Luxor Temple at the Ministry of Antiquities Ahmed Orabi stated to the press that the restoration and assembly of Ramses II statue is almost finished; however, the scheduled date may be postponed because of the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

“We are continuing with the restoration work that is 99 percent complete, to prepare the statue for the opening date that was initially set on April 18, or the new date, depending on the sudden change in plans,” stated Orabi.

Orabi further stated to the press that the restoration works are carried out using the most recent scientific methods, and added that the Luxor and Karnak temples underwent several changes to be able to receive visitors with special needs.

The work officially started on that façade and the statue in September 2019 upon the approval of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani, who decided to support the work of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

The remains and blocks of these statues were found during the period from 1958 to 1961 during the excavations held by legendary archaeologist Mohammad Abdul Qadir.
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3/22/2020 6:47:18 PM
<![CDATA[Zawya offers ‘Ya Omry’ online to stay safe from coronavirus]]>
This comes in light of Zawya's announcement to share some of its films online for free.
Zawya cinema added that practicing social distancing is the right thing to do, but it does get a bit boring, so to help each other stay sane, they will share some films online for free.

As a great gesture, director Hady Zaccak made the film available on his Vimeo channel until March 24 to support the audience practicing social distancing.

"Watch the film and share with us your opinions and STAY AT HOME if you can," Zawya wrote on its official Facebook page.

The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.

This fund was allocated by the Finance Ministry from the state budget; it will be added as a reserve for an emergency plan that includes steps to stop any possible related repercussions during the coming period.

Also, the Cabinet ordered a temporary suspension of schools and universities, to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Cairo University took advantage of this temporary suspension. University Head Mohamed al-Khosht said in an interview with Egypt Today the student hostels will be fully sterilized, as part of the precautionary measures.

Khosht added that the university has a comprehensive plan to proceed with the educational curricula online.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly directed the suspension of all activities in cinemas and theaters as a precautionary measure that comes within the framework of the state's comprehensive plan to deal with the emerging Coronavirus.

"The decision is wise and we just have to abide by the instructions under the current circumstances to save the lives of citizens," Head of Actors Syndicate Ashraf Zaki.

"Certainly, this will cause huge losses, but the whole world is spending billions to confront the virus; it is an emergency that we hope will end soon," he added.

On his part, Producer Mohsen Alam El-Din, a member of the Egyptian Chamber of Film Industry, said, "We are committed to implementing the state’s instructions, and everyone must abide by these procedures because the whole world is going through a critical circumstance."

Secretary General of the supreme council of antiquities Mostafa Waziri announced that all Luxor’s archaeological sites will be closed from March 23 to March 31 to be sterilized to combat coronavirus.


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3/22/2020 6:40:35 PM
<![CDATA[Hind: 1st Arab artist to test positive for corona dances in quarantine]]>


Hind is the first Arab artist to test positive for coronavirus. The Bahraini singer revealed that she got the virus while she was in Barcelona.
"I felt some symptoms, performed the necessary medical analysis and exams, and the results were positive," Hind said.

She said that the result of her new analysis is negative and she will leave the hospital and complete the days of quarantine at home.
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3/22/2020 6:35:39 PM
<![CDATA[The past decade's 5 deadliest viruses ]]>
Here's a sneak peek at the most dangerous viruses and epidemics of the past decade:

Swine Flu

The H1N1 swine flu epidemic spread in 2009. It was first discovered in Mexico in April of that year before it spread to many countries of the world.

According to the World Health Organization, swine flu is one of the most dangerous viruses because it has the ability to change rapidly, escaping the formation of antibodies in targeted individuals, where the virus modifies itself slightly every two to three years. When the infected bodies begin to create immunity to it, the virus mutates and manages to withstand the immune system, causing a pandemic sweeping the world every several years.

In June 2012, estimates were published through a study of a group of doctors, researchers, and organizations announcing the death of 284,000 people, including 201,000 deaths due to respiratory failures, and 83,000 deaths due to cardiovascular and blood vessels diseases, while the World Health Organization announced in the year 2010 that 18,000 people died as a result of the epidemic.

The number of deaths in the Arab region, as of January 31, 2010, in 22 countries reached 1014 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Ebola

In December 2013, a young boy named Emil Omono died in the village of Miliano, in Guinea. His death gained much more significance when Emil was named the first patient of what was later known to be the worst outbreak of Ebola in history.

The highly pathogenic Ebola virus has spread rapidly across Guinea, to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, to be known as the "Ebola virus in West Africa" outbreak. The outbreak almost caused the collapse of the economies of the three countries. During that year, about 6000 people died from the virus.

In 2018, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the virus caused the death of more than 2,200 people, out of nearly 3,300 confirmed cases.

Zika

Although Zika is not a deadly virus, the World Health Organization has identified the virus and the resulting fever as an epidemic, given its relationship to congenital malformation in newborns, a condition that came to be known as "microcephaly". It is caused by the transmission of infection from the pregnant mother to the fetus.

The virus has spread twice in the past decade, the first in French Polynesia in 2013 and the second in Brazil in 2015. In 2016, it was announced that there is no preventive treatment or vaccination against the Zika virus, which is spread by yellow fever mosquitoes.

In the second stage of the disease outbreak, the Zika virus began to circulate in April 2015. In early 2016, the spread of the virus reached its highest level in the history of the Americas before going viral in other countries of South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a global emergency due to this virus.

Corona

In 2012, the coronavirus, which became known as the "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome" (MERS) or "Acute Pneumonia Syndrome", appeared. It was initially called the New Coronavirus, just as with the current Wuhan virus in China.

As of July 2015, cases of coronavirus associated with respiratory syndrome in the Middle East have been reported in more than 21 countries.

According to the latest statistic published by the World Health Organization, on April 24, 2014, 254 confirmed cases were diagnosed in the world, of which 93 died.

New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On December 31, 2019, the first suspected case of the new coronavirus or the emerging coronavirus, which became known as (nCoV-2019), was reported to the World Health Organization.

The first outbreak was at Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, before moving to Bangkok in Thailand, Tokyo in Japan and Seoul in South Korea, then in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong on the Chinese mainland, in addition to Hong Kong, Macau, Everett, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Later, infections were announced in Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, the United States, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia before spreading to the entire world.

Documented symptoms included fever in 90 percent of cases, General weakness, dry cough at 80 percent of the reported cases. Shortness of breath was reported in 20 percent of the cases, and respiratory distress in 15 percent of cases.

According to Worldometer as of March 22, 2020 11:53 GMT, the number of COVID-19 cases reached 315,226 around the world. The number of deaths worldwide due to the pandemic is 13,582, and the number of recoveries is 95,892. The number of currently infected patients worldwide is 205,752.




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3/22/2020 6:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Musicians Syndicate gives subsidies to its members because of coronavirus]]>
The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide.

This comes after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.

This fund was allocated by the Finance Ministry from the state budget; it will be added as a reserve for an emergency plan that includes steps to stop any possible related repercussions during the coming period.

Also, the Cabinet ordered a temporary suspension of schools and universities, to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Cairo University took advantage of this temporary suspension. University Head Mohamed al-Khosht said in an interview with Egypt Today the student hostels will be fully sterilized, as part of the precautionary measures.

Khosht added that the university has a comprehensive plan to proceed with the educational curricula online.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly directed the suspension of all activities in cinemas and theaters as a precautionary measure that comes within the framework of the state's comprehensive plan to deal with the emerging Coronavirus.

"The decision is wise and we just have to abide by the instructions under the current circumstances to save the lives of citizens," Head of Actors Syndicate Ashraf Zaki.

"Certainly, this will cause huge losses, but the whole world isspendingbillions to confront the virus;it is an emergency that we hope will end soon," he added.

On his part, Producer Mohsen Alam El-Din, a member of the Egyptian Chamber of Film Industry, said, "We are committed to implementing the state’s instructions, and everyone must abide by these procedures because the whole world is going througha critical circumstance."


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3/21/2020 4:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa celebrates Mother's Day ]]>


Elissa recently performed a massive concert in Dubai on February 14 and performed at MUST Opera House in October city on December 13. The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her 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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3/21/2020 3:45:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s archaeological sites, museums, temples to be closed for sterilization on Mar.23-31 ]]>
The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide.

This comes after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.

This fund was allocated by the Finance Ministry from the state budget; it will be added as a reserve for an emergency plan that includes steps to stop any possible related repercussions during the coming period.

Also, the Cabinet ordered a temporary suspension of schools and universities, to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Cairo University took advantage of this temporary suspension. University Head Mohamed al-Khosht said in an interview with Egypt Today the student hostels will be fully sterilized, as part of the precautionary measures.

Khosht added that the university has a comprehensive plan to proceed with the educational curricula online.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly directed the suspension of all activities in cinemas and theaters as a precautionary measure that comes within the framework of the state's comprehensive plan to deal with the emerging Coronavirus.

"The decision is wise and we just have to abide by the instructions under the current circumstances to save the lives of citizens," Head of Actors Syndicate Ashraf Zaki.

"Certainly, this will cause huge losses, but the whole world isspendingbillions to confront the virus;it is an emergency that we hope will end soon," he added.

On his part, Producer Mohsen Alam El-Din, a member of the Egyptian Chamber of Film Industry, said, "We are committed to implementing the state’s instructions, and everyone must abide by these procedures because the whole world is going througha critical circumstance."


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3/21/2020 2:34:23 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamun’s message: 'The sun always shines after the storm']]>
‘’ For thousands of years I have seen it all, and I have learned that the sun always shines after the storm’’ sated the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on behalf of the most famous ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun.


tut message

Acclaimed archaeologist Zahi Hawass has finished the script for Tutankhamun Opera, set to debut in the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum in late 2020.

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.

He 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 previously said in an interview with Italia 1 Channel that the temporary exhibition of King Tutankhamun that was displayed at the Grande Halle La Villette in Paris broke the records of turnout of the French cultural exhibitions.

It was the most visited exhibition in France, 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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3/21/2020 1:53:16 PM
<![CDATA[Country singer Kenny Rogers dies aged 81]]>
The American singer “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a statement on the singer’s website said.

“The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.”

Rogers embarked on a world farewell tour in 2016 but in April 2018 he canceled the last few shows citing “a series of health challenges.''

Rogers, a three-time Grammy winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer, was best known for songs like “The Gambler” and his 1983 duet with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream.”

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3/21/2020 12:59:20 PM
<![CDATA[Zainab El Shaa'er: Becoming disabled is not the end]]>

We spoke with Zainab El Shaa'er, a young, ambitious and very vibrant young female from Alexandria, Egypt who shared her story with us to show the world that life does not come to a standstill when you become disabled.


At the mere age of 18 years old, and just when El Shaa'er was enjoying her first year of law degree, she fell down a flight of stairs causing a fracture in her spine and laceration of the spinal cord and so she become a wheelchair user and resigned to life with disability.


Initially El Shaa'er had no idea as to what was happening to her as doctors and people around her hid the fact that she will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life and kept telling El Shaa'er that with time, physiotherapy and rehabilitation she will get 'better' and will walk again in no time, and that this is just a temporary situation. In El Shaa'er's point view this is a wrong approach in dealing with someone who is facing the prospect of living with disability, she says “I was deluded into thinking I will soon walk again, which is a far cry from the truth, for a long period I lived a 'lie'”.


This made her put her life on hold awaiting for that illusive day and until now El Shaa'er insists that it is not right and one of the biggest mistakes of her life was believing what she was told. Although she acknowledges that it was their way of being 'kind' but as the old saying goes 'sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind' and had they been honest with her from the start she could have dealt with her new situation at a much faster speed. When El Shaa'er discovered the reality of her situation, she was hurt not by the fact she won't be able to walk but to have delayed her plans for a myth that was meant to protect her but only served in harming her.


“It is important to let the person know their full situation and allow them to discover and learn their new way of life” Says El Shaa'er, who goes on to add that she went through a period of self discovery, like a baby who is learning what it can or can't do. It is important to note that El Shaa'er was quick to point out that she is not a super human and like any person who is suddenly forced to live a new reality she went through a period of feeling low and slightly lost as to how she will cope with this change of circumstance, but she fought these dark thoughts, determined to be stronger than anything or any obstacle that comes her way. She soon went back to university, continuing her studies for a law degree at the university of Alexandria, as she realised that she had an accident and did not die, her life changed but did not end.


Like any other young girl, El Shaa'er wanted to work beside her studies and was offered a job by one of the biggest prosthetic company in Egypt, who warned her that they will give her a probation period to see if she is up to the job or not. Three years later she still works part time as a manager of the company's branch in Alexandria that specialises in providing prosthetic limbs. Its a job that she loves, not because it makes her an active member of society but because it enables her to reach people who are in a similar situation to herself and she can spare them the things she had to endure. The company has a humane side which is rarely seen with profit making organisation, it does more than fitting and selling prosthetic limbs, it also helps the customer adapt to their new way of life and assist in their rehabilitation journey. El Shaa'er regards her work with these people and contributing to their adjustment with life beyond disability is one of her life's biggest achievement so far.


El Shaa'er says that she lived the life of non disabled and disabled “there is a difference but not a massive one, I can still do everything that I did before, just differently; I still go the gym, go swimming, work, study, go out socially and attend various events”. In fact El Shaa'er will be giving a talk at TedEx on the 21st of March, where she will share her story and struggles, in the hope it can benefit others in her situation. All that Shaa'er wants is to be accepted and for people to stop judging others by their appearance and ability and that is why she will remain active in the hope she can change perception.


Unlike some, El Shaa’er refused to sit back and let her entire life be dictated by an accident and hopes that her experience will enable her in helping others and contributing in making this world a more inclusive one.


Follow El Shaa'er and learn all about her work within the disability field and more.







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3/20/2020 3:52:09 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Ashour gears up for YouTube concert because of coronavirus]]>
YouTube Arabia thanked the Egyptian star through its official Twitter account. Ashour replied to YouTube Arabia's tweet by announcing that the online concert will most probably be on Thursday, March 26.

The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide.

This comes after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.

This fund was allocated by the Finance Ministry from the state budget; it will be added as a reserve for an emergency plan that includes steps to stop any possible related repercussions during the coming period.

Also, the Cabinet ordered a temporary suspension of schools and universities, to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Cairo University took advantage of this temporary suspension. University Head Mohamed al-Khosht said in an interview with Egypt Today the student hostels will be fully sterilized, as part of the precautionary measures.

Khosht added that the university has a comprehensive plan to proceed with the educational curricula online.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly directed the suspension of all activities in cinemas and theaters as a precautionary measure that comes within the framework of the state's comprehensive plan to deal with the emerging Coronavirus.

"The decision is wise and we just have to abide by the instructions under the current circumstances to save the lives of citizens," Head of Actors Syndicate Ashraf Zaki.

"Certainly, this will cause huge losses, but the whole world isspendingbillions to confront the virus;it is an emergency that we hope will end soon," he added.

On his part, Producer Mohsen Alam El-Din, a member of the Egyptian Chamber of Film Industry, said, "We are committed to implementing the state’s instructions, and everyone must abide by these procedures because the whole world is going througha critical circumstance."
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3/20/2020 3:39:02 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launches awareness campaign to combat coronavirus]]>

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This awareness campaign comes in light of the precautionary measures to counter the novel coronavirus.


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Iman Zidan, Assistant of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Investment and Financial Resources Development, explained that according to the awareness campaign, a collection of 1000 posters, panels and brochures on the precautionary measures and safety instructions issued by the World Health Organization to fight against the virus were distributed among all employees of the ministry and others who are working in the tourism sector, and installed at the entrances of museums and archeological sites.



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Gloves, masks, and sanitizers were also distributed among the employees at the tickets kiosks and security guards at the Giza Plateau, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, Salah al-Din citadel and the Saqqara necropolis as a first phase.



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Other batches will be distributed among the rest of the sites and museums in succession.

She pointed out that the Ministry’s administrative premises in Abbasiya, Giza and Zamalek areas were sterilized while surfaces and places in connection with visitors and public are cleaned and disinfected for several times during the day with approved sanitizers to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.





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3/20/2020 12:49:31 PM
<![CDATA[RSFF's foundation launches a community relief fund to support Saudi filmmakers ]]>
The fund aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled/postponed gigs or opportunity directly related to the Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures.

All Saudis working in the film industry are eligible to the one-time emergency grant of up to SAR5,000 on merit basis. Applications will be open until the fund is exhausted. People who meet the criteria should apply here: https://www.redseafilmfest.com/community-fund

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation champions the Kingdom’s burgeoning cinema and cultural scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers and strengthening the film industry. Established in 2018, the Foundation chairman is the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Farhan Al Saud.

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3/20/2020 12:37:38 PM
<![CDATA['Hawaii 5-O' actor Daniel Dae Kim tests positive for coronavirus]]>
Kim, speaking from his home in Hawaii, announced the news in an Instagram posting and video.

“Yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all,” Kim wrote.

Kim, 51, said he had recently been in New York shooting a television series and returned to Hawaii when production was shut down. He said he began to feel ill, quarantined himself, and was later advised to get tested in Honolulu. He said he was already feeing better.




“Thankfully for me it wasn’t life or death,” he said, urging people to follow guidelines to self isolate and wash their hands.

Kim played police lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly in “Hawaii 5-O” and is also known for his role as Korean fisherman-turned-hitman Jin-Soo Kwon on the television series “Lost.”

Kim is one of a handful of celebrities who have announced they have the disease, including actors Tom Hanks and Idris Elba, “Game of Thrones” actor Kristofer Hivju, basketball star Kevin Durant and former James Bond actress Olga Kurylenko.

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3/20/2020 12:21:48 PM
<![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus, organizers say]]>
The postponement follows weeks of speculation over whether the festival, which draws thousands of filmmakers, celebrities and executives to the city, would be able to go ahead between May 12-23.

“At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease,” the statement said.

France is in its third day of a lockdown aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Almost 11,000 cases have now been officially diagnosed and 372 people have died.

The organisers, who had announced U.S. director Spike Lee as president of this year’s jury, said that several new dates were under consideration, including the end of June-beginning of July.

It is not the first time the festival has been postponed. Its inaugural event in 1939 was cut short after the opening screening of the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” because of Germany’s invasion of Poland the next day. The prizes were eventually awarded in 2002.

It was also interrupted in May 1968 amid student and labour protests sweeping across France.

The announcement is another blow to the film industry. Beyond the star-studded glitzy screenings, production and distribution firms head to the Cote d’Azur to complete deals, while executives from across the world gather to represent their nations’ film industries.

According to the U.S. entertainment industry union IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) about 120,000 people have already lost their jobs in Hollywood as a consequence of the outbreak.

The Cannes festival is the latest event in the entertainment industry to be postponed or canceled. New York’s Tribeca Film Festival was put back earlier this month as was the release of big budget movies including “Mulan” and the latest James Bond movie “No Time to Die”.



Music festivals Glastonbury and Coachella have been cancelled and theatres in London and on Broadway have been closed.

“As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known,” the Cannes organisers said.

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3/20/2020 12:17:40 PM
<![CDATA[Hollywood movie studios suspend release of box office data after coronavirus slump]]>
The decision follows the worst weekend in more than two decades at the North American box office last week.

“Given the current large number of theater shutdowns around the globe, Disney will suspend global weekend reporting for the time being. Wishing you and your families the best during these testing times and please be safe,” Disney said in a statement.

Universal Pictures said it was also pausing the circulation to the media of box office data.

Movie studios typically release box office receipts from movie theaters around the world that measure the popularity of their films with the public.

However, in the past few days movie theater chains in the United States, Canada and Britain have shut down due to bans on large gatherings. Italy, France, South Korea and other countries have imposed more stringent lockdowns in a bid to restrict the spread of the disease.




Movie theaters in China, Hollywood’s biggest overseas market, have been shuttered for weeks because of the virus.

Hollywood’s two other main movie studios - Sony Pictures and Warner Bros - did not immediately respond to queries on Thursday on whether they also planned to stop releasing box office data.

Ticket sales in North America last weekend slumped to the lowest levels in more than 20 years, generating roughly $55 million between Friday and Sunday.



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3/20/2020 12:14:38 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Dhaffer L'Abidine posts safety tips video on COVID-19]]>
In the video, the star provided numerous safety tips related to personal hygiene and social distancing.

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Numerous Coronavirus cases have appeared among celebrities, the latest being the British actress Indira Varma.

Superstar Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were infected with Coronavirus while they were in Australia.

Hanks' latest work is "Greyhound," which is slated for release in June 2020. The film also stars Elizabeth Choi, Stephen Graham, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Karl Gulsman, Maximillion Osinski, among others. It revolves around WWII, where the commander of the US Navy leads the convoy of allies pursued by the Nazi groups, trying to protect them from the attacks.

The film is directed by Aaron Schneider.


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3/19/2020 4:16:12 PM
<![CDATA[Nelly Karim, Asser Yassin start filming '100 Wesh']]>CAIRO - 19 March 2020: Famed stars Asser Yassin and Nelly Karim are currently filming their new series “100 Wesh”, scheduled to be broadcast during Ramadan 2020. The series is written by Ahmed Wael and Amr el-Dali and directed by Kamla Abu Zekry.

Yassin finished filming a large number of his scenes for the series, where he plays the role of a professional scammer, who disguises as several characters, including an officer. As he works in one of his scams, he meets a girl named Sokkar (Nelly Karim), and they cooperate together.

Karim plays the role of a comical girl named Sokkar, who works in a beauty parlor. However, scamming appeals to her; she gets involved in numerous scams, makes a lot of money and ends up buying her own beauty parlor.

The authors of the series Ahmed Wael and Amr el-Daly completed only 17 episodes of the series, and will hand over the rest of the episodes by the beginning of April 2020, at the latest.

The new series brings Abu Zekry and Karim together again 3 years after their last film “Yom Lel Setat”. The film co-starred Elham Shaheen, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hamida, Farouk el-Fishawy, Hala Sedky, Iyad Nassar, Nahed el-Sebaei, Ahmed Dawoud, Shaima Saif and Rajaa Hussein.

During the time of its release, the film screened within the activities of the Cairo International Film Festival.

The first collaboration between Abu Zekry and Nelly Karim was the 2009 movie "Wahed Sefr" written by Maryam Noam. The film co-starred Zina, Elham Shaheen, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Intisar, and Lotfy Labib.

Their second collaboration came with the series “Zat” which granted Karim her first leading role in a television series.

Their third collaboration was in the 2014 series “Segn el-Nesa,” which co-starred Rubi, Dora, Ahmed Dawood, Reham Haggag, Salwa Khattab, Noha el-Amroussi and Salwa Othman. The series achieved unprecedented success.


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3/19/2020 4:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[36 heavy artifacts placed at GEM’s Great Staircase]]>CAIRO - 19 March 2020: The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has finished placing 36 heavy artifacts on the Great Staircase of the Grand Egyptian Museum, after equipping and fixing the bases of all the heavy statues.

Some 87 statues of ancient Egyptian kings are set to be exhibited at the Great Staircase. This means that 51 artifacts are yet to be placed on the great staircase.

This process is carried out in cooperation with the Arab Contractors Company and under the full supervision of the Grand Egyptian Museum's specialists affiliated to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities as well as under the careful follow-up of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani, and General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah.

General Director of Executive Affairs for Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Eissa Zidan told the press that lifting and fixing the antiques on the Great Staircase is carried out in a sound scientific manner.

The Great Staircase of the Grand Egyptian Museum will focus on four sections; the first section will focus on portraying how the King/God was sculptured during the ancient Egyptian Era. The sizes of the statues will be various, but all will be sculptured using the three dimensional effect.

The second section will be portraying how the kings performed religious practices, and how they offered sacrifices to their gods, while the third section of will illustrate the relationship between the kings and their gods, using three and four dimensional sculptures.

The fourth section will illustrate the process that took place after the death of the kings, and how their bodies were reserved and mummified.

The royal pyramids in Giza will be visible from a panoramic window in the upper part of the Great Staircase to reflect the image of eternal royalty.

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3/19/2020 4:07:29 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. movie theater owners ask federal government for coronavirus relief]]>
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) urged U.S. lawmakers to approve loan guarantees to help cover fixed costs, tax benefits for employers providing support to employees, and other measures.

“The business model of the movie theater industry is uniquely vulnerable to the present crisis,” the group said in a statement.

Most movie theaters in the United States, including those owned by AMC Entertainment and Cineworld Group Plc’s Regal Cinemas, shuttered this week to help prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading.

Movie theaters employ more than 150,000 people in the United States, from ticket sellers to projectionists and cleaning staff, according to the association.

Hollywood studios have postponed some major upcoming movie releases including Walt Disney Co’s action epic “Mulan” and its Marvel movie “Black Widow,” which was supposed to kick off the summer blockbuster season on May 1.

Release dates for both films are now unknown.

The movie theater association said it had approved $1 million of its own reserves to be used to aid theater employees who were out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak.]]>
3/19/2020 12:33:59 PM
<![CDATA[Harvey Weinstein moved to maximum security prison in upstate N.Y.]]>
Weinstein, 67, was taken to the Wende Correctional Facility, located in Alden, east of Buffalo, according to the New York state Department of Corrections website.

Weinstein’s earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2039, according to the website.

Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most influential men, was found guilty on Feb. 24 by a Manhattan jury of sexually assaulting a former production assistant and raping a former aspiring actress. His conviction was hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct by powerful men.

Prosecutors portrayed Weinstein as a serial predator who had manipulated women with promises of career advancement in Hollywood, coaxing them to hotel rooms or private apartments and then overpowering and violently attacking them.

More than 100 women, including famous actresses, accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades. He has denied the allegations, saying any sex was consensual.

Weinstein faces separate sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.

After his sentencing on March 11, Weinstein was taken to New York’s Rikers Island jail. Hours later, he was transported to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for ongoing heart problems, but was sent back to Rikers earlier this week, his spokesman Juda Engelmayer said.

The defense expects to file an appeal in July.

Mark David Chapman, who murdered Beatle John Lennon in 1980, served some of his time at Wende Correctional Facility, as did Robert Chambers, dubbed the “Preppie killer,” who strangled 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City’s Central Park in 1986.

The prison has sex offender treatment programs, according to the Department of Corrections website.

Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing “Shakespeare in Love” and was responsible for other acclaimed films including “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “Gangs of New York.” He turns 68 on Thursday.]]>
3/19/2020 12:31:07 PM
<![CDATA[Min. launches sterilization process in hotels ]]>
Head of the Chamber of Hotel Establishments Maged Fawzi explained that the Chamber started the purification and sterilization campaign as a preliminary stage for hotels in Hurghada governorate, moving on in the following week to the hotels in Luxor governorate, and so on, noting that the purification process takes place under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Population.

The process is implemented by special teams in each hotel trained in accordance with the international standards for sterilization procedures, using materials approved by the Ministry.

These teams sanitize all surfaces in contact with tourists, checked-in guests and hotel guests every 3 hours, in public areas, corridors, hotel rooms, elevators, stairs, doors and handles and other places in contact with people.

Fawzi also stressed that the German company TUV-Nord is now in the process of examining and inspecting hotels to ensure that the procedures for disinfection and sterilization are carried out according to the recognized international standards, which starts from the prevention period to the infection detection period and beyond.

As for the company PREVERISK, which will start its work on Friday in Luxor, will purify hotels and ensure the correctness and accuracy of the sterilization steps and ensure their efficiency, in addition to developing procedures and complete checklists for sterilization in hotels and Swamp Tests from selective areas in hotels (guest rooms, public places, restaurants, cafeterias, and entertainment spots).

Fawzi emphasized that the company will also train workers in methods of optimal performance in the event of detecting an infection in the hotel, by training employees and simulating viral infections.

There will also be awareness programs for hotel workers on ways of prevention and protection from the Coronavirus.

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3/18/2020 9:23:35 PM
<![CDATA[Hosni collaborates with Rahim in 2 songs]]>
The first song is written by Amir Teama, while the second is written by Hosni. The album is scheduled to be released during the upcoming summer.

This is not the first time that Hosni collaborates with Rahim. They have previously cooperated in a number of songs, including “Etamen,” which Hosni presented with young star Alia; in addition to the song “Rasmi Fahmi Nazmi”.

In the same context, Hosni is preparing to release the first songs of his new album, entitled "Enta Lewahdak". The song is written by Ramadan Mohammed, and composed by Mohammed Gamal. The song is expected to be released within the upcoming few days.

It is worth noting that Hosni is currently filming his newest film “Mesh Ana” in Cairo. The film is written by Tamer Hosni and directed by Sara Wafik. The film is co-starring Maged el-Kadwany, Hala Shiha, Sawsan Badr, among others.

Hosni’s film “El-Floos (Money) is currently displayed in movie theaters and is achieving great success. The film is co-starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zina, Aisha bin Ahmed, Mohammed Salam, and others. It is directed by Saeed al-Marouk.

Hosni announced the postponement of all his concerts in March and April 2020, for the sake of the public's safety and in line with the precautionary measures imposed by Egypt to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.


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3/18/2020 5:13:22 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Council of Culture combats COVID-19 through caricature contest]]>
The contest’s first prize amounts to L.E 25,000, the second prize amounts to L.E 15,000 and the third prize amounts to L.E 10,000.

The competition comes under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and Hisham Azmy, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Culture.

The conditions of the competition come as follows:

1- The contestant must not be older than 35 years.

2- The contestant shall submit a maximum of three works dealing with the phenomenon of bullying and how to confront it.

3- Submitted works can be colored or black and white.

4- The caricature can be submitted in a maximum sized paper of A3.

5- Contestants cannot submit their work in any other competition until the results are announced. The contestant cannot submit the same work he previously submitted and won in a different contest.

6- The applicant must go to the Competitions Department at the Higher Council of Culture to fill in the competition form and provide the following: CV, photocopy of national ID card, a bank letter withan account number or send these to the address: 1 El Gabalaya St. - Opera - El Gezirah - Supreme Council of Culture.

7- The deadline for receiving submitted works is April 30, 2020.

It is worth noting that the Supreme Council of Culture announced that the deadline to apply for full-time scholarships in the fields of arts, literature and social sciences is Thursday, March 19.

The applicant must submit a CV and a statement of his/her work in their field of expertise, along with a visualization of a detailed plan for his/her full-time creative project, provided that the applicant does not submit to obtain a degree, other grant or prizes.



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3/18/2020 5:11:04 PM
<![CDATA[Opera theaters sterilized in preparation for resuming activities]]>
All the activities of the opera house came to a halt after the prime minister's decision to prevent gatherings and events to counter the spread of the Coronavirus.

In statements made to the press, Saber said that the inspection came as per the instructions of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, to invest the suspension time in maintaining, developing and raising the efficiency of cultural sites and buildings.

During his inspection to the various theaters and locations affiliated to the Egyptian Opera, Saber was accompanied by engineering, safety and occupational health officials.

The head of the Egyptian Opera stressed that the necessary maintenance work is being carried out at all theaters, so that they are ready to receive the public as soon as the activities resume, noting that the minor negative effects, which were caused by bad weather during the last period, were addressed.



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3/18/2020 5:09:15 PM
<![CDATA[Sharm El-Sheikh museum receives 300 artifacts]]>
Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek clarified that transferring artifacts to the Grand Egyptian Museum, Sharm El-Sheikh Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is ongoing using the latest scientific methods in order to protect the artifacts from any damages.

Abdel Razek exposed that 300 artifacts have been transferred successfully to the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum.

Head of the Central Department for Engineering Affairs, Antiquities and Museum Projects Waad Abul Ela stated that the civil protection equipment is yet to be installed in the museum, while all development work has already been completed.

Furthermore, Abul Ela noted that works in the museum has been resumed since September 2018, after a hiatus of about 8 years, precisely in the aftermath of the January 2011 revolution, due to the lack of the necessary funds.

Advisor to the Minister of Antiquities for Museum Display Mahmoud Mabrouk mentioned in previous statements that the exhibition scenario in the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum will illustrate the daily life of the ancient Egyptian during the New Kingdom, where the displayed artifacts portray the civilized life the ancient Egyptians were experiencing during that era.

Also, the museum’s display scenario illustrates the ancient Egyptian’s interest with the wildlife, revealing how the ancient Egyptians cared about animals, birds, reptiles and insects in terms of raising, sanctifying, domesticating and treating them.

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3/18/2020 5:06:24 PM
<![CDATA[BTS fans keep fervor alive amid coronavirus outbreak]]>
“When the concert was canceled, I was really upset,” said one disappointed fan, Im Yu-mi, 19, sitting in her room on a chair covered by a BTS blanket.

Im scoffed at the idea that the concert cancellation had cooled the fervor of BTS’ global fan base known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth.

“It’s nonsense,” she said, waving a glowstick and tapping her foot to the band’s latest music video.

Around 200,000 fans had been expected to go to the concert, which was to be the first leg of BTS’ “Map of the Soul” tour of 18 cities, including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., London and Tokyo.

Those concerts have not yet been canceled, but the swift spread of the virus globally has cast doubt on the rest of the tour.

On Tuesday, BTS announced that ticket sales for the European leg would be delayed by several days because of uncertainty over the coronavirus. Their next concert in Santa Clara, California, on April 25 remains unchanged, according to their music label, Big Hit Entertainment.

BTS, a seven-member boy band, has spearheaded a wave of Korean pop music far beyond Asia since their 2013 debut.

Earlier this month, the band’s new album “Map of the Soul: 7” topped the Billboard 200 album chart, following three other similar successes.

Plans for a large media event in February for the album launch were ditched due to the coronavirus health scare. Instead the band live-streamed a news conference.

South Korea has reported over 8,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 84 deaths.

Last week, BTS fans wearing face masks gathered to celebrate the birthday of band member SUGA at a cafe decorated with posters of him. They had their temperatures checked and were given hand sanitizer at the door.

SUGA is originally from Daegu, the city hardest-hit in the country’s coronavirus outbreak, and has donated 100 million won ($80,600) to prevent its spread, according to Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association.

About 11,000 BTS fans followed suit, the association said, donating more than half a billion won. Many of them have even given their ticket refunds from the April concert to purchase relief goods for the needy.]]>
3/18/2020 7:48:43 AM
<![CDATA[Disney delays Marvel's 'Black Widow' debut due to coronavirus]]>
The action movie starring Scarlett Johansson as her popular Avengers character was scheduled to kick off the summer blockbuster season, which is Hollywood’s most lucrative time at theater box offices.

Disney said it decided to postpone “Black Widow” because of the temporary closure of movie theaters in some areas and the guidance from U.S. health authorities that people avoid large gatherings.

The company also said it will delay the debuts of movies “The Personal Histories of David Copperfield” and “The Woman in the Window.” Both had been scheduled to reach theaters in May.

Earlier, Disney had pulled the release of the live action version of it animated epic adventure “Mulan” and two other films amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

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3/18/2020 7:47:02 AM
<![CDATA[Postponement of 5th edition of SITFY because of coronavirus]]>CAIRO – 17 March 2020: The management of Sharm El-Sheikh International Theatre Festival for Youth announced the postponement of the fifth edition until further notice amid fears of coronavirus outbreak in Egypt.


This decision came following the suspension of schools and universities, and in accordance with the policy of the Egyptian government and the instructions of the Council of Ministers, which stipulate taking all precautionary measures to confront coronavirus "COVID-19" such as avoiding large gatherings and movement between governorates.

The decision was taken after consultations with the relevant authorities, Minister of Culture Ines Abdel Dayem and Southern Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, who emphasized the necessity of preserving the safety and security of the Egyptian citizens.

"We have exerted extensive efforts to launch the fifth edition of SITFY and finished all the preparations. We have contacted all the theatrical groups; however, the spread of Coronavirus all over the world is the main reason behind the postponement of the fifth edition of SITFY. Thanks a million for your understanding. We hope to be back on track as soon as possible in order to continue our work with all the theatrical groups and experts. SITFY's Higher Committee highly appreciates each and every one who has accomplished his/her duties to the fullest," SITFY's President Mazen el-Gharabawy declared.

The fifth edition of SITFY was planned to bear the name of legendary actress Sanaa Gamil. Moreover, SITFY planned to dedicate the authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Sakhsoukh, who presented various theatrical and critical writings to the Egyptian and Arab theatre.

Egyptian veteran actress, Samiha Ayoub, has been appointed as the honorary president of SITFY, while veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy was appointed as head of the higher committee of SITFY, and Egyptian actor Tarek Sabri was appointed as the executive director. SITFY is managed by Ingy el-Bestawy and actor Mohsen Mansour supervises the festival's workshops.

SITFY is held under the sponsorship of the minister of culture, South Sinai governor, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Tourism Khaled al-Anany, and Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board Ahmed Youssef.
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3/17/2020 4:44:48 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture sets plan to confront Covid-19 pandemic]]>
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed to prepare a national plan to combat the pandemic and provided LE 100 billion to face the dangers of the deadly virus, suspending schools for two weeks, and suspending aviation traffic inside Egyptian airports.

The Ministry of Culture decided to suspend all artistic and cultural events that include large groups of citizens until further notice as a precautionary measure to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry added in a press release, that the decision comes in implementation of the instructions of the Council of Ministers and as a preventive measure to counter the emerging Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, Abdel Dayem decided to launch awareness campaigns to prevent the infectious viral diseases, especially the coronavirus, through the General Authority for Cultural Palaces in its various locations across Egypt.

The awareness campaigns are set to be held in cooperation with the directorates of health in the governorates and the Information and Decision Support Center in the Council of Ministers.

Furthermore, the minister stressed the need to address minor damages in some cultural facilities in the capital and different governorates, noting the necessity of using the current suspension of activities to maintain, sterilize and raise the efficiency of all the cultural sites, including theaters, museums, galleries and others.

Work in cultural palaces is suspended until further notice, and is limited in some cultural palaces to awareness campaigns on how to sterilize the places frequented by the public.

This is in addition to screening awareness films on methods of preventing infection and spread, as well as completing the activities of the regional festival, but without audience, limiting the attendance to the jury only.

Also, a number of cultural palaces are completing the training and technological courses organized by the authority that require the attendance of a few participants in all the branches of the authority.

Activities of literary clubs and libraries are still taking place as planned because they do not consist of large gatherings.




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3/17/2020 4:21:09 PM
<![CDATA[Massar Egbari to perform 1st online concert amid fears of COVID-19 spread]]>
The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide.

This comes after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.

This fund was allocated by the Finance Ministry from the state budget; it will be added as a reserve for an emergency plan that includes steps to stop any possible related repercussions during the coming period.

Also, the Cabinet ordered a temporary suspension of schools and universities, to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Cairo University took advantage of this temporary suspension. University Head Mohamed al-Khosht said in an interview with Egypt Today the student hostels will be fully sterilized, as part of the precautionary measures.

Khosht added that the university has a comprehensive plan to proceed with the educational curricula online during the 15-day suspension.

As for schools, the Health Ministry said on Sunday a sterilization process will start at all schools nationwide starting Friday.
Massar Egbari released their latest album entitled “El Album” in March 2019.

The Egyptian band participated in the events of the Arab Youth Festival that kicked off on March 19, 2019.

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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3/17/2020 4:05:25 PM
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson leave hospital after coronavirus treatment: People magazine]]>
The pair are now resting at a rented home in Australia and remain under quarantine in the house, the U.S. magazine’s report said, citing a representative of the actor.




Last week, Hanks wrote on Twitter that he and Wilson had tested positive for the virus in Australia, where he is working on a film, after they felt tired and achy with slight fevers. Both Hanks and Wilson are 63 years old.

Hanks had traveled to the Gold Coast, on Australia’s east coast south of Brisbane, to begin filming a movie about Elvis Presley. He is set to play Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the Warner Bros production. Warner Bros is owned by AT&T.

Hanks and Wilson were the first major American celebrities known to have contracted the coronavirus, which causes a disease, COVID-19, that has killed more than 70 people and infected more than 3,800 in the United States.



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3/17/2020 3:04:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sakka's Ramadan program faces obstacles due to Covid-19]]>
Special sources confirmed to ET that the program revolves around hosting a different star every episode and speaking about their childhood memories and artistic careers.

The program is directed by Lebanese director Bassem Christo. Sakka is currently holding back additional information about the program and the channel that will air it.

The star is having trouble filming his program’s episodes in the Lebanese capital Beirut due to the Lebanese government's decision to prevent the entry of non-Lebanese citizens for the next two weeks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus.

This puts the program makers at a tough situation, especially since the stars set to be hosted by the program will not be able to enter Lebanon at this time.

Sakka has already filmed a number of episodes with several stars, including Mohamed Henedy, Karim Abdel Aziz, Amir Karara, Dora and Fifi Abdo, and is scheduled to host Ahmed Helmy, Mona Zaki and Nelly Karim.

Furthermore, Sakka finished filming his role in the series “Nesaa Men Dahab” (Women of Gold), where he appears as a guest of honor. Direct by Wael Ihsan, the series stars Nadia el-Gendi and Nabila Ebeid and features Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe, Ahmed Fahmy, Rogina, Hamdi el-Merghani, Shaima Saif, Bayoumi Fouad, Hanadi Muhanna and Mustafa Abu Saree as guests of honor.

During the last Ramadan season, Sakka starred in the series “Weld el-Ghalaba” written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mohammed Samy.

Sakka is currently filming the last scenes in his new film “El-Ankabout”, which is scheduled to be released in Eid el-Fitr. The film co-stars Mona Zaki, Dhafer al-Abidin, Yousra el-Lozi, Reem Mustafa, Zaki Fateen Abdul-Wahab, and Wizo, with a special appearance of Mohammed Mamdouh. The film is written by Mohammed Nair and directed by Ahmed Nader Galal.

“El-Ankabout” presents a thrilling storyline, a plot Sakka's films are commonly known for. The film includes dangerous action scenes performed by Sakka himself.

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3/17/2020 2:39:05 PM
<![CDATA[Despite bad weather, work resumes in GEM]]>
Essa Zidan, director general of the Executive Affairs for the Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum, said that the bad weather conditions that lasted for two whole days, did not affect the process of preparing and packaging the artifacts to be transported from the various archaeological sites across the country to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Zidan further stated that the archaeological work did not stop inside the Grand Egyptian Museum, where lifting and fixing the artifacts on the grand staircase resumed on Saturday.

In addition, Zidan also noted that work inside the Grand Egyptian Museum starts from 8 a.m. to midnight, and takes place under the constant supervision and follow-up of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani and General supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area Atef Moftah.

Furthermore, Director of Archeology at the GEM El-Tayeb Abbas said that four themes of statues of deities and kings will be exhibited on the Grand staircase of the museum.

The first theme will focus on 3D sculptures / statues of ancient kings, while the second will focus on the statues of the different deities in the several eras of ancient Egypt. This will include a representation of kings while participating in religious rituals and offering sacrifices to deities.

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3/17/2020 2:16:34 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering the golden voice of the region, Sayed Darwish]]>
Born in 1892, the ambitious singer was raised among seven children and used to work as a bricklayer to provide for his family. He was discovered by a manager of a theatrical troupe who overheard him singing while working and decided to hire him.

Dying at the dawn of his striking career at age 31, Darwish has pursued his career amid touring in Syria where he embarked musical education and has later returned to Egypt where he was rarely recognized as he sang in coffee shops before the Great War.
Despite his limited recognition at the time, Darwish was given the opportunity to collaborate with the significant composers of that century after being trained to be a ‘Munshid’ (Cantor).

The Alexandrian singer/composer is well known in modern Arab music historiography for symbolizing progress, modernity, and the transfer from ‘Oriental music’ that was made for the elite class at the time and from Ottoman music to Egyptian music, according to an article published by Al-Mashriq.

Darwish was haunted with several failures in his early singing career; however 1918 has been earmarked as a turning point where he was inspired by the renowned Arabic lyricist Salama Higazy.

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Sayed Darwish (Photo: Wikimedia)

Known as an experimental artist, Darwish has also been recognized as a long living icon of nationalism, composing the famous Egyptian national anthem, “Biladi Biladi”, and the revolutionist “Oom Ya Masry” (Get up Egyptian) that played a great role in the revolution of 1919.

The composer’s first hit song, “The Beautiful One”, was released in 1912. Darwish is also known for singing and composing “Salma ya Salama” that has been recreated in various covers including a cover by the late singer Dalida. Other compositions included “El Helwa di Kamet Te’gen” that was also recreated into a new cover sung by Lebanese Fayrouz and were re-produced in orchestral versions.

Darwish has later met with cinema legend Naguib al-Rihani in Cairo where they both worked together to compose seven operettas alongside comedian Kish Kish Bey. The trio has conducted works such as “Al-Ashara Al-Tayeba" (Ten of Diamonds) in 1920 which is a patriotic adaptation of “Blubeard”.

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Sayed Darwish (Photo: Wikimedia)

While working within the trio, Darwish has also managed to collaborate with Ali al-Kassar’s theatrical troupe and singer/actress Mounira al-Mahdeyya where they both composed comedian operettas including “Kollaha Yomein” (It will just take two days) in 1920.

They also conducted an opera called “Cleopatra and Mark Anthony” where the singing/ acting legend Mohamed Abdel Wahab has starred as the leading role. Darwish has also composed “Shahrazad” and “Al-Baruka” performances that have not received a recognizable share of success.

The late artist's theater productions were often westernized as the traditional Arabic Takht is replaced by European ensemble and conducted by Il Signore Casio who was Darwish’s maestro. Darwish’s operetta tunes are famous for combining musical modes with piano that tend to reveal a fascination for Italian opera.

The first Egyptian composer to improvise tasks that were usually done by the singer and the instrumental cast at the time, Darwish, has risen in fame to work exclusively with three recording companies such as Mechian that was run by an Armenian immigrant, German company Odeon, and Baidaphon.

Darwish, a great improviser of Arabic music, has left an honorable music heritage that continues to generate through current and upcoming generations. The music legend, however, was suspected to have been assassinated and did not die due to a drug overdose, according to an article published by Al-Arabiya.

Hany al-Halawany a scenarist in Cairo Cinema Institute has suggested in 2004 the re-opening of the reasons behind the singer’s death. The singer was suspected to have been assassinated by advocates of the British invasion at the time who were said to be angered by Darwish’s nationalistic notion that was a popular voice of Egyptians.

Egyptian government has recently renovated his home in Rod al-Farag last week alongside streets surrounding it; in means to honor the late singer on his death anniversary, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.]]>
3/17/2020 1:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande give thumbs up to social distancing to contain coronavirus]]>
As U.S. authorities stepped up calls for Americans to move beyond hand washing and isolate themselves as much as possible, Ariana Grande and Heidi Klum added their voices to celebrities appealing for drastically reduced social interactions.

“I’m seeing lots of get-togethers and hangs and parties still happening. This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can,” Swift posted on social media on Sunday.

“It’s a really scary time, but we need to make sacrifices right now,” the “Fearless” singer said.

New York and Los Angeles announced closures of bars, movie theaters and restaurants starting on Monday, as the death toll from the outbreak rose to 65 over the weekend.

Schwarzenegger, the “Terminator” star and former California governor,” posted video of himself at his kitchen table hugging his two miniature horses.

“We don’t go out. We don’t go to restaurants. We don’t do anything like that anymore here,” he said on Sunday. “Stay at home as much as possible. Listen to the experts, ignore the morons.”

Pop star Grande appeared to be responding to social media postings at the weekend of people bragging about frequenting bars, restaurants and public places in spite of the coronavirus outbreak.

“It is incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly,” the “7 Rings” singer with 177 million Instagram followers posted. “Please don’t turn a blind eye.”

Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, who appeared in “Quantum of Solace” in 2008, announced on Sunday that she was “locked up at home” after testing positive for coronavirus, joining Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson as celebrities who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Model and “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum said she was keeping apart from her musician husband Tom Kaulitz after coming down with a fever a week ago. Klum said she has tested for coronavirus but has not provided an update on the result.

“As much as I want to embrace him and kiss him, it is more important to do the right thing and not spread further,” Klum posted on Instagram.

Singer Miley Cyrus appealed to fans to stop panic buying and hoarding and to be thoughtful while preparing for social distancing. “NO ONE needs every soup in the store,” she wrote on Twitter.]]>
3/17/2020 12:23:48 PM
<![CDATA[Zaki: We will not stop shooting Ramadan series because of Corona]]>
According to Zaki most of the series are about to finish shooting and the syndicate is in contact with the drama makers to help them, stressing that the Ramadan drama season is very important for Egypt's artists.

The Actors Syndicate issued a statement to take the necessary procedures to prevent coronavirus outbreak; the statement stipulated the following points:

1- Postponing the scenes that require the presence of large groups of actors until the officials say such scenes pose no danger.

2- Avoid traveling to remote shooting locations in large numbers.

3- Sticking to all the preventive procedures issued by the Ministry of Health, such as sterilizing hands with alcohol disinfectants and drinking an adequate amount of water.

4- Sterilizing shooting locations and studios by the methods approved by the Egyptian Ministry of Health.

"The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide," presidential spokesman Bassam Radi told FM 95 on Monday.

This comes a day after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.

"This fund was allocated by the Finance Ministry from the state budget," Radi explained, adding that it will be added as a reserve for an emergency plan that includes steps to stop any possible related repercussions during the next period.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli on Saturday, Sisi also ordered a temporary suspension of schools and universities, to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Cairo University took advantage of this temporary suspension. University Head Mohamed al-Khosht said in an interview with Egypt Today the hostels will be fully sterilized, as part of the precautionary measures.

Khosht added that the university has a comprehensive plan to proceed with the educational curricula online during the 15-day suspension.

As for schools, the Health Ministry on Sunday said a sterilization process will start at all schools nationwide starting Friday.

The Health Ministry earlier stated it recorded 16 new coronavirus cases, 15 of whom were in direct contact with previously confirmed patients, bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 126.

"The ministry also released five cases from quarantine after they received proper medical care and tested negative for the virus, in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization," the ministry spokesman said, adding that the total number of those recovering from the new virus has reached 26 cases.


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3/16/2020 7:03:23 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosni calls on his fans to stay at home]]>
Hosni called on his fans and followers not to use the two-weeks suspension period -imposed by the government for schools and other entities- in outings and gatherings.

“The two-weeks suspension period was granted to us to protect us, not so that we can freely go out and enjoy ourselves. I cannot understand how some people are taking the matter as a joke, freely going out in public places and enjoying themselves, putting themselves and their children at great risk”. Commented the star on his official Facebook page.

“The upcoming period will be the most difficult, and I call on the government to impose a general curfew.” resumed Hosni.

“This is a global pandemic, and certainly not the Eid holidays. Please take care of yourselves and take all the precautions needed. May god protect us all!” concluded Hosni.


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3/16/2020 6:31:41 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Baron Empain Palace ready for visitors by end of March]]>
Baron Empain Palace is a historical landmark that is located in one of the most prestigious districts in Cairo, Heliopolis. The palace has a design that is inspired by the Indian architecture. It was constructed by the Belgian millionaire Baron Edward Empain (September 20, 1852 - July 22, 1929). The palace will be officially opened for visits within the next upcoming days.

Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Engineering Affairs and supervisor of the Historic Cairo Project Hisham Samir stated that renovation works inside and outside the palace is completed, using internationally recognized scientific methods. The palace’s renovation totaled up to a cost of L.E 100 million.

Samir further clarified that there are some works that have been added to the site, such as the completion of the fences and the development of the rear garden. Those works will be completed during the current month.

The exhibition inside the palace tells the history of the Heliopolis neighborhood, through a variety of photos, archival documents and illustrations, maps and special correspondence letters depicting the history of Heliopolis district in different eras.

Furthermore, the exhibition inside the palace also illustrates the different heritage sites around the district of Heliopolis, in addition to a wide variety of photos, maps, documents and films that tell the history of Heliopolis, its style, appearances and lifestyle of that special time period.

The fee of the entry ticket is priced to be affordable to almost everyone, that being L.E 100 for foreign visitors, L.E 50 for foreign students, L.E 20 for Egyptians and L.E 10 for Egyptian students. All elderly Egyptian visitors (60+ years) will be exempted of the entry fee.

Moreover, the restoration of the palace began under the supervision of the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces, where it started with the structural reinforcement of the palace’s ceilings, restoration and finishing of the facades, cleaning and restoration of the decorative elements, completing the deficiencies of doors and windows, cleaning and restoration of marble columns, wooden doors, metal windows and restored decorative iron windows on the main façades, in addition to the restoration of the wall painting above the main entrance and the marble statues of the outer space.

Samir noted that work has begun to raise the efficiency of the public site of the palace and the coordination of its garden.

Baron chose the Indian architectural style for the palace as he used to live in India. He came to Egypt at the end of the nineteenth century shortly after the opening of the Suez Canal.

Edward Empain was named Baron after the King of France awarded him the title in appreciation of his efforts in building the Paris metro.

Once Empain reached Egypt, he madly fell in love with the country and made a fateful decision to remain there until his death. He loved Egypt so much to the extent that he requested to be buried in Egypt even if he passed away in a different country.

Out of his love and affection for Egypt, he decided to build his residence there. Indeed, the Baron offered the Egyptian government to establish an entire district in East Cairo. He named the district Heliopolis, meaning the city of the sun.

Empain bought the feddan at the time for L.E 1 only, as the area lacked facilities, transportation, and services. He wanted to attract people to the newly established district of Heliopolis, so he decided to establish a metro there, naming it after the district; Heliopolis Metro.

He commissioned the Belgian engineer, André Berschlo, who was working at the time with the Paris Metro Company, to build a metro line linking the neighborhood or the new city to Cairo.

As for the palace, he decided for it to be legendary, from which the sun never sets, where the sunlight enters the palace from all its compartments. It has become the most luxurious palaces in Egypt of all time.

Baron Empain derived the idea for the palace after being inspired by the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia and the Hindu temples of Orissa. The palace was designed by French architect Alexander Marcel and decorated by Georges Louis Claude.

The external balconies are carried on statues of Indian elephants while the windows were decorated with Indian and Buddhist statues.

Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis was completed in 1911. Internally, it is not very spacious. It consists of two levels, containing 7 compartments. The first floor consists of a large hall and three rooms, two of which are for hospitality, and the third was used as a billiard hall.

As for the upper floor, it consists of four bedrooms, each bedroom consisting of a private bathroom. The floor of the palace is covered with marble and parquet wood. As for the basement, there were kitchens, garages, and butler rooms.


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3/16/2020 6:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[After 7 years of hiatus, Mekky is back to cinema with ‘Mafesh Moshkela’]]>
On February, Mekky presented his first play “Hazalqoum” in Riyadh season. The play achieved booming success and garnered high revenues.

During the play, Mekki embodies one of the characters he was best known for in thefilm “La Trago’ Wala Esteslam” ( No surrender or retreat) and t“El-Kbeer” series.

Mekki presented “Hazalqoum” character in a completely new attire, additionally presenting four new characters on stage.

Theater producer Magdy el-Hawary previously stressed that he chose “Hazalqoum” because he is a big fan of the comical character.

The play is directed by Karim Samy and starring Ahmed Mekki, Bayoumi Fouad, Mohammad Salam, Suleiman Eid, Muhammad Mahmoud and Mirna Jamil.

“Khalsana Beshyaka” was Mekki’s latest series. The series starred Hisham Maged, Shico, Dina el-Sherbiny, Bayoumi Fouad, Intisar, Wizo and Os Os. It is directed by Hisham Fathi.

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3/16/2020 4:07:07 PM
<![CDATA[Box office plunges to lowest level in over two decades amid coronavirus pandemic]]>
The exhibition industry, a sector of the film business reliant on the communal experience, has been the one institution reluctant to entirely close its doors amid the ongoing public heath crisis. Prior to Friday, fears of coronavirus didn’t appear to impact moviegoing. But this weekend’s box office results display that significantly fewer people are going to their local multiplex.

Ticket sales in North America hit the lowest levels in over two decades, generating roughly $55.3 million between Friday and Sunday. Only one movie, Disney-Pixar’s “Onward,” made more than $10 million over the weekend. The last time revenues were this depressed was a weekend in mid-September of 2000 ($54.5 million). The steep decline pushed the year-to-date box office down almost 9%, according to Comscore.

Domestic receipts were inevitably going to plummet this weekend because AMC and Regal, two of the biggest movie theater chains, and several other circuits like Alamo Drafthouse and Arclight, cut capacity in individual auditoriums by 50% to avoid crowding. Reducing the number of tickets sold per theater helped multiplexes comply with Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for “social distancing.” Theaters also kept room between rows and seats to ensure patrons had ample space.

So in all, low ticket sales were a combination of audiences staying home and theaters capping seating capacity.

“The impact of this unprecedented situation was apparent across many industries,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore. “Of course, movie theaters, amidst reduced capacity and an ever-evolving set of circumstances, had a very challenging weekend.”

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Last weekend’s champion, Disney-Pixar’s “Onward,” remained the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office, as three new films opened to varying degrees of disappointment. “Onward” pulled in $10.5 million in its second outing, a brutal 73% decline from its inaugural weekend. After two weeks of release, “Onward” has made $60.8 million in North America and $101 million globally.

Faith-based drama “I Still Believe,” from Lionsgate and Kingdom Story Company, pulled in the biggest haul among newcomers and placed second on box office charts. The film, starring KJ Apa as Christian singer Jeremy Camp, earned $9.5 million from 3,250 theaters, slightly below expectations. “I Still Believe” was directed by brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin, whose last collaboration, 2018’s “I Can Only Imagine,” debuted to $17 million and ended up grossing $86 million. “I Still Believe” has an “A” CinemaScore and is performing strongest in the south and midwest. Among opening weekend audiences, 74% were female and 73% were over the age of 25.

Sony’s superhero thriller “Bloodshot,” starring Vin Diesel, launched at No. 3, bringing in $9.3 million from 2,861 venues. Though only slightly behind the studio’s projections, it’s still a disappointing result for a film that cost $45 million to produce. “Bloodshot” — which earned a “B” CinemaScore from audiences — was co-financed by Columbia Pictures, Bona Film Group and Cross Creek Pictures. Diesel has had trouble attracting crowds to non-“Fast and Furious” endeavors, although in this case, the virus certainly didn’t help draw ticket buyers.

“The Hunt,” an R-rated political satire from Universal and Blumhouse, came in fifth place with $5.3 million from 3,028 locations, about half of what was expected heading into the weekend. It carries a $14 million price tag. “The Hunt” had been the subject of controversy since it was initially slated for last September. But Universal scrapped its release in wake of three mass shootings, as well as intense media scrutiny after President Donald Trump criticized it on Twitter. The film, meant to poke fun at the divide between red and blue states, follows elites who kidnap and prey on average Americans for sport. In an early trailer, those being hunted were referred to as “deplorables.” Universal turned the turmoil into a marketing play, calling it the “most talked about movie of the year that nobody has seen... yet.” However, once moviegoers did watch “The Hunt,” they seemed somewhat apathetic. It has a “C+” CinemaScore and a 54% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Hunt” came in behind fellow studio release, “The Invisible Man,” now in its third frame. The Elisabeth Moss-led sci-fi thriller generated $6 million, enough for the No. 4 spot. So far, “The Invisible Man” has a cumulative tally of $64.4 million in the U.S. and Canada and $122 million worldwide.

Though most theaters in North America remain open to some degree, China, South Korea, Italy and other areas greatly impacted by coronavirus have either completely or partially have shuttered multiplexes for weeks. The mass closures have already resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenues.

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In light of concerns over coronavirus, exhibitors in the U.S. that stayed open for business took extra precautions to increase sanitation. That included sterilizing seats, arm rests and cup holders more frequently and disinfecting all hand-contact surfaces during peak times.

Studio executives and media analysts recognize the global box office is in uncharted territory, with crucial developments unfolding at a rapid pace. By last Thursday, most major Hollywood films that were set to hit theaters over the next two months — including Disney’s “Mulan,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II,” Universal’s “Fast 9” and MGM’s “No Time to Die” — had been removed from release calendars as the virus’s infection rate continues to increase. That means even if theaters do keep the lights on, the volume of content available will have dramatically shrunk.

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3/16/2020 2:39:13 PM
<![CDATA[GFF calls for submissions to CineGouna SpringBoard]]>
Submissions of feature narrative and feature documentary projects in development, as well as films in post-production will open on March 15, 2020.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is June 15, 2020 for projects in development and July 10, 2020 for films in post-production.

The results will be announced by August 1, 2020. Entry Form and complete information regarding eligibility for submission can be found on the Festival’s website: www.elgounafilmfestival.com

A creative hub for minds and markets, CineGouna Platform is a film industry-oriented event created with the objective of nurturing Arab cinema projects and filmmakers, by helping them find artistic and financial support through CineGouna SpringBoard; its project development and co-production lab.

Valid submissions will be reviewed by a committee of experts appointed by GFF, and selected on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.

Subsequently, an international jury of seasoned filmmakers and industry professionals will decide the award winners. The best project in development and film in post-production will each receive a cash award of US $15,000 and a CineGouna Platform certificate.

In addition, the participating projects stand to win other grants funded by various institutions.

“Since its inaugural edition, GFF has established CineGouna Platform as a key pillar in the Festival’s strategy to support the local and regional film industry, as well as a hub to launch the initiatives of Arab filmmakers.

Today, it is one of the main platforms that attract the attention of film experts in their quest to discover Arab talents and projects,” commented GFF director Mr Intishal Al Timimi.

During the 3rd edition of GFF, CineGouna SpingBoard selected 12 projects in development and six films in post-production out of 133 submissions; where an amount of approximately US $240,000 was awarded to the winners.

The prizes were funded by GFF along with its sponsors and partners.

It is worth noting that a total of ten films in post-production were selected at the first two editions of CineGouna Platform, and seven of these films has been recognized by major international film festivals like; Yomeddine, by A.B.Shawky, which was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or and won the François Chalais Prize at the 78th Cannes Film Festival; Suhaib Gasmelbari’s Talking About Trees winner of the Original Documentary Award and Audience Award at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival; 1982, by Oualid Mouaness, winner of the NETPAC Award at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival; and Noura’s Dream, by Hinde Boujemaa, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 38th Torino Film Festival as well as the Tanit d’or and Best Actress at the 55th Carthage Film Festival.

“It is a matter of great pride for us that in a short time GFF has become an attractive platform for Arab talents. In addition to its significant role of providing the participants with financial and artistic support, CineGouna Platform also offers opportunities for learning and networking through its rich program of workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses, making it an effective incubator for the participating projects,” added GFF Co-founder and COO Ms Bushra Rozza.

The 4th edition of GFF will take place from September 24 to October 2, 2020. While the activities organized by CineGouna Platform will take place from September 26 to October 1, 2020.

One of the leading festivals in the MENA region, GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking.

Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange.

The Festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world.]]>
3/15/2020 3:07:05 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Emam finished shooting his role in ‘Valentino’]]>
Under the slogan of "In celebration of Adel Imam's birthday", CEO of Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi signed a contract with Emam to produce the series "Valantino" to be released in Ramadan 2020.

"Valantino" will screen exclusively on Watch It, in addition to CBC, DMC AND ON TV channels. The series is produced by Synergy.

In the series, Emam will embody the role of an international school's owner named Nour Abdel Mageed, who is married to a gloomy wife, the matter that will drive him to fall in love with another woman.

The legendary actor is Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, plays under his belt.

In theatre what made his stardom was his immortal role in ‘’Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen’’ ( Rioters school) play as Bahgat el Abaseiry this loser funny student, who is the leader over his other loser friends.

After he performed a number of sucessful roles in plays like ‘’Shahed Mashafsh Haga’’ ( A witnesser who didn’t see anything), El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal ( the servant named Sayed), El-Zaiim ( The Leader) and ‘’Body Guard’’.

His cinematic repertoire include a number of movies like ‘’ Ehena Betoaa el Autobees” (We Are The Bus People). El-Avocato ( The Lawyer), El-Irhab Wel-Kabab ( Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” ( Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya” ( A bridegroom from a security place), El-Sefara Fel Omara ( The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer” , “Bobos” among others.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “ Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” ( tears in slut eyes) on 1980.

After a long hiatus he returned back to TV drama in 2012 through " Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Imam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was awarded as well the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema he later performed serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Adel Emam by every sense of the word is an unrepeatable artistic actor, not only on the top of the artistic pyramid but he claimed the first rank inside the hearts of millions of his fans in Egypt and the whole world.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years. The Happiest birthday to the one who draws the smile on our faces, made us laugh from the bottom of our hearts.

Egypt and the Arab world celebrated the birthday of the one and only Adel Emam on May 17, 2019.

On this occasion Emam denied all the rumors about his illness and said he is in good health and thanked all his fans. ]]>
3/15/2020 2:52:26 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Anani embarks on inspection tour to historical landmarks]]>
The tour was made by the minister to follow up on the removal of the rainwater that had accumulated in some places due to the bad weather. Anani also inspected on March 14 the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis and Al-Moez St. in Old Cairo.

The minister visited the area around the pyramid of Khafre as well as the panorama area. He also inspected the first restaurant in the region, which is scheduled to open in late March, within the project to develop services in the Giza Pyramids region.

Anani pointed out that all the entities of the country have joined hands to remove the accumulated rain water, where over 70 trucks are currently being utilized to remove the accumulated water from the region.

During his presence in the panorama region, the minister met with a number of tourist delegations from Taiwan, Spain and America, who were keen to take photos with the minister and express their great joy to be in Egypt.

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3/15/2020 2:27:01 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan’s ‘Tsunami’ trend number 1 on YouTube]]>
Ramadan will sing a duo song with the international singer, rapper and composer Maître Gims.

The song clip was shot in Morocco and scheduled to be released in the upcoming period.

Ramadan performed in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, November 21 as part of Riyadh season concerts.

Ramadan managed to break a new record by becoming the “most viewed” celebrity in the Middle East. Ramadan’s official YouTube channel surpassed 2 billion views, easily placing him on the throne of the most viewed artists of the Middle East.

“Thank God my channel on YouTube surpassed the 2 billion mark in terms of viewership, making it the most watched channel of an Arabic artist,” commented Ramadan on a picture uploaded on his official Instagram account. Soon after, hundreds of thousands of the star’s followers and fans congratulated him on his new achievement.

Ramadan’s song titled “El-Sultan” directed by Hossam el-Husseini is the third collaboration between the star and the director of the song, which was filmed in one of Morocco's palaces.

On a similar note, Ramadan is working on his new series "El-Prince" which is produced by Synergy, and scheduled to screen next Ramadan. The series is directed by Mohamed Samy.

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 installments and the last installment 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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3/15/2020 2:11:13 PM
<![CDATA[Disney to release 'Frozen 2' on streaming platform three months early]]>
The company said “Frozen 2” would be available in the country starting Sunday, “surprising families with some fun and joy during this challenging period.”

Cinemas have closed in some countries to try to prevent the spread of the virus, while the two largest U.S. theater chains have halved their seating capacity.

“Frozen 2” will be available on Disney+ in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand on March 17.]]>
3/15/2020 1:44:25 PM
<![CDATA['El-Bab Yefawet Gamal' brings Ramzi back to cinema]]>
The film is a comedy and brings back Ramzi to the cinematic scene after a two-year hiatus. Further details about the film and the cast will be announced in the upcoming period.

Ramzi’s latest cinematic work is the film “Kesti Beyewgaani” co-starring Maya Nasri, Hassan Hosni and Mustafa Abu Saree. The film was directed by Ihab Lamiee. The film deals with the simple life of a man, who collects bills and installments for electrical appliances and faces numerous comic situations as the result of the skyrocketing prices in Egypt.

The popular star has been recently honored at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Dokki, for his artistic career and successes. Ramzi was welcomed by a number of the academy’s leaders and students.

It is worth mentioning that writer Sameh al-Khetm’s latest work was the film “Ahl el-Kahf” (Cavemen), starring Mahmoud Abdel-Moghany, Maged el-Masry, Rogina, Mai Selim, Ibrahim Nasr, Mohamed Adel, Ehab Fahmy, Aida Riyad, among others. The film was directed by Amir Shawky. The film revolves around friendship and romance, and why true friendship is very rare nowadays.
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3/15/2020 1:34:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers, Massar Egbari to perform at Al Manara on March 27]]>
During the concert, Sharmoofers is expected to present a number of their most popular hits, including “El-Nameema”, “Easy Money”, “Khalas Hasaytar”, "Zamba", in addition to the songs of their latest album “Enfesam” (Schizophrenia)which achieved great success.

Sharmoofers recently performed two concerts on February 24,25 in El-Sawy Culture Wheel.

The popular band celebrated the release of their latest album “Enfesam” in 2019. The album included 9 songs, including “Kawkab”, “Hawa”, “Raqasat”, among others.

The band also participated in the opening ceremony of the U-23 CAF, which was hosted by Egypt from November 8 to 22, 2019.

Sharmoofers also participated in the first MEME festival for alternative music for 3 days (Jan. 9, 10, 11, 2020) in ZED Park with the participation of a group of distinguished Egyptian voices and a number of alternative music groups such as Cairokee, Downtown and Marwan Pablo.

It is noteworthy that Sharmoofers won the British Boisdale Music Award as the best youth singing group in the world for the year 2019.

Sharmoofers was named the world's Best International Band at the Boisdale Music Awards presented by British international musician, artist and broadcaster Jools Holland.

In 2012, Ahmed Bahaa, Mohamed el-Arkan and Ezz Shahwan got together & formed Sharmoofers; since then they’ve been impacting the world’s youth with positive groovy music.

Starting off online, the band’s music has managed to reach millions, and they have more than 588,000 followers on Facebook and are growing more popular on social media.

They first performed on Bassem Youssef's “Bernameg” show in 2013 and then performed live at a concert at Al-Azhar Park in 2014.

Sharmoofers are known for using unique lyrics, far away from the traditional common lyrics fans got used to.

The Egyptian band is known for their spontaneous and funny ways of performing. Sharmoofers caused a state of havoc with their latest song “Zamba” which promotes breaking the daily routine and enjoying jolly music to avoid negativity and be happy no matter what.

The band chose the name “Zamba” for their video clip. Red Indian style costumes with really shiny and bizarre colors were chosen for the clip.

Sharmoofers surprised their fans recently after releasing their first romantic song, titled “Moftaked el Habiba” (I Miss a Lover), including a video featuring famous Egyptian actress Yasmine Raeis.

The clip of "Moftaqed el-Habiba" was directed by Hady el-Bagory. Sharmoofers already won the following awards in their short career:

• MEMA Awards
• Digital Media Presence Award
• ACA Awards nomination

Band Members:

-Ahmed Bahaa: Vocalist
- Moe el-Arkan: Bassist
- Ahmed Aly: Percussionist
- Mostafa Kerdani: Drummer
- Mohamed Labib: Saxophonist
- Islam Ali AKA Solly: Trumpeter
- Adel Mohamed: Percussionists

Massar Egbari 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, 2019.

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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3/14/2020 3:55:42 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in London Apr.4]]>
Hosny will perform at Wadi Degla club October branch on March 21, celebrating Mothers Day.

He recently performed at MSA on March 13.

The Egyptian superstar had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.

''I’m so happy to perform in a big event such as JTTX Music Festival. It’s my first standing live concert in Jeddah on February Egyptian megastar

Hosny will be performing live at Zed Park in Sheikh Zayed on February 28 as well at Modern Academy on March 6.

Hosny is scheduled to perform a massive concert in one of UAE’s universities on March 19. The concert is expected to witness a high turnout of fans.

The star will perform numerous of his most popular songs, including “Helw el-Makan”, “Naseini Leih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, in addition to songs from his newest album “Eish Beshouak”.

Hosny is currently filming his newest film “Mesh Ana” (Not me). The film is written by the star himself, and is directed by Sara Wafik. Alongside Hosny, the film stars Maged el-Kadwany, Hala Shiha and Sawsan Badr.

Hosny’s film “El-Floos” (Money) is currently being displayed in movie theaters. The film has achieved great success and its revenues exceeded L.E 44 million.

Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny gave a dazzling performance on Valentine’s Day at a concert that took place at Cairo Stadium. He performed as well in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.]]>
3/14/2020 3:43:48 PM
<![CDATA[ Sara Elsayyad joins ‘Ela Ana’ series]]>CAIRO- 14 March 2020: Rising star Sara Elsayyad participated in the Egyptian series “ Ella Ana” (Except Me) that is scheduled to be screened on DMC channel on Saturday, March 14.

“Ella Ana” series consists of six separate stories, Elsayyad participated in “ Hekayat Moussa” ( Moussa Tales) story.

“Hekayat Moussa” is written by Amin Gamal and Mohamed Mehrez, directed by Mohamed Osama and produced by Aroma and Synergy.

Elsayyad is a talented Egyptian actress who worked for nine years in university theater and other theatrical troupes.

She is currently a member in Ashraf Abdel Baky troupe and participates in “ Garima fe el Maadi” ( A crime in Maadi).

Elsayyad repertoire houses many roles in a number of successful series such as “ Be Khat el Yad”, “Timon &Bomba” and the Saudi series “ Ekhterak”, in addition to “ Hazer Tegwal” movie directed by acclaimed director Amir Ramsis.
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3/14/2020 1:28:17 PM
<![CDATA[Google honors Khadda with a Google Doodle]]>
Mohammed Khadda was an Algerian painter, sculptor, and writer who was born in March 14, 1930.

During the years of resistance against the French, Khadda went and fought for the National Liberation Army.

After finishing with the army,his career as an artist slowly began and started his professional career in 1960.

Khadda contributions were in the fields of Cubism and Arabic calligraphy.

His style tended toward the non-figurative or abstract.

He was one of the founders of contemporary Algerian painting and one of the many representatives of the "sign painters.

Khadda mixed the ideas of calligraphic heritage and formal language of Western formal writing through Western abstraction.

Despite Khadda was mainly a self-taught painter for part of his life, he also had connections with art schools.

He enrolled in an École des Beaux-arts [College of Fine Arts] where he studied multiple art techniques such as watercolors, pastels, and paintings.

He gained more experience by painting scenes of meetings in bookstores and flea markets.

Khadda was inspired by the paintings of Eugène Delacroix, Eugène Fromentin, Théodore Chassériau, and Nasreddine Dinet.

He was also influenced by sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle.

In 1953, he traveled to Paris, France to continue his education.

At that time, he studied under Pablo Picasso and learned the styles of Cubism which mainly influenced his artistic style.

After returning back to Algeria he set up an art community in for young aspiring artists.

In 1964, Khadda and others founded the National Union of the Visual Arts.

In 1967 he established the Sign Painters and School of the Sign.

He also illustrated books for Rachid Boudjedra, Tahar Djaout, and others.]]>
3/14/2020 1:11:56 PM
<![CDATA[Ajram’s case: forensic pathologists report to be released within two days]]>
Earlier a number of lawyers from different Arab nationalities announced their solidarity with the man who was killed in Nancy Ajram’s Villa and went to Lebanon to defend him.

The number of volunteer lawyers reached 28 lawyers, including 14 Syrian lawyers living in US, 4 Moroccan lawyers, 3 Egyptian lawyers, and 7 others from Syria and Lebanon.

The Lebanese forensic pathologist report revealed that the man who entered Lebanese singer Nancy Agram’s villa for theft was killed by 17 bullets, one shot in the right forearm, two shots in the left shoulder, one shot under the left armpit, three shots in the chest, two shots in the abdomen, seven shots in the back, and one shot in the left thigh.

“Thanks God for saving me and my family from this catastrophe that took place at my residence. I hope that no one would ever have to go through this misery,” Ajram previously wrote on her twitter account.

In an interview on OTV channel, the Lebanese star said: “My husband’s reaction to the killer was after intense threatening that took place for almost 6 to 7 minutes. The man was threatening my husband and asking for the place of his wife and children. To all those who criticized my husband, what would you do if you were in Fadi’s shoes?”

Lebanese Prosecutor Ghada Aoun released Nancy Ajram’s husband, Lebanese dentist Fadi al-Hachim, after listening to his testimony and banned him from travelling outside Lebanon.

Some Syrian media outlets claimed that the deceased Syrian thief was a gardener who used to work in Ajram’s villa and came to take his financial receivables, the matter that was completely refuted by Hachim's brother.

Directly after this accident, Ajram’s husband was transferred to the hospital, according to sources that revealed that Hachim had a breakdown after the accident.

Lebanese newspapers explained that the thief got 16 bullets, and it was later revealed that the thief had a fake pistol, but Hachim did not realize that.

Some sources said that one of the employees at Nancy Ajram's house was involved in the case and that he helped the thief enter the secured villa.

On January 5, Hachim shot dead a Syrian named Mohamed Hassan Moussa who entered the Lebanese singer’s villa at dawn in New Sheileh region for theft. Ajram got a minor injury in her right leg, but her daughters are safe. Lebanese security forces arrived at the star's villa at once and launched investigations into the accident.


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.

Ajram was born in May 1983 in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over 2 million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or Khaleeji (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in "The Voice Kids" airing on MBC Masr.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling); the Egyptian hits "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here); and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether". ]]>
3/13/2020 3:22:07 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the birthday of iconic Abdel Wahab]]>
Egypt Today is remembering the iconic artist on his birthday.

Abdel Wahab dubbed the "generations musician" is considered one of the greatest musicians in Arab history.

He was born on March 13,1902 in Cairo, Egypt, in Bab El-Sheriyah neighbourhood, where there is now a statue of him.

Abdel Wahab is one of the most remarkable musicians in the Arab music world whose known for his outstanding vocals and composing skills.

Composing numerous poems for different Arab poets, Abdel Wahab is most known for composing many of prominent poet Ahmed Shawky’s poems.

Many of Umm Kalthoum’s popular songs were composed by Abdel Wahab as well, such as “Shall We Meet Tomorrow?” and “You Are My Life” among ten other songs.

He has also composed most of Nagat El Saghira’s significant hits, including four poems by the prominent poet Nizar Qabbani.

Despite composing many remarkable music pieces that go under the classic umbrella, Abdel Wahab always had his own western music grasp.

Through playing the oud distinctively, he is considered to be a pioneer who introduced Arab poems and pieces to Western rhythms.

A model that successfully portrays Abdel Wahab’s magnificent fusion between Arabic words and western rhythms would be Abdel Halim Hafez's song "Ya Albi Ya Khali" (Oh My Empty Heart) in which he added a Rock and Roll rhythm. Abdel Wahab repertoire include a lot of immortal songs such as “Egypt, O Mother of the World”, “And We Knew Love”, and “The Beloved Lady”.

Abdel Wahab has also collaborated with many remarkable singers such as Talal Maddah, Asmahan and Laila Mourad among others.

Although many years has passed since his birth, his patriotic songs are still widely played in Egypt and in the whole Arab world, especially on national occasions.

Abdel Wahab composed the national anthem of Libya used by the Kingdom of Libya from 1951 to 1969 entitled "Ya Beladi" also known as "Libya, Libya, Libya".

The legendary musician also composed the national anthem of Tunisia, "Humat al-Hima" as well as the United Arab Emirates national anthem "Ishy Bilady" and many Egyptian nationalist songs like "Ya Masr Tam El-Hanna", "Hay Ala El-Falah", "Masr Nadetna fa Labena el-Nedaa", "Oulo le Masr", "Hob el-Watan Fard Alya", "Sout el-Gamaheer", "Ya Nessmet el-Horria", and "Sawae'd men Beladi".]]>
3/13/2020 1:31:38 PM
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus in Australia]]>
Hanks said that he and Wilson, both 63, were tested in Australia, where he is working on a film, after they felt tired and achy with slight fevers.

“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive,” Hanks said in the tweet.

The film star said that he and Wilson would be “tested, observed and isolated” for as long as required.

The couple are the first major U.S. celebrities known to have contracted COVID-19. The coronavirus has infected more than 1,000 people in the United States.

“Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” Hanks tweeted.

Hanks had traveled to Australia to begin filming an upcoming movie about Elvis Presley. He is set to play Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the Warner Bros. production.

“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19,” Warner Bros said in a statement.

“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual.

“The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world,” the studio said.

The Warner Bros statement did not mention Hanks.

The actor is staying on the Gold Coast, east coast of Australia, which has one of the country’s main Hollywood studios and where filming was to take place.

“The Elvis biopic filming has been closed down. I understand it will be 14 days quarantine and testing and ... our heart goes out to Tom and his wife,” Tom Tate, mayor of the Gold Coast, said in a press conference.

The couple’s son Chet took to Instagram to say he had spoken with his parents on the phone and that both were fine and there was no cause for major concern.

“Yeah, it’s true, my parents got coronavirus. Crazy,” he said in a video message. “They’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it, they’re not trippin but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously.”

Wilson appeared on Monday on a chat show of free-to-air broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd. The network said employees who had been in contact with her would be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined for 14 days.

Hanks won best actor Academy Awards for his role in 1994’s “Philadelphia” in which he plays a man stricken with AIDS, and “Forrest Gump” the following year. Wilson has appeared in such films as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Runaway Bride”.

The coronavirus has infected more than 121,000 people in 118 countries while over 4,300 people have died due to the virus, a Reuters tally shows. In the United States at least 37 people have died from the respiratory illness.]]>
3/12/2020 1:09:35 PM
<![CDATA[French amb. to inaugurate exhibition commemorating Omar el-Nagdi]]>
The exhibition is in the memory of late eminent artist Omar el-Nagdi, who died in 2019.

The pioneering third generation artist was born in 1931. Nagdi had his own art inspiration and expression, which Al Masar Gallery has shared with art collectors and lovers from Egypt, the Middle East and from all over the world. Nagdi has always been a corner stone in the magnificent shows of the Nine Group exhibition from 2009 to 2018.

Nagdi's pictorial vocabulary of emotions was rooted in his home country's social, political, and a life led by Egyptian people. He obtained such profuse imagery by combining poetry with elements inherited from the 20th century's artistic trends namely expressionism, cubism and fauvism.

The paintings in his upcoming exhibition fuse different sources of inspiration. Nagdi depicts the jovial and opulent festivities of Egyptian traditions in many of his paintings.

The dynamism rendered through the complex composition of figures and decorative patterns echo the lavish festivities and social traditions. Nagdi paints the liveliness of the traditional Egyptian social scenes.

About the "Aesthetics of Expression" exhibition:

The exhibition shows the aesthetics of the impulsive expression generated by Nagdi in reaction to any theme. His style of expression is rather determined by this creative emotional moment.

Expressionism liberates the artist to move from one style to another. This means that the work of art can be affected by more than one style.

The only restraint, to which an artist adheres, is his impulsive reaction to the theme, which he expresses with honesty and genuine creativity.

The impulsive expressionism is extracted from human nature; it is loaded with unorthodox development compared to the old schools of art.

The impulsive expressionism ideology has surpassed the plastic arts to other art realms, such as poetry, literature and expressive arts like contemporary cinema and theatre.

The plastic artist creates his own cultural message that he forms through his access to the experiments of others, whether by reading poetry and literature or by watching and enjoying other’s expressional arts.

From this point of view, I can say that from my reading of our arts and ancient Arabic literature, I grasped this enjoyable moment, in which I discovered impulsive expressionism that was prevailing in their arts and literature.

This stimulated me to cling to it and rediscover it by confirming the passionately temporal moment in my artistic expression, which has become loaded by the features of the school of impulsive expressionism.



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3/11/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[63 tourists'samples proved negative for coronavirus]]>
They arrived to Cairo and were welcomed with flowers by representatives of the ministry of tourism and Antiquities. The tourists will leave for their homelands.

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3/11/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[South Valley university honors Hemeida on the sidelines of LAFF ]]>
The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival kicked of on March 6, under the slogan of ''African Cinema From The Globe''.

A notable group of Egyptian, Arab and African filmmakers attended the opening ceremony such as international superstar, Jimmy Jean-Louis, African star Maimouna N'Diaye , the festival head acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, the festival director Azza el Hosseiny, the festival honorary president veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida, Zeina, Amr Abdel Geliel, Mostafa Shaaban, Rania Youssef, Rania Farid Shawky, Elham Chahine, Lebleba, among others.

The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival celebrated the centaury of late great artist Farid Shawky.

Jean-Louis and Maimouna N'Diaye received an honorary trophy at the festival's opening ceremony which was be held at Luxor Temple.

Egyptian star Zeina was honoured in the festival opening ceremony, expressing her happiness to be honoured from a big Egyptian festival like LAFF.

After receiving his honouring award, famed Egyptian actor Amr Abdel Geleil expressed his happiness with this honor, noting that this was his first award from a festival.

The festival’s management has chosen the African star Maimouna N'Diaye to be paid tribute during the 9th edition of the festival for her lifetime achievements and contributions to African cinema, as well as being a member of the jury for the long narrative competition.


Maimouna is one of the most prominent stars in African cinema, and one of the most talented actresses in the continent, she gained recognition for her role in “Eye of the Storm”, and was the only African member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival’s official competition, and she’s a multi-talented star, for she’s an amazing actress in France and Africa, as well as a documentary and narrative film director, and a social activist, especially for the issues of women and children.

Maimouna was born in France to Senegalese father, she grew up in Guinea before returning to France to study medicine at 18 years old, and that’s where she was attracted to theatre and studied performing arts at Le Sorbonne, where she studied further into the field.

Her real breakout in the world of theatre started in Côte d'Ivoire, where she joined the Yamako Tatary Company in 1995, a company that has a clear mission of spreading awareness towards health and social issues. She acted on stage and in film in Côte d'Ivoire for 10 years, before starting her career as a documentary director. She moved to Burkina Faso in 2005 where she continued her work in the field of theatre before breaking into film in Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

Of her prominent plays “Butterfly Chasers” in 1992, “A Garden in Autumn” in 2005, “Movement” in 1997, “High School or Marriage”, as well as many short films including “A Plate of Love”, and a very prominent role in the film “Eye of the Storm”, which won many awards at FESPACO 2015, she was awarded the best actress for that film, and she voiced a character in the French animation film “Kirikou and the Sorceress” in 1998, which was translated to various languages including Japanese, and it gained over 20 awards from around the world, she has made several documentaries that are very prominent in her career including “Warbassaga” which covered the life of the Ivoirian Dancer “Warbassaga”, as well as “Slices of Life” in 2008, which portrayed different characters and images of the tragedies in Côte d'Ivoire between 2002 – 2004, she also directed the opening ceremony of the FESPACO in 2009.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was chosen to be the guest of honor for the 9th edition which will continue to March 12.



Two of Jean-Louis' s films will be screened as part of the festival’s program, “Desrances” from Burkina Faso, directed by Apolline Traoré, which participates in Long Narrative competition, and “Rattlesnakes” from the United States in the Diaspora section.

Jean-Louis will hold a press conference at Luxor Temple, and will take a Nile cruise in Luxor and Aswan to promote tourism.

Jimmy Jean-Louis lived in the slums of Haiti until the age of 12 until he moved to Paris.

He worked for three years in a musical theatre in Spain La Belle Epoque before embarking on a successful modelling career in Europe.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His filmography includes ''Tears of the Sun'' with Bruce Wills, ''Hollywood Homicide'' with Harrison Ford, ''Monster-in-Law'' with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, ''Phat Girlz'' with Oscar winner Mo'Nique among others.

He also starred in some famous TV series such as ''Heroes'' , ''Heroes Reborn'', and Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro.

He is currently a regular on the number drama of the summer Claws which has been screened at TNT since 2017.

His most important role to date is playing the title character in ''Toussaint Louverture'', for which he won the best actor at the Pan African Film Festival and a nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly In 2014.



The Egyptian film ‘’Wonder Box’’ was the festival’s opening movie. The movie revolves around four different tales. ‘’Wonder Box’’ will highlight the relentless attempts of the characters to balance between Cairo as a city and themselves, each in their own way.

The events happen simultaneously in one of the nights in Cairo , the extreme power and absurdity of Cairo will be shown in these tales, highlighting the effect of its merciless, inhuman and oppressive pace on the individual’s dreams.

‘’Wonder Box’’ staring Khaled el Sawy, Salah Abdallah, Bassem Samra, Rania Youssef among others. The movie is written by Emad Elbahat and Osama Habashy, and directed by Elbahat.

Emad Elbahat is Egyptian director born in Cairo, 1970. He started his career in the early 1990s, as a student and assistant director with late great director Youssef Chahine, and later worked with Daoud Abdel Sayed and Yousry Nasrallah.

He also produced videos, documentaries and advertising materials for European TV channels.

His first feature film, ‘’Hide and Seek’’, was developed at Carthage Film Festival and later participated in the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival in the same year. In 2007 he co-wrote with Mohamed El-Feki his second film, El Belyatsho.



Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is an annual film festival headed by acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad that is tailor made for African cinema in Luxor.

In October 2019 the Malmö Arab Film Festival recognized LAFF as one of the most important festivals specialized in African cinema.






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3/10/2020 5:44:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House suspends its activities amid coronavirus concerns]]>
This comes after the Culture Ministry decided on Monday to suspend all cultural and artistic events, which were planned to be attended by a large number of audience until further notice.

The ministry added that this decision comes in implementation of the Cabinet's instructions to face the COVID-19.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt’s government banned all large community events and gatherings until further notice to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid 19).

Prime Minister Moutsfa Madbouli held an emergency meeting on Monday to find solutions to the gatherings of Egyptians who flocked to the national central medical laboratories to conduct PCR test for coronavirus before traveling to Saudi Arabia, according to a statement issued by the cabinet.

Earlier, the Cabinet halted all activities and events with large gatherings over coronavirus fears.]]>
3/10/2020 4:47:30 PM
<![CDATA[Tourists have flocked in one day trip to Luxor ]]>
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Dr.Mostafa Waziri Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said that tourists activities are proceeding normally in Luxor, as thousands of visitors have flocked onto its different archaeological sites such as Hatshepsut’s Temple in Al-Deir Al-Bahari, the Valley of the Kings and Habu Temple on Luxor’s west bank as well as Luxor and Karnak Temples, on the east bank.

He asserted that tourists are enjoying Egypt’s unique heritage in Luxor’s bright sunny weather asserting that the number of tourists in all sites in Egypt are according to its normal record and for example the number of tourists who are visiting Deir Al-Bahari Temple and Valley of the Kings has exceeded similar number at the same time last year.


International star Jimmy Jean-Louis visited Luxor Temple on Monday, March 9 on the sidelines of his participation in the ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival.

International star Jimmy Jean-Louis visited Luxor Temple on Monday, March 9 on the sidelines of his participation in the ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival.

It is worth mentioning that the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is to become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

The renovation of the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is considered a monumental moment for Luxor, as the project will bring the great road to life again.

Its new design is set to change Luxor’s position on the touristic map, as it will become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

It is expected that the new makeover of Kebbash Road will attract tourists the world over and play a vital role in pushing the Egyptian tourism forward.

Kebbash Road will be reopened after its renovation.

In Ancient Egypt, Kebbash Road connected the Karnak Temple Complex with the Luxor Temple.

During the time of the Pharaohs, the road was one of the most important, as it hosted ceremonies and festivals.

The road was opened to the public in March 2013 by the Minister of Tourism.

Although Kebbash Road is 2.7 kilometers long, a walk through it is enjoyable as there are around 1,200 statues lining one side of the road, each resembling the Sphinx (where the head is that of a ram and the body is that of a lion) and sculpted from sandstone.

This meaningful decoration is dedicated to Amun, as the head of the statues are in the form of the god’s while the rest of the statue — the body of a lion — is a means of protecting the temples from looters.


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3/10/2020 4:19:49 PM
<![CDATA[Happy birthday our beloved Yousra]]>
" Yousra is an Egyptian actress, singer, United Nations good will ambassador and an internationally acclaimed artistic icon.

She is one of the most prominent actresses not only in Egypt but in the Arab region.

Yousra was born on March 10, 1951 as Sevin Hafez Nesim. In 1980, she debuted in the film “Athkiya' Laken Aghbiya” (Smart yet Stupid).

Yousra performed in numerous movies such as “Kasr Fel Hawaa” (Castle in the Air), “Fatah Tabhath Ann al-Hob” (A Girl Looking for Love), “Alf Bossa Wa Bossa” (A Thousand and One Kisses), and “Ebtessama Waheda Takfi” (One Smile is Enough).

Yousra formed a successful duo with superstar Adel Emam, the matter that resulted in a number of successful films that enriched the Egyptian cinema such as “Shabab Yarkoss Fawk al-Nar” (Youth Dancing on Fire) , “Al-Ensan Yaeesh Mara Waheda” (Man Only Lives Once) , “Ala Bab al-Wazeer” (At the Door of the Minister) , “Al-Avocato” (The Lawyer) , “Al-Ins Wal-Gen” ( The Human and the Goblin) , “Karakoun Fel Shareih” ( A Police Station in the Street), “Al-Mansi” (The Forgotten), “Al-Irhab Wal Kabab” (Terrorism and Kebab), “Toyour Al-Zalam” (Birds of Darkness), and “Bobos” among others.

Yousra was included by Arabian Business among The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women and by The Middle East among the 50 Most Influential Arabs.

In 2015, she was awarded the Achievement in Cinema Award at the Arab Women of the Year ceremony in London.

Throughout her artistic career, Yousra was granted more than 60 local, regional and international awards, most prominently at Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

Yousra's cooperation with the internationally acclaimed director Youssef Chahine greatly influenced her career.

Among her important movies with Chahine are “Hadduta Masreya” (An Egyptian Tale), "Iskendereya Kaman we Kaman" (Alexandria More and More), and "Al-Mohager" (The Immigrant).

After a long career, including 85 films and 20 television series, Yousra started to dedicate some of her efforts to social issues, particularly human trafficking.

She engages in humanitarian and advocacy work for women and children.

Yousra participated in the World Economic Forum’s sessions in Switzerland, Jordan and Egypt because of her humanitarian work.

She is currently a goodwill ambassador for many United Nations institutions, including the United Nations Development Programme, UNAIDS and the joinwt United Nations program on HIV/AIDS.

She was the honorary president of Cairo International Film festival in 2017.

In honor of Yousra's rich artistic career, one of El-Gouna city streets was named after the Egyptian superstar.


On 2019, Yousra, famed producer and head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy and acclaimed director Amr Salama were chosen as members to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Yousra was the first Egyptian and Arab female filmmaker to attend Oscar ceremony and walk on its red carpet.

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On November 2019, America Abroad Media (AAM) honored Egyptian superstar Yousra at its seventh annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

AAM honors outstanding leaders whose work meets international standards and exemplifies the power of media to inform, educate and empower.

AAM believes that Yousra’s collective work provides American audiences with a glimpse into the history of the Egyptian entertainment industry, its role as a catalyst for social dialogue, its powerful resonance throughout the Arab world, and its ability to lift taboos and bring forth positive change.

"Yousra is an icon in the Middle East and a true inspiration to her millions of fans, both through her brilliant work as an actress on screen, and her devotion to her society and a better world.” said Aaron Lobel, founder and president of America Abroad Media. “AAM is proud to honor the incomparable Yousra at our 7th Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C."

Commenting on receiving her award, Yousra said, “I feel proud to represent my country and the Arab world and honored to receive such valuable and important award. I’m really happy that my work is being celebrated.”

Many top Hollywood stars congratulated Yousra on her award, including Harvey Keitel. “In your award is my reward, because I have this opportunity to tell you, ever since that night I first met you in Cairo, how lovely and strong an impression you made on us.

You invited us for dinner, you cooked for us, you introduced us to your friends and walked the streets of Cairo with us, revealing its magic. In those days, the day to day walks, we were treated to the phenomena of you being greeted by your fans. The joy and adulation they displayed, and seeing you, reflected the warmth and respect you exchanged with them in your greetings and friendliness.” said Keitel.

“Your place in cinema is memorialized in this award that you receive, and your place in the hearts and minds of your fans is memorialized by their reach to you on the streets of Cairo. Congratulations my dear...” Keitel added.

While John Malkovich said, “I’m here to send my greetings to Yousra, who is an old friend of mine, who is a great Egyptian actress and singer, a long-serving goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and she has worked extensively for women’s rights and women’s empowerment in Egypt and the Middle East. Yousra is a great ambassador for Egyptian cinema and for the Egyptian people. She’s warm and kind, funny, talented. Yousra, I’m delighted for you, I’m delighted that you are receiving this award. Sorry I can’t be there, I’m shooting out in Los Angeles. I wish you all the best, Yousra, in everything you do…”


Hollywood actress Vanessa Williams said, “My dear Yousra, congratulations on this great honor and award you’re receiving tonight from AAM. I am so thrilled that you’re being recognized here in the United States for your outstanding work as an actress and your iconic career. I’ve sailed the Red Sea with you in Egypt and been by your side at both the El Gouna and Dubai Film Festivals. I’ve seen firsthand the love that the people of Egypt and the Middle East have for you. Through your art you have given a voice to many women and others who might not have otherwise been heard, and in everything you do on and off screen, your genuine sense of humanity shines through. That’s why for more than four decades you have established such a unique and personal bond with tens of millions of fans. Yousra, you are a true inspiration and a role model for women in the Middle East, and indeed, around the world. Congratulations again, my dear friend, for this well-deserved honor.”



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Variety’s film critic Jay Weissberg said, “I could talk about Yousra as an incredibly sensitive actress, and I could talk about all the different roles that she’s made in so many classic Egyptian films and classic Ramadan series. I could talk about how much time she’s given to some of the charities that she supported and all of the good works that she’s done as a film star. But what I really like to talk about is how Yousra responds to her public, because I’ve traveled around the MENA region with her a number of times, and I’ve never seen a movie star who is so generous with the public, who is so giving, who gives so much joy. The moment that Yousra walks into a room, whether it’s a restaurant, whether it’s a boulevard, whether it’s a hotel lobby, people light up, it doesn’t matter what age they are, it doesn’t matter what country, we can be in Morocco, we can be in Abu Dhabi, we can be in Egypt, everywhere that I’ve gone with her in public, there is joy that I see in people’s faces. She is the most generous of actors I’ve ever known.”

Egyptian celebrities also congratulated Yousra on her award. Director Marwan Hamed expressed his happiness for her, saying “Yousra is among the most important actresses in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Her career is full of diverse and different roles. Besides, on a personal level, she’s amazing and compassionate, and her acting career didn’t change that. I have great love and respect for her, as she supported me in the beginning of my career when she starred in my directorial debut, The Yacoubian Building, and supported many others. We are talking here about a genuine actress who is the pride and joy of Egyptian cinema. We are all proud to work in an industry that has such a valuable and great person.”

Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris said, “Yousra is a star since the beginning of her career. Her performances are very convincing and spontaneous that I thought she inherited her style from Egyptian legend Soad Hosny. Yousra is one of the brightest and most sincere stars in the film industry.”

Businessman Samih Sawiris said, “I believe that Yousra has been able to replace Egyptian star Soad Hosny in Egyptian cinema for many years. Her role in the film industry is still going on and will never stop. She is one of the best examples of Egyptian cinema. She’s been a very dear friend of mine for ages, and that gives me great pleasure. And on a personal level, needless to say, she always supports everyone.”

Egyptian actress Shereen Reda said, “Yousra is a legend, a living legend without a doubt. She is an amazing person and a great actress. She’s been there for me ever since I first worked with her. She’s always there for everybody. Congratulations, Siva, and I hope to see you very soon to congratulate you in person. Congratulations, you deserve the best.”

While screenwriter Tamer Habib said, “She is simply everything to me. I think that those who don’t know Yousra are missing out on a lot. She is a walking “love story” and she fills the air with positive energy wherever she goes, inside and outside filming locations. She is always there for all of us and we all owe her big for it. She is one of the most important five people in my life and I’m really lucky to have her in my life.”

Director Inas El Degheidy also congratulated her, saying “Yousra is a beautiful person and an actress that influenced both Arab and Egyptian cinema.

She is not only famous in the Arab world, but also very well-known internationally as a first-class Egyptian actress, besides, she has great relationships with foreign actors and filmmakers.”

The event was attended by many celebrities, decision-makers, diplomats, and members of the creative arts and entertainment industry, including Hollywood director Peter Berg, Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, Fayçal Gouia, Tunisia Ambassador to the US, Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahrain Ambassador to the US, Hatem Elatawy, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Egypt in Washington, D.C., General John Allen, President of Brookings Institution, Jennifer Isham, former President of Tribeca Film Festival, Christopher Isham, Washington Bureau Chief at CBS News, Farah Pandith, Co-Chair and former special representative to Muslim Communities at the US Department of State, Juan Zarate, Co-Chair, Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY, Jay Weissberg, film critic at Variety, and Egyptian diplomat Gamal Helal.




Yousra received many honors from international festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Beirut International Film Festival in Lebanon, in addition to the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris, and the Royal College of Physicians in London. Yousra was chosen to be a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) in 2019.








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3/10/2020 1:39:04 PM
<![CDATA[Miley Cyrus cancels bushfire aid show in Australia due to coronavirus warnings]]>
yrus, 27, who rose to fame with global hits like ‘Party in the USA’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’, was set to be the headline act for a concert on March 13 in Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, which the organizers have now called off.

All proceeds from the show were to go to Australian charities aiding relief efforts following a devastating bushfire season which destroyed nearly 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of bushland, killing 33 people and an estimated one billion native animals.

“I am so disappointed to not be there, but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew,” Cyrus said in a message on Twitter.

Australia has reported 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, with three deaths.

Cyrus said she was following the recommendations of local, state, federal and international government authorities.

“I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire,” she said, without saying how much she would donate.

World Tour, which organized the concert, said all fans will receive a full refund but encouraged donations to support WWF Australia’s wildlife and nature recovery fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.



While Cyrus canceled her trip, World Tour said it was going ahead with a concert on March 14 in Melbourne with British pop star Robbie Williams.

“Robbie is already on his way to Australia,” World Tour said on the ticket web site.

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3/10/2020 12:59:15 PM
<![CDATA[Pearl Jam postpones North American tour due to coronavirus]]>
"We are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives," the band said bit.ly/2IB5NsI in a letter on its website, adding that the postponed shows will be rescheduled.




As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in the United States, daily life has been increasingly disrupted, with concerts and conferences canceled and universities telling students to stay home.

Dates for all U.S. and Canada shows through the end of April have been postponed, while its European tour is still expected to begin June 23 in Germany, the website shows bit.ly/336wWgu.

Pearl Jam is set to release their eleventh album, Gigaton, on March 27.



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3/10/2020 12:56:42 PM
<![CDATA[The story behind Angham,Ibrahim interlocking relationship ]]>
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day posted on his official Instagram account a message to his first wife and mother of his children named Yasmine Eissa, praising and thanking her for being a great woman.

In the same post Ibrahim announced that he remarried his first wife again a month after their separation for sake of his sons. Directly after this post Angham unfollowed her husband on Instagram, which is what Ibrahim did right after it.



Although many expected Angham to separate from her husband, Ibrahim denied this on another post on Instgram dated March 9, confirming that they are not yet divorced. In this post Ibrahim announced that he loves and respects Angham and even if the right thing is their separation this love and respect will last forever. From her side Angham didn't comment on the whole issue till now.

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الست دي انا بحبها والكل يعلم ولا اقبل اي إساءة لها أو المزايدة على حبي وتقديري لها، احنا تحملنا سوا تطاولكم وتجاوزاتكم وعدم احترامكم خصوصياتنا وشوهتوا حبنا وعكننتم علينا وحتى هذه اللحظة بتحللوا وتقرروا لنا، اتهام ليا وافتراء بالسعي للشهرة كما لو كنت مبتدئ واتهام لها بخراب بيتي زورا ، النهارده مستحيل استفزها او اكون طرف ضدها أو ضد مصلحتها ، وكلامي عن امتناني وتقديري لام اولادي ودورها معاهم كررته في اكتر من لقاء مش اول مرة ومستعد ابنيلها تمثال لتحملها هي الأخرى ضغوط رهيبة، وده لا يسيء لانغام بالعكس هي تحترم ده فيا، انا و انغام كنا سعداء لاخر لحظة رغم قسوتكم وكنت ومازلت بشوفها الأجمل، ونجحنا نجاح ساحق في العمل كنت اتمنى تكراره، لو قدرنا البعد فا مش هيغير من مشاعري حاجة بالعكس هتزيد واحترامي لها محفوظ، اكتر من ١٧ عام مميز في عملي محدش عرفني الا بعد زواجي منها لانها نجمة عظيمة لن تتكرر وجمهورها سندني كتير .. اتمنى ربنا يزيدها جمال ونجاح ويكتبلها الصالح اللي اوله البعد عني للاسف لكنه مش هيغير من مشاعري وهعيش على ذكرياتنا الحلوه ♥️🌺 #انغام #احمد_ابراهيم

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In February 2019, Angham announced her marriage to Ibrahim, who supervised her last album, the marriage was a thunderbolt for the fans of Angham, since he is married to Yasmine Issa and he has two sons.

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3/9/2020 5:37:26 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Jimmy Jean-Louis visits Luxor Temple]]>


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Jean-Louis was dazzled by the beauty of Luxor temple and the ancient Egyptian monuments.

He announced that he wishes to participate in a movie about Egypt, adding that he faced problems in Hollywood but he never felt desperate.

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The famed international star was chosen to be the guest of honor for the 9th edition which will continue to March 12.



Two of Jean-Louis' s films will be screened as part of the festival’s program, “Desrances” from Burkina Faso, directed by Apolline Traoré, which participates in Long Narrative competition, and “Rattlesnakes” from the United States in the Diaspora section.

Jean-Louis will hold a press conference at Luxor Temple, and will take a Nile cruise in Luxor and Aswan to promote tourism.

Jimmy Jean-Louis lived in the slums of Haiti until the age of 12 until he moved to Paris.

He worked for three years in a musical theatre in Spain La Belle Epoque before embarking on a successful modelling career in Europe.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His filmography includes ''Tears of the Sun'' with Bruce Wills, ''Hollywood Homicide'' with Harrison Ford, ''Monster-in-Law'' with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, ''Phat Girlz'' with Oscar winner Mo'Nique among others.

He also starred in some famous TV series such as ''Heroes'' , ''Heroes Reborn'', and Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro.

He is currently a regular on the number drama of the summer Claws which has been screened at TNT since 2017.

His most important role to date is playing the title character in ''Toussaint Louverture'', for which he won the best actor at the Pan African Film Festival and a nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly In 2014.

The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival kicked off on March 6, from under the slogan of ''African Cinema From The Globe''.

The Egyptian film ‘’Wonder Box’’ was the festival’s opening movie. The movie revolves around four different tales. ‘’Wonder Box’’ will highlight the relentless attempts of the characters to balance between Cairo as a city and themselves, each in their own way.

The events happen simultaneously in one of the nights in Cairo , the extreme power and absurdity of Cairo will be shown in these tales, highlighting the effect of its merciless, inhuman and oppressive pace on the individual’s dreams.

‘’Wonder Box’’ staring Khaled el Sawy, Salah Abdallah, Bassem Samra, Rania Youssef among others. The movie is written by Emad Elbahat and Osama Habashy, and directed by Elbahat.

Emad Elbahat is Egyptian director born in Cairo, 1970. He started his career in the early 1990s, as a student and assistant director with late great director Youssef Chahine, and later worked with Daoud Abdel Sayed and Yousry Nasrallah.

He also produced videos, documentaries and advertising materials for European TV channels.

His first feature film, ‘’Hide and Seek’’, was developed at Carthage Film Festival and later participated in the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival in the same year. In 2007 he co-wrote with Mohamed El-Feki his second film, El Belyatsho.




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3/9/2020 4:58:59 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Tourists flocks onto different archaeological sites in Luxor]]>
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Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities says that tourists are enjoying Egypt’s unique heritage in Luxor’s bright sunny weather asserting that the number of tourists is increasing.

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For example the number of tourists who are visiting Karnak Temples has exceeded similar number at the same time last year.

It is worth mentioning that the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is to become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

The renovation of the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is considered a monumental moment for Luxor, as the project will bring the great road to life again.

Its new design is set to change Luxor’s position on the touristic map, as it will become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

It is expected that the new makeover of Kebbash Road will attract tourists the world over and play a vital role in pushing the Egyptian tourism forward.

Kebbash Road will be reopened after its renovation.

In Ancient Egypt, Kebbash Road connected the Karnak Temple Complex with the Luxor Temple.

During the time of the Pharaohs, the road was one of the most important, as it hosted ceremonies and festivals.

The road was opened to the public in March 2013 by the Minister of Tourism.

Although Kebbash Road is 2.7 kilometers long, a walk through it is enjoyable as there are around 1,200 statues lining one side of the road, each resembling the Sphinx (where the head is that of a ram and the body is that of a lion) and sculpted from sandstone.

This meaningful decoration is dedicated to Amun, as the head of the statues are in the form of the god’s while the rest of the statue — the body of a lion — is a means of protecting the temples from looters.



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3/9/2020 4:19:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan, Maitre to cooperate in a duo song ]]>
The song clip was shot in Morocco and scheduled to be released in the upcoming period.
Ramadan performed in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, November 21 as part of Riyadh season concerts.

Ramadan managed to break a new record by becoming the “most viewed” celebrity in the Middle East. Ramadan’s official YouTube channel surpassed 2 billion views, easily placing him on the throne of the most viewed artists of the Middle East.

“Thank God my channel on YouTube surpassed the 2 billion mark in terms of viewership, making it the most watched channel of an Arabic artist,” commented Ramadan on a picture uploaded on his official Instagram account. Soon after, hundreds of thousands of the star’s followers and fans congratulated him on his new achievement.

Ramadan’s song titled “El-Sultan” directed by Hossam el-Husseini is the third collaboration between the star and the director of the song, which was filmed in one of Morocco's palaces. On a similar note, Ramadan is working on his new series "El-Prince" which is produced by Synergy, and scheduled to screen next Ramadan. The series is directed by Mohamed Samy.

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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3/9/2020 2:32:13 PM
<![CDATA['Onward' Leads Box Office With Ho-Hum $40 Million]]>
“Onward,” a fantastical adventure about two brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), ranks among Pixar’s lowest opening weekend’s in modern times, joining 2015’s “The Good Dinosaur” and its $39 million as a rare blemish for the Disney-owned company, known for producing hits such as “Inside Out,” Coco” and Up.” Pixar films typically cost $175 million to $200 million to produce, a huge sum that doesn’t include global marketing fees.

Directed by Dan Scanlon, “Onward” received mostly positive reviews, though it didn’t welcome the kind of rapturous reception that greets most Pixar titles. Still, “Onward” looks to benefit in coming weeks as one of the few options for family audiences. It scored an “A-“ CinemaScore, signaling that moviegoers enjoyed the film.

“Pixar has earned an incredible reputation for delivering quality to audiences, and based on their response, they are being touched by it,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of global distribution. “We’re excited to see such good word-of-mouth. That bodes well for the life of its run in theaters.”

This weekend’s other high-profile release, Warner Bros.’ sports drama “The Way Back,” also fell short of expectations. But box office experts suggest it was the movies themselves — not fears of coronavirus — that stifled ticket sales. “Onward” was tracking an opening between $40 million and $45 million even before threats of coronavirus in North America.

“I think there was zero impact,” Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore, said. “With $40 million for ‘Onward,’ a small drop off for ‘The Invisible Man’ and ‘The Way Back’ getting solid scores from audiences, it looks like people are in the habit of going to the movies.”

Overall box office receipts are down 50% from the same weekend last year, an inevitable dip given last year saw “Captain Marvel” arrive with a huge $153 million. That drastic dip pushed the year-to-date box office down almost 2%, the first year-over-year decline in 2020.

“The Way Back” brought in $8.5 million when it launched in 2,718 theaters, enough for third place on box office charts. It’s a lackluster start given its A-list leading man, but an improvement from Warner Bros. recent mid-budget duds like “The Good Liar” ($5.6 million) and “The Kitchen” ($5.5 million).

The film, which cost roughly $21 million to make, was poised as a big-screen comeback for Affleck. His performance as an alcoholic construction worker who is recruited to become the head coach of a high school basketball team has been praised, but it didn’t get the level of reception that smaller dramas need these days to make an impact at the box office. Among opening weekend crowds, 64% were over the age of 35. Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, noted it’s a demographic that doesn’t usually rush out on opening weekend.

“Our reviews were really strong and we have a ‘B+’ CinemaScore, so we’re in a really strong place,” Goldstein said. “”The story gears toward an older audience that doesn’t rush out. I think we can capture an older audience, assuming a coronavirus scare doesn’t keep audiences away.”

In second place, Universal and Blumhouse’s “The Invisible Man” added $15.5 million in its second outing for a cumulative total of $52.6 million. Internationally, the Elisabeth Moss-led thriller generated $17.3 million. Its box office receipts currently stand at $98.3 million, already a win for the studio since it cost just $7 million.

Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” landed at No. 4, bringing in another $8 million. After four weeks in theaters, the animated family film has made an impressive $140 million. The blue speed demon, voiced by Ben Schwartz, has also been a draw overseas, where it has made $154 million. Globally, “Sonic” is nearing the $300 million mark with ticket sales currently at $295.6 million.

Disney’s “The Call of the Wild” rounded out the top five, pocketing $7 million in its third frame. The adaptation of Jack London’s novel, starring Harrison Ford and a CGI dog named Buck, has generated $57.5 million in North America and $99.6 million worldwide, a weak result because the film cost a head-scratching $125 million to make. Given the high price tag, sources estimate “The Call of the Wild” needs to earn between $250 million and $275 million to get out of the red. At this point, it will be difficult to reach those heights so “The Call of the Wild” is expected to lose around $50 million.

Among indie releases, A24’s “First Cow” made $96,059 when it opened in four venues — translating to $24,015 from each location. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the film is set in the Pacific Northwest and follows a 19th century cook who travels with fur trappers to the Oregon Territory. It will continue its platform release next weekend before opening nationwide in the spring.




Sony Pictures Classic’s “Burnt Orange Heresy” had a rocky start in limited release, bringing in $18,296 from four screens for a theater-average of $4,574. The heist thriller stars Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki and Mick Jagger.

Elsewhere, Focus Features’ “Emma” amassed $5 million when it expanded to 1,565 theaters, bringing its domestic tally to $6.8 million. The adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel also earned $1.5 million this weekend at the international box office for a global bounty of $20.9 million.

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3/9/2020 2:01:52 PM
<![CDATA[Travel curbs on South Koreans prompt K-pop cancellations, especially in Japan]]>
Japan said starting Monday, people arriving from South Korea will be quarantined for two weeks. Tokyo also suspended visa waivers and the validity of existing visas for Koreans, followed by a similar move by South Korea, rekindling a diplomatic feud between the neighbors.

South Korean boy band Super Junior called off its tours scheduled to take place on March 25 and 26 in Japan, citing the Japanese government’s measures to “curb immigration.”

South Korea’s entertainment firm CJ ENM followed suit, postponing its annual K-pop festival KCON in Japan. KCON in Japan last year drew more than 88,000 fans, according to CJ ENM.

Japan’s travel restrictions are a fresh blow to the entertainment industry in the wake of a fast-spreading virus. K-pop events have also been canceled or postponed elsewhere in the world because of the epidemic.

Singer Taeyeon has canceled her Feb. 1 concert in Singapore, saying that she is worried about the health of fans.

A Korean music festival in Los Angeles, originally planed for April 25, was postponed due to “travel restrictions in Asia.”

At home, boy band BTS canceled its scheduled April concert in Seoul, amid growing concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment previously said.



Japan alone accounted for more than 60% of South Korea’s music exports, marking $320.6 million worth of exports in 2017 followed by China and Southeast Asian countries, according to Statistics Korea.

“Entertainment firms and talent agencies will now gird for almost zero concert profits,” said Lee Ki-hun, an analyst at Hana Financial and Investment. “Not only ticket sales but also advertisement revenues are gone for the time being,” he said.

South Korea has suffered 51 deaths and 7,382 infections in the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China, where the disease emerged late last year.

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3/9/2020 1:58:20 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Anany, Manar inspect new floating hotel's hygiene ]]>
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Before leaving, the two ministers visited the back area of the Nile boat to meet cleaners, chefs and maintenance officials.

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The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities asked the employees to be sure from the cleanliness of each sector and to immediately report in case they suspect that one of them or the hotel guests is ill.

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On their part, the workers declared that they are keen to preserve their personal hygiene and the hygiene of the boat, assuring that they wear socks and medical masks while carrying out their work duties.






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3/8/2020 6:55:53 PM
<![CDATA[125 million Tweets about feminism and equality over the past three years ]]>

CAIRO - 8 March 2020: There have been 125 million Tweets globally about feminism and equality over the past three years.

As for the MENA region, a new survey that Twitter conducted with women on the platform based in GCC, Egypt and Lebanon revealed that 80% of them come to the platform to see what’s happening in the world. 54% of Arab women who use the platform stated that Twitter empowers them to express themselves freely, whereas 50% of them mentioned that Twitter allows them to connect with their interests and passions. Their interests include culture (53%), health (42% - which is likely driven by the recent Covid-19 outbreak), education (40%) and government (36%).



Last year’s Twitter data also revealed that the top Arabic women-related hashtags that were Tweeted in the region were اليوم_العالمي_للمراه# in Saudi Arabia, يوم_المرأة_الإماراتية# in the UAE and يوم_الام# in Egypt, which reflects the keenness of our audience in using the platform as a means to showcase and celebrate the achievements of women in the region.



On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Twitter has created two hashtag triggered emojis in Arabic and English among other languages. The first depicts the female symbol in gold and renders when Tweeting the following hashtags:

#IWD2020, #InternationalWomensDay, #IWD, #WomensDay, #SheInspiresMe, يوم_المرأة_العالمي#, يوم_المرأة#, هي_تلهمني#



Twitter will kick off a #SheInspiresMe campaign today, to inviting everyone in the region to join the global conversation about International Women’s Day. The @TwitterMENA account will encourage people to Tweet about women who have inspired them throughout their personal and professional journeys.

The Tweets and conversations are intended to serve as a microphone for women’s voices by highlighting their power on the service.



The second emoji that Twitter has launched includes three female symbols in blue, green and purple.

It gets unlocked when Tweeting #EveryWoman and كل_امرأة#. The campaign behind this emoji aims to advance the intersectional inclusion of women at Twitter, in the tech space and the global female community. The campaign is being run through @TwitterWomen, Twitter’s business resource group whose mission is to foster gender equality and support the inclusion and advancement of women at Twitter and in the tech industry.



Twitter’s focus on the health of public conversation has led to a number of improvements to its processes to protect all voices, including women’s.

At the end of 2019, it continued its work to proactively reduce abuse on the platform, improving its machine-learning models to detect potential policy violations and sending more flagged Tweets to agents for review.

This has resulted in Twitter taking down more abusive content, more proactively and faster than before, with a 27% decline in bystander reports on Tweets that violate its terms of service. From a product perspective, Twitter has given people more control over their conversations by allowing them to choose to hide replies to their Tweets. Everyone can see and engage with hidden replies by selecting an icon on the Tweet.]]>
3/8/2020 4:18:54 PM
<![CDATA[LAFF to screen 'The Knight & The Princess’ on Mar.8]]>
''The Knight & The Princess’’ is the first Egyptian animated feature film. 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.


The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival kicked off on March 6, under the slogan of ''African Cinema From The Globe''.

A notable group of Egyptian, Arab and African filmmakers attended the opening ceremony such as international superstar, Jimmy Jean-Louis, African star Maimouna N'Diaye , the festival head acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, the festival director Azza el Hosseiny, the festival honorary president veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida, Zeina, Amr Abdel Geliel, Mostafa Shaaban, Rania Youssef, Rania Farid Shawky, Elham Chahine, Lebleba, among others.

LAFF opening that took place in Luxor temple and was presented by actress Sanaa Youssef and TV presenter Mona Salman.

The ceremony started with a dancing show presented by Reda troupe which is honored at the ninth edition of the festival on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, and the award was received by head of the cultural production sector, veteran director Khaled Galal, head of the cultural production sector who participated in the festival on behalf of the minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem.

The festival’s management has chosen the African star Maimouna N'Diaye to be paid tribute during the 9th edition of the festival for her lifetime achievements and contributions to African cinema, as well as being a member of the jury for the long narrative competition.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was chosen to be the guest of honor for the 9th edition which will continue to March 12.



Two of Jean-Louis' s films will be screened as part of the festival’s program, “Desrances” from Burkina Faso, directed by Apolline Traoré, which participates in Long Narrative competition, and “Rattlesnakes” from the United States in the Diaspora section.

Jean-Louis will hold a press conference at Luxor Temple, and will take a Nile cruise in Luxor and Aswan to promote tourism.

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3/8/2020 3:04:25 PM
<![CDATA[N'Diaye: Cinema has no nationality ]]>CAIRO – 8 March 2020: The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival organized a number of important cinematic events on March 8, including a press conference for African star Maimouna N'Diaye.

In the press conference, LAFF’s artistic director Azza el-Hosseiny said that N'Diaye is one of the most credible filmmakers that can talk about women issues, praising her role in tackling African women's issues especially and women generally.

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the famed star said that educating men builds a family while educating women builds a country.

N'Diaye expressed that she is both happy and proud to be participating in the ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival as a jury member, declaring her love for Egypt and Umm Kuthum and revealing that her teacher was Egyptian.

N'Diaye added that she produced movies to solve people’s problems and chose to play roles that tackle women's issues and problems and reflect their strength, adding that cinema is not only for entertainment but also for changing reality.

The African star said that her first movie and the last one are the closest to her heart.

She clarified that she dreams to participate in a movie with no nationality because cinema has no nationality; it is a global language, like music.

N'Diaye added that she tried to change the traditional image of women in her latest movie "Eye on the Storm".




Jean-Louis and Maimouna N'Diaye received an honorary trophy at the festival's opening ceremony which was be held at Luxor Temple.

The festival’s management has chosen the African star Maimouna N'Diaye to be paid tribute during the 9th edition of the festival for her lifetime achievements and contributions to African cinema, as well as being a member of the jury for the long narrative competition.


Maimouna is one of the most prominent stars in African cinema, and one of the most talented actresses in the continent, she gained recognition for her role in “Eye of the Storm”, and was the only African member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival’s official competition, and she’s a multi-talented star, for she’s an amazing actress in France and Africa, as well as a documentary and narrative film director, and a social activist, especially for the issues of women and children.

Maimouna was born in France to Senegalese father, she grew up in Guinea before returning to France to study medicine at 18 years old, and that’s where she was attracted to theatre and studied performing arts at Le Sorbonne, where she studied further into the field.

Her real breakout in the world of theatre started in Côte d'Ivoire, where she joined the Yamako Tatary Company in 1995, a company that has a clear mission of spreading awareness towards health and social issues. She acted on stage and in film in Côte d'Ivoire for 10 years, before starting her career as a documentary director. She moved to Burkina Faso in 2005 where she continued her work in the field of theatre before breaking into film in Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

Of her prominent plays “Butterfly Chasers” in 1992, “A Garden in Autumn” in 2005, “Movement” in 1997, “High School or Marriage”, as well as many short films including “A Plate of Love”, and a very prominent role in the film “Eye of the Storm”, which won many awards at FESPACO 2015, she was awarded the best actress for that film, and she voiced a character in the French animation film “Kirikou and the Sorceress” in 1998, which was translated to various languages including Japanese, and it gained over 20 awards from around the world, she has made several documentaries that are very prominent in her career including “Warbassaga” which covered the life of the Ivoirian Dancer “Warbassaga”, as well as “Slices of Life” in 2008, which portrayed different characters and images of the tragedies in Côte d'Ivoire between 2002 – 2004, she also directed the opening ceremony of the FESPACO in 2009.
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3/8/2020 2:49:54 PM
<![CDATA[Ingy Mohamed: Roaming around the world ]]>
While roaming around the world, Mohamed managed to explore different experiences, know more about different cultures, customs and traditions, the matter that enriched her character as qualified and professional working woman.

Mohamed visited over 60 countries and still counting with the world leading Emirates Airlines that always wants its passengers to have a great experience on board.

Egypt Today chatted with Mohamed about her job, career, and vast experience and how she managed to achieve success as a female working woman.



1- How long have you been working with Emirates Airline?

I’ve been with Emirates for almost eight years and half.

2- How many countries have you visited? Which is your favourite?

I’ve visited over 60 destinations and still counting. My favourite so far is Greece and Italy.

3- How did you initially learn about the opportunity to become a member of Emirates Airline’s Cabin Crew?

I’ve always wanted to be a cabin crew since I was young, when I saw Emirates cabin crew at the airports. There was something very elegant and sophisticated about them which made me think, one day I would like to be a member of the Emirates cabin crew team. When I graduated from college, I immediately applied online.

4- Could you tell us more about your experience with Emirates Airlines? How has it been so far? What are the key points in working as a cabin crew in Emirates and what makes your job so enjoyable?

My experience has been great, eight years has passed by quickly, it seems time flies when you are travelling around the world and enjoying every minute of it. A few key points working as a cabin crew is being a confident and positive person, as you meet people from different parts of the world. At Emirates, we always want our passengers to have a great experience on board, so we become problem solvers, ensuring they are kept happy at all times and safety conscious. What I enjoy the most in what I do, is that I am always meeting new interesting people every day, who become friends for life.

5-As a woman who is traveling a lot for a living what do you consider to be the hardest thing about that? And how do you manage?

The most hardest thing can be the jet lag, it’s like time travel. I manage this by making sure I get the rest I need, sleeping on time, based on my flight schedule. I also workout, drink lots of water and maintain a healthy diet, which helps a lot when adjusting to different time zones. As cabin crew, we are also going through training to help us maintain a healthy lifestyle which also helps.

6- What advice would you give young women applying or starting their career as cabin crew members?

The main advice is to understand the importance of customer service and becoming a team player, also being a good communicating skills is essential.

7- What is the most difficult situation you have faced during your career?

I would say being away from home and missing my family and some special occasions. As we fly to so many destinations, we may miss a few celebrations although we still have an advantage as we get to make so many friends from around the world and they become family as well. We get to learn a lot by exploring different destinations and understanding cultures, we always share these stories when we visit family and friends back home.

8- Do you think that working as a cabin crew suits women more?

Being a cabin crew suits women and men. I have both male and female friends at Emirates who are cabin crew, it’s a personal choice to become a cabin crew.

Factual Information: (below figures as of January 2020)
- Overall we have 1,088 Egyptian cabin crew in Emirates – 817 male and 271 female
- Egyptian female cabin crew in Emirates average age is between 21 - 55
- Overall in Emirates we have 15,947 female cabin crew – average age overall is 31

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3/8/2020 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[How cinema, drama portrayed women in 40 years]]>
On the other hand, some movies and TV series recognize the role that the media should play in positively influencing people.

Acknowledging that media is meant to make us think, broaden our horizons and help us fight wrong ideas about gender and other controversial topics, some remarkable movies and series in the history of Egyptian media have focused on women in leading roles and inspired females as a way to face social challenges and reassure the right of every girl to pursue her dream and live the life she wants.

A number of movies and series played a significant role in portraying the vital role women play in the society, addressed women societal problems, offered solutions and even change mind sets.

No one of course could live in all eras and knows what happened before he was born, but just watching a movie in a certain era may give you a glimpse of what happened in this period.

On the occasion of International Women Day, Egypt Today will take you in a tour inside the immortal life archive labelled Egyptian cinema and drama to see how women in Egypt have changed, and how drama reflected that change.

1- 678 movie

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Director Mohamed Diab released his movie 678 ( known internationally as Cairo 678) one month before the January 25 revolution. 678 revolves around the problem of sexual harassment in Arab societies, through 678 bus that witnessed sexual harassment accidents to several women.

The film tackled this world wide phenomena through highlighting the life of three women of different social classes, that have nothing in common except that they all got publicly harassed. The first is Sebaa high class jewellery designer who gets harassed in a stadium while watching a match.

Her husband couldn’t accept that he failed to protect her so she decided to get a divorce and to establish an organization aiming to stand against harassment and teach women how to protect themselves from this painful phenomena.

The second is a middle class standup comedian and call center employee named Nelly who was subjected to physical sexual harassment when a truck driver grabs her and pulls her through the street.

Her family as most of the Egyptian conservative families tried to prevent her from filing a report for harassment in order not to infamous her reputation but Nelly decided not to be afraid of speaking up, and she filed a court case for being sexually harassed, unlike the acknowledged norm of keeping silent.

The third is Fayza (Bushra), a low class government employee who was subjected to sexual harassment almost on a daily basis in 678 bus. Fayza joined Saba’s association who advised her to use a pin and stab any harasser.

The three women provided a scream of millions of Egyptian girls who were subjected to sexual harassment, establishing the fact that harassment is not limited to a particular social class. The film was adapted based on real stories of women who suffered sexual harassment.



The movie was an alarm to many men and women who think that sexual harassment is not as prevalent as it really is. Cairo 678 was described by the New York Times as an unmistakably harbinger of the revolution.

The famous Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho tweeted about the film calling it brilliant, saying it should be mandatory for men, regardless of their religion or culture, to watch.

2- Fatat el-Masnaa(Factory Girl)


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Late renowneddirector Mohamed Khan has previously createdimmortal features about Egyptian women facing many social challenges Fatat el-Masnaa is one of them.

The movie follows a year in the life of Hayam, a young woman working in one of Cairo’s textile factories. Searching for an escape from her dominating stepfather, Hayam dreams of tying the knot with the handsome factory supervisor Salah who grabbed her attention and starts to be more intimate.

But when a positive pregnancy test is discovered in the factory’s garbage, her coworkers and family assume that Hayam is a fallen woman. Her decision not to defend herself costs her dearly, as society refuses to accept independent women.

The film deals with many women by trying to make a very clear image of Egyptian women in general. So we saw a number of female characters in different age groups and degrees of kinship, such as the grandmother, the mother and the aunt.”

Khan dedicated Fatat el-Masnaato the spirit of late cinematic icon Cinderella SoadHosny and used many of Hosny’s songs and radio interviews as a backdrop for Hayam’s poignant story. The movie staring Yasmine Rais, Hany Adel among others.

3- Segn Al-Nesa


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Segn Al-Nesais a series that achieved a booming success based on real stories of prisoners and wardresses.
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The series heroine Ghalia performed by Nelly Karim was forced after the death of her mother who was a wardress at the Qanater Prison for Women to follow her footsteps to preserve the state-sponsored apartment in the wardress' neighbourhood.
In this female dominated series we found a group of women who were forced by their circumstances sometimes like Dalal and Zenat to work as prostitutes, or they walked in the crime path based on their choice like the drug dealer Aziza.

This women prison houses also high society women such as a businesswoman who was imprisoned to save her son, as if this prison was a miniature copy of women who are divided into two sections: either criminals or victims who society pushed them to commit their crimes.

Ghalia’s husband Saberrepresents numerous men in Egyptian society, where a notable percentage of household breadwinners are now women.

Dalal, played by Dorra, presents a clear example of the consequences of society’s refusal to woman’s repentance.

She is a beautiful young who joins her aunt and cousins into indirect prostitution as she does not engage in sexual activities, she just goes to bars and night clubs with her cousin's clients. When she decidedto quit this world and get married,she ends up in jail.

When she vows to leave prison and decided to start a new clean life she was rejected by both her family and ex-husband, to fall completely into the prostitution world to pay the bill of living in a society that did not value woman's prudery over her attempt to quit past mistakes.

We have also Hayat who killed her husband and children and wanted to kill herself as well by adding poison to the food because she is an obsessive compulsive disorder patient. We have also the humble girl Reda who came from her poor village to Egypt to work as a servant.

She started to imitate the daughter of her lady named Dalila, who dealt with her kindly at the beginning, but when a dispute occurred between, Dalila humiliated her, Reda was outraged ,killed the girl and was sentenced to death. Reda is an example of poor girl who develop higher class aspirations.

Segn Al-Nesapresented many other female social issues such as pressures of work, sexual harassment and the struggles they face within their marriages.

The series staring Nelly Karim, Dorra, Ahmed Dawoud, SalwaKhattab, Salwa Osman, RihamHagag, Ruby, among others. Segn el Nesaa was taken from a novel written by acclaimed late writer Fathia el Assal, script by Mariam Naoum and directed by KamlaAbouZekry.

4- ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ ( A day for women)


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The story of ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ movie takes place in one of the underprivileged Egyptian districts, where the three main heroines of the movie, Azza, Shaimaa and Laila, live. One day, a new swimming pool opens in their neighborhood with a day designated for women only; Sundays.

The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of all the women in the area who come from diverse backgrounds. Azza has long dreamed of wearing swimsuits, Shaimaa finally finds someone who listens to her when she talks about her private life and Laila tries to overcome her grief over her late son.

The movie stars Elham Chahine, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, EyadNassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, HalaSedky and Ahmed Dawoud. “YoumlelSetat” is written by HanaaAttia and directed by KamlaAbouZekri.


5-- “Bashtery Ragel”



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The movie is about a career-oriented woman in her late thirties who wants to have a child. She searches for a man to marry to only achieve this goal. The movie stars Nelly Karim and Mohamed Mamdouh and is directed by Mohamed Ali. The film tackles the spinsterhood problem in a comic way.

6- - “Akhdar Yabes”

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The movie focuses on a woman, Iman, living in an oriental society. She tries to convince her uncles to meet her sister’s suitor in place of their deceased father. The protagonist is very traditional and strict; however, she receives medical news that causes her to rethink her life and question her beliefs, where she found she has serious problems with her Menstrual Cycle.


The movie was written and directed by Mohammed Hammad and stars Heba Ali, AsmaaFawzi, Ahmed Alaidy and John Ekram Hanna.

7- Youm Helw w Youm Moor ( 1988)



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Aicha is a poor widow who struggles to support her 4 daughters and boy with her husband pension that can hardly cover the price of plain bread.

Aicha throughout the movie uses her instinct intelligenceto protect her daughters and son and guarantee them a mediocre future. Her eldest daughter married a worker named Orabi who later seduces her sisterLamiaa and ran away.

Lamiaa felt guilty and committed suicide by burning herselfbut Aicha managed to save her. Her ten-year-old boy nourran away escaping from Orabi’s cruelty as well as his sister Soad, because Orabi wanted her to marry by force.

While Aicha suffering all these problems one day their kind dumb neighbour took her to see her first grand child, his daughter from Soad and in the same day her son Nour returned back to her to live the sweet day that came after the bitter day.

The movie reflected brilliantly the challenges, problems and simple dreams of low class women like Aicha who struggles severely on a daily basis and her ambitious are too small just to live safely with her children.

The movie staring Faten Hamama, Simone, AblaKamel, Hanan Youssef, Mohamed Mounir, Mahmoud el Genedy among others.YoumHelw w Youm Moor is written by Fayez Ghaly and directed by KhairyBeshara.

8- Bentein Men Masr (Two Girls from Egypt )


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Dalia (Saba Mubarak) and her cousin hanan( Zeina) are two unmarriedgirls in their early 30s whotheir ultimate dream is to find a man to satisfy their emotional, sexual and social needs. Throughout the film they faced a number of life incidents in a tragic context.

Bentein Men Masr tackled a number of intellectual, emotional and social issues related to unmarried girls and how people and society sometimes deal with them in a hurtful manner as if they are products that are about to reach expiry date.

The movie staringZeina, Saba Mubarak, EyadNassar, Tarek Lotfy among others. Bentein Men Masr is written and directed by Mohamed Amin.









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3/8/2020 1:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Glamorous opening ceremony of the ninth edition of LAFF]]>
A notable group of Egyptian, Arab and African filmmakers attended the opening ceremony such as international superstar, Jimmy Jean-Louis, African star Maimouna N'Diaye , the festival head acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, the festival director Azza el Hosseiny, the festival honorary president veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida, Zeina, Amr Abdel Geliel, Mostafa Shaaban, Rania Youssef, Rania Farid Shawky, Elham Chahine, Lebleba, among others.

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LAFF opening that took place in Luxor temple and was presented by actress Sanaa Youssef and TV presenter Mona Salman.

The ceremony started with a dancing show presented by Reda troupe which is honored at the ninth edition of the festival on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, and the award was received by head of the cultural production sector, veteran director Khaled Galal, head of the cultural production sector who participated in the festival on behalf of the minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem.



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Hemeida in his speech talked about the continent of Africa and its people, welcoming all the African filmmakers who participates in the festival, noting that Luxor contains one third of the world's monuments.

The festival head affirmed his passion for cinema, and listed the achievements of the festival over the past years as it came near its first decade.

The festival director indicated that LAFF has become a young festival dedicated to young people, and she added that the current session is special as it bears the name of the late artist Farid Shawky, and also spoke about the festival’s programs and events.
Galal said that LAFF is one of the most important festivals in Egypt that is interested in African cinema, in the same time President Abdel Fatah al-Sis pays great attention to the African affairs.

The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival celebrated the centaury of late great artist Farid Shawky, his daughters actress Rania Farid Shawky and her sister director Abeer Farid Shawky and his wife Sohair Turk received the award.

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Jean-Louis and Maimouna N'Diaye received an honorary trophy at the festival's opening ceremony which was be held at Luxor Temple.

Egyptian star Zeina was honoured in the festival opening ceremony, expressing her happiness to be honoured from a big Egyptian festival like LAFF.

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fter receiving his honouring award, famed Egyptian actor Amr Abdel Geleil expressed his happiness with this honor, noting that this was his first award from a festival.

The festival’s management has chosen the African star Maimouna N'Diaye to be paid tribute during the 9th edition of the festival for her lifetime achievements and contributions to African cinema, as well as being a member of the jury for the long narrative competition.

Maimouna is one of the most prominent stars in African cinema, and one of the most talented actresses in the continent, she gained recognition for her role in “Eye of the Storm”, and was the only African member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival’s official competition, and she’s a multi-talented star, for she’s an amazing actress in France and Africa, as well as a documentary and narrative film director, and a social activist, especially for the issues of women and children.

Maimouna was born in France to Senegalese father, she grew up in Guinea before returning to France to study medicine at 18 years old, and that’s where she was attracted to theatre and studied performing arts at Le Sorbonne, where she studied further into the field.

Her real breakout in the world of theatre started in Côte d'Ivoire, where she joined the Yamako Tatary Company in 1995, a company that has a clear mission of spreading awareness towards health and social issues. She acted on stage and in film in Côte d'Ivoire for 10 years, before starting her career as a documentary director. She moved to Burkina Faso in 2005 where she continued her work in the field of theatre before breaking into film in Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

Of her prominent plays “Butterfly Chasers” in 1992, “A Garden in Autumn” in 2005, “Movement” in 1997, “High School or Marriage”, as well as many short films including “A Plate of Love”, and a very prominent role in the film “Eye of the Storm”, which won many awards at FESPACO 2015, she was awarded the best actress for that film, and she voiced a character in the French animation film “Kirikou and the Sorceress” in 1998, which was translated to various languages including Japanese, and it gained over 20 awards from around the world, she has made several documentaries that are very prominent in her career including “Warbassaga” which covered the life of the Ivoirian Dancer “Warbassaga”, as well as “Slices of Life” in 2008, which portrayed different characters and images of the tragedies in Côte d'Ivoire between 2002 – 2004, she also directed the opening ceremony of the FESPACO in 2009.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was chosen to be the guest of honor for the 9th edition which will continue to March 12.



Two of Jean-Louis' s films will be screened as part of the festival’s program, “Desrances” from Burkina Faso, directed by Apolline Traoré, which participates in Long Narrative competition, and “Rattlesnakes” from the United States in the Diaspora section.

Jean-Louis will hold a press conference at Luxor Temple, and will take a Nile cruise in Luxor and Aswan to promote tourism.

Jimmy Jean-Louis lived in the slums of Haiti until the age of 12 until he moved to Paris.

He worked for three years in a musical theatre in Spain La Belle Epoque before embarking on a successful modelling career in Europe.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His filmography includes ''Tears of the Sun'' with Bruce Wills, ''Hollywood Homicide'' with Harrison Ford, ''Monster-in-Law'' with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, ''Phat Girlz'' with Oscar winner Mo'Nique among others.

He also starred in some famous TV series such as ''Heroes'' , ''Heroes Reborn'', and Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro.

He is currently a regular on the number drama of the summer Claws which has been screened at TNT since 2017.

His most important role to date is playing the title character in ''Toussaint Louverture'', for which he won the best actor at the Pan African Film Festival and a nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly In 2014.

The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival kicked off from under the slogan of ''African Cinema From The Globe''.

The Egyptian film ‘’Wonder Box’’ was the festival’s opening movie. The movie revolves around four different tales. ‘’Wonder Box’’ will highlight the relentless attempts of the characters to balance between Cairo as a city and themselves, each in their own way.

The events happen simultaneously in one of the nights in Cairo , the extreme power and absurdity of Cairo will be shown in these tales, highlighting the effect of its merciless, inhuman and oppressive pace on the individual’s dreams.

‘’Wonder Box’’ staring Khaled el Sawy, Salah Abdallah, Bassem Samra, Rania Youssef among others. The movie is written by Emad Elbahat and Osama Habashy, and directed by Elbahat.

Emad Elbahat is Egyptian director born in Cairo, 1970. He started his career in the early 1990s, as a student and assistant director with late great director Youssef Chahine, and later worked with Daoud Abdel Sayed and Yousry Nasrallah.

He also produced videos, documentaries and advertising materials for European TV channels.

His first feature film, ‘’Hide and Seek’’, was developed at Carthage Film Festival and later participated in the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival in the same year. In 2007 he co-wrote with Mohamed El-Feki his second film, El Belyatsho.

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Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is an annual film festival headed by acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad that is tailor made for African cinema in Luxor.

In October 2019 the Malmö Arab Film Festival recognized LAFF as one of the most important festivals specialized in African cinema.





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3/7/2020 5:50:11 PM
<![CDATA[Independent highlights Djoser Pyramid inauguration]]>
Independent wrote that an Egyptian pyramid that’s believed to be the first one ever built reopened to the public on 5 March after a 14-year restoration project costing almost $6.6m (£5m).

The English news website added that Djoser’s Step Pyramid, located west of Cairo near Saqqara archaeological site, was built some 4,700 years ago.

On March 5, Egypt’s prime minister Moustafa Madbouly inaugurated Djoser Pyramid after 14 years of restoration.

Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waad Abul Ela previously said that the restoration of Djoser Pyramid in Saqqara Antiquities Area has been completed in February.

The head of the projects sector at the Ministry of Antiquities told the press that the restoration of the Pyramid of Djoser was carried out using modern scientific methods agreed upon globally.

The restoration process took place under the supervision of many leading archaeologists.

The Ministry of Antiquities has completed the restoration project of the Pyramid of Djoser and developed its surrounding area, within the framework of the ministry's plan to preserve and develop archaeological sites and improve the services for visitors.

The restoration project included risk reduction works. The internal and external restoration of the pyramid included the development of the paths leading to the pyramid and the internal corridors leading to the burial well, in addition to the restoration of the stone sarcophagus, and the walls.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the restoration project started in 2006 and came to a halt in 2011, before resuming again at the end of 2013.

The outer facades of the pyramid, the buildings and stairs of the southern entrance and the eastern entrance were also restored. This is in addition to a thorough restoration and cleaning of all internal corridors of the pyramid, and the installation of the loose stones.

Waziri inspected the pyramid and its surrounding area on Feb. 24. He explained that the Saqqara Pyramid restoration project is one of the most important restoration projects implemented by the ministry, as the Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest stone building in the world.


Assistant Minister for Investment and Financial Resources Development Iman Zeidan said the work of developing the Saqqara Pyramid area included paving the way from the gates of the archaeological area to the pyramid’s entrance to facilitate the arrival of visitors in general and those with special needs in particular.

Supervisor of the Department of Development of Archaeological Sites and Museums in the Office of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dalia Khattab explained that the process of developing the region was carried out according to an integrated plan of action in cooperation with the private sector, with the aim of preserving the archaeological area and providing amenities and services to visitors.

The restoration of Djoser Pyramid was among the priorities of the government, as it is one of the most important monuments in the cemetery of Saqqara, west of the ancient city of Memphis. The pyramid is also called the Step Pyramid, and was built by Amenhotep during the 27th century BC to bury Djoser.



It is worth mentioning that the cabinet allocated 15,398150 LE to support the restoration and maintenance of Djoser Pyramid.

The maintenance and restoration of the stunning Pyramid of Djoser had started following the issuance of a UNESCO report.


The restoration and the maintenance of the pyramid has stopped since 2011, after the UNESCO report issued in September of the same year, stating that the exterior facades of the pyramid has suffered from lack of maintenance over the centuries.

In addition to the damage caused by the removal of the dirt blocks, which led to the creation of many large cavities in several areas, and the appearance of many blocks seriously hanging without the existence of any pillars to protect them.

The report also confirmed the existence of some problems in the restoration work. Later rumours spread that the pyramid was removed from the World Heritage List.

The restoration work of the pyramid began in 2006, and was planned to end in 2009. But fears for the safety of the pyramid, increased after UNESCO’s report, which acknowledged that many irregularities occurred from the company responsible about its maintenance.

These irregularities were technical, particularly in the use of limestone to plug the openings which emerged from the pyramid body, the matter that led to the distortion of the pyramid external shape. In addition to the excessive load on the pyramid, which became a real danger to the pyramid.

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3/7/2020 3:10:41 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform at Wadi Degla club on Mar.21]]>
Hosny will perform at MSA on March 13. The Egyptian superstar had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.

''I’m so happy to perform in a big event such as JTTX Music Festival. It’s my first standing live concert in Jeddah on February Egyptian megastar

Hosny will be performing live at Zed Park in Sheikh Zayed on February 28 as well at Modern Academy on March 6.

Hosny is scheduled to perform a massive concert in one of UAE’s universities on March 19. The concert is expected to witness a high turnout of fans.

The star will perform numerous of his most popular songs, including “Helw el-Makan”, “Naseini Leih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, in addition to songs from his newest album “Eish Beshouak”.

Hosny is currently filming his newest film “Mesh Ana” (Not me). The film is written by the star himself, and is directed by Sara Wafik. Alongside Hosny, the film stars Maged el-Kadwany, Hala Shiha and Sawsan Badr.

Hosny’s film “El-Floos” (Money) is currently being displayed in movie theaters. The film has achieved great success and its revenues exceeded L.E 44 million.

Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny gave a dazzling performance on Valentine’s Day at a concert that took place at Cairo Stadium. He performed as well in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.



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Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.





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3/7/2020 3:00:21 PM
<![CDATA[SXSW canceled as tech and entertainment world faces coronavirus]]>
Known as SXSW, the annual showcase of pop culture had been scheduled to run March 13 to 22. Organizers and local officials said at a news conference that they had concluded it was unwise to draw crowds of people together in close proximity with the number of coronavirus cases rising around the world.

The novel coronavirus has spread across more than 90 countries. No cases have been confirmed in Austin.



“It is not a panic decision,” Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said of the cancellation.

SXSW began 33 years ago as a music festival but evolved to also highlight technology, video games, TV shows and movies. It has become a major promotional event for media and tech companies and last year attracted more than 417,000 people, organizers said.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), Facebook Inc (FB.O) and others had pulled out of the festival in recent days, ramping up the pressure to scrap it entirely.

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The spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,400, has sent ripples throughout the media, music and technology businesses.

Earlier this week, Comcast Corp’s (CMCSA.O) Universal Pictures postponed the global release of James Bond movie “No Time to Die,” originally scheduled for April, to November. And the Ultra Music Festival, one of the world’s largest dance music festivals and set for this month in Miami, was canceled.

Other big U.S. events that have been scuttled include two developer conferences planned for May in California’s Silicon Valley - Facebook Inc’s F8 conference and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google I/O conference.]]>
3/7/2020 12:51:54 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House resurrects Umm Kulthum in hologram concert]]>
The first hologram concert for Umm Kulthum in Egypt will be under the auspices of minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem.

Umm Kulthum was an iconic Egyptian singer and actress that lives in the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Egypt Today is remembering the iconic singer on her birthday ; the "Star of the East" is considered one of the greatest singers in Arab history.

More than three decades after her death, Umm Kulthum remains beloved in the Arab world. Umm Kulthum's voice was quickly identified as unique, strong and vibrant and instantly recognizable.

Her famous songs include: “Enta Omri” (You are the love of my life), “Al-Atlal” (The ruins), “El-Hobb Kolloh” (all the love), “Ya Zalemeny” (You were unjust to me), “Ya Mes-harany” (You keep me awake all night), “Hayart Albi Ma’ak” (You confused my heart) amongst others.

In 1944, Umm Kulthum was granted the highest level of Order of the Virtues, ‘Nishan el-Kamal,’ by King Farouk. After Egypt’s 1952 Revolution, the new military leadership attempted to prevent her from singing because of the award, but Gamal Abdel Nasser, a fan of Umm Kulthum, intervened and reversed the decision.

After the 1967 War, in which Israel occupied parts of Egypt, Umm Kulthum composed a series of nationalistic songs that fueled nationalism and pan-Arab sentiment. She also gave many performances in various Arab countries to raise money for the Egyptian army.


Umm Kulthum still lives on in the hearts of all her fans and her brilliant voice still rings in their ears. Her fans gave her the title "Kawakab Al-Sharq" (Star of the East). Umm Kulthum was considered the greatest Arab singer of the 20th century.

Her valuable belongings and old records and tapes were moved to the Umm Kulthum Museum at Manasterli palace in December 2001. The museum is a wonderful tribute to the singer's life.

Umm Kulthum’s spirit is felt in every corner of the museum. People have reported hearing her voice in the museum despite none of her songs being played at the time. Only there, can one know the story of this dazzling Egyptian woman sticking to her silk scarf, which she could never do without during performances.

Umm Kulthum died on February 3, 1975, after more than a decade of health problems.

Baalbeck International Festival, the oldest and most prominent cultural festival in the Middle East, honored legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum in its opening ceremony that took place on July 20, 2018 at the Roman Temple of Bacchus, Lebanon.

The opening ceremony titled “Baalbeck Remembers Umm Kulthum” honored the Arab world's greatest singer through a 90-minute combination of her most famous songs presented by renowned Egyptian composer and conductor Hisham Gabr.

The collection included "Seerat El-Hob" (Love’s Name), "Enta Omry" (You Are My Life), "Fakkarouni" (They Reminded Me), "Hayyart Albi" (You Confused My Heart), "Alf Laila Wa Laila" (One Thousand and One Nights), and "Aghadan Alkak" (Am I Going To Meet You Tomorrow?).

Also, a massive concert using hologram for late legendary Egyptian artist Umm Kulthum was held on Al-Ula Saudi city on Friday, January 25. The concert achieved great success.

Famed Egyptian actress Sabreen, who embodied Umm Kulthum role in the popular 1999 eponymous TV ¬series bearing the same name acted as a body double for the singer during the creation process.


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3/6/2020 5:23:54 PM
<![CDATA[ U.S. Embassy Cairo participates in Hakawy Festival with three American performances]]>
This year’s festival will have an American focus and will feature performances by all three American groups between March 2 and 8, 2020.

The three American performances feature Lucas Miller’s The Singing Zoologist, the string trio Infinitus, and David Gonzalez’s Aesop Bops & Maddog and Me.

The Singing Zoologists features Miller’s use of multimedia and songwriting to educate young children on topics related to science and the environment.

Infinitus is a critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio which fuses jazz and hiphop with classical undertones in their music.


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Gonzalez’s Aesop Bops features interactive storytelling performance of Aseop’s classic stories, while his Maddog and Me performance is a powerful message about the dangers of bullying and the power of kindness.

The American performances will be held across Egypt including Cairo, Alexandria, and Minya.

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3/6/2020 4:48:01 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: First edition of Dandara Festival came to an end on Mar.4]]>
The festival was held under the patronage of Egypt's prime minister Moustafa Madbouly, minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and the governor of Qena Ashraf El Dawoudi.


The Minister of Culture expressed her happiness with the success of the festival which witnessed the attendance of 40,000 viewers, adding that the idea of organizing such festival in Upper Egypt was very fruitful.




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Abdel Dayem stressed on the ability of soft power to reshape awareness and develop society.

Furthermore, she indicated that the main aim behind this festival is to deliver the cultural and artistic product to all the Egyptian governorates , showing the solidarity and cooperation between the national state institutions.

Abdel Dayem who attended the festival closing ceremony along with El Dawoudi announced that the festival success in Upper Egypt exceeded all the expectations.


Egyptian singer Mai Farouk performed at the beginning of the closing ceremony followed by a show for Luxor Folkloric Troupe.


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The festival closing ceremony was attended by head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber and head of the General Organization of culture Palaces Ahmed Awwad.




It is worth mentioning that the first Dandara Music And Singing Festival in Qena Governorate was held with the cooperation of ministry of culture, represented by Cairo Opera House and the General organization of Culture Palaces , ministry of Tourism And Antiquities , Tourism Promotion Authority and the University of South Valley.

The festival included presenting : 10 concerts for Black Theama “ Band , Medhat Saleh, pianist Amr Selim, “ Wust al balad band , Ali El Haggar, Marimba player Nesma Abdel Aziz, Dina El Wedidi, Hisham Abbas, Massar Egbary Band , Mai Farouk and Luxor Folkloric Troupe.



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3/6/2020 11:25:16 AM
<![CDATA[Hip hop museum to open in its birthplace in the Bronx]]>
A small pop-up exhibit gives a preview of the Universal Hip Hop Museum’s permanent home, set to open in 2023 to celebrate the culture’s global history.

To date, “there isn’t a physical place that is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of hip hop history and culture,” the museum’s Executive Director Rocky Bucano said in an interview.

The museum, dreamed up by rappers Kurtis Blow, Africa Bamba, and Grand Master Melly Mel eight years ago, will seek to ensure that “the stories can be told accurately by the people who created the history themselves,” Bucano added.

Other rapper-producer-entrepreneurs have since become partners in the project, including Nas, Ice-T and LL Cool J.

Hip hop was born in the south section of the New York City borough of the Bronx in the United States in the late 1970s. The dancing, rapping and deejaying elements of hip-hop grew out of the depressed inner-city environment but it has since evolved into a multi-billion dollar part of mainstream global culture.

The initial exhibit tells the early origins of hip hop history, and will be replaced every six months with the next stage of the culture’s development. When the museum is complete, the 60,000-square-foot (5,570 square meter) space will feature interactive and immersive exhibits, live shows, film screenings and seminars.

One highlight will be a ‘breakbeat narratives’ interactive console created with Microsoft and the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality. It takes visitors on a hip hop history based on their responses to different characters in a game.

“It forms a custom narrative of hip hop history based on their musical preferences,” Bucano said.

Artifacts on display will include Kurtis Blow’s original beat box machine, and the first and second rap records ever released.

Construction is set to start in July, with the grand opening planned to mark 50 years of hip hop in 2023.]]>
3/6/2020 11:09:26 AM
<![CDATA[Ben Affleck finds his way back by baring his soul about alcoholism]]>
After baring his soul about his own struggles with alcohol, his three trips to rehab and the much publicized collapse of his marriage to actress Jennifer Garner, Affleck also finds himself in the unexpected role of a spokesman for addiction.

“I was a little bit surprised that the degree to which my being a recovering alcoholic, and I’m playing one in this movie, affected people,” Affleck, 47, said.

“I’m pleased. There’s nothing heroic about it (but) maybe it is helpful for people to see that its not the end,” he said.

“The Way Back”, opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday, is winning Affleck some of his best reviews after a series of widely-panned performances as Batman that followed his movie “Argo” winning the best picture Oscar in 2013.

In the film, Affleck plays a former basketball player, who has fallen on hard times and is an alcoholic but is given a chance at redemption when he’s asked to coach a team at his old high school.

Rolling Stone magazine said Affleck “brings his acting A-game” to the role while pop culture website Vulture said it “suggests the most interesting stretch of Affleck’s career as an actor is still to come.”
“The potential for a movie like this is to really inspire somebody,” said Affleck, who also produced the film. “My goal with this was to make something that would feel enduring and lasting.”

Director Gavin O’Connor said that he let Affleck roll with his emotions during filming.

“There was one particular take where it was an avalanche. It was really powerful,” O’Connor said. “It actually did not end up in the movie because I think it may have been too much for an audience to have to experience with him.”

Affleck said he didn’t set out to be a spokesman for addiction. “It’s not why I got into this business,” he said. “But I don’t mind being an example of something that I discovered that’s really meaningful to me, and that hard times don’t last forever.”
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3/6/2020 10:58:57 AM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Atef named artistic director of AFFF]]>

CAIRO- 5 February 2020: Alexandria Francophone Film Festival management appointed film critic Mohamed Atef as the artistic director of the festival.

Atef announced that he felt honored because the festival president veteran artist Samir Sabri and the members of the supreme consultative body headed by the great writer Mohammad Salmawi chose him to fill this post.

The newly appointed artistic director explained that about 45 films will participate in the various programs of the festival.

Submission is still open for 2019 -2020 productions, which had not been screened in Egypt before for filmmakers from 82 Francophone countries, until April 10 through the festival's website.



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Atef is one of the most influential film festivals' programmers in the Arab region. In addition to his role in Malmö Arab Film Festival, he is the programmer of El Gouna Film Festival GFF and a member of the selection committee for development and post-production grants for of CineGouna Platform (GFF industrial arm), and ‘Daw’ Competition for film support which is organized by the Ministry of Culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Film Critics Association.

Previously, Atef was the artistic director of many prestigious film festivals in MENA region, such as: Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, Luxor Film Festival for Arab and European Cinema, and the programmer of the Short Films Competition at Cairo International Film Festival.

He is also an ex-member of the Supreme Committee for Egyptian Festivals. Moreover, Atef is a prominent Egyptian film critic, and the author of "Raafat Al Mihi.. The Man of Cinema" (2014), "Mechanisms of Independent Film Financing in the Arab World" (2015), and "Hassan Youssef.. Al Imam" (2016).

The first edition of the Alexandria Francophone Film Festival is set to take place between 12-17 of June, 2020. France will be the festival’s guest of honor.

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3/5/2020 6:35:41 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouly inaugurates Djoser Pyramid after 14 years of restoration]]>
Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waad Abul Ela previously said that the restoration of Djoser Pyramid in Saqqara Antiquities Area has been completed in February.

The head of the projects sector at the Ministry of Antiquities told the press that the restoration of the Pyramid of Djoser was carried out using modern scientific methods agreed upon globally.

The restoration process took place under the supervision of many leading archaeologists.

The Ministry of Antiquities has completed the restoration project of the Pyramid of Djoser and developed its surrounding area, within the framework of the ministry's plan to preserve and develop archaeological sites and improve the services for visitors.

The restoration project included risk reduction works. The internal and external restoration of the pyramid included the development of the paths leading to the pyramid and the internal corridors leading to the burial well, in addition to the restoration of the stone sarcophagus, and the walls.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the restoration project started in 2006 and came to a halt in 2011, before resuming again at the end of 2013.

The outer facades of the pyramid, the buildings and stairs of the southern entrance and the eastern entrance were also restored. This is in addition to a thorough restoration and cleaning of all internal corridors of the pyramid, and the installation of the loose stones.

Waziri inspected the pyramid and its surrounding area on Feb. 24. He explained that the Saqqara Pyramid restoration project is one of the most important restoration projects implemented by the ministry, as the Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest stone building in the world.


Assistant Minister for Investment and Financial Resources Development Iman Zeidan said the work of developing the Saqqara Pyramid area included paving the way from the gates of the archaeological area to the pyramid’s entrance to facilitate the arrival of visitors in general and those with special needs in particular.

Supervisor of the Department of Development of Archaeological Sites and Museums in the Office of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dalia Khattab explained that the process of developing the region was carried out according to an integrated plan of action in cooperation with the private sector, with the aim of preserving the archaeological area and providing amenities and services to visitors.

The restoration of Djoser Pyramid was among the priorities of the government, as it is one of the most important monuments in the cemetery of Saqqara, west of the ancient city of Memphis. The pyramid is also called the Step Pyramid, and was built by Amenhotep during the 27th century BC to bury Djoser.



It is worth mentioning that the cabinet allocated 15,398150 LE to support the restoration and maintenance of Djoser Pyramid.

The maintenance and restoration of the stunning Pyramid of Djoser had started following the issuance of a UNESCO report.


The restoration and the maintenance of the pyramid has stopped since 2011, after the UNESCO report issued in September of the same year, stating that the exterior facades of the pyramid has suffered from lack of maintenance over the centuries.

In addition to the damage caused by the removal of the dirt blocks, which led to the creation of many large cavities in several areas, and the appearance of many blocks seriously hanging without the existence of any pillars to protect them.

The report also confirmed the existence of some problems in the restoration work. Later rumours spread that the pyramid was removed from the World Heritage List.

The restoration work of the pyramid began in 2006, and was planned to end in 2009. But fears for the safety of the pyramid, increased after UNESCO’s report, which acknowledged that many irregularities occurred from the company responsible about its maintenance.

These irregularities were technical, particularly in the use of limestone to plug the openings which emerged from the pyramid body, the matter that led to the distortion of the pyramid external shape. In addition to the excessive load on the pyramid, which became a real danger to the pyramid.


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3/5/2020 1:53:39 PM
<![CDATA[Jimmy Jean-Louis guest of honor at the 9th edition of LAFF]]>
Jean-Louis will receive an honorary trophy at the festival's opening ceremony which will be held at Luxor Temple.

Two of Jean-Louis' s films will be screened as part of the festival’s program, “Desrances” from Burkina Faso, directed by Apolline Traoré, which participates in Long Narrative competition, and “Rattlesnakes” from the United States in the Diaspora section.

LAFF'S director Azza El Hosseiny said that Jean-Louis will hold a press conference at Luxor Temple, and will take a Nile cruise in Luxor and Aswan to promote tourism.

Jimmy Jean-Louis lived in the slums of Haiti until the age of 12 until he moved to Paris.

He worked for three years in a musical theatre in Spain La Belle Epoque before embarking on a successful modelling career in Europe.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His filmography includes ''Tears of the Sun'' with Bruce Wills, ''Hollywood Homicide'' with Harrison Ford, ''Monster-in-Law'' with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, ''Phat Girlz'' with Oscar winner Mo'Nique among others.

He also starred in some famous TV series such as ''Heroes'' , ''Heroes Reborn'', and Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro.

He is currently a regular on the number drama of the summer Claws which has been screened at TNT since 2017.

His most important role to date is playing the title character in ''Toussaint Louverture'', for which he won the best actor at the Pan African Film Festival and a nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.

Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly In 2014.

The ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival will kick off from March 6-12 under the slogan of ''African Cinema From The Globe''.

The Egyptian film ‘’Wonder Box’’ will be the festival’s opening movie. The movie revolves around four different tales. ‘’Wonder Box’’ will highlight the relentless attempts of the characters to balance between Cairo as a city and themselves, each in their own way.

The events happen simultaneously in one of the nights in Cairo , the extreme power and absurdity of Cairo will be shown in these tales, highlighting the effect of its merciless, inhuman and oppressive pace on the individual’s dreams.

‘’Wonder Box’’ staring Khaled el Sawy, Salah Abdallah, Bassem Samra, Rania Youssef among others. The movie is written by Emad Elbahat and Osama Habashy, and directed by Elbahat.

Emad Elbahat is Egyptian director born in Cairo, 1970. He started his career in the early 1990s, as a student and assistant director with late great director Youssef Chahine, and later worked with Daoud Abdel Sayed and Yousry Nasrallah.

He also produced videos, documentaries and advertising materials for European TV channels.

His first feature film, ‘’Hide and Seek’’, was developed at Carthage Film Festival and later participated in the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival in the same year. In 2007 he co-wrote with Mohamed El-Feki his second film, El Belyatsho.

It is worth mentioning that the ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival will celebrate the centaury of late great artist Farid Shawky who was born in 1920.

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is an annual film festival headed by acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad that is tailor made for African cinema in Luxor.

In October 2019 the Malmö Arab Film Festival recognized LAFF as one of the most important festivals specialized in African cinema.


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3/4/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Kutle Khan Project to perform 4 concerts as part of India by the Nile Festival]]>
The first concert on Wednesday, March 4 at Intercontinental Semiramis, the second on Thursday, March 5 at International School in Port Said, the third on Friday, March 6, at Family Park, New Cairo and the fourth on Sunday, March 8 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria.


Kutle Khan Project is a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world.

Kutle embodies the rich melodic traditions of Rajasthani folk music and his performances are informed by his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions. Kutle received a GIMA AWARD in 2015 for his composition “Moomal”; he has been on Coke Studio, MTV Unplugged, and Sony Project Resound, and was recently honoured as the “Best Folk Singer of the Year” in 2019 by the Indian Icon Film Awards.

Apart from his many performances in India, he has travelled to 72 countries, touring with Midival Punditz, Papon, Karsh Kale, Ranjit Barot, Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Amit Trivedi & other reputed Indian artistes.



A vibrant cooperation between the Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts are producing a packed program every edition of India by the Nile Festival.

The eighth edition will be running from March 2 to March 10 showcasing multidisciplinary performances including puppet theatre, classical and contemporary music, visual arts, food, yoga, and dance across Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said.

The annual festival is supported by TCI Sanmar, the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in partnership with Indian Council for Culture Relations, the ministries of culture and tourism, Cairo Opera House, and Bibliotheca Alexandria. This year’s edition seeks to provide audiences with an extravagant cultural experience, supporting collaborations between India and Egypt.

The Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts present ‘India by the Nile’, a celebration of the essence of India through classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and sports in a medium, which perfectly amalgamates the contemporary with the classic.

Since the festival's inception in 2013, India and Egypt, natural allies with colourful cultural legacies, and with affinities towards the performing and visual arts, cuisine and objets d’art, have come together in wonderful artistic partnerships.

It is culture which weaves together bilateral relationships in the real sense of the terms – no dialogue is more effective and memorable that that which is based on the matrix of a country’s heritage, an integral part of its identity.

And it is dialogue which is proliferated through partnerships in art, that forms the building block for enduring future relationships.

The India by the Nile program, over the past six years has always been rich and eclectic with a wide canvas spanning street art, photography, folk music, yoga, craft, and empowerment of women.

Considered to be the largest foreign festival in Egypt, the festival has had the privilege of presenting renowned artistes such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shubha Mudgal, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr L. Subramaniam, Aditi Mangaldas amongst many others.


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3/3/2020 4:33:27 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform at MSA on March 13.]]>
Hosny had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.

''I’m so happy to perform in a big event such as JTTX Music Festival. It’s my first standing live concert in Jeddah on February Egyptian megastar

Hosny will be performing live at Zed Park in Sheikh Zayed on February 28 as well at Modern Academy on March 6.

Hosny is scheduled to perform a massive concert in one of UAE’s universities on March 19. The concert is expected to witness a high turnout of fans.

The star will perform numerous of his most popular songs, including “Helw el-Makan”, “Naseini Leih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, in addition to songs from his newest album “Eish Beshouak”.

Hosny is currently filming his newest film “Mesh Ana” (Not me). The film is written by the star himself, and is directed by Sara Wafik. Alongside Hosny, the film stars Maged el-Kadwany, Hala Shiha and Sawsan Badr.

Hosny’s film “El-Floos” (Money) is currently being displayed in movie theaters. The film has achieved great success and its revenues exceeded L.E 44 million.

Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny gave a dazzling performance on Valentine’s Day at a concert that took place at Cairo Stadium. He performed as well in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.



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Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.


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3/3/2020 3:54:35 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival calls for Film Submissions for its 4th Edition]]>
Submissions of feature narratives, documentaries and short films, are open from
March 1, 2020 till July 15, 2020. Entry Form and complete information regarding
eligibility for submission can be found on the Festival’s website.

GFF accepts entries from filmmakers worldwide, where selected movies will be eligible
for screening in the Festival’s official Feature Narrative Competition, Feature
Documentary Competition, Short Film Competition and Official Selection Out of
Competition.

Juries of eminent film personalities and cinema professionals will select the winners in each of the three main competitions; where El Gouna Gold, Silver and Bronze Stars will be awarded to the top three films, in addition to a special award for the best Arab film in each of the three categories. Other awards are reserved for the best actor and actress of the films competing in the Feature Narrative Competition. In addition, GFF’s exclusive Cinema for Humanity Audience Award is presented for a film that exemplifies a humanitarian theme.

The 3rd edition of GFF was attended by 740 international filmmakers, buyers,
distributors, sales agents, and 750 accredited local, regional and international media
representatives. The screenings and events recorded 33,000 footfalls. 83 films
representing 44 countries were screened; and prizes of more than US $220,000 were
awarded to the winning films of the competitive sections. This movie selection was
also the highlight of the awards season, which resulted in a total of 11 nominations at
the 92nd Academy Awards for five of GFF's 2019 feature films, with Parasite scoring
four out of a total of six nominations.

GFF honored luminaries such as superstar Mohamed Henedy and internationally
acclaimed director and producer Mai Masri with the Career Achievement awards. The
Festival management also bestowed the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year award
upon Sudanese director Suhaib Gasmelbari. Celebrating 100 years since the birth of
legendary Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous, GFF presented a specially curated
exhibition honoring his memory. In addition, restored films by Ferid Boughedir, Walter
Salles, Francois Truffaut and Federico Fellini were screened as part of the Special
Presentations.

“During the past three years, GFF has managed to stand on solid ground as a festival
that offers to its participants excellent opportunities for showcasing their works and
connecting with peers, experts, media and audiences from all parts of the world. We
stay firmly committed to offer a festival experience that enriches local, regional and
international industry professionals.

The submissions we will review for our 4th edition, will allow us to build on the rich portfolio the Festival has created in the past years,” stated GFF Director Mr Intishal Al Timimi.

“Following the positive feedback our program received from audiences, critics and
filmmakers during the past three editions; we begin our fourth year with the ultimate
question: What's next? Can we keep up with the success of the past editions? There
is no doubt that we are filled with enthusiasm and ambition, as we anticipate some
important productions and new artistic discoveries in 2020, and, as usual, we aspire
to be the first to showcase these masterworks in the region,” said GFF Artistic Director
Amir Ramses.

El Gouna Film Festival is one of the leading festivals in the MENA region, GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking. Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange.

The Festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world.]]>
3/3/2020 3:04:51 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy releases teaser poster of El Ghassala movie]]>
Written by Adel Saleeb, and directed by Essam AbdelHameed, and produced by Synergy Films, New Century Production and Misr International Films (MIF).

The upcoming sci-fi comedy film starring Mahmood Hemaidah, Ahmed Hatem, and Hannah El Zahed, alongside Bayyumi Fuad, Ahmed Fathi, and Mohamed Sallam.

The poster reveals a chaotic snapshot inside a washing machine where a fat hamster fights for survival amidst the clothes, socks and overwhelming water.

El Ghassala revolves around Omar who uses the washing machine to get rid of the obstacles that drive a wedge between him and his lover.

The film marksthe second cooperation between Ahmed Hatem and Hannah El Zahed, after the huge success of their last film Love Story that was released on Valentine's Day last year.

Produced by New Century Production, Misr International Films (MIF), and Synergy Films, El Ghassala is distributed locally by Dollar Film, and internationally by N Star, the film is set to be released later in 2020.]]>
3/2/2020 5:28:04 PM
<![CDATA[India by the Nile to kick off without fears from Coronavirus]]>
The head of the festival announced that the festival will be held in Egypt as usual as without any kind of fear as Egypt is free from Coronavirus.

A vibrant cooperation between the Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts are producing a packed program every edition of India by the Nile Festival.

The eighth edition will be running from March 2 to March 10 showcasing multidisciplinary performances including puppet theatre, classical and contemporary music, visual arts, food, yoga, and dance across Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said.

The annual festival is supported by TCI Sanmar, the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in partnership with Indian Council for Culture Relations, the ministries of culture and tourism, Cairo Opera House, and Bibliotheca Alexandria. This year’s edition seeks to provide audiences with an extravagant cultural experience, supporting collaborations between India and Egypt.

The Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts present ‘India by the Nile’, a celebration of the essence of India through classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and sports in a medium, which perfectly amalgamates the contemporary with the classic.

Since the festival's inception in 2013, India and Egypt, natural allies with colourful cultural legacies, and with affinities towards the performing and visual arts, cuisine and objets d’art, have come together in wonderful artistic partnerships.

It is culture which weaves together bilateral relationships in the real sense of the terms – no dialogue is more effective and memorable that that which is based on the matrix of a country’s heritage, an integral part of its identity.

And it is dialogue which is proliferated through partnerships in art, that forms the building block for enduring future relationships.

The India by the Nile program, over the past six years has always been rich and eclectic with a wide canvas spanning street art, photography, folk music, yoga, craft, and empowerment of women.

Considered to be the largest foreign festival in Egypt, the festival has had the privilege of presenting renowned artistes such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shubha Mudgal, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr L. Subramaniam, Aditi Mangaldas amongst many others.







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3/2/2020 4:20:26 PM
<![CDATA[Yehya Khalil to perform at Cairo Opera House on Mar.5,6]]>
Khalil is scheduled to present several of his most famous musical compositions, in addition to his new musical compositions.

It is known that Khalil has stayed in the United Stated of America for more than 15 years, where he studied and starred as a drummer in numerous American bands.

Khalil is the master of jazz in Egypt and the Middle East. He was the first to blend Egyptian music with jazz music in the 1960s. He toured most of the world with his music and participated in many international festivals.

Khalil succeeded in creating a wide fan base from different age groups inside and outside Egypt. The jazz master presented over 5,000 concerts around the world.

Considered a remarkable jazz pioneer, Khalil is known for combining jazz tunes with oriental rhythms, attracting many music-loving youth with his significant fusion.

When he was 14 years old, Khalil founded the Cairo Jazz Quartet, the first jazz band in Egypt. The jazz legend shared the stage with a big number of famous rock, country and blues bands.

He participated in joint performances with Rasputin’s Stash, and performed with jazz music icons such as Oliver Jones and Dizzy Gillespie.

Khalil performed with Gillespie at the opening of the Cairo Opera House in 1989.

He cooperated with a number of Egyptian singers, such as Mohamed Mounir, and currently presents jazz music on a state-owned Egyptian channel.

Despite his artistic achievements in the jazz world at a young age, Khalil was eager to learn more about this kind of music by being closer to experts in different regions across the world.

Through witnessing two extremely different music schools, eastern and western, Khalil returned back to his country to establish music platforms to perform his distinctive fusion music.





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3/2/2020 1:59:19 PM
<![CDATA[Malek appears on 'No Time to Die' poster alongside Daniel Craig]]>The movie is the next film of the James Bond series, the poster puts the focus on Daniel Craig's co-star Rami Malek. malek plays the villain of the piece - and he's looking the part.


"No Time to Die" is starring Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Leah Siddox, Rami Malik, Ralph Vines, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Billy Magnusson, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Wishaw, Lashana Lynch, Rory Kinnear, David Denisek, Ahmed Bakir, Lourdes Fabrice.

The new movie is set after Bond leaves active service and enjoy a quiet life in Jamaica. However, the quietness of his life does not last long; as his old friend Felix Liter of the CIA comes to seek help.

Hence, it turned out that the mission of rescuing a kidnapped scientist was more treacherous than expected.

As a result, Bond reaches a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Malek was nominated to Golden Globe awards for 2020. He was nominated to Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.

The final season of ‘’Mr. Robot’’ was premiered Sunday, Oct. 6, on USA Network.
On January, Malek appeared as the new face of Saint Laurent.

Ramy appeared in a photoshoot reminiscent of noir-style photography to promote to the French luxury brand.
Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the previous Golden Globe.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.

“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.
May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.


The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.

Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.

"I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so we would have been frustrated if he didn’t win an Oscar.

Malek’s talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve his dreams whatever the obstacles made him the best actor in 2019.




Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has been the center of attention of all Egyptians and Arabs since the release of the dark, mindboggling, and award-winning hit television series “Mr Robot.”


Malek was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy awards in 2016.

In 2017 a video of Malek speaking Arabic in an interview, talking about “Mr Robot” and the limited roles in Hollywood for Middle Easter actors went viral after it was shared by user Mohammad Nashy. While actors from the region are often asked to portray the roles of terrorists, the star status Malek has achieved stands out.






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3/2/2020 1:45:33 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Invisible Man' Emerges With $29 Million Opening Weekend]]>
“The Invisible Man” is Universal’s latest attempt to remake its classic monster properties, an effort that flailed spectacularly with 2017’s “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise. After that movie was commercially panned and became a box-office bust, the studio scrapped its plans to create an interconnected “Dark Universe.” Instead, Universal took the concept in a different direction and focused on creating standalone stories unique to each otherworldly creature. That approach seems to have paid off since “The Invisible Man” has been praised by critics and audiences. The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller cost $7 million to make, not including marketing fees, meaning it’s already a financial hit for the studio.

“The Invisible Man” also launched overseas, earning $20.2 million from 47 international territories. That brings its global opening weekend haul to an impressive $49.2 million.

Leigh Whannell wrote and directed “The Invisible Man,” a modern take on the novel by H.G. Wells. Moss has been widely heralded for her performance as Cecilia Kass, a woman being hunted by her violently abusive ex-boyfriend (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). When he dies by suicide, she has to prove her sanity and that she’s being stalked by someone that nobody can see.

“Leigh Whannell had an incredibly great vision. It allowed us to broaden the audience and make for a really engaging story,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “Our partners as Blumhouse don’t cut corners when it comes to quality. They consistently deliver hit after hit.”

Elsewhere, Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” slid to the No. 2 spot after two consecutive weeks as box office champ. The family friendly film added $16 million in its third weekend in theaters, boosting its domestic tally to a solid $128 million. “Sonic” has been a global box office success, bringing in $137.2 million abroad for a worldwide total of $265 million.

Heading into the weekend, “Sonic the Hedgehog” was battling with Disney and 20th Century’s “The Call of the Wild” for second place, though the former pulled ahead. “The Call of the Wild,” starring Harrison Ford, placed third with $13.2 million in its second frame. After two weeks in theaters, the film has made $45.9 million in North America and $79.3 million globally. However, it carries a massive $125 million price tag and stands to lose money for the studio.

Funimation’s anime movie “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising” launched at No. 4, collecting $6.3 million from 1,260 venues over the weekend. The Japanese action adventure has made $9.6 million since debuting on Wednesday.

Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” rounded out the top five, generating $4.3 million in its seventh weekend of release. The Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led film has pocketed $197 million in the U.S. and $406 million globally to date.

At the specialty box office, Searchlight’s “Wendy,” a re-imagining of “Peter Pan,” opened in four theaters. The movie — directed by Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) — brought in $30,000 for a disappointing average of $7,500 per theater.

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Meanwhile, Focus Features expanded “Emma” to 97 theaters, where it made $1.17 million. The adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, which has earned $1.47 million so far, will broaden its theatrical footprint nationwide next weekend.

Neon’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” also widened its theater count this weekend, pulling in $730,000 from 268 venues and bringing its stateside haul to $2.4 million.

Another Neon release, the Oscar-winning “Parasite,” added $1.5 million this weekend, boosting its domestic total to $51.5 million, a huge result for a non-English language film.]]>
3/2/2020 11:20:11 AM
<![CDATA[Berlinale winner explores moral dilemmas of Iran's capital punishment]]>
“There Is No Evil” explores the moral dilemmas thrust on those who carry out executions and the consequences of defiance for them and those around them.

Director Mohammad Rasoulof, whose film shows that there are costs to both bravery and cowardice, was not allowed to leave Iran to pick up the award: he faces propaganda charges over his earlier films.

His daughter Baran, who stars in one chapter of the four-part film, picked up the award on his behalf in the German capital and later held up before the cameras a smartphone on which the director addressed a news conference by video call.

“This film is about people taking responsibility,” he said. “I wanted to talk about people who push responsibility away from themselves and say that the decision is taken by higher powers. But they can actually say no, and that’s their strength.”

Each of the film’s chapters depicts a man chosen to carry out an execution: some refuse, some obey. But whatever path they choose, the consequences, good and bad, for them and their loved ones, echo down the decades.

Shot indoors, at night, or in remote rural locations to avoid catching authorities’ attention, the film carried risks for cast and crew who had themselves taken a decision to “put their lives in danger to make this film,” said producer Farzad Pak.

The jury president, British actor Jeremy Irons, hailed the way the film showed “the web an authoritarian regime weaves among ordinary people, drawing them towards inhumanity,” noting that the film’s lessons about individual responsibility went far beyond Iran.

Rights groups say Iran executed at least 227 people in 2019. Capital crimes include “insulting the Prophet”, same-sex relations, adultery and non-violent drug offences, according to Human Rights Watch.

Asked about suggestions circulating on Iranian social media that the film was being favored for its political message, producer Kaveh Farnam said: “Every time that an independent Iranian film wins an award the regime says that it’s all worthless, they say that we’re exploiting the situation in the west.”




The second-place Silver Bear went to Eliza Hittman’s “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”, the story of two teenagers from the rural United States defying anti-abortion activists, poverty, physical and mental harassment, and expensive healthcare to obtain a pregnancy termination.

Korea’s Hong Sangsoo won a best director Silver Bear for “The Woman Who Ran”, a miniature about female friendship, loneliness, men who intrude, and a cat who, filmed washing itself and yawning, left audiences in stitches of laughter.


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3/1/2020 5:03:59 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem inaugurates Hajer Al Adaysat cultural place in Luxor]]>
The inaugurating ceremony was attended by Eng. Mohamed Abdel Qader, Deputy Governor of Luxor, Dr. Ahmed Awwad, head of the General organization of Culture Palaces and a number of executive leaders of the governorate.

During the opening, Abdel Dayem said that Hajer Al-Adaisat Culture Palace is a new platform for enlightenment in southern Egypt, noting that efforts are continuing to complete the plan to achieve cultural justice by delivering the intellectual and artistic services to the most needy areas.

She added that the programs are prepared for the beneficiaries ,including various activities to discover and support promising talents in all literary and artistic fields , as well as adopting the people with special abilities through integrating them into society ,announcing the start talent development classes in the palace.

For his part, the head of the Culture Palaces organization stated that the new palace is located on an area of ​​1323 square meters and it consists of two floors, the first includes a public library, an information and technology hall, administrative rooms, a theater on an area of ​​220 square meters with 145 seats.

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3/1/2020 4:59:23 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at Cairo Opera House on Mar.24,25]]>

Khairat performed at Alula city in Saudi Arabia as part of Winter at Tantora Festival on December 27.

Winter at Tantora offers a number of diverse concerts to match every interest. The festival runs each weekend from December 19, 2019 until March 7, 2020.

Khairat performed two concerts at the Cairo Opera House on December 16, 17.

Khairat has recently performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on November 19. He also participated in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November 9.

Additionally, Khairat performed 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.

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 Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (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 the 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 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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3/1/2020 4:49:48 PM
<![CDATA['Youm Lel Setat', 'Fatwa' compete at the 4th Festival Films Femmes Afrique ]]>
Held in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and 8 other regional cities, the 4th edition of the Festival Films Femmes Afrique take place under the theme ''Women in Resistance'', boasting the total of 60 films including; short, feature, documentary and animation films.

It also hosts a number of panel discussions, and seminars between the filmmakers and the audience that take place after the screenings.



The story of ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ movie takes place in one of the underprivileged Egyptian districts, where the three main heroines of the movie, Azza, Shaimaa and Laila, live. One day, a new swimming pool opens in their neighborhood with a day designated for women only; Sundays.

The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of all the women in the area who come from diverse backgrounds. Azza has long dreamed of wearing swimsuits, Shaimaa finally finds someone who listens to her when she talks about her private life and Laila tries to overcome her grief over her late son.

The movie stars ElhamShaheen, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, EyadNassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, Hala Sedky and Ahmed Dawoud. “Youm lel Setat” is written by HanaaAttia and directed by Kamla Abou Zekri.

The film won seven awards at international film festivals, including the Audience Award at the Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Best Screenplay Award at the Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq, Best Music and Third Production awards at the Egyptian National Film Festival, and Best Feature Film at the Festival di Cinema Africano di Verona. The film also competed in the Official Competition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) marking its Arab world premiere, where its star Nahed ElSebai won the Best Actress Award for her role in the film.

'' Fatwa'' film tells the story of Brahim, a Tunisian guy living in France, who decides to go back to Tunisia to attend the funeral of his son, Marouane, who passed away in a motorcycle accident. He then discovers that Marouane, was militating with a radical Islamist group, so Brahim decides to identify the people who brainwashed his son until the investigation leads him to doubt the circumstances surrounding his son's death.

Written and directed by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, ''Fatwa'' stars Ahmed Hafiane, Ghalia Benali, and Sarra Hannachi. The film is produced by Arts Distribution (Tunisia) and Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium).

''Fatwa'' received a total of 20 international awards, including Best Actress Award for Tunisian actress Ghalia Benali at the Ecrans Noir (Black Screen) Film Festival in Cameroon. Moreover, the film reaped four awards at the Tunisian Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Best Décor, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Best Feature Film at the International Festival of Cinema and Audiovisual of Burundi (FESTICAB), Saad Eldin Wahba Award for Best Arab Film at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Grand Prix at the Festival Maghrébin du Film OUJDA in Morocco, and the Golden Dhow Prize at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania.
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3/1/2020 9:02:13 AM
<![CDATA[Essam Elsakka to join 'Forsa Tania' alongside Yasmine Sabry]]>


'' Forsa Tania'' will be released on Ramadan 2020. The series is written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem, directed by Morcous Adel and produced by Synergy.

Elsakka managed to grab the audience's attention last Ramadan through his brilliant performance of three different roles in "Kalabsh part 3" ( Handcuffs part 3), "Abou Gabal" and "Princess Beesa".



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Elsakka portrays a rebellious character in one series, an evil character in the other and a comic character in the third; he was able to portray the three roles brilliantly, the matter that established his name as a talented actor who can play all kinds of roles.




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He embodied the role of an opportunist young man who owns a social media company in Kalabsh part 3, In "Abou Gabal", Elsakka portrayed the role of a rebellious son named Ahmed, the son of Wageeh Abol Yazeed (Mahmoud el Bezawy); the way the son thinks is completely different from the way his father thinks.

His brilliant performance to this role made us all cry in the episode he died in.
He also participated in "Princess Beesa" as a guest of honor, performing a light comic character.

These three successful roles made people know the talented actor who can perform any role.


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Elsakka is a multi talented artist, he is a professional cinematic editor and one of the most important social media experts in Egypt, the one who stands behind the success of many artistic works.



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2/29/2020 2:12:13 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Madbouly to inaugurate Hurghada Museum on Feb.29 ]]>
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Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities placed a number of golden coins as well as a rare copy from Quran.

The number of artifacts to be displayed in the museum will be 2000 pieces in order to attract tourists to visit the museum.




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The museum had been designed in accordance with world-class museum standards to display the aesthetic and luxury side of the Egyptian civilization throughout the ages.


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The museum will also display manifestations of sports activities, such as river fishing and hunting, as well as music and dance events, as of the Pharaonic era up top modern times, in a bid to draw a relation between different civilizations.



Hurghada Museum's lighting and security systems, were implemented in accordance with the ministry of antiquities requirements and in coordination with the Ministry of Interior to secure the museum with modern equipment and highly qualified personnel.

This is in addition to training the staff to professionally deal with and assist visitors of the museum.

The museum is set to encourage holidaymakers to visit museums during their stroll in the coastal areas and will contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany directed the museum officials to hold a meeting with tourism companies in Hurghada before the opening to discuss the marketing methods that can benefit both parties.



Hurghada Museum is one of the most prominent projects implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities in partnership with the private sector, which provided the museum's building.


This will be the first museum to be opened in partnership with the private sector.

The Ministry of Antiquities will be the only entity managing and supervising the museum.




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2/29/2020 1:46:15 PM
<![CDATA[22 heavy artifacts placed on GEM’s grand staircase ]]>
The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the most important cultural projects that the entire world is highly anticipating. The speedy completion of the museum's construction and archaeological works comes among the priorities of the Egyptian state.

The state is doing everything it is capable of to meet the deadline previously set for the inauguration of the museum, which falls in the last quarter of 2020.

General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area Atef Moftah previously said that the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum will be in the last quarter of 2020, where all the work will have been completed by the first quarter of 2020.

Moftah further explained that a museum with such details is like no other around the globe and consists architectural and archaeological structures, and very complex and interconnecting networks. Underneath the museum, there is a very complex web of networks, which was diligently installed using the latest scientific methods.

The general supervisor noted that it has been discussed with a number of companies to link the Pyramid’s archaeological area with the inaugural ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum. A special walkway of up to 2 km in length and 0.5 km in width will connect the museum to the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Moreover, the Shooting Club is currently being evacuated. Some 50 percent of the evacuation process has been completed; the club will be fully evacuated by March. A stage is being prepared to be installed in the club as part of the inaugural ceremony.

Coordination is taking place with the concerned authorities to link the Haram Plateau project and some important hotels to the site. Chairlifts will link 10 different areas together. Negotiations are currently being held with pioneering international companies in preparation for the widely anticipated historical event.
Over 1,000 employees at the Grand Egyptian Museum are being trained on mechanisms to deal with rains or fires.
Moftah previously announced that the museum has received a collection of 356 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, among which 57 artifacts from the treasures of the Golden King Tutankhamun.

Director General of the Grand Egyptian Museum for Antiquities affairs Dr. Al-Tayeb Abbas, previously said that the one of the most important of these artifacts is a statue of god Ptah, whose weights range between 5 and 6 tons, which will be displayed on the grand staircase within another distinguished group of royal statues.

Among the transferred artifacts a pink granite statue of King Ramses II and a black granite statue of King Thutmose III in addition to a naos for King Nectanebo and a box of quartzite for preserving canopic pots from the collection of King Thutmose III.

Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities previously announced that about more than 90 percent of the Grand Egyptian Museum work was finalized.

The inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the main events that Egypt and the whole world is waiting for in 2020.

More than 49,603 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.





One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

Also a statue of King Khafra made of alabaster and a statue of the priest Kay made of colored limestone, depicting the priest sitting on a seat with a half backrest, beside his left foot is a small statue of his wife and a sarcophagus of king Senusert I was transferred to GEM.

On October 19 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission. A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.


For the first time GEM will display Tutankhmaum treasures in one place. The total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398. Among king Tut’s artefacts that were transferred is his coffin.

The transferred coffin is one of the three coffins of Tutankhmaum, portraying the golden king as God Osiris. The coffin was discovered in King Tut’s burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood.

The hands are clipped with gold foil, crossed across the chest, while holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads. It is 223.5 cm in length, 86.8 cm in diameter, while its height is 105.5 cm. The ark contains silver handles on both sides that were used to move the lid.




Minister of Antiquities announced that 50000 artifacts will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.


GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.



The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.

This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the diversity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.

GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.

The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.

The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.

GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.



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2/29/2020 11:45:43 AM
<![CDATA[RSFF announces Tim Redford as President of short film competition jury]]>
Redford is a leader in the global short film scene through his work with Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Short Film Conference, and Curtocircuíto International Festival of Short Films. He is joined by Tunisian actress Najla Ben Abdallah, and Saudi screenwriter and cinema pioneer Ahmad Almulla.

Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “Short films have a special place in Saudi film culture; it is a format that allows for experimentation and expression. The competition also taps into a lively Arab shorts community to showcase the best of next-generation filmmaking. It’s exciting to welcome Tim Redford, with his global outlook, to helm the jury for the first Red Sea Shorts program.”

With 13 films from seven countries, a theme found throughout the shorts is the effects of shifting social contexts.

The competition, which is open to all Arab directors, represents the pulse of next-generation Arab creativity with a curated selection of short films produced or directed by the most exciting contemporary voices. The line-up explores the limits of what short films can be.

Jury President Tim Redford (France) has dedicated his career to diverse film organizations across Europe, especially those supporting short films. Since 2015, he has been part of the executive team for Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, where he co-ordinates the international selection committee, the African Perspectives’ program, and the online submission platform Short Film Depot. He also serves on the board of the Short Film Conference, the only non-profit worldwide organization dedicated to the short film community.

Born in Tunis, Najla Ben Abdallah (Tunisia) began her career in front of the cameras with TV commercials. In 2009, she featured in her first TV show, the Ramadan TV series "Donia”. Her first cinematic role was Lilly in "False Note". In 2015, she starred in the Tunisian film “Thala Mon Amour” by Mehdi Hmili. Following, she starred alongside Sami Bouajila in Mehdi Barsaoui's film, “A Son,” (2019) which had its world premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Film.

A major contributor to the cultural life of Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Almulla (KSA) is a poet, and arts developer and cultural consultant. He has served as Director of the Saudi Film Festival (2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019); Director of the Poetry Festival (2015, 2016, 2017); Executive Manager and Member of the board for the Literary Club, Dammam (2006–2010); today, he is a consultant to the Saudi Culture and Arts Society.

Films Overview
...And When Do I Sleep?
Husam AlSayed | KSA | Arabic | 16 mins
Cast: Mustafa Turkistani, Fatima Husein
In the dead of night, vision is warped by insomnia – Adam hears a woman call out, but there is no-one there. Dreamlike and eerie, as if being plunged into a twisted dream.

Barakat
Manon Nammour | Lebanon | Arabic | 14 mins
Cast: Mounir Maasri, Camille Salameh, Rudy Ghafari, Christine Choueiri
An aging man prepares for his grandson’s wedding in an ever-changing Beirut. This affecting and elegant drama moves beyond nostalgia to tackle constant transformation, memory and its loss.

Clouds
Muzna Almusafer | Oman | Arabic | 15 mins
Cast: Bandar Alshihri, Hassan Almashani, Amal Bait Noyra
A journey inside a tribal Omani society undergoing rapid transformation in 1978. Dablan faces pressure from his village to kill a leopard - instead, he resolves to set the animal free.

Goin’ South
Mohammed Alhamoud | KSA | Arabic | 14 mins
Cast: Fatima AlBanawi, Ayman Mutahar, Alanoud Yousef
Newlyweds pay their first visit to the groom's hometown. Despite a modern approach to dating, discovering they come from two different worlds, their relationship is put to the test.

The Return
Charlie Kouka | Tunis/France | Arabic and French | 22 mins
Cast: Fares Landolsi, Salim Kechiouche, Sondes Belhassen
Returning home after seven years abroad, Tarek meets Khaled, who is everything he isn’t: successful, handsome, and helpful. Charlie Kouka immerses the audience into their inner turmoil, to explore the consequences of staying and leaving.

Ongoing Lullaby
Hisham Fadel | KSA | Arabic | 12 mins
Cast: Sarah Taibah
An intimate portrait of daily life for a lonely, yet independent, woman who is hounded by melancholic thoughts and doubts. A personal and moving performance by Sarah Taibah, meticulously captured by Hisham Fadel.

So What if the Goats Die
Sofia Alaoui | Morocco/France | Arabic | 22 mins
Cast: Fouad Oughaou, Moha Oughaou
Abdellah, a solitary mountain shepherd, discovers a village abandoned in supernatural circumstances that destabilize his most fundamental beliefs. A trek through an arid, mountainous landscape stresses an encounter with the fragility of human existence.

Soukoon
Farah Shaer | Lebanon | Arabic | 14 mins
Cast: Hiba Sleiman Alhamad, Lara Ayazri, Ghassan Chemali
With her marriage in turmoil, Mariam discovers she’s pregnant. Trapped in a prison of lies and societal pressures, she yearns to break free. A blunt and uncompromising look at sheer perseverance in the face of brutal obstacles.

Sunday at Five
Sherif El Bendary | Egypt | Arabic | 17 mins
Cast: Hadeel Hassan, Khairy Beshara, Ayten Amin, Sedky Sakhr
Selfishness makes Hadeel unstoppable – even if getting what she wants is at the expense of others. Conflating fact and fiction, this is a tale of mind games and manipulation.

The Ghosts We Left at Home
Faris RJ | Jordan | Arabic | 21 mins
Cast: Nadeem Rimawi
Faris RJ patterns unfinished thoughts into a distinctive visual language in this fragmentary and brooding meditation on a man and a city, featuring an utterly compelling performance by Nadeem Rimawi.

The Girls Who Burned the Night
Sara Mesfer | KSA | Arabic | 24 mins
Cast: Jana Qomri, Haya Almari
A small act of rebellion causes tension, then understanding, between teenage sisters Sasabel and Wasan. Impatient to grow-up, they stay awake together through a restless night, exploring dreams and hopes.

The Other Cheek
Sandro Canaan | Egypt | Arabic | 9 mins
Cast: Tarek Abdelaziz, Dora Youssef, Mohey Dorgham
After Nashaat’s daughter is viciously attacked by his neighbors’ dog, he is indignant to read claims she provoked the attack and takes frustrations out on the perpetrator in this tale of guilt, repentance and revenge.

Ward’s Henna Party
Morad Mostafa | Egypt | Arabic | 23 mins
Cast: Halima, Ward, Marina Victor
Halima, a Sudanese refugee, living in Egypt, takes her 7-year-old daughter Ward to work, painting henna for a bride-to-be. The average day takes an unexpected turn when curious Ward sets off exploring.

For more information, please contact: media@redseafilmfest.com

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About Red Sea International Film Festival
The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival takes place 12-21 March in Al-Balad Historic Jeddah, under the theme “Changing the Script”. A platform for expression and discovery through film, the Festival and it’s year-round initiatives aim to support and help grow Saudi Arabia’s emerging film industry, inspire new audiences across the country, and contribute to a richer experience for Saudi Arabia’s changing society by encouraging more open cultural exchange.
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2/29/2020 11:28:01 AM
<![CDATA[Hamaki to perform at Jeddah on Mar.5]]>
Hamaki will perform as well at the American University in Cairo on March 6. It is worth mentioning that Hamaki performed in the French capital Paris on Valentine’s Day.

He has recently performed a concert in Dubai, within the activities of the 25th Dubai Shopping Festival held in Jumeirah. During the concert, the popular star performed a number of his popular hits, including “Ma Balash”, “Wahda Wahda”, “Weftakart”, among others.

Furthermore, Hamaki has been recently honored during the CASA ART Festival held in Morocco and was named the “Best Star of 2019” in addition to the “Ambassador of Humanity”.

Hamaki held a press conference in the Moroccan city of Casablanca during his participation in the CASA Art Festival, revealing that he is learning the Moroccan dialect, as he is working on a new Moroccan song.
Hamaki's latest album “Kol Youm Men Da” (Everyday Like That) was released on 2019. This album came after a 3-year hiatus since his last album "Omro Ma Yegheeb".

Hamaki cooperated in this album with a notable cast of song writers,composers and distributors such as Ayman Bahgat Kamar, Nader Abdallah, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Khaled Tag, Sherif Tag, Amr Mostafa, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia among others.

Hamaki is an Egyptian singer born on November 4, 1975. He won many awards such as Best Arabic Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Best Singer in 2016 at Murex D’Or, Best Middle Eastern Artist in 2016 at the BAMA "Big Apple Music Awards" Festival, Best Singer and Best Song for "Ma Balash" in 2015 at the MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Festival, among others.

Hamaki is one of the jury members of "The Voice" program. He is considered one of the most prominent pop singers in Egypt and the Arab world.
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2/28/2020 3:27:29 PM
<![CDATA[LAFF to kick off under the slogan of 'African Cinema From The Globe' on Mar.6]]>
The Egyptian film ‘’Wonder Box’’ will be the festival’s opening movie. The movie revolves around four different tales. ‘’Wonder Box’’ will highlight the relentless attempts of the characters to balance between Cairo as a city and themselves, each in their own way.

The events happen simultaneously in one of the nights in Cairo , the extreme power and absurdity of Cairo will be shown in these tales, highlighting the effect of its merciless, inhuman and oppressive pace on the individual’s dreams.

‘’Wonder Box’’ staring Khaled el Sawy, Salah Abdallah, Bassem Samra, Rania Youssef among others. The movie is written by Emad Elbahat and Osama Habashy, and directed by Elbahat.

Emad Elbahat is Egyptian director born in Cairo, 1970. He started his career in the early 1990s, as a student and assistant director with late great director Youssef Chahine, and later worked with Daoud Abdel Sayed and Yousry Nasrallah.

He also produced videos, documentaries and advertising materials for European TV channels.

His first feature film, ‘’Hide and Seek’’, was developed at Carthage Film Festival and later participated in the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival in the same year. In 2007 he co-wrote with Mohamed El-Feki his second film, El Belyatsho.

It is worth mentioning that the ninth edition of Luxor African Film Festival will celebrate the centaury of late great artist Farid Shawky who was born in 1920.

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is an annual film festival headed by acclaimed scriptwriter Sayed Fouad that is tailor made for African cinema in Luxor.

In October 2019 the Malmö Arab Film Festival recognized LAFF as one of the most important festivals specialized in African cinema.

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2/28/2020 2:37:57 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny partcipates in JTTX Music Festival in Jeddah ]]>
''I’m so happy to perform in a big event such as JTTX Music Festival. It’s my first standing live concert in Jeddah on February Egyptian megastar

Hosny will be performing live at Zed Park in Sheikh Zayed on February 28 as well at Modern Academy on March 6.

Hosny is scheduled to perform a massive concert in one of UAE’s universities on March 19. The concert is expected to witness a high turnout of fans.

The star will perform numerous of his most popular songs, including “Helw el-Makan”, “Naseini Leih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, in addition to songs from his newest album “Eish Beshouak”.

Hosny is currently filming his newest film “Mesh Ana” (Not me). The film is written by the star himself, and is directed by Sara Wafik. Alongside Hosny, the film stars Maged el-Kadwany, Hala Shiha and Sawsan Badr.

Hosny’s film “El-Floos” (Money) is currently being displayed in movie theaters. The film has achieved great success and its revenues exceeded L.E 44 million.

Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny gave a dazzling performance on Valentine’s Day at a concert that took place at Cairo Stadium. He performed as well in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.



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Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.




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2/28/2020 1:36:24 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. SEC out for justice over Steven Seagal's cryptocurrency marketing]]>
Seagal, 67, agreed to give up $157,000 in ill-gotten gains and to pay another $157,000 as a penalty for failing to disclose payments he received for promoting an investment in an initial coin offering from Bitcoiin2Gen (B2G), the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement.

The SEC has moved to clamp down on such promotions. The agency said in 2017 that social media endorsements from celebrities to encourage people to buy stocks and other investments may be unlawful if they do not disclose details about compensation received.

Seagal, who did not admit to any wrongdoing, failed to disclose that he was promised $1 million in cash and B2G tokens in exchange for those endorsements, the SEC said.

Representatives for Seagal did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Seagal, a Hollywood actor and martial arts expert who now lives in Russia, became a “believer” in and “brand ambassador” for the coins, B2G said in a statement in February 2018. From about February to March 2018, Seagal promoted B2G to his Facebook and Twitter followers with statements including “Don’t miss out.”

“These investors were entitled to know about payments Seagal received or was promised to endorse this investment, so they could decide whether he may be biased,” said Kristina Littman, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s cyber unit.

As part of the deal, the actor has agreed not to promote any securities for three years.


Seagal is a U.S. national living in Moscow, the SEC said.

In August 2018, the Russia Foreign Ministry said it had named Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to Seagal in 2016, saying then that he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.


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2/28/2020 1:06:01 PM
<![CDATA[Antiquities min. studies opening Qubbet el-Hawa for visits]]>
The mountain includes carved graves of the nobles and priests of Aswan throughout different eras. It contains 85 cemeteries along with 10 recently discovered cemeteries.

The Ministry of Antiquities is studying the possibility of opening the area for visits.

In the following lines, ET presents a description of two of the newly discovered cemeteries in the area.

Wasr Cemetery
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Wasr Cemetary - ET

In front of the cemetery there is an external patio. The façade of the tomb has no inscriptions except on a small threshold above the door that depicts hieroglyphic inscriptions and remains of colors.
The lower part of the lintel is destroyed and below it is the door to the cemetery. Below the door there is sandstone used to close the cemetery.
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Wasr Cemetery - ET

In front of the cemetery, there is a small terrace made of stones and mud bricks on both sides of the entrance door. The entrance leads to a transverse hall. On the north and northeastern walls of the hall, there are drawings of great beauty and vivid colors indicating the importance of the owner of the cemetery. Although the inscriptions and drawings are incomplete, they clearly illustrate what art has reached in the era of the modern state.

Amenhotep Cemetery

It is considered one of the largest tombs in the area, as the façade of the tomb is approximately 12 meters. It has very impressive and beautiful inscriptions depicting Amenhotep's title and duties.
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Amenhotep Cemetery - ET

To the north, there is a brick wall. Above the tomb is another tomb "E" whose owner is unknown. The entrance to the cemetery is rectangular, about 2 meters in length and approximately 175 cm in wide. It contains hieroglyphic inscriptions that are very impressive and beautiful, indicating the accuracy and skill of the ancient Egyptian artist.

The entrance or passage of the cemetery leads to a door that leads to the remaining part of the cemetery.



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2/27/2020 4:14:12 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem appoints Ola Abdel Gawad as Director of National Center for Translation]]>
It is mentioned that Ola Adel Abdel Gawad, the vice-dean of Al-Alsun Faculty for Community Service and Environmental Development at Ain Shams University, received her master's degree on German yarn in comparison with Arab yarn, and got her PhD on the image of women in the Parisival saga in light of the comparison with female Arab characters.

She worked as a professor in the Department of German Language - Al-Alsun Faculty - Ain Shams University. She held various positions including director of the Training Unit; director of the Information Technology Unit; director of the Refaa Unit for Research, Development of Linguistic Information and Translation; interpreter in many scientific institutions; coordinator of many specialized programs in the German language in Cairo, among others.

She also supervised the translation of ten children's books from German into Arabic and coordinated the work between translators and Egyptian and German publishing houses.

Abdel Gawad also participated as a representative of the Arab world in the Forum of German Literature Translators, among 15 specialists from different parts of the world.
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2/27/2020 3:01:36 PM
<![CDATA[Berlin stars in tale of a refugee's hunger to belong]]>
A retelling of Alexander Doeblin’s 1929 novel, the film thrusts itself into contemporary debates over immigration and identity that are racking Germany by turning Franz, the small-time crook at the heart of the novel into Francis, an African refugee, played by Portuguese-Guinean artist Welket Bungue.

Born in Germany to Afghan refugees, Qurbani said the inspiration for the film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday, came from a desire to make the dealers of Berlin’s Hasenheide Park part of the German story.

“I saw the park, a recreational place where drugs are sold, and was introduced to that community,” he told a news conference. “If I picked individuals it wouldn’t be perceived as a story about Germany and would fade away.”

Germany is still convulsed by debates over migration five years after Chancellor Angela Merkel let in over a million people from Africa and the Middle East amid the worst refugee crisis since World War Two.

Her many supporters praised the humanitarian impulse, pointing to the perils faced by migrants crossing the Mediterranean, but others accused her of fanning the flames of far-right parties and associated ideologies, which have been behind attacks on Jews and Muslims in the past year.

Where the novel opens with protagonist Franz Biberkopf’s release from prison and his desire to lead a reformed life, the film opens with Francis washed up on Europe’s southern shores, vowing to lead a good life from now on.

A century apart, both fall prey to the psychopaths, the fascists and the conmen who prey on the vulnerable and marginal, who teem in the brothels, doss-houses, clubs and forests of a fast-growing world city, all driven by a yearning for comfort, wealth and, above all, dignity.

“I’m from Guinea-Bissau, but I moved to Portugal at three, so from the beginning I knew what it is to be from the outskirts, to hail from somewhere else,” said Bungue, whose character is torn apart by the battle between his love Mieze, played by Jella Haase, and the diabolical tempter Reinhold, played by Albrecht Schuch, who lures him into drug dealing.

“The character is not naive,” said Bungue. “The issue is how do we on the outside resist reaching easy conclusions regarding these characters.”

For Qurbani, the story reflected the outsider’s hunger for dignity and recognition. “This is legitimate,” he said. “But at the same time it burned him alive.”]]>
2/27/2020 2:58:39 PM
<![CDATA[Weinstein's acquittal on some charges may hamper appeal of sex crimes conviction]]>
Weinstein, 67, faces up to 29 years in prison for sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, in 2013.

The former Hollywood producer’s sentencing is scheduled for March 11. After that, he can begin the appeals process, which could run into next year.

Weinstein is “cautiously optimistic” he will be exonerated once the New York state appeals court examines the decision to allow these “prior bad act” witnesses, one of his lawyers, Arthur Aidala, said on Tuesday.

Such witnesses, known in New York state as “Molineaux witnesses” for an 1898 murder, can be used to testify about an uncharged crime committed by the defendant to describe a motive or pattern of behavior.

Molineux witnesses may have played a critical role in Weinstein’s conviction by shoring up a difficult case with testimony from three women alleging attacks by Weinstein, even though the incidents did not result in a criminal charge.

But some experts said Weinstein’s argument that the jury was prejudiced by the Molineux evidence will face a major hurdle: his acquittal of first-degree rape and the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.

“When you have an acquittal in criminal cases, it always makes the appeal more difficult,” said Michael Bachner, a defense attorney. “It shows the jury evaluated the evidence carefully. It shows they could be fair.”

A lawyer for Weinstein could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Prior bad-act witnesses were used to convict comedian Bill Cosby in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. Pennsylvania prosecutors called five women to testify about similar attacks.

In Weinstein’s case, actress Lauren Young, model Tarale Wulff and costume designer Dawn Dunning testified about what prosecutors claimed was the producer’s signature pattern of behavior: luring women to hotel rooms or his apartment to discuss film roles, then attacking them.

Bennett Gershman, a professor at Pace Law School in New York, said the Molineux testimony in Weinstein’s trial seemed to have been used simply to strengthen the prosecution’s case, rather than for the limited purpose of proving an element of a crime that the prosecution could not otherwise prove.

He called that a “radical extension of Molineux in New York.”

Evidence of uncharged crimes cannot be used to show a defendant is predisposed or has the propensity to commit a crime. Courts make exceptions, including using such evidence to show a defendant’s intent or a signature pattern.]]>
2/27/2020 2:55:22 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat’s concert rescheduled for March 11, 12]]>
“It was decided to postpone the concerts of the musician Omar Khairat previously scheduled for Feb. 27 to be on March 11 and the concert scheduled for Feb. 28 to be on March 12, with the same ticket sold in the same specified seating places. Those wishing to return tickets must go to the library's ticket counter, no later than March 10,” said the official statement

On a different context, megastar Amr Diab also postponed the concert he was set to perform, due to the state of general mourning in the country for the death of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, who passed away on Feb. 25 at the age of 91.

Amr Diab’s concert is rescheduled to be held on Feb. 29, according to a statement made on his official Instagram account. The concert will be held in Al-Manara Arena in the Fifth Settlement district.

On Feb. 25, the Cabinet, the Armed forces and the Presidency issued statements mourning the death of the former president.

"The presidency deeply mourns former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, as he served the country as a commander, and a hero of the great October War. Mubarak was commander of the Air Forces during the war that restored dignity and pride to the Arab nation," the presidency said in a statement, extending condolences to his family.

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2/26/2020 4:29:04 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform concert in UAE on March 19]]>
The star will perform numerous of his most popular songs, including “Helw el-Makan”, “Naseini Leih?”, “Lolak Habibi”, in addition to songs from his newest album “Eish Beshouak”.

Additionally, Hosny will perform a concert in Sheikh Zayed on Feb. 28, along with Lebanese diva Nancy Ajram. Fireworks artist Ahmed Essam will also participate in the concert with a startling fireworks show.

Hosny is currently filming his newest film “Mesh Ana” (Not me). The film is written by the star himself, and is directed by Sara Wafik. Alongside Hosny, the film stars Maged el-Kadwany, Hala Shiha and Sawsan Badr.

Hosny’s film “El-Floos” (Money) is currently being displayed in movie theaters. The film has achieved great success and its revenues exceeded L.E 44 million.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.

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The concert’s flyer - ET

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2/26/2020 4:15:29 PM
<![CDATA[1k GEM employees trained to combat fires, hazardous situations]]>
General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area Atef Moftah confirmed that nothing within the Grand Egyptian Museum is left for chance, stressing that everything is perfectly planned.

Moftah stated that over 1,000 employees at the Grand Egyptian Museum are being trained on mechanisms to deal with rains or fires.

شاهد مشرف المتحف الكبير يدرب 1000 عامل تدريب حى لمواجهة الحرائق

حصل "اليوم السابع" على فيديو وصور لأعمال التدريب الحى على إطفاء الحريق داخل المتحف المصرى الكبير، لـ 1000 عامل فى المتحف، من خلال ورش تدريبية لـ اللواء عاطف ...



The general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum revealed to the press that the training he, personally, provides to the employees depicts real-life scenarios inside and outside the museum, and ways to practically deal with such incidents.
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1000 workers receiving extensive training in the GEM - ET

Moftah further explained that a real fire-fighting truck was used during the training, to make sure the vehicle can reach all areas of the museum in case a fire broke out.

The museum’s supervisor denied all rumors that stated water accumulated in the museum during the heavy rains that Egypt witnessed earlier this week, stating that the museum is designed and equipped to deal with bad weather conditions and any other hazardous situation.

It is worth noting that the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to be officially inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020 in the presence of local and international media outlets as well as kings and presidents of numerous countries.

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2/26/2020 4:12:13 PM
<![CDATA[Feki: It is time to establish a cinema museum in Egypt]]>
These statements came after the recent sales of the personal belongings of late actor Ahmad Zaki that sparked a wave of anger in the artistic scene in Egypt.

Novelist Ibrahim Abdul Majeed commented on the subject on his official Twitter account, noting that it is about time for the artists to be granted their long-time request, and that is to establish a museum for Egyptian cinema icons.

In statements made to the press, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina stated that all the belongings of the icons of the Egyptian Cinema throughout history should be gathered and placed in a specialized museum, suggesting the museum to be the oldest filming studio established by late Egyptian economist Talaat Harb.

Feki further affirmed that he approves of transferring the belongings of late actors currently located in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, such as the belongings of late Nour el-Sherif, to its new location in the museum once it is established.

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2/26/2020 3:47:17 PM
<![CDATA[RSFF Foundation Restores “Al-Ikhtiyar” by legendary Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine]]>
Co-scripted by author Naguib Mahfouz, this murder mystery is a deep dive into the human psyche, exploring the social conscience of Egypt in light of the Six-Day War. In it, a body turns up with a photograph in its pocket. The corpse is the twin brother of a famous author and social climber and, from that moment on, the writer’s life takes a drastically different course.

The film stars the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East and the Arab world, Souad Hosni alongside the brilliant Izzat Al-Alayli, Hoda Sultan, Mahmoud Al-Meliguy, and more.

The restoration was possible thanks to a unique collaboration between the Festival and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.
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A scene from the film Al-Ikhityar by legendary Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine

The screening, which will be attended by the Director’s family, Gaby, Ramzy, and Marianne Khory, is a central pillar in the Festival’s 15-strong Retrospectives & Classics program and is one of 10 films restored by the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation. Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “It is hugely significant to screen Youssef Chahine film in Saudi Arabia, especially at such a historic moment. It is an honor to connect the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation with the heritage of the late master’s work, and to have the opportunity to restore this seminal work to its full glory, allowing a new generation to encounter one of the greatest films from the Arab canon.”

Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has also restored two rare films by late Saudi photographer Safouh Naamani, which will screen at the Festival. The two works from the pioneer of film and photography inside the Kingdom document the urban and social history of Saudi Arabia, with a focus on Mecca and Jeddah, they are the restored version of “The Pilgrimage to Mecca” (1963), and a special short entitled “Jeddah Between 1954–1968,” which was developed and restored from 16 mm film, to create a panorama of the city.

Furthermore in the RETROSPECTIVES section, the Foundation has restored nine key works of by Egyptian neorealist director Khairy Beshara, which will premiere as part of a full retrospective of Beshara’s work.

The Retrospectives and Classics program is specially curated to give local and international audiences the opportunity to encounter works that have shaped collective memory.

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2/26/2020 3:27:37 PM
<![CDATA[Weinstein upbeat at Manhattan hospital after sex crimes conviction, lawyer says]]>
Weinstein had been expected to move to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex following the verdict, but was admitted late Monday night to Bellevue Hospital a few miles away.

One of his lawyers, Arthur Aidala, told reporters after meeting with Weinstein that his 67-year-old client “looked like he was in good shape” but was “not a picture of health by any stretch of the imagination,” and doctors would decide when to release him.

“He was upbeat,” though “obviously he prefers being in his own house,” Aidala said.

Media reports said Weinstein had experienced chest pain or heart palpitations before being admitted to Bellevue, a public hospital.

Aidala said Weinstein was “somewhat flabbergasted by the verdict” and “cautiously optimistic” about his eventual appeal. “I almost feel emboldened by Mr. Weinstein’s spirits and his desire to continue to fight these charges,” Aidala added.

Weinstein was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

Jurors acquitted Weinstein on the two top charges, predatory sexual assault, which carried a maximum life sentence.

Those counts required jurors to consider accusations by the actress Annabella Sciorra, who testified that Weinstein raped her in the early 1990s.

The actress Ellen Barkin, a friend of Sciorra, tweeted on Tuesday: “Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is still not in jail. He is in a private suite in Bellevue hospital. This is not what the jury had in mind.”

MILESTONE FOR #METOO

Weinstein’s guilty verdict was a milestone for the #MeToo movement, which was fueled by his case starting in late 2017.

The movement inspired women to accuse hundreds of powerful men - in entertainment, business, media, politics and other fields - of sexual misconduct.

Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 11.]]>
2/26/2020 2:13:33 PM
<![CDATA[Farouk Hosny’s art exhibition postponed till further notice]]>
Artist and former Minister of Culture Farouk Hosny uploaded a picture of himself and late President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak on his official social media accounts, and commented, “Mourning with great grief and sorrow the heroic late President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak. He was an icon of loyalty, patriotism and honesty.”

Farouk Hosny is one of the most important contemporary plastic artists in Egypt and the Arab world. His works have been exhibited in international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Carousel Louvre in Paris, Tokyo Museum of Art in Japan, Houston Museum of Art (USA), Fort Lauderdale Museum (USA), Vienna National Museum in Austria, Vittoriano Museum in Rome, in addition to significant art museums in the Arab world including Lebanon, UAE and Bahrain, besides numerous galleries and private halls around the world.

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2/25/2020 6:40:32 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Ghani: Culture Min. to establish museum for Zaki’s belongings]]>
Abdel Ghani further clarified that the sale contract of the apartment did not include any personal belongings of the late star, pointing out that only dilapidated furniture was included in the contract. He stressed that Zaki's belongings are in his possession with the exception of one box containing documents remained in the sold apartment, until the new owner returns from abroad.

The lawyer indicated that despite owning legal papers allowing him to complete the sale, he did not sign any contracts for the sale of the apartment and that Rami Ezzedine, the legal heir of the late actor Haitham Ahmed Zaki, was the one who signed the contracts while in Egypt.

He added that medals, shields, and the pipe of the late actor Ahmed Zaki, in addition to his photos, clothes and awards are still present.

“Since the death of Haitham, brother of my client, he has pledged to hand over and preserve the belongings of the late artist Ahmed Zaki, and to establish a museum to preserve them, which is now being done in coordination with the Minister of Culture,” stated Abdel Ghani.

The details of the lawsuit for the declaration of inheritance, filed by Rami Ezzedine for obtaining his legal inheritance, were carried out with the approval of the Family Affairs Prosecution Office in Dokki Prosecution, south of Giza, as the only and legitimate heir of the late actor.

Based on a fatwa from Al-Azhar, Ezzedine will inherit Ahmed Zaki's Mohandeseen apartment and Haitham Ahmed Zaki's Al Haram street apartment, in addition to L.E 300,000 deposited in a bank account, L.E 200,000 in insurance policies and two cars.

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2/25/2020 6:15:45 PM
<![CDATA[Statue of Mubarak with grandchildren, know the story]]>
Thabet said in previous statements to the press that on Mubarak's birthday, the family used to give him a valuable gift, often priceless, made of gold or silver. When they noticed his great love for his grandchildren, they thought a statue of him with his grandchildren would make him very happy.

Thabet pointed out that the statue was 65 cm in length, 27 cm in diameter and 70 cm in width.

The artist further stated that if the statue was made of bronze, it would take approximately 10 kilos of bronze.

'The statue is made of polyester and seashells, giving the feel of being made of ivory or alabaster," the artist added.

Thabet also noted that the Presidential Office asked him to sign a declaration once he handed over the personal photos of Mubarak and his grandchildren upon the completion of the artwork to never display them in the audio-visual and print media.

It is noteworthy that former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak passed away on Feb. 25, at the age of 92, after years of struggling with illness.


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2/25/2020 4:39:40 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh to perform in Dandara Festival's opening ceremony ]]>
The opening ceremony will begin with the artistic shows of the Luxor and Qena Folkloric Divisions of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces in the outer square of Dandara Temple.

Afterwards, on the stage that was specially constructed in front of the temple, the governor of Qena, and the minister of culture will deliver their speeches to announce the launch of the festival.

Medhat Saleh, accompanied by pianist Amr Selim and his band, will present a selection of his famous songs, preceded by the Black Theama Band, who will present a variety of their songs that express youth issues and dreams.

It is noteworthy that the activities of the first Dandara Music and Singing Festival in Qena Governorate will be broadcast live on the Egyptian TV channels. The festival will be held at Dandara Temple on Feb. 27, 28 at 6 p.m., at Qena Culture Palace on Feb. 29 and March 1 at 5 p.m. and at South Valley University on March 2 – 3 at 5 p.m.


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2/25/2020 3:56:50 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Restoration works of Pyramid of Djoser completed]]>
The Pyramid of Djoser is scheduled to open in the first week of March 2020, according to sources at the ministry.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri inspected the pyramid and its surrounding area on Feb. 24. He explained that the Saqqara Pyramid restoration project is one of the most important restoration projects implemented by the ministry, as the Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest stone building in the world.

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Pyramid of Djoser after restoration - ET

The restoration project included risk reduction works. The internal and external restoration of the pyramid included the development of the paths leading to the pyramid and the internal corridors leading to the burial well, in addition to the restoration of the stone sarcophagus, and the walls.

Waziri said that the restoration project started in 2006 and came to a halt in 2011, before resuming again at the end of 2013. The outer facades of the pyramid, the buildings and stairs of the southern entrance and the eastern entrance were also restored. This is in addition to a thorough restoration and cleaning of all internal corridors of the pyramid, and the installation of the loose stones.

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Pyramid of Djoser after restoration - ET


Assistant Minister for Investment and Financial Resources Development Iman Zeidan said the work of developing the Saqqara Pyramid area included paving the way from the gates of the archaeological area to the pyramid’s entrance to facilitate the arrival of visitors in general and those with special needs in particular.

Supervisor of the Department of Development of Archaeological Sites and Museums in the Office of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dalia Khattab explained that the process of developing the region was carried out according to an integrated plan of action in cooperation with the private sector, with the aim of preserving the archaeological area and providing amenities and services to visitors.

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Internal corridor after restoration and implementing modern lighting systems - ET


The development plan also included providing informative panels to clarify the path of the visit within the region, illustrative panels explaining the history of the region and the monuments in it, and providing uniforms for cleaning workers and security personnel.

The Step Pyramid of Djoser is the first pyramid and first stone building in the world. It is located in the Saqqara Archeological Area. It is one of the most important monuments of Saqqara necropolis west of the ancient city of Memphis in Egypt.

The pyramid was built by Amenhotep during the 27th century BC to bury Djoser.



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2/25/2020 3:33:58 PM
<![CDATA[Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape, in victory for #MeToo movement]]>
Once one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.

Officers helped Weinstein unsteadily to his feet before leading him away. His lawyer said Weinstein, who has used a walker throughout the trial, was expected to be taken to a medical facility at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex.

A spokesman for Weinstein said later that the onetime movie mogul was diverted instead to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, which has a unit that provides medical care for jail inmates.

The spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, told Reuters he did not know why Weinstein went to Bellevue or how long he would be there. But a number of news outlets, including Variety, reported that he had complained of chest pains.

Either destination would be a sharp contrast to the posh Four Seasons hotel where the producer of such acclaimed films as “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love” started his day.

After the verdict Arthur Aidala, Weinstein’s lawyer, quoted his client as saying, “I’m innocent. I’m innocent. How can this happen in America?”

His sentencing hearing was set for March 11. The attorney vowed to appeal.

Weinstein never testified in his defense. He told reporters during the trial that he had wanted to speak but his lawyers said it was unnecessary because the case against him was weak.

Actress Rose McGowan, who had accused Weinstein of rape, wrote on Twitter: “Today is a powerful day & a huge step forward in our collective healing.”

A statement for the #MeToo movement said: “The jury worked with an incredibly narrow and unjust set of laws governing sexual assault, and though he was not convicted on all counts, Harvey Weinstein will have to answer for his crimes.”

Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison on the sexual assault conviction. He was also convicted of third degree rape - sexual intercourse without consent - which carries a prison sentence of up to four years.

The jury of seven men and five women acquitted Weinstein on the most serious charges, which carried a potential life sentence.

Asked by reporters outside court how the jury service experience was for him personally, jury foreman Bernard Cody said, “Devastating,” but declined to elaborate.

A long legal battle in the appeals courts is likely to ensue. At the start of the trial, defense lawyers accused the judge of bias, the prosecutors of withholding evidence, and the media of turning the trial into a circus.

Weinstein still faces sexual assault charges in California, which were announced just hours after his New York trial began on Jan. 6. Dozens of women have also filed civil lawsuits against him.

‘HELD ACCOUNTABLE’

More than 80 women, including famous actresses, accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades. He denied the accusations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said at a news conference: “It’s a new day because Weinstein has finally been held accountable.” He praised the jurors. “Your verdict turned a page in our criminal justice system.

“To the survivors: I owe and we owe an immense debt of courage to you,” Vance said.

The jury acquitted Weinstein on two counts of predatory sexual assault and first degree rape - forcible sexual intercourse - of Mann.

A conviction on predatory sexual assault would have required the jury to find Weinstein committed an alleged assault against actress Annabella Sciorra and at least one of the alleged crimes against Haleyi or Mann.

Sciorra, best known from the television show “The Sopranos,” testified Weinstein forced his way into her home one night, raped her and forced oral sex on her. The accusation, from the early 1990s, was too old to be charged as a separate crime.

“In speaking truth to power we pave the way for a more just culture, free of the scourge of violence against women,” Sciorra said in a statement.

Prosecutors portrayed Weinstein as a serial predator who had manipulated women with promises to open doors in Hollywood, coaxing them to hotel rooms or private apartments and then overpowering and violently attacking them.

During the trial, the prosecution methodically elicited graphic testimony from several accusers, including Haleyi, who said Weinstein invited her to his SoHo home after she had worked on one of his television productions.

After she arrived, Weinstein backed her into a bedroom, held her down on the bed and forced himself on her orally, yanking out her tampon, Haleyi told jurors.

Mann said that soon after meeting Weinstein she entered into an “extremely degrading” relationship with him that never included intercourse until, she alleged, he raped her in 2013.

She described Weinstein as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character: He was charming in public but often showed terrifying anger when they were alone, Mann said.

Legal experts said three additional women, who testified for the prosecution, provided powerful evidence that was difficult for the defense to overcome.

The three - actress Lauren Young, model Tarale Wulff and costume designer Dawn Dunning - described for the jury what prosecutors characterized as Weinstein’s signature pattern of behavior: luring women to hotel rooms or his apartment to discuss film roles, then attacking them.

Under the law, such “prior bad act” witnesses are allowed in sex crime cases to show a pattern of conduct and to counter a defendant who says the encounters were consensual, said Lisa Linsky, a former sex crimes prosecutor.

Young, one of two women at the heart of the California case, told the jury that the film producer trapped her in a hotel bathroom in 2013, groped her breasts, and told her: “This is what all the actresses do to make it.”

Throughout the case, the defense said regret drove the accusers to take consensual incidents and reframe them as crimes. Weinstein’s lawyers zeroed in on friendly messages and ongoing contact between the women and Weinstein.

During cross-examination, for example, the defense showed Haleyi a message she sent Weinstein signed “lots of love” after her attack. Defense lawyers repeatedly suggested that Mann willingly had sex with Weinstein to advance her career.

Prosecutors pushed back against defense assertions that his accusers were not credible and the notion that they were responsible for the alleged attacks.]]>
2/25/2020 2:24:56 PM
<![CDATA[Spanish opera star Placido Domingo apologizes to women after harassment claims - report]]>
The singer, whose career spans more than five decades, said he now understood that some of the women who accused him were afraid to express how they felt “as they worried how that could affect their career”, Europa Press quoted the statement as saying.

He said he had analyzed the accusations since they first emerged in August and has “grown up with the experience”.

“Even though it was not (my) intention, never ever anybody should feel this way,” Domingo added, according to Europa Press.

A representative of Domingo didn’t return an email seeking comment.

The Spanish singer dropped out of a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in November following the accusations of sexual misconduct leveled by several women in the classical music world.

More than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff have said they witnessed or experienced inappropriate behavior by Domingo towards women at different opera houses over the last three decades.

Domingo, a tenor who turned to the baritone repertoire as he aged, had originally disputed the accusations against him.

Several opera houses around the world canceled appearances by Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera, where he is general director, said it would start an independent investigation into the accusations.

As the “Three Tenors”, Domingo, Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti helped bring opera to a wider audience with concerts around the world in the 1990s.]]>
2/25/2020 2:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[Invader's 'Rubik Mona Lisa' beats estimate at Paris auction]]>
The 2005 artwork by anonymous street artist Invader uses the plastic puzzles’ squares to create a mosaic of the Mona Lisa and her famous smile in garish colors.

The sale coincided with the closure of a blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the nearby Louvre museum, the home of the real Mona Lisa. That show marked the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance master.

Invader is known for his mosaic tile works featuring pixilated versions of the 1978 Space Invaders video game characters, which “invade” cities around the world.

The Rubik Mona Lisa was created in 2005 and is the first in Invader’s “Rubikcubism” series, in which he recreates well-known Old Master works.

Invader, who defines himself as an UFA, an Unidentified Free Artist, wears a mask and insists on his face being pixilated for his rare appearances on camera.

He has a large following of fans who use a Smartphone app, “Flash Invaders”, to snap pictures of his mosaics if they’re authentically his, rack up points and compete with other players.]]>
2/24/2020 3:55:49 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Gamal to perform in Fayoum on March 5]]>
Gamal is expected to present a variety of songs from his newest album “Ana Lewahdi” (I Am Alone), in addition to older songs including “Layalina”, “Rah Lehalo”, “Fooq”, “Qodami”, among others.

Gamal released his newest album “Ana Lewahdi” on Valentine’s Day. Before the release of the album, Gamal released a video clip for his new song “Saqqaf”. The song became a trend on social media platforms, exceeding 10 million views.

“Beehom Kolohom” was the second song released by Gamal prior to the official release of his new album. The song also went viral on social media platforms, exceeding 1million views.

In his newest album, Gamal collaborated with poets Tamer Hussein, Mohammed Atef, Gamal el-Khouli, Ahmed al-Malaki, Shady Noor, Ahmed Irfan, Rakia Abdul Aziz, Mustafa Hassan and Mohammed Abu Nimah.

As for the composers, Gamal collaborated with Bilal Sorour, Mohammed Anis, Yasser Nour and Madien. Gamal also composed nine songs in his new album.


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2/24/2020 3:49:49 PM
<![CDATA[Jihad al-Khaldi, CEO of Saudi Music Authority]]>
Appointing Khaldi comes as a first step to start the work of the authority and its responsibilities towards developing the Saudi music sector.

The ministry has defined the tasks of the new president, including setting strategies and standards; organizing related events; providing training courses and professional programs; supporting intellectual copyrights; cultural cooperation with relevant regional and international organizations; encouraging financing, investment, production and development of content; and issuing licenses for activities related to the music sector.

According to the Saudi newspaper Okaz, Jihad al-Khaldi has more than 33 years of experience in the field of music. She worked as a violinist in the Egyptian Orchestra for 8 years. She also obtained a bachelor’s degree in violin and music theory from the High Institute of Music in Cairo. This is in addition to her management experience.

Through the Music Authority, the Ministry of Culture seeks to regulate and develop the music sector in the kingdom, and to support and encourage music practitioners.

It will also work with the relevant authorities to support the protection of intellectual copyrights in areas related to music, and will hold training courses and relevant professional programs to encourage music practitioners and enthusiasts to develop the Saudi musical content.

The Music Authority is one of 11 new bodies launched by the Ministry of Culture to serve and develop the sub-cultural sectors that were included in its vision and orientation document in March 2019.
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2/24/2020 3:24:43 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab: “Mahraganat songs does not bother me”]]>
During a phone call in “Al-Hekaya” program broadcast on MBC MASR on Feb. 22, Diab stated that various musical forms have been around for a long time and will continue to exist, stressing that the different backgrounds of people require providing what matches their tastes.

When Amr Adib, presenter of “Al-Hekaya” program asked Diab if the presence of Mahraganat worries him, the latter replied, “I have been in this career for over 35 years. I witnessed many things in this field and I am a professional in the musical scene. I am very satisfied with what I’ve reached. God has given me more than what I deserve and I do not look at what others do or get.”

The famed Egyptian singer released his latest album on Feb. 20. The album is titled “Sahran”. The new album included the songs “Helwa el-Bedayat”, “Am el-Tabib”, “Sahran”, among others.

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Amr Diab - Sahran | عمرو دياب - سهران #AmrDiab - Sahran, from album "#Sahran" Produced by #Nay ©2020 Get it now: https://amrdiab.lnk.to/Sahran Lyrics: Tamer ...




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2/24/2020 3:13:30 PM
<![CDATA[Weinstein jury to keep deliberating after deadlock on most serious charges]]>
The seven men and five women on the jury began deliberating in criminal court in Manhattan on Tuesday.

On Friday, they asked the judge whether they could be hung on two counts of predatory sexual assault and unanimous on the others, which include first-degree rape.

Conviction on the predatory assault charges, which carry a potential life sentence, would indicate that Weinstein is a repeat sexual offender. Two of the other three charges carry prison terms of up to 25 years; a third carries a sentence of up to 4 years.

Four legal experts said the jury’s questions suggested they were nearing a guilty verdict on at least one of the five counts against the producer of movies including “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love.”

Weinstein has denied the charges. A source within Weinstein’s defense team said speculation about the verdict would be “premature and a mistake.”

Paul Callan, a former prosecutor, said an acquittal is still possible since deliberations resume and “anything can happen after a weekend of reflection.”

During the weeks-long trial, Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, testified that Weinstein invited her to his Manhattan home in 2006 and then backed her into a bedroom and forcibly performed oral sex on her.

Jessica Mann said that soon after meeting Weinstein she began an “extremely degrading” relationship with him that never included intercourse until, she alleged, he raped her in March 2013.

Another accuser, Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” testified that Weinstein came to her New York apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994, raped her and then forced oral sex on her.

That accusation is too old to be charged as a separate crime, but was introduced by prosecutors as an aggravating factor for the predatory sexual assault charges.

Jurors appeared to focus on Sciorra’s allegations on Thursday and Friday, asking to review extensive evidence related to her.

Jurors can convict Weinstein of predatory sexual assault if they find that he committed the alleged assault against Sciorra and at least one of the alleged crimes against Haleyi or Mann.

Defense lawyer Michael Bachner, who is not involved in the case, said it seemed the jury had decided to convict Weinstein on the counts related to the individual complainants.

“Otherwise there really would be no reason for them to be considering the testimony of Ms. Sciorra,” Bachner said on Friday.

Another legal expert, defense attorney Julie Rendelman agreed that a conviction on one of the lesser charges was likely and said the jurors might be confused by the complexity of the predatory sexual assault charges.

Another, defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt, described the verdict sheet as unusually complicated.

Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He has denied the accusations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

The allegations fueled the #MeToo movement, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and politics of sexual misconduct.]]>
2/24/2020 2:19:40 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan suggests paying salary to suspended pilot]]>
“If the pilot accepts, I am willing to pay him a monthly salary until a decision is taken on the lawsuit he filed against me,” said Ramadan

The controversial star further commented, “I uploaded a video for the suspended pilot claiming that he is the 'government'. I also have an additional video that could lock up the pilot for a criminal charge. If I were a bad person, I could easily upload it, and if I do, all those who defend the pilot will apologize to me. However, I decided to keep this video and use it in the court of law.”

Ramadan added during his conversation that he did not do anything wrong in the suspended pilot’s incident. He claimed that the Civil Aviation Authority did not sue him for any wrongdoing, and that it only took actions against the pilot.

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CAIRO - 9 February 2020: New details emerged in the crisis of the suspended pilot Ashraf Abul Yusr, who appeared in a video in the cockpit with Mohamed Ramadan while the latter was going to Riyadh to perform a concert. The Mohamed Ramadan incident caused Abul Yusr's suspension from work.




Ramadan denies allegations of suspended pilot

CAIRO - 13 February 2020: Mohamed Ramadan was keen to comment again on what happened between him and the captain of the plane, Ashraf Abul Yusr, explaining that the pilot was aware of filming the video. انا مكدبتش لما قولت ان الكابتن عارف ان في فيديو بيتصور ..





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2/23/2020 5:23:56 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Ballet Troupe to stage Swan Lake Operetta on Feb. 25]]>
The performance will stage on the Grand Theater at 8 p.m. from Feb. 25 - March 3, in addition to a matinee performance at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27.

The Swan Lake Operetta is one of the most important classical four-chapter ballets. Its story revolves around prince Siegfried's sadness, due to his mother's insistence to choose for him the right girl to marry as she will become the princess. That marriage is planned to be done on his birthday.

After arguing with her over his refusal to marry without mutual love, the prince decides to leave the palace and go out to the palace’s garden. His attention was captivated by a group of swans in the lake. The prince decided to follow the swans, before being startled as the swans turn into a beautiful bride and her bridesmaid, who noticed his presence.

The swan princess begins to tell her story, explaining that she fell under a magic spell that turns her to a swan during the day and a princess during the night, and that this magic spell can only be cured by a true love kiss.

The prince becomes infatuated with the princess and decides to take her home to his mother, to marry her on his birthday as planned.

However, this romantic scene is interrupted by the sudden appearance of the magician Von Rothbart. The prince tries to kill the magician in defense of his new found love, but the latter stops him by the fact that if the magician dies, she will remain a swan forever.

In the run-up to the concert, Rothbart kidnapped Odette and locked her in his palace. In an attempt to deceive the love-struck prince, Rothbart bewitched his daughter to resemble the princess.

The prince discovers the trick, sets out in search of the real Odette and arrives at the dungeon where his lover is imprisoned in the enchanted palace of the magician. The magician then turns into a terrifying giant bird that the prince succeeds to kill before the palace begins to collapse, and the prince escapes with his beloved.

It is worth noting that the Swan Lake Ballet was first presented in1887 at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and is one of the most prominent performances of the Cairo Opera Ballet Troupe.








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2/23/2020 5:03:02 PM
<![CDATA[Assar confers with electricity, public enterprises ministers on boosting cooperation with Gabon]]>
The meeting covered means of boosting economic and trade relations with Gabon, the available investment and trade opportunities in the African countries especially in the fields of wood industry, electricity, mining, agriculture, infrastructure and road construction.

The meeting aims at affirming the state's keenness on beefing up relations with all African countries with the purpose of achieving common interests.

Shaker, on his part, said the meeting comes as part of the presidential directives pertaining to cooperation with African countries and opening to the African market. He asserted Egypt's keenness to work on developing the electricity infrastructure and transport network for the sake of achieving regional integration and help in the growth of Africa's economies.

Meanwhile, Tawfiq briefed the conferees on the outcome of his recent visit to Gabon and efforts exerted to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting wrapped up with a decision to form two working groups, the first to be under the chairmanship of the public enterprises minister and the second under the chairmanship of electricity minister to ensure the implementation of presidential directives pertaining to cooperation domains with Gabon.]]>
2/23/2020 4:18:14 PM
<![CDATA[13 countries celebrate sun illuminating Ramses II face]]>
In a phone call to “Manchette” program broadcast on Extra News channel on Feb. 22, Abdel Dayem said the celebrations started in Aswan and concluded in Abu Simbel Temples, mentioning that there was a high turnout of visitors in all the celebrations and that the increase in the number of international teams participating in the celebrations reflect the success of the festival.

She explained that 13 countries and nine Egyptian folklore bands from cultural palaces that have developed significantly are participating in the ceremony.

Furthermore, the minister pointed out that celebrations at the temple have certain rituals, and that many tourists enjoy the visual/audio show and the artistic performance in front of the temple. Abdel Dayem added that night celebrations took place at the market.

The ministry inaugurated Toshka Cultural Palace with a group of important activities that address the governorate and its people, according to the minister.

The Abu Simbel Temples Square, south of Aswan witnessed the closing ceremony of the Eighth Aswan International Festival for Culture and Arts on Feb. 21.

The festival comes on the sidelines of the celebrations of the solar phenomenon illuminating on the face of Ramses II in Abu Simbel, in the presence of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, President of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces Ahmed Awad, a number of executive officials in the governorate, and a number of foreign tourists and Egyptian visitors.


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2/23/2020 3:49:04 PM
<![CDATA[25th Aswan Sculpture Symposium concludes on Feb. 22]]>
In the closing ceremony, the attendees toured an exhibition of the works of the participating artists, in addition to touring the symposium's Open Museum.

During her speech, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem stated that Aswan Symposium started as a dream of the Egyptian international artist Adam Hanin. The Ministry of Culture, represented in the Cultural Development Fund, turned it into reality 25 years ago, achieving numerous gains, most importantly the affirmation of Egypt's leadership in sculpture, which distinguished Egyptians for thousands of years.

The minister of culture added that the symposium was able, throughout its numerous editions, to encourage the fine arts movement, specifically in the field of sculpture, producing a new generation of Egyptian sculptors, who participated with their counterparts from around the world in presenting art that was praised by the most prestigious art critics. This effort culminated in the formation of the Open Museum, which is the first of its kind in the world. At the end of her speech, Abdel Dayem thanked the governor of Aswan for his support to the symposium.
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2/23/2020 3:33:52 PM
<![CDATA[Red Sea International Film Festival enters strategic partnership with MBC GROUP]]>CAIRO - 23 February 2020: Red Sea International Film Festival announced its principal partnership with MBC GROUP, the largest and leading multi-media company in the Middle East and North Africa region. The Red Sea International Film Festival’s Opening Ceremony on March 12th will be broadcasted on MBC TV.

This partnership comes with several other significant industry initiatives. In partnership with MBC AL AMAL, MBC’s CSR arm focused on the empowerment and development of Arab youth, the festival will hold a Shorts Pitch Competition. Ten short film projects will be selected from Saudi and the MENA region, with filmmakers being given a one-day workshop to prepare for a pitching session. Italian director and producer Stefano Tealdi will train the candidates to strengthen their skills and give them tips for better pitches, before they present them at the Red Sea Souk. Upon conclusion of the competition, MBC will award up to four projects.

Mahmoud Sabbagh, Red Sea Film Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with MBC Group, to become our official media arm. Besides broadcasting the festival’s activities, we’ve worked hand in hand with them to launch a series of workshops and panels on the sidelines of the festival.”

On his part, Peter Smith, Managing Director of MBC STUDIOS said: “Our partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival comes from MBC’s strong commitment to, and trust in, the talent and creativity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s youth. We strongly believe that this new generation of talent is key in influencing change and creating the difference to the region’s media and entertainment content landscape, which of course includes independent film and mainstream cinema.”

Smith continued: “MBC already plays a role in shaping the next generation of young Saudi media content creators, through initiatives such as MBC Edutain – which launched its first courses and training workshops in the Kingdom, in early 2019. Needless to say, our partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival is just one that makes sense – as both of our entities’ goals and visions for the region’s youth in media and film production are ones that perfectly align. We look forward to showcasing our young creatives to the world.”

Furthermore, the festival and MBC AL AMAL will host two panels on the future of film making in the region featuring international and local experts, from March 13-18.

Moreover, throughout this partnership, talent days with three workshops per day will take place on March 17-18, to give Saudi scriptwriters, directors and producers the chance of getting one-on-one sessions with Tealdi to help them get tailored and detailed feedback on their work.



The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival takes place March 12-21 in Jeddah Old Town, under the theme “Changing the Script”. A platform for expression and discovery through film, the Festival and it’s year-round initiatives aim to support and help grow Saudi Arabia’s emerging film industry, inspire new audiences across the country, and contribute to a richer experience for Saudi Arabia’s changing society by encouraging more open cultural exchange.

MBC GROUP (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading multi-media company in the Middle East & North Africa region that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, in 1991, and as the 1st. free-to-air Arab satellite TV channel, MBC GROUP moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, where it remains.]]>
2/23/2020 1:15:04 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass: Tutankhamun Opera will be displayed in GEM's opening ceremony ]]>
Hawass revealed that the Grand Egyptian Museum is the most important archaeological project in the 21st century.

The veteran Egyptlogist further added that Tutankhamun Opera will be staged for the first time in Cairo Opera House next September.

Hawass has finished the script for Tutankhamun Opera, set to debut in the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum in late 2020.

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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2/22/2020 6:42:55 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform at Sheikh Zayed on Feb. 28]]>
Hosny will be performing as well at Modern Academy on March 6.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny gave a dazzling performance on Valentine’s Day at a concert that took place at Cairo Stadium. He performed as well in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy, and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.



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2/22/2020 6:28:18 PM
<![CDATA[After 5 years of hiatus, Hefzy is back with ‘Ras el Sana’]]>CAIRO – 22 February 2020: After 5 years of hiatus, famed scriptwriter and head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy returns back to writing with ‘’Ras el Sana’’ ( New Year) movie.

''Ras El Sana'' was be released in Egyptian cinemas on February 5.


The movie had its world premiere at the 18th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Ras El Sana takes place over the course of one night in a coastal resort town where the crème de la crème celebrate the New Year in 2009. As the celebrations are underway, relationships grow more complex, and secrets are uncovered, changing the way they see themselves and those around them forever.

Written by writer/producer Mohamed Hefzy, Ras El Sana is the debut film for director Sakr and stars Eyad Nassar, Ahmed Malek, Basma, Shereen Reda, Ingy El Mokadem, Huda El Mufti, and Ali Kassem.

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.

Hefzy was selected to serve as a jury member for the Official Competition at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (October 2-13).
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2/22/2020 2:04:15 PM
<![CDATA[Red Sea International Film Festival reveals details of its first edition]]>
Set to take place March 12-21 at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Festival will shed light on local talent as well as bringing a diverse selection of films to Saudi Arabia.

Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh and Artistic Director Hussain Currimbhoy announced a total of 107 features and shorts that will screen in the Festival.

The selection contains 16 films in-competition, 7 out-of-competition titles, 15 Retrospectives + Classic works, three Generation titles, five Immersive/VR experiences, 11 pictures in New Saudi/New Cinema, 13 titles in the shorts competition, 23 Best of the Year films, 17 Tajreeb titles, which is a collection of experimental films and 'Untitled Omnibus Feature', an anthology comprised of 5 short films.

The Competition selection this year opens a window to the world we live in with all of its current challenges. Prevalent themes are the advancement of women's rights with an intense look at the scourge of domestic violence, as well as immigration, in particular, concerning marginalised individuals.

The Head of the Competition jury will be American three-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone.

Participating countries in this year’s competition include Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Columbia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain and United States.

"It's pleasing that we are bringing these great quality films discussing social issues of the day, said Sabbagh, Festival Director. "We have a strong desire to push diversity, particularly in women's position in public spaces, and for a more open society. The films present a strong look at what makes society function and the relationship between the individual to patriarchy and hegemony."

Under the theme of "Transmissions", a masterclass series will be led by Arab and International cinema icons, who will pass on their knowledge, inspiration and experience to young, aspiring filmmakers. Among those presenting sessions are Spike Lee, William Friedkin, Abel Ferrara, Khairy Beshara and Yousry Nasrallah.

The pulse of next-generation talent can be seen in a carefully curated selection of short films produced or directed by the most exciting up and coming Arab contemporary voices. With a focus on diversity and innovation, the shorts competition offers a place to discover something new and to connect with the creators.

The announcement also highlighted the lineup of 'New Saudi/New Cinema', a programme developed to introduce new, vital filmmakers and artists. The dynamic selection showcases the new voices shaping the Saudi cinema scene, all primed for launch on to the international circuit.

Another title from the New Saudi/New Cinema program is the 'Untitled Omnibus Feature', developed in partnership with Jeddah-based production house Cinepoetics Pictures. A platform for Saudi women in the film industry, the five female filmmakers helming the films are Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer, and Fatima Al-Banawi. Award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Suha Arraf is screenwriting supervisor on the portmanteau film.

Furthermore, Festival attendees will get a chance to encounter site-specific installations at Red Sea's 'Immersive Cinema'. Commissions by dynamic digital artists will embrace Jeddah Old Town in this wholly unique program shaped by new takes on narrative form and technology – including powerful sound installations, holographic experiences, and 2-channel experiments.

Inaugurating the first edition of the Festival is the newly built Coral Theater with a 1200 seat capacity. Also at the newly built festival complex are four more theaters, one at 240 seater capacity, and the remaining three with 120 seats. A special masterclass on virtual reality and immersive art, 'On Site, On Mind' will be led by Vishal Dar, Joan Ross, Nic Koller and Weston Rio Morgan.

Furthermore, the Festival will be exhibiting "When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso" in collaboration with Cinémathèque Française, celebrating 100 years since the birth of the great Italian filmmaker. The exhibition sheds light on the story of how many of Fellini's films were inspired by Picasso's paintings, though the two great artists had never met.

With scenes shot in Mecca, the Festival will host a very special screening of Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X', on March 13th. 'The Choice', one of Youssef Chahine's iconic films has been restored by the Red Sea Film Foundation.

A series of industry panels titled "Perspectives" will bring together filmmakers from around the world to explore trends, ideas and issues shaping the industry today. These discussions will touch upon the animation industry, the new Saudi independent film scene, Arab international cinema, exploring European/Saudi co-productions and finally, the future for Arab film production.

Festival Director Sabbagh added: "We worked hard to ensure that the films being presented showcase Saudi Arabia's emerging film industry, and encourage a more open cultural exchange. This isn't just about exporting our stories; we are bringing different perspectives, new conversations into Saudi Arabia too."

At this year's Festival, there will be cash awards totalling $250K for films in competition. The Golden Yusr Trophy for Best Feature carries a $100K cash prize and the Silver Yusr Trophy for Best Director comes with a $50K award. In addition, a Silver Yusr Trophy will be awarded for Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Cinematic Contribution. A prize of $50K will go to the winner of the Audience Award. An additional Golden Yusr Trophy will be presented to the Best Short Film, which also brings a $50,000 investment for a future project plus a five-month creative residency in Jeddah's Old Town.]]>
2/22/2020 1:53:44 PM
<![CDATA[ACC to participate in BIFF for the 6th consecutive year]]>
The ACC will mark its sixth year at the Berlinale, which witnessed its first launch in 2015.

The partners who will accompany the ACC to the 2020 Berlinale (in alphabetical order): Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (Egypt), Cinema 70 (Saudi Arabia), Eventival (The Czech Republic), Film Clinic (Egypt), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt-UAE), Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) (Sweden), Misr International Films (MIF), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia-Egypt), Rowad Media (Saudi Arabia), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) (Jordan), and Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon).

During the festival, the ACC will release the 13th issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine, which features a section listing the Arab films selected at the 70th Berlinale, and a list of the 19 most important events in the Arab film industry in 2019, as well as an entire section covering everything about the upcoming edition of the Critics’ Awards For Arab Films and its jury committee that brings together 142 film critics from 57 countries.

The Arab Cinema Center selected Chiraz Latiri, former General Director of the Centre National du Cinema et de l'Image (CNCI), to receive the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award, presented by The Hollywood Reporter.

The award is part of the ACC’s strategy of promoting the Arab film industry internationally and supporting Arab filmmakers.

During the festival, three films distributed by the ACC’s partners will screen within the European Film Market (EFM); Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers by director Marwan Hamed, which is distributed worldwide by MAD Solutions and Misr International Films (MIF), Between Heaven and Earth by director Najwa Najjar and Beyond the Raging Sea by director Marco Orsini, in addition to a 25-minute screening featuring a sneak-peak of the Arab world's finest lineup, presented by Rotana Group, owner of the largest library in the Arab world.

Arab Cinema Center (ACC) celebrates its sixth year since its inception in 2015. A nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam, the ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.

The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.
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2/21/2020 11:56:21 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian writer among winners of Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Prize for Best Arab Book]]>
The winning authors are Othman Mohamed Othman from Egypt for the book "Fair Development: Economic Growth - Income Distribution - The Problem of Poverty", Souad Zayed al-Oraimi from the Emirates, and Saad Mahyou from Lebanon.

The Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) will hold a big celebration to honor the winners of the Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Award for the Best Book in the Arab World on Feb. 25, in a Cairo hotel.

The award aims to establish the rules for authoring an Arab book by supporting and highlighting the distinguished book, and honoring the winning book’s thinkers and researchers who have made contributions.

It is noteworthy that the first edition of the award was attended by more than one hundred books issued by 26 publishing houses from the Emirates, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and Egypt, and the prize value is $30,000.
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2/20/2020 6:20:05 PM
<![CDATA[Latest update on Ajram's notorious villa slain]]>
Bitar further stated that the committee is in the process of finalizing its report for submission to the Lebanese judiciary.

Bitar previously announced that a request to re-enact the crime had been submitted by Fadi el-Hachem (Ajram’s Husband) in the latter’s villa where the crime took place.

She confirmed that she had appealed all the procedures that were taken in the case file before the file reached the investigating judge under the charge of prosecuting them before the court.

“We submitted to Judge Mansour a request to re-enact the crime by Fadi Al-Hashem, in Nancy Ajram's villa, where the crime scene is.” stated Bitar.

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Ajram caused controversy on Feb. 19 after uploading pictures of herself and her husband celebrating the birthday of her close friend Elie Abu Najm, who is considered as her manager and a family friend.

Abu Najm was previously thought of being the deceased robber Mohamed el-Mousa, due to the high resemblance they share.

“We don't make a good friend everyday, and you are certainly a friend and companion” commented Ajram on the videos of the birthday she uploaded on social media.

Many social media users considered Ajram’s uploading of the pictures and birthday videos as an indirect answer to the rumors that previously spread stating that Najm is the deceased alleged robber.


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2/20/2020 6:16:34 PM
<![CDATA[AUC publishes “Living Forever” for Abdel Bassir]]>
Abdul Bassir is the Director of the Antiquities Museum and the supervisor of Zahi Hawass Center for Egyptology at the Library of Alexandria. The book consists of 300 pages.

The book includes a collection of articles and research for a group of the most famous Egyptologists and archeologists around the world, portraying how to depict the idea behind self-representation through language and art from the beginnings of early Egyptian Dynasties to the end of ancient Egyptian history.

“Self-representation in the ancient Egyptian belief is considered the oldest and the most common element. This belief was evident in private tombs of ancient Egypt, where the personality and role of the deceased individual are intentionally represented -by engravings or photographing-, to the contemporary masses and to future generations.” said Abdul Bassir.

The book also examines how and why non-monarchical elites represented themselves in ancient Egypt, through language and art in monuments, tombs, paintings, statues, and literary texts. This was prevalent from the beginning of the ruling families to the Thirtieth Dynasty.

The book brings together articles from the world's most famous Egyptologists and archaeologists with different backgrounds. The several chapters of the book offers a new look at the form, content, and goal of self-representation in ancient Egypt.

Applying different approaches and directions, they explore how to ensure self-representation has rhetoric with deities and normal people alike, and provides rich historical and social information, in addition to providing examples of ancient rhetorical channels in the Ancient Egyptian society and highlights the concept of self in ancient Egypt.

"Self-representation was the oldest and most important component of Egyptian culture. The non-royal elite members presented themselves through language and art within the framework laid down by the history and antiquities of their era. The elements of self-representation contrasted with its heroes in titles, reigns, professions and backgrounds. They all focus on the meanings and history of the self in telling the story of life.” concluded Abdel Bassir.

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2/20/2020 6:13:53 PM
<![CDATA[Mena Massoud prepares for 'Aladdin P II']]>
The first part of the film was released in 2019 and achieved great revenues. Massoud also achieved world-wide fame and success after the first part's release.

On his official Instagram account, Massoud uploaded a black and white photo of himself, commenting: "If you smile in your fear and sorrow, smile, perhaps you will one day see that the sun rises for you."

According to Variety, the Disney Network gave the green light to authors John Gatins and Andrea Berloff to work on a second part of the famous animation film "Aladdin," after its great success in the global box office race in summer 2019.

In statements to the newspaper, the producers announced holding talks with Mena Massoud, Will Smith, and Naomi Scott, in order to participate in the second part of the movie set to be released in 2021.

Inspired by the famous cartoon, "Aladdin" was reproduced in a live cinematic version. The film succeeded in achieving revenues amounting to 1 billion and 50 million dollars during its screening period, $355,559 million inside the United States of America, and $695,134 million around the world.

In the film’s first part, Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, and Naomi Scott plays Jasmine. Will Smith plays the role of the gene. The movie combines many factors of success together, an exciting story, vibrant dancing and singing, and brilliant acting.


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2/20/2020 5:53:46 PM
<![CDATA[RSIFF's first edition to host “When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso” exhibition]]>
In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and La Cinémathèque française, the exhibition will launch on March 14th, 2020, for a duration of 5 weeks.

This announcement comes in line with the Foundation’s aim to highlight vibrant cultural legacy; through its key initiatives, it forges dialogues between the past and the future, and between diverse international perspectives.
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Exhibition's Poster - Official website

“When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso” sheds light on the story of how many of Fellini’s films were inspired by Picasso’s paintings, though the two great artists only met once.

This exhibition first took place last year in France, and thanks to La Cinémathèque française, Fellini’s unique accessories from the films, such as posters, garments and images will be displayed at the Al-Majlis Al-Baladi exhibition space in Historic Jeddah - Al Balad, Saudi Arabia.

Mahmoud Sabbagh, Festival Director, said: “When I visited the ‘When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso’ exhibition in Paris, I was mesmerised. It is a dream to join the worldwide '100 years of Fellini' celebrations by having this cultural collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and La Cinémathèque française and bringing the spectacular work of Fellini and Picasso to Historic Jeddah and to the Saudi audience.”

In 2005, La Cinémathèque française made its home within the modern building designed by Frank Gehry and is now in a position to exhibit, host, restore, and display its collection in 2 exhibition spaces, programme films on 3 screens, receive students and researchers in its library and archive centre and organize educational events.

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation is dedicated to national storytellers and strives to develop a sustainable and active ecosystem, through the launch of the festival, education programs with the Red Sea Lodge and industry programs. The Foundation captures the transformative energy of the moment, articulating this creative spark as a catalyst for the local film industry.
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2/20/2020 5:38:05 PM
<![CDATA[Pacino turns Nazi hunter in TV series debut for Amazon]]>
He is starring in “Hunters”, a new show for Amazon Prime that is due to be released on Friday.

The series, about a band of Nazi hunters in New York in the 1970s, is inspired by a true story - a “love letter” to the show creator’s late grandmother who survived Holocaust.

“I never did this sort of long 10 episodes. So it’s like doing like, I think, about a 12-hour film because it is about 12 hours of film,” Pacino, who turns 80 in April, told Reuters.

“This is a crazy story, too, by the way ... Crazy horror, really scary stuff. And also heavy, deep, tragic emotion ... it runs the gamut,” said Pacino, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this month’s Academy Awards for his role in “The Irishman”.

Show creator David Weil said he wanted to tell his grandmother’s story, the experiences during the war that she had told him about as a child.

“At such a young age, they felt like the stuff of comic books and superheroes,” he said.

“The onus is now on us, on the next generation, to continue their story and further their story. And so ‘Hunters’ is really a love letter to her.

“It’s this desire to propel her story forward into this next generation and to educate people on what the Holocaust is and what people went through so that we can try and prevent this from ever happening again.”]]>
2/20/2020 2:37:06 PM
<![CDATA[Jurors in Weinstein rape trial ask to review Rosie Perez testimony]]>
The jury also asked to see texts to Weinstein from defense witness Paul Feldsher before ending their second day of deliberations. Jurors are expected to continue their discussions on Thursday.

Weinstein, smiling as he left court for the day, was asked by a reporter whether he was worried. The expression on the former Hollywood producer’s face turned serious, and he shook his head no.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the production assistant, Mimi Haleyi in 2006, and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.

Jurors asked to review parts of Haleyi’s testimony, as well as emails between her and Weinstein and emails from Weinstein mentioning her.

Haleyi, who was a production assistant on the fashion reality show “Project Runway,” testified that Weinstein “lunged” at her in his New York home in 2006, backing her into a bedroom and forcing oral sex on her.

Haleyi’s testimony was read to the jurors by two court stenographers, with one asking questions and the other giving the responses.

The jury also asked to review emails related to Annabella Sciorra, who testified that Weinstein entered her New York apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and raped her. The accusation is too old to be charged as a separate crime, but it could act as an aggravating factor to support a predatory sexual assault charge, which carries a potential life sentence.

The jurors asked to review testimony from actress Perez, who corroborated Sciorra’s story during the trial. Perez said Sciorra told her about the alleged attack after it happened.

However, Feldsher, a writer, testified for the defense that Sciorra told him she had “done this crazy thing with Harvey,” and that he understood her to mean she had “fooled around with him.” Feldsher said he had no indication it was a negative experience.

The jurors’ requests suggest they are considering the first of five counts against Weinstein.

Earlier in the day, one of his lawyers, Damon Cheronis, renewed a request to boot a juror from the case because of her online review, posted during the trial, of a novel titled “My Dark Vanessa.”

The book is partly set during the #MeToo movement, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, news media and politics of sexual misconduct.

The judge, James Burke, denied the request.

The same juror wrote her own novel about young women and “predatory” older men. The defense had tried to exclude her from the jury before the trial began.

Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein, whose films include “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.]]>
2/20/2020 2:33:50 PM
<![CDATA[ Musician’s Syndicate requests YouTube to “set conditions” for uploaded content]]>CAIRO - 19 February 2020: Member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Musician’s Syndicate Ahmed Abu al-Majd said that Head of the Syndicate Hany Shaker has taken upon himself the task of facing and combating the phenomenon of Mahraganat songs.

Accordingly, the Musician’s Syndicate will formally address the YouTube administration, to set a condition of receiving the Syndicate’s permission before any lyrical content is uploaded on the channels.

Majd added that he does not think that the YouTube Administration would be reluctant to agree to this decision in order to control the uploaded content and setting boundaries, noting that no one with a YouTube channel should upload whatever they feel like without any kind of supervision on the content.

رسميًا.. "الموسيقيين" تخاطب مع إدارة يوتيوب لمنع أغانى المهرجانات

قال الدكتور أحمد أبو المجد عضو مجلس إدارة النقابة العامة للمهن الموسيقية إن النقيب هانى شاكر أخذ على عاتقه مهمة مواجهة ظاهرة أغانى المهرجانات، وبناء عليه ستخاطب النقابة إدارة اليوتيوب رسميا، بوضع شرط إجازة النقابة قبل نشر أي محتوى غنائى على القنوات.



Furthermore, member of the Council of Musicians Syndicate Helmy Abdel Baqi stressed that the Syndicate will not revoke the previous decision taken to stop Mahraganat songs, despite the controversy that occurred on social media after the decision was announced.

Abdel Baqi further explained that Shaker suggested launching a division to embrace the singers of Mahraganat songs and choose the best of them, while taking guarantees that the singers use suitable lyrics in their songs in an attempt to preserve public taste. The chosen singers will have to sign a declaration to use appropriate words, which is the least right of listeners, according to Baqi.

Moreover, Abdel Baqi said that this proposal was made before the controversial concert that was performed in Cairo Stadium, in which Hassan Shakoush and Omar Kamal participated, and sang “Bent el-Geran” (Neighbour’s Daughter) which included obscene words.

After the Cairo Stadium concert, the Syndicate of Musician’s position totally changed.

Abdel Baqi also mentioned that he is observing the different opinions on the matter on social media platforms, saying “Those who support the decision are more, and any decision taken will have supporters and opponents. Despite these pressures, we (Musician’s Syndicate) will not retreat from a decision we believe in.”

Head of the Musician’s Syndicate Hany Shaker has recently issued a decision preventing Mahraganat singers from singing permanently and warning all the tourist establishments against dealing with them, including Mohamed Ramadan, who recently performed numerous concerts.

Shaker stressed that he does not accept what happened recently from verbal abuse in a concert held at Cairo Stadium performed by Hassan Shakoush and Omar Kamal, who utilized words that violate the norm and encroach on the principles of Egyptian society.

Also, Shaker stated that the Syndicate’s Council will reconsider all permits and Syndicate memberships previously granted, in light of the standards and values accepted by the Egyptian society.






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2/19/2020 5:57:09 PM
<![CDATA[Amal Maher releases 'Enta Wahdak' on YouTube]]>
Maher sang her new song live for the first time on one of the major theaters in the Fifth Settlement on Valentine’s Day. During the concert, Maher performed a wide selection of her most popular songs and got high appraisal from the attendees.

Maher’s latest album, titled “Asl el-Ehsas”, was released in 2019, and consisted of 16 songs. In her previous album, Maher collaborated with the poets Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Khaled Tag el-Din, Nader Abdullah and Ayman Bahgat Kamar, in addition to the composers Amr Mostafa, Khaled Ezz, Tamer Ali, Tamer Ashour, Mohamed el-Nadi, Madien and Yasser Maged.

Amal Maher - Enta Wahdak | 2020 | آمال ماهر - انت وحدك

Amal Maher - Enta Wahdak | 2020 | آمال ماهر - انت وحدك Lyrics: Turki Al Alshaikh | كلمات: تركي آل الشيخ Composer: Rabeh Saqer | الحان: رابح صقر Music Arrangement: Medhat Khamis | توزيع موسيقي: مدحت خميس Nay: Ahmed Khairy | ناي: احمد خيري Qanun: Sherif Kamel | قانون:شريف





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2/19/2020 3:55:42 PM
<![CDATA[Book Fair launched within activities of Dandara Festival]]>CAIRO - 19 February 2020: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the launch of a book fair within the activities of the first Dandara Festival of Music and Singing in Qena Governorate, which will be held from Feb. 27 to Mar. 3.

The book fair will be held in Qena’s Girls Club, and the festival’s main personality in its first edition is late legendary poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudi.

Abdel Dayem confirmed that the Ministry of Culture praised the role of MP Mahmoud Abdel Salam el-Dabaa and the civil society institutions in supporting the book fair. The minister added that the book fair aims to spread enlightenment through reading, one of the important methods for reshaping awareness.

As for choosing late poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudi as the main personality of the festival and its book fair, Abdel Dayem stated that the iconic cultural creators should be remembered by the younger generations. Abnoudi was chosen as the main personality as he is one of the sons of Qena Governorate who left an eternal imprint in Arab poetry.

It is noteworthy that Dandara Festival's book fair is organized by the General Egyptian Book Organization headed by Haitham al-Haj in cooperation with the General Authority for Cultural Palaces headed by Ahmed Awad.

Furthermore, the program of the festival includes 10 different concerts in six days for various Egyptian superstars, including Black Tema Ensemble, Medhat Saleh, West El Balad Ensemble, Ali al-Hajjar, Mai Farouk, Luxor folkloric troupe, Marimba player Nessma Abdel Aziz, Dina al-Wedidi, Hisham Abbas, and Massar Egbary Ensemble. The activities will be held in Dandara Temple, Qena Culture Palace and South Valley University.
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2/19/2020 3:52:32 PM
<![CDATA[Jailan Atef launches new YouTube program]]>
Atef will launch several episodes on YouTube in the coming period on skin care, weight loss and the latest fashion trends.

Atef previously released many successful programs to support the health of Egyptian women, in addition to her work as a beauty expert, makeup artist, stylist and successful fashion designer.

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2/19/2020 3:11:27 PM
<![CDATA[Toshka Culture Palace to be inaugurated on Feb. 20]]>
The minister of culture highlighted the soft powers' important role in developing the society and as one of the important elements for achieving sustainable development.

Abdel Dayem added that the renovation of Toshka Culture Palace is a new step on the road to achieving cultural justice and allowing the neediest border areas to access the intellectual and artistic product. She noted that a diversified program has been prepared to invest in the energies of youth of the South.
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Abdel Dayem during an inspecting tour of the Toshka Culture Palace in 2019 - ET

For his part, Awad said that Toshka Culture Palace is one of the oldest palaces of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces; it dates back to 1964. The building stopped its operations 3 years ago, due to several cracks in its foundation.

Awad further stated that during the minister of culture's visit to the site in 2019, she instructed a speedy completion of its renovation, in addition to utilizing the entire area of land allocated to it, which reached 1,245 square meters and consists of two floors and a 180-square meter theater.

The ground floor includes a public library, an information technology hall, studio halls, environmental crafts and plastic arts hall, as well as rooms for artists and administrators.

As for the first floor, it includes the children’s halls and the drop-out room, in addition to rooms to provide services for people with special needs.



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2/19/2020 3:08:59 PM
<![CDATA[Weinstein trial jurors to resume deliberations after his lawyer came under fire]]>
The Manhattan jury of seven men and five women began their discussions on Tuesday morning after receiving legal instructions from state Justice James Burke.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.

Before jury deliberations began, Burke told Weinstein’s lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, that she must not speak to the press until a verdict had been reached.

“I would caution you about the tentacles of your public relations juggernaut,” Burke told Rotunno.

The warning came two days after Rotunno wrote the opinion piece about the case in Newsweek magazine titled “Jurors in my client Harvey Weinstein’s case must look past the headlines.”

Rotunno told Burke that the article was not intended to address the jury directly.

Jurors sent two notes to the judge on Tuesday. The first, sent after less than an hour of deliberations, sought clarification of their legal instructions, which Burke provided.

In a second note, they requested exhibits, including a blueprint of the apartment where Weinstein allegedly assaulted Haleyi and a 2017 email he sent to a private investigator with a list of names highlighted as “red flags.”

The list included Annabella Sciorra, who testified that Weinstein entered her New York apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and raped her. The accusation is too old to be charged as a separate crime, but it could act as an aggravating factor to support a predatory sexual assault charge, which carries a potential life sentence.

Prosecutors have said the email is evidence that Weinstein tried to prevent Sciorra and other accusers from going public with their accusations.

Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein, whose films include “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

The allegations fueled the #MeToo movement, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, news media and politics of sexual misconduct.]]>
2/19/2020 1:57:17 PM
<![CDATA[New season of 'Cinema Masr’ to kick off on Feb. 20]]>
"Cinema Masr" is the graduation play of the graduates of the second batch of the Acting Department at the Artistic Creativity Center.

In the play, Galal depicts the cinematic history in Egypt through different scenes from the Egyptian masterpieces.

These scenes are presented by young artists with multiple talents in acting, singing, dancing and all performing arts.

Galal and his cast decided to honor Egyptian filmmakers by selecting a group of their works to include in the play, beginning with the minister of culture, who was honoured as a musician and a flute player in several films by late iconic director Youssef Chahine.

Also, veteran artist Samira Ahmed was honored with a scene from her film “El Shimaa”. Omar Abdel Aziz, director of "El Shaka men Haq el Zouga" (The apartment belongs to the wife), was also honored by a scene from his popular film.

Furthermore, late writer Ahmed Bahgat, the author of the film “Ayam el Sadat” (Days of Sadat), was also honored; his son Khaled Bahgat received the honoring. Late artist Riyad al-Qasabji, also known as "Shawish Attieh”, was among the honorees.

The play is the vision of Khaled Galal; the play's poems are written by Imad Abdel Mohsen, and its music is composed by Manar el-Shazly. It is executively directed by Ola Fahmy. "Cinema Masr" is produced by the Cultural Development Fund.

“Cinema Masr” stars Iman Ghoneim, Ghada Talaat, Amr Kamal, Badir, Basma Maher, Rabab al-Qa’id, Rabia Rafia, Maya Maher, Reham el-Shanawani, Shaima Abbas, Mohammad Abdo, Hala Marzouq, Ahmed Fawzi, Marwa Eid, Baher al-Nweihi, Norhan el-Marhoumi, and Nehal Fahmy, among others.
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2/18/2020 7:34:20 PM
<![CDATA[1st edition of Dandara Festival to bear the name of Abnoudy]]>
This comes as President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi declared 2020 as the year of culture. The first edition will bear the name of the late great poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudy.

The festival is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Qena Governorate and South Valley University, Cairo Opera House headed by Magdy Saber, the General Organization of Culture Palaces headed by Ahmed Awwad and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Abdel Dayem said that delivering the creative product to Upper Egypt aims to reshape awareness, rebuild the human capabilities, and promote public taste to implement the goals of the sustainable development plans by promoting valuable art and fighting vulgarity.

She added that the first Dandara Music and Singing Festival in Qena Governorate is an extension of the artistic and cultural activities held in Upper Egypt to confront intolerance and promote public taste.

It is noteworthy that the program of the festival includes 10 different concerts in six days for various Egyptian superstars, including Black Tema Ensemble, Medhat Saleh, West El Balad Ensemble, Ali al-Hajjar, Mai Farouk, Luxor folkloric troupe, Marimba player Nessma Abdel Aziz, Dina al-Wedidi, Hisham Abbas, and Massar Egbary Ensemble. The activities will be held in Dandara Temple, Qena Culture Palace and South Valley University.
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2/18/2020 7:30:41 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan causes more controversy after storming restaurant in Imbaba]]>
According to Prince, the story started when he was informed that Ramadan is on his way to his restaurant in Imbaba.

Prince stated he was relaxing at home when he received this news. He quickly instructed his workers to prepare a table for 20 people for Ramadan and his companions.

Furthermore, Prince explained that he was shocked when he found out that Ramadan was not coming to his restaurant to dine, he actually came with the intention of shooting a video clip without permission.

The startled restaurant owner explained through a video that he started seeing seven or eight camera men shooting a clip for Ramadan, which infuriated him.

Prince said in the video he made that he decided to call Ramadan’s producer Tarek Negara and inquire about the incident. He claims that Negara threatened him and told him “You'd better stay quiet and not mention what is happening.”

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Naturally, this infuriated the restaurant owner even more. “What does he mean by saying that? Are you threatening me? You can't just show up in people’s businesses and threaten them while shooting a video clip without their consent!” said Prince in the video he released.

The angry restaurant owner clarified that countless celebrities visited his restaurant and that he never had a problem with any of them. He said that before taking a picture or a video of someone, it is ethical to ask for their permission.

Nasser el-Prince later said that he is going to sue Mohamed Ramadan for shooting a video clip in his restaurant without his consent.

It seems like Ramadan is losing a lot of his popularity, especially after the controversial incidence of the suspended pilot, who lost his aviation license while he was flying Ramadan to Jeddah for a concert.

Ramadan asked to take a memorial photo in the cockpit with the captain, promising him that it is only for personal use. Later, the pilot was shocked to see the photo was actually a video that Ramadan uploaded on his social media accounts, with music in the background.

This incident caused great controversy in the Egyptian and Arab communities, especially that the pilot was suspended for life from operating any flights.

Ashraf Abul-Yusr, the suspended pilot, sued Mohamed Ramadan seeking L.E 25 million in compensation.

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CAIRO - 13 February 2020: Mohamed Ramadan was keen to comment again on what happened between him and the captain of the plane, Ashraf Abul Yusr, explaining that the pilot was aware of filming the video. انا مكدبتش لما قولت ان الكابتن عارف ان في فيديو بيتصور ..




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2/18/2020 7:25:53 PM
<![CDATA[5th SITFY bears name of legendary Sanaa Gamil]]>
"Gamil’s choice was made by the high committee of the festival because she is an exceptional figure of the Arab theater," explained Gharabawy. The head of the festival further stated that Gamil presented countless successful theatrical works, and that she deserves to be honored and celebrated.

Furthermore, Gharabawy said that it is important for the new generations in Egypt and the Arab world to know the value of this great artist who gave so much to her art.

The festival will hold a symposium focusing on the late actress in the presence of pioneering theatrical performers, including veteran actress Samiha Ayoub, Gameel’s life-time friend and companion.

Head of the festival's high committee Mohamed Sobhy will unveil Sanaa Gamil's artistic secrets, and will clarify details about their theatrical experience “The Visit of the Old Lady” directed by Sobhy.

Director of the festival Anjy el-Bastawi said that a Gamil will be celebrated as an international figure because she presented very important global works, including the play “Strindberg” under the title “Dance of Death” in the French language.

Sanaa Gamil’s real name is Soraya Youssef Attallah. She was born in Mallawi in Minya Governorate on April 27, 1930. She is from a Coptic Egyptian family in Upper Egypt. She entered the artistic field through Zaki Tulaimat, who asked her to join the High Institute for Performing Arts.

The movie “Bedaya Wa Nehaya” (A Beginning and an End) brought Gamil great fame. The film was based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz and was directed by Salah Abu Seif, who also directed the film “El Zouga el-Tanya” (The Second Wife), where Gamil played Hafiza.

Gamil also brilliantly embodied the character, Soumia, who was the first martyr in Islam in the film "Al-Resala", directed by Mustafa el-Akkad. The late iconic actress only cooperated once with international director Youssef Shaheen in the film “Dawn of A New Day”.

It is noteworthy that the honorary president of 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 Sobhy. 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, Minister of Tourism Rania al -Mashat and the Tourism Promotion Authority Head Ahmed Youssef and Head of the Domestic Tourism Sector Ola Gamal el Din.

The Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth will run from April 1-7 and will dedicate the Authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Saksoukh, who gave the Egyptian and Arab theater many enriching theatrical and critical writings.

Eighty theatrical performances were chosen to participate in the fifth edition. Some 350 shows initially submitted and were viewed and filtered by the viewing committee to reach 80 shows from foreign and Arab countries.

A total of 36 Egyptian performances were chosen to compete in three competitions in the festival’s fifth edition.

The festival's viewing committee is currently working to choose the final list of participating shows. The viewing committee members include director Karima Bedeir, artist Tarik Sabry, director Sameh Mujahid, Yasser Alam and Mahmoud Sabry.

The fifth Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh and its honorary president is veteran actress Samiha Ayoub.


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2/18/2020 4:30:04 PM