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10 Egyptian Dramas You Couldn’t Have Missed Growing Up as a 90s Kid

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90s humans! Let’s face it, growing up; we didn’t have many options when it came to TV channels. We had Channel 1, 2 & the rest were trash (Sorry Egyptian TV). The lucky ones among us had cable (A.R.T.) but we were all more or less, forced to watch the same sh*t growing up. So, let’s take a trip down memory lane together:

The list doesn’t include Yetrabba Fi Ezzo
 & 3a2elat El Haj Metwally. 

1. Hadith Alsabah Wal Masaa (2001)

People are still talking about Hadith alsabah Wal Masaa until this very day because of the huge impact it had on its viewers. The series, written by the legendary Naguib Mahfouz, featured a great amount of young actors who would grow up to become famous stars, like: Ahmad El Fishawy, Menna Shalaby, Ola Ghanem and Amr Waked. 

2. El 3amma Nour (2003)


Who doesn’t remember when Nabila Ebeid played the ‘cool’ aunt from America on El 3amma Nour? This series was so much fun back in the day. Fishawy kept us highly entertained with his crazy/prankster character 3atwa (pictured above)A young Bushra was also in it, along with the not-so-famous-now singer Karim Abu Zeid. 

3. Amira Fi Abdeen (2002)

The famous melody of this show’s intro by Hisham Abass still lingers. This family drama was so successful back then, my best friend would call me up before it started just to remind me to watch it! The series stars Samira Ahmad, along with Hanan Tork and Hassan Hosni

4. Shabab Online (2002)

This show is considered the Godfather of Egyptian Sitcoms. When Shabab Online first aired back in 2002, it was definitely the first TV series of its kind as Egyptian audiences weren’t at all accustomed to punchlines that are followed by loud sounds of laughter and other sitcom elements. The show was inspired by, of course, Friends.

5. 3afareet El Sayala (2004)


3afareet El Sayala instantly became a hit after the first few episodes aired back in 2004. Everybody became obsessed with Fishawy‘s style and unorthodox lingo. Everybody at school was talking about it, even the teachers. In my opinion, Afareet El Sayala is the show that truly marked the start of Fishawy’s career.

6. Al Ha2ee2a Wal Sarab


Now raise your hand if Al Ha2ee2a Wal Sarab gave you LIFE!!! I mean, this series is the damn boss!! This masterpiece alone is the reason why we have all the “Mama ya setty” memes today. All Hail!

7. Ayna Qalby (2002)

Who remembers when Ayna Qalby first aired and everybody was raging over the fact that Ahmed Ezz was too damn young to play the role of Yousra’s love interest??? Gosh! I remember the debates like it was yesterday, not 16 years ago! Ayna Qalby was the reason Mai Ezz El Din’s Menna Shalaby’s careers skyrocketed afterwards!

8. Sara (2005)


Setting aside the fact that I never really liked Sara because I found Hanan Tork’s character extremely annoying, the series was definitely a success. Hanan Tork plays the role of a girl called Sara who has mental development problems and Ahmad Rizk plays the role of her hero doctor, who I think eventually falls in love with her….?….All I remember is the annoying sound of Sara yelling out “Hassan!”. 

9. Abbass El Abyad Fel Yom El Eswed (2004)


And who could forget Yehia El Fakharany’s impeccable performance as Abass in this hit series? This man is such a powerful actor, he easily steals the show whenever he’s doing a scene. The story follows a man, who’s in search of his kids after he’s  been away for so long, I don’t remember why, tho.

10. Raya W Sekina (2005)

The revival of the famous story of Alexandrian ladies Raya & Sekina was met with huge success. The mystery of it all, along with the thrill of dying to find out who their next victim is, was everything I needed as a kid.

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The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually

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According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.

The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.

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Catch The Arab Premiere For Short Movie Henet Ward During Cairo Film Festival

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Egypt’s short movie ‘Henet Ward’ will have its MENA premiere at Cairo Film Festival, where it will compete with other movies.

The movie has participated in more than 95 international festivals around the world in (50 different countries) including 20 festivals that qualify for the Oscar and BAFTA and the film has won 12 international awards since its world premiere in the official competition of the “Clermont Ferrand International Festival” in France.

The movie is directed by Murad Mostafa and will be competing in the Cairo Film Festival.

Henet Ward tackles the life of “Halima”, a Sudanese henna painter living in Egypt. She goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding and her 7 years old daughter “Ward” accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place.

The movie also stars Emad Goniem, Halima, and Hagar Mahmoud, among others.

The following are the screening times for the movie:

Arab premiere
Sunday December 6th | 3:30 PM | Hanager cinema hall in the Egyptian Opera House

Playback
Monday, December 7th | 1:00 PM | Odeon 2 cinema downtown

Share with us what you think of the movie when you catch the premiere!

 

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Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy Wins Two Awards From the Australian Cinematography Society

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Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy has won two prestigious awards from the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS) and with that, marking his third win in a row and bringing his total number of awards to nine since he joined as a member back in 2017.

Al-Morsy received the Golden Award of Corporate Branding and Advertising for his video “Same Great Feelings,” which he also directed for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt. He also won the Silver Award of John Bowring for Breaks and Promos for the Egyptian TV Channel Identity, where he used Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

This win brings his total number of both international and regional awards to 22! An honorable achievement that he managed to do in the past 10 years.

These awards were granted for a number of his work including: Messages From The Sea (2010), The Party (2013), The Blue Elephant (2014), The Originals (2017), Diamond Dust (2018), and Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers, which generated more than EGP 102 million, making it the highest grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Al Morsy is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).

His latest work is the movie Al Aref: Awdat Younis, directed by Ahmad Alaa Aldeeb and starring Ahmed Ezz, the movie will release soon in cinemas.

 

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