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7 Times Egyptian Cinema Contributed To Racism Against Black People

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There’s a rule in Egyptian Cinema that black people are only allowed to play certain roles. These roles include: the janitor, the housekeeper, the prostitute, the cook…etc. I think you get the image. Somehow, until today, these stereotypical views that the Egyptian media holds against black people haven’t changed one bit. What’s even sadder is that some of your favorite films probably do contain a ton of ridicule, hateful speech, and pure racism against at least one race of humans. Nevertheless, we more than often continue to ignore the hideous facts for a few dumb laughs.

1. Elli Bali Balak:


One of the funniest comedies, no? Black people in this film’s case were only added to the script so that they’d be made fun of. That, and only that. The most notable racist line in the flick, I believe would be “Ma3lesh ana olt bardo enty beida w ana abyad, fa ezay nekhalef soba3 el 3agwa dah?” Said Mohamad Saad, referring to a little black girl that he thought was his daughter. So Goddamn funny, isn’t it?

2. Alf Mabrouk:


Now in this one, our beloved comedian Ahmed Helmy basically uses the one black character in the film to add some awkward hahas to his picture. Of course, the black character here has a job of handing folks paper tissues when they finish peeing and pooping. He also has no lines in the film. He just stands there and takes whatever Helmy throws at him.

3. Alb Garee2:

Here, Ahmad Eid’s character finally gets to fulfill his dream of working in the pictures after being picked, alongside four other men, to play the role of a black slave. Eid’s character argues with the director that he doesn’t want his skin tone to be darkened for the role (Basically, blackface). He argues “3abeed eih ya ostaz? Ana tomou7y Akbar men keda!”, so, the dark skinned director answers “Malhom el 3abeed? Mesh 3agbak teddehen eswed? Tab ma ana eswed aho” and Eid’s character replies “Rabena yezeedak ya ostaz”.

4. Se3eedy Fel Gam3a El Amrikeya:

“Esmarret w e7lawet w et7ara2et bas batata!” Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Saddens me to say that one of the best Egyptian comedy flicks of all time is totally packed with racist lines! “Samara” the black prostitute, is the punchline of at least 60% of the film’s jokes! If not more! Men awel “W betetfy el noor leih manty medalemma khel2a” lehad “tesada2y ya bet kol el nas shafet el leila el 7amra, ana el wa7eed el shoft el leila el soda” w zawed kaman “Shokolata”, the song that became the national anthem durning the late 90s. Sorry to say this, but Heneidy should’ve been imprisoned after he made that film. Too ideal? Absolutely. Here in Egypt, the only things cinematic censorship gives a damn about are politics, religion and SEX. Now here are a few more honorable mentions:

5. Africano:

When Ahmed El Sakkah and Ahmed Eid go into a club in South Africa and Eid’s character says: “El kahraba at3a gowa wala eih?”, commenting on the black women coming out of the club.

6. 3eyal Habbeeba:

When Ramez Galal’s character makes fun of his neighbor’s family photo, saying “Heya el sha2a di et7ara2et abl keda walla eih?”, and Mohamad Lotfy’s character adds “El sowar di mesh kont te7amadha abl ma te3ala2ha?”. And of course, the fact that they painted Soliman Eid’s face black for the film.

7. Shams El Zanaty:

When the gang of five holds a meeting and Seberto (played by Moustafa Metwally) makes fun of Sambo’s skin color (played by Ali Abd-El Raheem), commenting “3aref yad ya Sambo, law el shoghlana el 3ayezna feeha el Zanaty di fi ko7l el leil, hatetla3 enta el bereemo, bas ew3a ted7ak keda la tenawar w tekshefna, w teb2a leletna teen!”

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All You Need to Know About the 41st Edition of CIFF

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The 41st edition of CIFF which is dedicated to the late Egyptian film critic and multi-year festival artistic director, Yossef Cherif, kicks off tonight at the Cairo Opera House and until the 29th of November with so many cinematic surprises coming your way.

10 days of cinematic events, 10 days that will include the screening of 150 film from all genres and from across the world and even though the films hail from 63 countries, the festival still focuses on representing the Arab cinema by having 20 selections in the lineup from the MENA region.

“For this year’s edition, we are planning an exciting lineup with many gala screenings,” said CIFF President Mohamed Hefzy. “More importantly, we are targeting a surprising international world premiere; something that has not happened at CIFF for many years.”

 

The opening ceremony of CIFF will see the stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud as the hosts.

The festival will honor filmmaker Sherif Arafa and legendary star Menna Shalaby by awarding them the Faten Hamama Honorary Award for their lifetime’s achievement.

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More masterclasses and in-conversations announced on the list of the the highly anticipated 2nd edition of Cairo Industry Days! Hurry up and register for your early bird accreditation for 400 EGP instead of 600 EGP, ending tomorrow. المزيد من المحاضرات والحوارات تنضم لجدول أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما! اذا كنت من العاملين بصناعة السينما، قم بالتسجيل المبكر في أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما مقابل ٤٠٠ جنية مصري بدلاً من ٦٠٠ جنية حتي يوم ١٥نوفمبر. اضغط على الرابط للتسجيل: https://www.ciff.org.eg/ar/اعتماد-أيام-القاهرة

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Legendary director, screenwriter and actor Terry Gilliam will also be honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, during the opening ceremony of the festival.

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This is a special tribute to cinema, storytelling and exceptional imagination! We are happy to announce honouring legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, the maverick behind "Monty Python", "Brazil", "12 Monkeys" and many others, with the festival's prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award". Fans will also get the opportunity to hear from the director during Cairo Industry Days' in-conversation event at the Cairo Opera House. إنه احتفاء بالسينما والحكي والخيال الاستثنائي.. يسعدنا أن نعلن تكريم صانع الأفلام الأسطوري تيري جيليام، الساحر الذي صنع "مونتي بايثون" و"برازيل" و"12 قردًا" وغيرها، بجائزة فاتن حمامة التقديرية عن مجمل أعماله. وسيتاح لجمهور السينما وصناعها الاستماع لجيليام في جلسة نقاشية تُعقد بدار الأوبر المصرية. #CIFF41

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The ‘Irishman‘ will be the opening movie of the festival, which is the Middle East debut of legendary director Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A jury of the finest international talents, including Oscar-winning American screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan, Italian screenwriter and director Daniele Luchetti, Moroccan producer Lamia Chraibi, and Chinese actress Qin Hailu, will be the ones deciding the winner of the coveted Golden and Silver Pyramid awards for best film and best director respectively.

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We’re proud to announce that the Middle Eastern premiere of Martin Scorsese’s crime epic, The Irishman, will be screened for the public on Thursday 21st at 1 pm @ Cairo Opera House, Grand Hall. Free tickets will be available starting 9:30 AM, on a first come first serve basis. #CIFF41 يسر مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي الإعلان عن عرض فيلم إفتتاح المهرجان "الأيرلندي"، من إخراج مارتن سكورسيزي، للجماهير يوم الخميس ٢١ نوفمبر. علماً بأن العرض مجاني، وبأسبقية الحضور. التذاكر ستكون متاحة بدئاً من الساعة ٩:٣٠ صباحاً.

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Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member for the Best Arab Film Award, While actress Hanan Motawie will be a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and last but not least, Hana Shiha will be the jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

Finally, if you’re looking to take part in this huge event and be present to witness history being made, you can now purchase all event tickets through Tazkarti’s website.

 

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What We Think About the Biggest Arab Drama ‘Mamalek El Nar’

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The first episode of the Arab/Egyptian TV series ‘Mamalek El-Nar‘ aired on November 17th after long anticipation that followed the release of the trailer, soon after the audience started comparing the promising series to Game of Thrones, so is it really similar? Is it really as promising? Is it a replica or was GOT just an inspiration?

The series really is huge! The production for instance is described as “the biggest Arab drama of 2019 reportedly worth $40M,” and the plot will highlight the rule of Ottomans during their dominance of the Arab world in the early 16th century.

The series is written by Mohamed Suleiman Abdel-Malek and Ahmed Nada, directed by British Peter Weber and is starring Egyptian actor Khaled El-Nabawy, Syrian actors Mahmoud Nasr, Kinda Hanna and Rashid Assaf, Palestinian actor Abdelmoneim Aamayri, and many more Arab stars.

Watching the trailer, you could really see the strong resemblance between the series and the popular HBO’s Game of Thrones, what with the battles, the costumes, the music and even the rage.

But well, it takes A LOT to mimic such a legendary production, and it might be the inspiration but we surely can’t wait to see the results of this huge production.

We won’t be too quick to judge until we watch more episodes and we have high hopes that the rest will change our views, and prove that it is indeed an original story and not one where characters are fighting over a throne which is a plot that rings a bell to many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Might Be Happening With HBO Max

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Friends‘ fans gather around for this is the one where the reunion might actually be happening! After years and years of constant speculations and fans pleading for a reunion, the famed series ‘Friends‘ might finally be getting a half-reboot with HBO Max.

According to reports by the Hollywood Reporter, an officially formal deal hasn’t been done yet but it had been confirmed that our very loved six members, along with the series’ original creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, are working on reuniting for an unscripted special on the streaming service giant HBO Max. 

We have high hopes this time even though for countless times, the cast and creators have shut down any possibility for a reunion.
Jennifer Anniston for instance shut down word of a Friends reboot last month with a flat out no but she did tell Ellen DeGeneres on the show that, “We would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”

According to other reports by Variety, this reunion special might only feature the cast and producers as they share their favorite stories and moments from the set, instead of the usual stories of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. 

For a Friends‘ enthusiast, we sure would love to see anything related to the old set and seeing our favorite characters reunite once again together.

 

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