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Cairo International Festival Becomes First Arab Festival to Sign Gender Equality Charter

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Cairo International Film Festival has signed the 5050×2020 gender equality charter, making it the very first festival in the Arab world to sign the charter.

The gender equality charter was first launched at Cannes Film Festival last year and it aims at ensuring the transparency in the selection process and programming committee, in addition to recording the gender of the filmmakers and crews of all submissions.

Other international film festivals to have signed the pledge are Toronto, Venice, New York, London, Rome and San Sebastian, but in the Arab world, Cairo Film Festival is the first to sign.

The official ceremony of signing the pledge will take place during a special gala screening of the debut feature ‘Scales’ by the Saudi Arabian filmmaker Shahad Ameen.

“We’re extremely happy that Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has decided to sign the Pledge, showing their attachment to the issue of equality and inclusion in the Arab region. We hope many other festivals in the region will follow their lead.” Delphyne Besse from Collectif 50/50, the driving force behind the charter, stated.

President of Cairo International Film Festival, Mohamed Hefzy said that the festival is already known for championing female filmmakers and also has been meeting several of the conditions stated in the charter.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fabrica’s ‘Queen Tribute’ Wins Best Music Video Award at MoziMotion in Netherlands

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Egypt’s musical theater company Fabrica has won ‘Best Music Video‘ award for their ‘Mercury Rising: A Queen Tribute’ during the ninth edition of the MoziMotion Film Festival in the Netherlands.

The music video was released earlier in January following the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie, the video was directed by Mohamed Koushi with the art direction and choreography of Omar Warda.

Music arrangement was prepared by Mohab Kaddah and it featured Fabrica’s singers: Alia Khaled, Nardine Reda, Farida Tamer; altos Hana Afifi, Laila Ashraf, Nathalie Alain; Ali Ballout, Adel Badawy, Omar Warda; basses Amir Zarkani, Mohab Kaddah and Mina Sami.

 

“What captured everybody’s attention was – and it shows that they’re theatre actors – the first, I would say, 90% of the first, it’s a continuous camera roll, it’s a one take. You go all the way to the end and if you mess up, you’ve got to start all over again.” said Ruben Kazantsev, MoziMotion co-founder.

The ninth edition of the festival began on October 5th and concluded last night, after hitting a new record of 4,000 participating films from more than 100 countries.

 

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The Egyptian Medical Syndicate Elects For the First Time a Female Chairperson

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Dr. Sherina Ghaleb, Cairo University Forensic Medicine and Toxicology professor has made history by becoming the very first woman to be elected for the position of chairperson of the Egyptian Doctors Syndicate. 

The midterm elections of the syndicate took place on Friday under the supervision of the National Authority of Administrative Prosecution, the election selected a chairperson and board members.

Dr Ghaleb has led so far an impressive medical career, serving as Vice President of the Islamic Countries Forensic Medicine Organization and Secretary General of the Arab Union of Forensics and Toxicology. She also served as President of the International Association of Law and Forensic Sciences and is one of the founding members of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in London.

 

 

 

 

 

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Egyptian Movie ‘Leil Khargy’ Wins Best Film at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden

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The Egyptian movie Exterior/ Nigh ‘Leil Khargy‘ won the ‘Best Film’ award in the feature competition at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden.

 

The movie is directed by Ahmed Abdalla and starsSherif Desouky, Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Basma, Ahmed Malek, and Ahmed Magdy. The comedy drama follows the lives of Toto who is a sex worked, Moe, a playboy and an Islamic cab driver called Mostafa.

The three of them walk a journey of life-changing events and faces different facets of life in Cairo, as they face uttering situations of sexism and classism. This is an attempt of the director’s vision of portraying the complex life and picture of human of Cairo.

The opening ceremony of Malmo Arab Film Festival’s ninth edition took place on October 4 and concluded yesterday night with the awards granting ceremony.

 

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