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Dokki Ya Mazzika: What to Expect From This Year’s Official Anthem For El Gouna Film Festival!

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Our time during quarantine has shown us the importance of cooperation and how through this, amazing features can be accomplished. It has also shown us how art can help us get through anything!

The Fourth Gouna Film Festival’s official anthem “Dokki Ya Mazzika,” which caused a surge of excitement during the opening ceremony and electrified the official afterparty exemplifies this, culmination of many artistic minds working together and bringing together their full force.

Its irresistibly positive energy carries the spirit of the festival, constantly being highly requested at every party throughout the week of the festival.

The brainchild of Abdelrahman Roshdy, a talented singer who’s currently in the process of releasing his first album was inspired, and using his gift in music composition, combined his talents with the lyrically inspired Menna Adly El Keiy, whose words were brought to life by the vocal excellence of Ramy Ayach.

In the words of Roshdy, “It was two months of hard work which brings me joy having all the elements come together seamlessly. Especially considering this was my first time composing, and what an experience it was.”

The song was forged to perfection by the production maverick El Nabulsi who put his work on upcoming mega hits on hold to solidify this remarkable piece. In his words “We aimed to deliver a happy message in a calm and non-ostentatious manner and I think we got this across transparently.”

A product of powerhouses JWT Entertainment and Mazzika, their joined forced made the project come to life as they put in immerse efforts in making the GFF 2020 official anthem a true celebration and praise of music, arts and culture in our lives.

After dominating conversations and captivating listeners the entire week of the festival, the thrilling music video that was shot throughout the festival was brought forth at the official closing ceremony, allowing it to visually capture the ecstatic energy of the event.

The video’s grand unveiling in the closing ceremony consolidated the hype and excitement it has drummed up throughout the festival, to conclude it at its highest peak. Featuring some of the industry’s greatest artists, celebrities and key figures.

Here’s a sneak peak of who to expect in the musical video!

This song brings together the creative energies of many artists to enact a renaissance of beauty and in the heartfelt words of Ramy Ayach, “We are here to give hope”.  In this regard many contributions towards this goal were given through key appearances by business moguls Samih Sawiris and Naguib Sawiris, Superstars Youssra, Laila Eloui, Jamal Soliman, Mohamed Farrag, Amina Khalil, Injy El Mokkaddem, Arwa Gouda along with regional media stars Raya Abirached and Hilda Khalife to name just a few!

We’re looking forward to watching the music video and experiencing the festive vibes all over again. Stay tuned!

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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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