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“Stay At Home, Culture is Between Your Hands”Program

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Ministry of Culture

Tomorrow is the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan and there are a lot of things in store for us. The television shows that are to commence tomorrow are looking quite promising which is why this is one of the only reasons why people are excited for Ramadan.

This year, 2020 has left us shocked due to the coronavirus pandemic that has taken over the word. For safety precautions, we are to maintain social distancing which is why this Ramadan, we won’t be able to celebrate it the usual day with family gatherings or even having Iftar outside at some restaurant.

On the other hand, Inas Abdel Dayem, Egypt’s Minister of Culture, has officially announced the Ramadan Agenda with the theme of “Stay At Home, Culture is Between Your Hands.”

She has stressed on the importance of contributing to social media platforms in hopes of getting people to feel positive and productive all the way from home, regardless of what the situations are not only in our country, but on a global scale.

So to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan, a digital agenda has been catered to your needs that will be broadcasted on the official Ministry of Culture page on Youtube as well as other social media platforms. The agenda will include a series of competitions and activities that will help cultivate all ages of the Egyptian culture. There will also be activities and prizes for children of younger age.

Another main reason behind this initiative is to preserve the Egyptian identity be stressing on the importance of creativity in the process of building human beings. For those who are hoping to get into their spiritual status, you will be capable of benefiting from spiritual evenings of Ramadan.

Supreme Council of Culture

A series of one on one meetings with intellectuals from all over the arab world will be filling you in on all you need to know regarding knowledge and culture. What’s interesting about this program in specific is that this will fall uder the program called “Read with Us” and will also be featuring important intellectuals from Egypt of course as well as alestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and lastly Jordan.

Egyptian National Library and Archives

We are quite sure that there are several people who enjoy reading about historical moments throughout history in hopes of cultivating themselves. Which is why, for that specific purpose, the Egyptian National Library and Archives have prepared a program that will show you the historical documents from the procedures going on through the Holy month of Ramadan.

Also, they have prepared both cultural and religious competitions for the younger generations such as from the age of 9 to 12 that falls under the title “A Question Everyday”. This is in collaboration with the Children’s Literature Research Center which is why it will be properly constructed. The competition will commence from the first of Ramadan until the 27th whereas, on a daily basis, a question will be published on the account of the center on Facebook.

General Egyptian Book Organization

We know there are many people out there who are killing their time reading books because they are huge founds of wandering off in their minds and learning more about several topics. Which is why, Haitham al-Hag, the head of the General Egyptian Book Organization is providing you with books that you have to read.

The program will include rare and intricate seminars regarding art, literature pioneers, and though in general. They will also bring hosts that were involved with Cairo’s international Book Fair. If you’re interested, head to the Egyptian Ministry Culture’s website.
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Egyptian Opera House

The magnificent Opera House has graced us with numerous spiritual evenings that will include Sufism plays, Arab Music Ensembles, and the Cairo Opera Orchestra. The head of the Opera House, Magdy Saber, claims that it will be a wonderful journey for all. The best is that a number of Opera Stars will be joining this interesting program,!

The National Center for Theater, Music and Folklore

Music, Theater, and Folklore are one of the main branches of art as a whole. Which is why, the National Center for Theater, Music, and Folklore are releasing a series of episodes under the title “Helwa Beladi” in hopes of addressing as well as highlighting a group of folk art pioneers.

The Egyptian Film Center

Through the entire quarantine, we’ve all been stuck to screens trying to watch and keep up with movies. With that said, Egypt’s Film Center will be providing yet again rare documents about the historical events as well as Egypt’s infamous icons that has formed the modern history that is today.

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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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Bassem Youssef is Making His Comeback to Arabic TV

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Comedian Bassem Youssef is making a comeback to the Arab television very soon with the newly launched channel ‘Al-Sharq News,’ which is owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

This time, Bassem Youssef isn’t making his return as the sarcastic, witty presenter we got used to but instead, he will rely on his medical experience to advise and guide the audience on the benefits of plant-based diets for health.

More details are yet to be announced soon about the programme, but what we know is that the channel will also feature programmes hosted by Moataz Al-Demerdash, Zina Al-Yazji, Rasha Al-Khatib, Saad Zaghloul and Muhammad Fathy. All of which are part of its plan in becoming a new multi-platform Arabic news service. 

The channel will combine its content with the latest technical features that are used for the very first time in the region.

We can’t wait for Youssef’s comeback and are eager to see the promising work of the channel.

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Egyptian Short Film ‘Yellow’ Wins Best Cut Award at Cinefem Festival Internacional

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The Egyptian independent short film entitled ‘Yellow’ won the best cut award at Cinefem Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer that was held in Uruguay.

The festival was held on November 2nd in Uruguay and ‘Yellow’ was the only Arab film submitted in the festival, it stars the talented Passant Shawky and is directed by Mahitab Ayoub.

 

The movie, which is written by Rawiah Ismail Abdallah, tells the story of a woman who takes care of her father. It follows her struggle in looking after him, especially that he suffers from Alzheimer and is at a severe stage, at which he can’t remember his own daughter. She does everything in her power to remind him of all the things they shared together.

“For a subtle approach to a relentless disease, for a portrait that at the moment reaches amazing maturity, not exempt from fine humor and an endearing character.” The credits for the movie said.

Also worth mentioning is that the movie was shot in only one day! Something that required too much work and planning, but the results were completely worth it.

“Yellow” first premiered in Malmo Arab Film Festival last October, and will be screened in Cairo International Film Festival in December.

 

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