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Lift Like a Girl: Egyptian Documentary Wins Best Film Award at Leipzig Festival

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The Egyptian documentary ‘Lift Like a Girl’ has won the Golden Dove Award for Best Film at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The documentary was among the Long Film category and it succeeded in winning the Best film.

The 63rd edition of the film festival took place on the 26th of October and concluded on the first of November.

The festival is considered to be one of the most significant international events for shedding the light on documentary films, ever since the year 1960.

The juries and filmmakers attended the event virtually, which was streamed live on the festival’s official website.

“We end DOK Leipzig with an award. I never really thought I’d be attending an award ceremony from my couch but there’s a first time for everything,” said film director Mayye Zayed on her Facebook page, adding that “Making this film has been a very long journey and it wasn’t an easy one at all. So thanks to the great team who gave all they can to the film despite all the difficulties that we’ve been through.”

The documentary premiered for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Zayed released a brief on IMDB on the documentary, which read: “Her coach, Captain Ramadan, believes so much in her and never takes no for an answer. He has been training world champion weightlifters for more than 20 years, including his daughter Nahla Ramadan, the former world champion, an Olympian and the pioneer of weightlifting in Egypt, as well as Abeer Abdel-Rahman, the first Arab female two-time Olympic medalist. For four years, Zebiba goes through victories and defeats, including major losses that shape her, as she finds her way from dust to gold.”

We’re proud that an Egyptian documentary not only did it make its way to an international festival, but also won a prestigious award.

 

 

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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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