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TikTok join forces with Arab Hope Makers to Promote Good Deeds

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TikTok users in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are given the chance to share their good deeds online in a new challenge, that was launched in partnership with the Arab Hope Makers initiative, which aims to promote the value of giving in communities.

TikTok, the world’s leading short-form video platform, has joined hands with the Arab Hope Makers initiative, the largest of its kind to celebrate stories of hope in the region, enabling its users to share their kind acts and deeds on the platform; therefore encouraging others to follow their steps and make positive contributions to the people around them. 

Under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the challenge embodies the Arab Hope Makers initiative’s vision to spread hope and instill the value of giving to fight despair and pessimism in the Arab World.

This initiative is happening through the harnessing of the creativity of its MENA user community, in which users will share positive gestures through short videos, the #arabhopemakers challenge aims to instill the sense of giving in society. The challenge, running from April 5-15, is designed to encourage users to make a difference and unite towards pursuing a humanitarian goal.

Moreover, It pushes content creators into starting a good deed and sharing it on the platform, thus inspiring others to do a similar good deed of their own.

To celebrate the meaningful initiative, TikTok is giving users access to the official AHM song “Hope Makers” by Emirati singer Hussain Al Jasmi, and creating a special “Hope Makers” effect for challenge participants.

At the end of the challenge, ten creators will stand a chance to win tickets to the Arab Hope Makers final ceremony taking place in Dubai

Many Arab celebrities will be joining the campaign to celebrate hope in the Arab world, including top social influencer and MBC TV presenter Joelle Mardinian, skate roll professional Hassan Bin Mahfouz, ranked No.1 in Asia and 10th in the world, along with his brother Hussein Bin Mahfouz.

So far, the enthusiasm shown by TikTok’s community of creators in the region has been overwhelming, with as many as 3000 videos created as part of the challenge, racking up a total of 22.2 million views.  

Join the #arabhopemakers (#صناع_الأمل) cause today; by share your good deed and inspiring others via the TikTok platform!

Here is a glimpse of users’ participation in the initiative, that we have felt blessed to watch!

For more, visit the TikTok platform.

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Suspends Services for One Month

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox churches have announced the suspension of masses and other services in both Cairo and Alexandria as of Monday and the suspension will last for a month.

The suspension comes in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among clergymen and churchgoers.

The Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday released an official statement that says the suspension includes Sunday’s schools, meetings, services and masses, and that priests in each church are allowed one mass weekly with a minimal presence and a maximum of five deacons only.

As for funeral services, they’re allowed to be held but with the participation of only one priest and one deacon and of course the family of the deceased. However, the halls that are designated for mourning services will be closed until the improvement of current conditions.

For Baptism services, the maximum number allowed are four member of the baby’s family.

The statement added that study at institutes and educational centres will carry on but with a reduced maximum of 25%.

As for the dioceses, each bishop get to decide what is most suitable to the health situation in his diocese, in partnership with the congregation of priests.

We urge all worshipers to remain safe and adhere to all the precautionary measures needed.

 

 

 

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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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