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Six films represent Egypt at Berlin Arab Film Festival, Youssef Chahine and Nadia Kamel in spotlight

Two of the Egyptian films, Alexandria… Why? by late director Youssef Chahine and Salata Baladi by Nadia Kamel, will be screened in the festival's special spotlight programme

Ahram Online , Thursday 31 Mar 2016
Alexandria… Why
(Photo: film still from Alexandria… Why? by Youssef Chaine)
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Four award-winning films will officially represent Egypt in the 7th edition of the Arab Film Festival of Berlin (ALFILM), which runs from 6 to 13 April at Kino Arsenal.

The festival features films and documentaries, as well as short films and video art, from Arab countries and artists, with a number of the films seeing their German or European premieres.

Four Egyptian films will be screened at the festival: The Gate of Departure by Karim Hanafy; In the last Days of the City by Tamer El-Saied; A Present from the Past by Kawthar Younis; and Mother of the Unborn by Nadin Salib.

The festival’s special spotlight programme will present films on to the topic; “Cousin: Jewish-Arab identities in postcolonial cultural discourse.”

The film programme examines historical and contemporary feature and documentary films that depict Jewish-Arab identities as a historical component of Arab and Jewish culture and memory.

Two Egyptian films have been selected for this section; Alexandria… Why? by Youssef Chahine, and Salata Baladi by Nadia Kamel.

ALFILM, the largest festival providing a platform for the diverse Arab cinema, focuses on artistically and thematically outstanding films from the Arab world.

The event is organised by Makan – Centre for Arab Film, Arts and Culture, an independent non-profit association founded in 2004 to promote and support Arab cinema.

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