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Egyptian ballet documentary wins third prize at African film festival

A Footnote in Ballet History won third prize for best documentary at the festival in Burkino Faso

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Mar 2017
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(Photo: courtesy of Hisham Abdel Khalek)
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A documentary about Egypt’s national ballet company won third prize in the Documentary Supported by Canal+ section at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou last week.

A Footnote in Ballet History, directed by Hisham Abdel Khalek, looks at an Egyptian classical ballet company through the eyes of its first prima ballerina, Magda Saleh.

The movie depicts the first national ballet school and early triumphs achieved by Egypt's first ballet company and its superstar Saleh, her career in Egypt until the early 1990s and then in the USA as an academic.

Released in November 2016, the film stars Saleh, Diane Hakak, and Aleya Abdel Razek.

The festival, which ran from 25 February to 4 March in the capital of Burkino Faso, also saw the screening of two other Egyptian movies: Khaled El Hagar’s feature Haram El-Gasd and Ghada Ali’s short film Coma.

Dating back to 1969, the event is one of Africa’s largest and most important film festivals. 

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