On Sunday 6 October, a special event was held the title ‘Luxor African Film Festival Night’ during the ongoing Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF).
The evening celebrated the Egyptian festival, which, according to the MAFF organisers "made great strides and became one of the most important festivals specialized in African cinema."
The Luxor African Film Festival held its eighth edition in March 2019.
The highlighting of the Egyptian festival took place during the MAFF’s Panora Cinema segment, most of which witnessed full audience attendance "with an interesting mix of the Arabs of Sweden, guests of the festival with and Scandinavian audience who came to learn about the best and the latest in Arab cinema," the MAFF organisers said.
The day also included screenings of several films followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, including Northern Lights (Sweden), Tiny Souls (Palestine-Jordan), Good Morning (Lebanon), Urgent (Morocco), Ext. Night (Egypt), and Khartoum Offside (Sudan).
The Luxor African Film Festival is organised by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) NGO "to support and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the peoples of Africa in general and African artists in particular," the Luxor festival organisers explain.
The organisers chose Luxor city with the first edition in 2012 because "it is the largest open-air museum in the world and it was lacking artistic festivals," and because of "its geographical position in the very heart of Upper Egypt and hence closer to the rest of the African continent."
The Ninth Malmö Arab Film Festival takes place between 4 and 8 October 2019.
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