10th Luxor African Film Festival to honour Egyptian veteran actress Nadia El-Gendy

Mona Sheded, Friday 26 Mar 2021

The festival's 10th edition will launch at Luxor's Karnak Temple on 26 March, with activities taking place until 1 April

Nadia El Gendy

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will honour veteran star Nadia El-Gendy in its 10th edition, which will kick off next Friday at Karnak Temple in Luxor, in the presence of Egypt’s Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem.

“Honouring the big star Nadia El-Gendy is the surprise of the festival at its 10th edition, we honour her for her rich cinematic career in which she tackled important issues and was the only box office female star competing against men,” said Sayed Fouad, the president of the festival, in an official press release.

“The audience loves her; she is like a gift of God, with her presence and personal charm, she bore the title 'Star of the Masses' for more than 25 years. Due to her intelligence and power, she managed to build a connection with the audience, and made a commitment to choose her films’ topics wisely, which reflects the Arab street interests,” said Azza El-Husseini, the director of the festival in the press release.

Nadia El-Gendy, 75, has had a rich career, with films pointing to the flaws in society, like Wakalt Al-Balah, Al-Madbah, and Khamsa Bab, and many films tackling political issues like The Spy Hekmat Fahmy, A Woman Shook the Throne of Egypt, A Mission in Tel Aviv, and 48 Hours in Israel.

The 10th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival will be held between 26 March and 1 April, under the slogan ‘Ten Years of Imagination’.

The festival will celebrate imagination and creativity from all over Africa, with Sudanese cinema being the guest of honour.

Organised by the Independent Artists Youth Foundation, the LAFF is presided over by its founder, Egyptian scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, with actor Mahmoud Hemeida as its honorary president.

The festival also announced before that it will pay tribute to the Tunisian star Hend Sabri for her outstanding career in the Arab film industry, the Egyptian director Ali Abdel-Khalek, actor Mohy Ismail, actor Samir Sabry, Malian director Cheick Oumar Sissoko, and Azelarab Kaghat from Morocco.

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