Under the title “The Magic of African Cinema” the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will hold a week of film screenings at the Hanager Arts Centre and the Creativity Centre, both located in the Cairo Opera House grounds, from 1-5 June.
The programme comprises selections from films screened at LAFF since it was founded in 2012.
Egyptian actress Yousra is scheduled to deliver an opening speech at the event, in which she will express solidarity with Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima, who has been facing problems finishing the production of his latest film after it was supposed to be funded by the ACP-EU (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) Support Programme.
Among the films to be screened are Horizon Beautiful (2013) by Stefan Jager, October One (2014) by Kunle Afolayan, Nairobi Half Life (2012) by David “Tosh” Gitonga, Hawas (“Senses”) (2010) by Mohamed Ramadan, and Garagouz (“The Puppeteer”) (2010) by Abdenour Zahzah.
The film week is taking place in parallel with the Cairo International Forum for African Cultures, which is currently being held at the Supreme Council of Culture.
Azza El-Husseini, project manager of the Nawafez project -- an offshoot of the festival, which was founded in March 2015 with the aim of establishing cinema clubs for children and young people across a number of governorates -- announced that the closing of the project’s first round will take place in parallel to the film week and will honour a number of people from the industry for their help in executing the project.
The fourth annual Luxor African Film Festival was held between 16-21 March 2015, and screened films from 41 countries.