Masr Toulad Men Jadeed best film at Sakia documentary festival

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Jul 2011

The winners of the three-day documentary festival held at El Sawy Culturewheel were announced on Wednesday after an evening of screenings

The Sakia documentary festival held at El Sawy Culturewheel and sponsored by Qatar's Al Jazeera channel drew to a close on Wednesday night with the announcement of its top prizes.

Winners were announced by a jury which included film director Fouad El-Tohamy, cinematographer Ramsis Marzouq, and film editor Youssef El-Malakh.
The winner of the best documentary feature was Masr Toulad Men Jadeed (Egypt Is Born Again) by Hesham Abdel Hameed, while the jury prize went to Mata El Meskeen (When the Poor?) by Iad Saleh.
Dakhel Khareg El Ghorfa (In and Out the Room) by Dina Hamza received a honourary prize, while the prize for best short documentary went to Men Agl Masr (For Egypt) by Marianne Maher. 
The jury prize for the best short documentary went to El Samaa Khana (The Listening Room)by Perihan Abou Bakr.
Twelve films were screened prior to the winners' ceremony, including Beethoven El Mataria (Beethoven of El Mataria) by Mariam Saleh, the story of a deaf child called Abdallah who shows a talent for music.
The film Mesaha (Space) by Ahmed Foad Ismail discussed the limits on creative freedom artists had before the January 25 revolution.
Fardet Gazma (A Shoe) explored the inner world of ballet, while Tareeq Moghalek (A Closed Road) by Shady Nour and Abdallah Khaled, documented the events of the Nakba Day protest on 15 May in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
Ahgar (Stones) explored the similarities between life and moves on a chessboard.
The screenings concluded with Kan Ya Makan (Once Upon A Time) by May El-Hossamy, which dealt with her personal relationship with Cairo's Friday market and the story of its burning.
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