Art Alert: An evening to commemorate filmmaker Nabeeha Lotfy at Cairo Opera House

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Jun 2016

The evening will include a concert and a documentary film about the life of Nabeeha Lotfy

Nabeeha Lotfy
Nabeeha Lotfy (Photo courtesy of Lotfy's family)

On 17 June, exactly one year after the passing of Egyptian-Lebanese documentary filmmaker Nabeeha Lotfy, an evening event will be held in her memory at the Cairo Opera House.

The event will include a music concert and the screening of a documentary film directed by Eliane Raheb about Lotfy's life.

Born 28 January 1937 in Sidon, South Lebanon, Nabeeha Lotfy was Lebanese-Egyptian filmmaker with a repertoire comprising tens of documentary films about Egypt, its class struggle and rich heritage, the Arab torment and the Palestine struggle.

In 1955, Nabeeha, then a student of political science at the American University in Beirut, was expelled, along with other students, for participating in a demonstration against the Baghdad Pact.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser welcomed expelled students to complete their studies in Egypt, and Nabeeha moved to Egypt where she studied Arabic Literature at Cairo University (King Fouad I University at the time). Graduating in 1957, she had a short encounter with journalism before joining the Higher Film Institute in 1960.

Upon graduation, Nabeeha was assistant director for television and fiction films working with directors like Saad Arafa, Mamdouh Shoukri, Khalil Shawqi, and Fatin Abdelwahab. It was not long before she joined Egyptian director Shadi Abdel Salam at the department for experimental film at the Egyptian Film Centre and shifted to documentary filmmaking.

Besides her directing roles, Nabeeha also acted in Dawoud Abdel-Sayyed’s Rasael El-Bahr (Messages from the Sea, 2010), Ibrahim El Batout's Ein Shams (2008), and the television drama series Khawaga Abdel-Qader (2012).

In 2001, the Egyptian Film Festival honoured Nabeeha with a retrospective of her work. She received the National Cedar Medal from former Lebanese President Emile Lahoud in 2006. She was also recently honoured by the Catholic Film Centre in February 2015 and by the Egyptian Film Critics Association in April.

Lotfy passed away on 17 June 2015.

Friday 17 June, 2016, 9.30pm
Cairo Opera House, small hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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