Brazil’s first Egyptian Cinema Festival honours late director Mohamed Khan with special focus

Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Apr 2017

The festival will screen 12 films by Mohamed Khan

Mohamed Khan
Mohamed Khan

The first ‘Contemporary Egyptian Cinema Film Festival – Special Edition Mohamed Khan’ in Brazil is currently running and screening 12 films by the late seminal Egyptian director.

The festival opened 29 March and is being held at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre in São Paulo until 10 April.

The festival aims to bring a panorama of Egyptian contemporary cinema to Brazilian moviegoers, and through Khan’s films, present the lesser known aspects of Egyptian society.

Khan was one of Egypt’s most prominent directors belonging to a generation of neorealist filmmakers that represented a hallmark in Egyptian cinema.

He was born in 1942 in Cairo to a Pakistani father and an Egyptian mother, and later obtained Egyptian nationality by a presidential decree in March 2014.

“Amro Saad, owner of Oriente-se, the production company organising the festival, says that Khan authors a romantic realist cinema. Even when tackling harsh realities, he always offers a way out to his characters,” according to a report by Brazil-Arab News Agency.

The idea of the festival came to Saad when Khan died last year. He wanted to pay tribute to him.

Among the films being screened at the festival are Factory Girl (2006), Klephty (2004), An Appointment for Dinner (1981), Days of Sadat (2001), Dreams of Hind and Camilia (1989), Gone and Never Came Back (1984).

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