Forest Whitaker (Photo: El-Gouna Film Festival)
On 29 September, during the closing ceremony of the first edition of the El-Gouna Film Festival, the American actor Forest Whitaker received the Career Achievement Award.
"I want to thank, again, Egypt," Whitaker commented while accepting the award, adding that he is especially happy about his new connection, referencing his recently announced partnership with El-Gouna Film Festival founder Naguib Sawiris in the Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) that focuses on projects in South Sudan.
"Thank you for giving me this moment, to [allow me] to share the work that we do," he said.
Whitaker award comes as part of El-Gouna Film Festival's initiative to give three Career Achievement Awards to leading Egyptian, Arab, and international filmmakers. The other two awardees are Egyptian actor Adel Imam and Lebanese film critic Ibrahim Al-Aris.
The first ever El-Gouna Film Festival took place between 22 and 29 September.
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