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Luxor African Film Festival: Cinema for a better tomorrow

The Luxor African Film Festival is an annual celebration of films, art, and criticism, while keeping a close eye on African cinema and its different contemporary issues. The festival has been building up momentum to reach out to different artists and filmmakers from the African continent, to bridge the gap between Arabic-speaking African countries and …

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Extensive military operation to wipe out militancy launched in Sinai

The Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Friday that it has launched an extensive military operation in Sinai to eliminate militants from the restive peninsula. Military spokesperson Tamer El-Refaei said in a televised statement that the operation aims to target “dens and ammunition storages that are being used by terrorist elements.” He added that the ongoing …

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Films shortlisted for foreign-language Oscar

Nine films have made it into the final list vying for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist on Thursday, with films from Lebanon, Chile, Hungary, Senegal, Sweden, South Africa, Russia, Germany, and Israel. The nine films were chosen from a longer …

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Lemon Tree: camera as tool to deconstruct borders in Arab-Israeli conflict

Lemon Tree brings the camera to the borders. The film takes place at the separation line, or the “Green Line”, that separates the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank from Israel. Unlike the checkpoints, the borders are not owned by any side. However, the ones who control the regulations on whom and what should …

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Parliament approves Labour Syndicates Law

Parliament has approved on Tuesday the government-drafted Labour Syndicates Law, after months of heated debates about its articles, which was seen as an attempt to control syndicalist work and absorb it into the framework of the state. The executive regulations of the law are still to be issued. Ninety days after its issuance, elections will …

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‘Western’: a feminine critique of the male ego 

Opening the sidebar program of the Cannes Film Festival, “Un Certain Regard”, Valeska Grisebach’s film “Western” investigates ideas of ownership, xenophobia, and masculinity, in a way that reflects some modern tensions between eastern and western Europe. After disappearing for ten years, director Valeska Grisebach returned in the 2017 edition of the Canne Film Festival, after …

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‘You Were Never Really Here’: a tale of humanising a hitman

“You Were Never Really Here” premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on the last day of the main competition. Critics and film professionals were shocked, or at least did not expect such roughness from Lynne Ramsay, who unlike many other directors, has tensed up the performance and the edge of her films, following a …

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Future of Nation adopts campaign for Al-Sisi to rerun for presidency

The political party Future of Nation have officially adopted a campaign supporting the rerunning of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for another presidential term. The campaign named Alshan Tebneha (For you to build it), has announced that it already has headquarters in 13 governorates. The campaign has a petition to be signed by potential member or …

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High State Security prosecution to investigate rainbow flag case 

The High State Security prosecution is to investigate debauchery charges against seven people arrested on Monday for raising a rainbow flag during a concert in Cairo. Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadeq ordered the investigations “into the party recently held by a group of gay people,” state news agency MENA reported. During Friday’s concert by Lebanese band Mashrou’ …

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