Sarah El Sirgany

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World of controversy

CAIRO: Three years ago, Lebanese director Jocelyne Saab submitted a script to Egyptian censorship. After an initial ban, constant struggle and a great deal of perseverance, Saab was able to turn her dream of creating a film in Egypt into a reality, and “Donia’ was released. The all-star cast includes Mohamed Mounir and Hanan Turk. …

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Cutting it

CAIRO: Achieving recognition in Hollywood is simply nothing more than a dream for many. Except for a handful, most Arabs have always looked at that dream as unattainable, coupled with the added difficulty of coming from the Middle East. Omar Naim proved them wrong. Naim, a Lebanese-born director/scriptwriter, made his cinematic debut with “The Final …

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Sowing seeds of doubt

CAIRO: “Daddy,Are you a terrorist? A simple enough question coming from a 7-year-old boy, one that seems harmless and perhaps even funny – but for the father, the question was destructive. Not just this question, but also the doubtful eyes of his German wife of eight years. In a post September 11 saga of a …

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Against the grain

CAIRO: In the Arab world, where the man-against-the-machine musician is an unfamiliar concept, a number of 20 something hip-hop artists are working their way through Egypt’s underground music scene, armed with piercing lyrics and original music. With the teenage rebel trapped inside, these rappers are rolling up their sleeves to change the world. Not only …

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International Film Festival kicks off in Cairo

China is the festival’s guest of honor this year, providing over 25 movies to be screened during the 10-day-event. A special section in the festival is dedicated to Arabs in international cinema and features seven films. Another, featuring 11 films, is dedicated to Arab cinema with a focus on the Lebanese industry – “Ghair Salih …

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