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Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young.Read More
Cairo (AFP) Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most dynamic movie industries in the world. The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivalled those of Western movies at the time. “Things started to change in the 1980s” as social freedoms regressed and society grewRead More
Tunisia's ministry of culture has banned the Oscar-nominated film "Call Me By Your Name", a love story between two men, one of its main distributors said on Wednesday.Read More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisia’s ministry of culture has banned the Oscar-nominated film “Call Me By Your Name”, a love story between two men, one of its main distributors said on Wednesday. The feature film was due to be screened on Wednesday night in the capital Tunis but the venue announced on Facebook that the event had been “cancelled”. It was “banned,” the distributor Lassaad Goubantini told AFP, denouncing the decision as “an attack on liberties” motivated by “the subject of the film”. A story of love between a 17-year-old and anRead More
Berlin (AFP) The counter-terrorism plot seems more far fetched than many action thrillers, yet “7 Days in Entebbe”, which premiered at the Berlin film festival Monday, depicts a real-life airline hijack drama. The movie recounts what is often called the most audacious hostage rescue mission ever staged, Israel’s 1976 “Operation Thunderbolt” in Uganda, but aims to be more than a tale of military heroism. Instead Brazilian director Jose Padilha (“Narcos”) explores the harrowing events from multiple perspectives: that of the hijackers and their hostages, and of the Israeli leaders forcedRead More
The Chadian government on Thursday announced the sacking of culture and tourism minister Mahamat Saleh Haroun, an award-winning filmmaker, but offered no explanation.Read More
N’Djamena (AFP) The Chadian government on Thursday announced the sacking of culture and tourism minister Mahamat Saleh Haroun, an award-winning filmmaker, but offered no explanation. The minister, who joined the government a year ago, had been “called to other functions”, according to a decree read out on national radio. Saleh Haroun won the Prix du Jury at France’s Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for “L’Homme qui crie” (The man who shouts) and continued to direct movies as a minister. Former culture minister Djibert Younous was re-appointed to the post andRead More
The first ever film festival celebrating the LGBT community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison.Read More
Tunis (AFP) The first ever film festival celebrating the LGBT community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison. Twelve short and medium-length films produced in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa are being shown at the “Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival” that opened Monday. The four-day event is organised by Mawjoudin, Arabic for “We Exist”, a Tunisian non-governmental association which defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is the first event of its kindRead More
The story of an epic train journey across war-torn Mozambique by a Brazilian director has been awarded the top prize at Tunisia's Carthage Film Festival.Read More