The inauguration of the London Arab Film Festival
The announcement of its establishment witnessed the honoring of Elham Shaheen
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Khaled Ali, Hala Sarhan, Sherif Kamel, Elham Shaheen and Abdel Salam Al-Idrisi during the ceremony (Festival Management)
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In the British capital, London, he announced the launch of the first session of the London Arab Film Festival, next July, which is organized with the support and sponsorship of the British Arab Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and Medfest (Medical Film Festival), co-founder; The festival is chaired by the Sudanese art critic residing in England, Dr. Khaled Ali, while its executive presidency is assumed by Bandar bin Reda, Chairman of the British Arab Chamber of Commerce, and is held under the auspices of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The festival was announced yesterday evening, honoring the Egyptian artist Elham Shaheen.
Khaled Ali stressed that “the festival aims to highlight the contemporary image of Arab cinema through the distinguished experiences presented by a new generation of filmmakers, and to introduce the British audience to the diversity of Arab cinema and its presentation of social issues, and to build bridges of communication with the English audience through Arab cinematic culture.” He explained to Asharq Al-Awsat, saying: “We have begun to prepare for the launch of the first session of the festival next July, and it will be held for three days in (West End) cinemas in London, and it will include the participation of Arab feature films and documentaries, long and short, and we will announce next January.” On behalf of the festival’s team, and the door for submissions for films will be opened next February, so that we start addressing Arab filmmakers to program films and determine the various programs that this session will take place. Arabi”.
The festival was announced during an honoring ceremony held by “Medvest” with the Egyptian British Association headed by Magdy Ishak, to honor the Egyptian artist, Elham Shaheen, in recognition of her role in supporting Arab women’s issues through many works of art. In the framework of her honor, the movie “Curfew” was shown, followed by a seminar moderated by Dr. Khaled Ali and media personality Hala Sarhan, in the presence of Sherif Kamel, the Egyptian ambassador to Britain, and Abdel Salam Al-Idrisi, Vice President of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce. It was also attended by British personalities and a number of Arab communities residing in London.
The Egyptian ambassador gave a speech at the beginning of the celebration, in which he welcomed the artist, Elham Shaheen, and praised her role in highlighting women’s issues through her films, as well as the journalist Hala Sarhan. Elham Shaheen talked about her choices of works of art that bear real issues, such as the films “Curfew” and “A Day for Women”, for which she won a large number of awards in film festivals inside and outside Egypt. The meeting touched on the series “With the Rise of the Spirit”, as Elham Shaheen confirmed: “Before filming it, I made sure to watch many videos of the (ISIS) terrorist organization to faithfully reflect the image of the ISIS woman that she embodied in the series,” expressing her pride in being a champion of women in her films, pointing to Her next movie, “Banat Sabra,” will be “a cry against child marriage and female genital mutilation.” At the end of the meeting, the “Medvest” shield was presented to the Egyptian artist, who expressed her gratitude and happiness with this honor.