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14 - 20 February 2002
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Eid fantasiesFIVE new feature films will be released nationwide during Eid Al-Adha: Radwan El-Kashef's romantic comedy Al-Sahir (The Magician), with Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Gamil Rateb and Salwa Khattab; Ali Badrakhan's film Al-Raghba (Desire) with Nadia El- Gindi; Sherif Mandour's Al-Ragul Al-Abyad Al-Mutawwasit (Mediterranean Man) with comedian Ahmed Adam; Sandra Nashaat's Haramiyya fi KG2 (Thieves in KG2) with Karim Abdel-Aziz and Hanan Tork and Mohamed Abu Seif's Al-Na'ama wa Al- Tawus (The Ostrich and the Peacock) with Mustafa Shaaban and Libliba, a project begun more than two decades ago by the director's father Salah Abu Seif.
Fourth time roundLast Sunday members of the Egyptian Film Critics Association (EFCA) named Dawoud Abdel-Sayed's Muwatin wa Mukhbir wa Harami (A Citizen, A Detective and A Thief) as the best Egyptian film of 2001. It beat Atef Hatata's Al-Abwab Al-Mughlaqa (Closed Doors) by just two votes. It is the fourth time Abdel-Sayed has received the award.
Other films in contention included author-director Raafat El-Mihi's satiric 'Alashan Rabina Yehibak (So That God May Love You), Youssef Chahine's Sukut Hansawwar (Silence! We're Shooting), Mohamed Khan's Ayyam El-Sadat (Days of Sadat), and Magdi Ahmed Ali's Asrar Al-Banat (Girls' Secrets).
Theatre festivalsAL-SHARJAH Theatre Festival began last Saturday. Egypt is represented by Sameh Megahed's play Ahram, Akhbar, Gumhurriya which first played at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2000 and has since been staged in Iraq and Algeria and the jury is headed by Egyptian director Fahmi El-Kholi.
In Cairo the 12th Festival of Theatre Clubs is scheduled at Al-Hanager from 28 February to 9 March. The festival will include two symposia, discussing the work of Alfred Farag and Yussri El-Gindi.
Urban memoriesTHE INSTITUT du Monde Arabe in Paris is organising a symposium Thursday 21 February on "The Memory of Cities: Alexandria, Algiers." Among the participants Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid will discuss his book Sleepless in Alexandria and present a paper on Alexandria, comparing the experiences of foreign writers in the city with his own.
More MahfouzAS PART of the Ministry of Culture's celebrations of Mahfouz's 90th birthday the Higher Council for Culture will publish a volume on the writer edited by Mohamed Salmawy. Contributors will include Fatma Moussa on the history of Mahfouz's novels, Nehad Selaiha on his plays, and an analysis by pyschologist Yehia El-Rakhawi of Mahfouz's characters. Critic Sami Khashaba will contribute an article on ammiyya and fusha in Mahfouz's literature while head of the Higher Council for Culture Gaber Asfour will analyse the philosophical dimensions of the novelist's oeuvre.
Culture under siegeTHE ZERO issue of the upcoming Palestinian periodical, Awraq Maqdisiyya (Jerusalem Papers), has appeared. Edited by Mohamed Hamza and Samir Ghattas, the periodical is published by The Maqdis Cultural Centre in Palestine in association with the Egyptian publi
Documents and the lawSALAH Fadl, recently appointed director of Egypt's national library and archives, has formed a new committee to discuss suggested reforms to the documents law before the bill is submitted to parliament. The committee includes historians Yunan Labib Rizq, Raouf Abbas and Saber Arab, as well as head of the Press Syndicate Ibrahim Nafie, former head of the syndicate Makram Mohamed Ahmed, journalists Magdi Mehanna and Salah Eissa, MPs Hamdein Sabahi and Mahmoud El-Shadhli and professor of law Husam Lutfi.
An earlier draft of the bill caused uproar in the press because of clauses allowing government institutions to seal documents indefinitely.
Revolutionary celebrationsIN THE context of the 50th anniversary of the July 1952 revolution, Hoda Abdel-Nasser, the late president's daughter and a professor of modern political history, has donated 683 laser discs of her father's speeches and declarations as well as a collection of nat July.
Hoda Abdel-Nasser will discuss her father's life on a special edition of the programme Shahid Ala Al-'Asr (Eyewitness) to be broadcast on 23 July. Also in the works is a special programme by musicologist Salah Arram, documenting the revolution's music.
Music competitionTHE CULTURAL Fund is planning a music competition, to be held at the Manesterli Palace compound, home to the recently-opened Umm Kulthoum museum. The competition will include a section for Arabic music and one for opera.
Gallab rememberedINTELLECTUALS, writers, journalists and friends of Philippe Gallab met last Thursday at the downtown Cairo Café Riche to mark the tenth anniversary of the journalist's death. Present were Mohamed Ouda, who worked with Gallab at Al-Masaa newspaper, and Kamel Zoheiri and Nabil Zaki who remembered Gallab's outspokenness as a journalist -- even in detention camp.
Compiled by Amina Elbendary
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