Al-Ahram Weekly Online   8 - 14 May 2008
Issue No. 896
Culture
 
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The death of grand poetry?
Commemorating the anniversaries of the deaths of two great Arab poets, Mona Anis investigates the contemporary role of the poet
MIXED MESSAGES FOR FILM INDUSTRY: Questions over political motives behind the awards at last week's National Festival for Egyptian Cinema and a decision by the head of the Actors Union to limit opportunities for Arab actors in Egyptian films have focused attention on what has sometimes seemed a beleaguered industry, while a Paris tribute to the career of French film producer Humbert Balsan is drawing attention to the benefits of foreign cooperation in Egyptian cinema
Of merits and demerits
The National Festival for Egyptian Cinema closed last week with what seems to have been a set of politically motivated awards, writes Hani Mustafa
Making space for Egypt's actors?
A decision to limit the roles played by Arab actors in Egyptian-made films has created havoc in the industry, reports Rania Khallaf
A champion of Arab film
The career of the late French producer Humbert Balsan is the theme of a current Paris tribute to a champion of independent and Arab film, writes David Tresilian
Plain talk
By Mursi Saad El-Din

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