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26/06/2014

Sean Gulette, American director of US-Moroccan co-production TraitorsSean Gulette, American director of US-Moroccan co-production Traitors

"Some young people have the power to change their destiny"

Malika is the leader of the all-female punk rock band Traitors, with a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction, and to realise her dreams for the band, Malika...

Morocco

23/06/2014

Omar El Zohairy, Egyptian directorOmar El Zohairy, Egyptian director

"I wanted to make a film about fear"

Omar El Zohairy's The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375 is the first Egyptian film ever to have been selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation student film competition. This May, it screened at the event as one of only...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

11/06/2014

Kamal Abdelaziz, director of Egypt's National Film CentreKamal Abdelaziz, director of Egypt's National Film Centre

"Any producer who wants to produce in our country should come with his papers, and I will sort it all out in about a week"

Before he became the head of Egypt's National Film Centre two years ago, Egyptian director of photography Kamal Abdelaziz held the camera for Egyptian feature film directors as well as several foreign directors shooting in Egypt, including just...

Egypt

11/06/2014

Katriel Schory, producer and executive director of the Israel Film FundKatriel Schory, producer and executive director of the Israel Film Fund

"In Israel, people are definitely returning to cinemas for Israeli films"

Since its establishment in 1979, the Israeli Film Fund has supported the production of over 340 films, among which five Israeli feature films that made it to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, like Asaf Korman’s Next to Her and Keren Yedaya’s That...

Events and Festivals, Israel

10/06/2014

Thierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer of The Shadows of CairoThierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer of The Shadows of Cairo

“For us, it’s important to continue working between Europe and Egypt”

Euromed Audiovisuel met with Thierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer respectively of Franco-Egyptian short film The Shadows of Cairo, when it screened last month at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. The Shadows of...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

10/06/2014

Ossama Mohammed, Syrian directorOssama Mohammed, Syrian director

“Cinema is the kingdom of liberation from clichés and standards”

Euromed Audiovisual met Syrian director Ossama Mohammed in Cannes, where his feature documentary Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, co-directed by Simav Bedrixan, was screened at a Special Screening. He speaks about cinema in a time of...

Events and Festivals, Syria

07/06/2014

Mohammed Hefzy, Egyptian producer and director of the Ismailia Film FestMohammed Hefzy, Egyptian producer and director of the Ismailia Film Fest

"I usually work with first and second-time directors"

Euromed Audiovisual met MEDIS member Mohamed Hefzy last month in Cannes. Originally a scriptwriter, Hefzy is the founder and head of Film Clinic, the Egyptian production house that produced or co-produced such successful titles as Cairo 678, Rags...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

03/06/2014

Mustafa Ori, head of the Algerian Agency for Cultural InfluenceMustafa Ori, head of the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence

“We would really like it to return to its former role in the film industry"

Mustafa Ori is the head of the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence, or AARC. The agency attended the Cannes Film Festival this year to promote Algeria's films and filming locations, as well as to support 10 films at the Marché du Film, thus...

Events and Festivals, Algeria

02/06/2014

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian director of Le Challat de TunisKaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian director of Le Challat de Tunis

“The film is an investigation that I carry out in post-revolutionary Tunisia to understand who this man is and what his motivations are.”

Euromed Audivisual met up with Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, when her first feature Le Challat de Tunis (li. "The Challat of Tunis") premiered at the opening of the ACID programme at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Le Challat de Tunis...

Events and Festivals, Tunisia

30/05/2014

Mohamed Makhlouf, Libyan filmmakerMohamed Makhlouf, Libyan filmmaker

"Libya is full of people whose abilities and talents in film are comparable to those in Europe"

Mohamed Makhlouf, born in Libya, is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who has been based in the UK for over 30 years. As well as being a film producer and director, he has worked as a freelance journalist for many Arab publications in...

Libya

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