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26/11/2014

Lilia Blaise, journalist and director of 7 LivesLilia Blaise, journalist and director of 7 Lives

"Islamists, leftist activists, rebellious workers and trade unionists underwent the same torture and abuse"

Euromed Audiovisual met Lilia Blaise and Amine Boufaied, respectively Franco-Tunisian journalist and director, and Tunisian co-director of 7 Lives (7 Vies), a documentary that challenges the current popular nostalgia of Ben Ali's dictatorship....

Tunisia

14/11/2014

Daniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in EuropeDaniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in Europe

"I’m convinced that great directors from this region of the world will emerge, and that Arab cinema will be increasingly exported"

Euromed Audiovisual met with Daniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in Europe. The company has just released the film El Ott by Ibrahim El Batout with Amr Waked, an Egyptian star known for his role as the French police...

Industry, Egypt

31/10/2014

Amor Hakkar, Algerian director of The ProofAmor Hakkar, Algerian director of The Proof

"I deal with the impossibility of admitting and coming to terms with being infertile"

The Proof tells the story of Ali, a married taxi driver who is afraid that he is infertile. But it is also entwined with that of a young pregnant woman who accuses him of being the father of her child. It's a quiet, introspective film that...

Algeria

29/10/2014

Amr Waked, Egyptian actor and producer of Ibrahim El Batout’s El OttAmr Waked, Egyptian actor and producer of Ibrahim El Batout’s El Ott

"For me, it’s a very philosophical film"

Egyptian actor Amr Waked, recently seen on international screens in Luc Besson’s Lucy, is working with Ibrahim El-Batout for a second time on El Ott, reports ScreenDaily. In El Ott, which premiered in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Monday...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

30/09/2014

Maher Abi Samra and Sabine Sidawi, director and producer of A Maid for EachMaher Abi Samra and Sabine Sidawi, director and producer of A Maid for Each

“It has become normal to have a servant at home, when it shouldn't be”

Lebanese director Maher Abi Samra's documentary film A Maid for Each, an investigation into the living conditions of some 200,000 domestic workers in Lebanon, took part in the the Final Cut post-production workshop at the Venice International...

Lebanon, Events and Festivals

16/09/2014

Dalia Al Kury, Jordanian-Palestinian filmmakerDalia Al Kury, Jordanian-Palestinian filmmaker

"I didn’t believe in my head, but in my heart I was scared of the djinn"

Jordanian-Palestinian director Dalia Al Kury's Possessed by Djinn was one of three documentary film projects from the South Mediterranean to be awarded post-production support at the Final Cut in Venice this year. The two others were...

Jordan, Palestine

09/09/2014

Naji Abu Nowar, Jordanian director of TheebNaji Abu Nowar, Jordanian director of Theeb

“I never imagined we would win this incredible award”

Last weekend, Director Naji Abu Nowar received the Orizzonti Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for his first feature-length film Theeb. The film recounts the tale of a young Bedouin boy, whose coming of age is greatly hastened...

Jordan

12/08/2014

Eran Riklis, Israeli directorEran Riklis, Israeli director

"Middle Eastern cinema should become awareness-raising cinema, like European cinema is"

Living in the Middle East is a question of identity, said Israeli director Eran Riklis. This is why he feels obliged to deal with the conflicts that take place there in most of his films. In Dancing Arabs he narrates the problems of adapting for...

Events and Festivals, Israel

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

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