Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will feature 55 films from 41 African countries

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The third edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), which runs from 18 to 24 March 2014, will feature 55 films from 41 African countries. Heeding the recommendations of last year’s jury, the LAFF reviewing committee decided to divide participating films into four separate competitions: feature narratives, short narratives, feature documentaries and short documentaries.

The festival will be showing 14 in the feature film category, 10 in the feature documentary section, 17 in the short film and 14 in the short documentary category.

The feature films include ‘Bastardo’ (Tunisia), ‘Battle of Tabato’ (Guinea-Bissau), ‘Black Diamonds’ (Mali), ‘Durban Poison’ (South Africa), ‘Dust and Fortunes’ (Zimbabwe), ‘Horizon Beautiful’ (Ethiopia), ‘Rooftops’ (Algeria), ‘Imbabazi’ (Rwanda), ‘Kadjike’ (Guinea), ‘Kampala Story’ (Uganda), ‘Yam-Dam’ (Burkina Faso), ‘Mice Room’ (Egypt), ‘They Are the Dogs’ (Morocco), ‘Tall as Baobab Tree’ (Senegal) and ‘Rock the Kasbah’ (Morocco).

The feature documentaries competition includes ‘Aliens’ (Somalia), ‘Angola Ano Zero’ (Angola), ‘The Devil's Lair’ (South Africa), ‘Emirs in Wonderland’ (Tunisia), ‘Nana Benz’ (Togo), ‘The River’ (Algeria), ‘Small Small Things’ (Liberia), ‘The Teacher's Country’ (Tanzania), ‘Touba’ (Senegal), ‘Tough Bond’ (Kenya), and ‘William and the Windmill’ (Malawi).

Twelve additional films from nine different non-African countries will participate in the Freedom Films Competition. It includes films from Venezuela, Iraq, Serbia and Iran, as well as African films ‘Fuelling Poverty’ (Nigeria), ‘Logical Revolt’ (Egypt), ‘Story of Mount Elgon’ (Kenya) and ‘Red Moon’ (Morocco). The Freedom Films awards are named after journalist El-Husseiny Abou Deif, who lost his life covering the Ittihadiya presidential palace clashes in December 2012.

The Freedom Films jury will be headed by renowned Egyptian writer Youssef El-Qaeed and include critics Martin Botha from South Africa, Ahmed Fayek from Egypt and Fathi Kharrat from Tunisia. Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali will also be on this year’s jury.

LAFF will also pay tribute to acclaimed Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, prominent director Mahamat Saleh Haroun from Chad and will honour the memory of late South African leader, Nelson Mandela.

It is organised by the Independent Shabab Foundation, with the support of the ministries of culture, tourism youth and foreign affairs, and in collaboration with the Governorate of Luxor and the Egyptian Film Syndicate. Originally designed to strengthen the presence of African cinema in Egypt, LAFF takes place in historically rich venues across the city.

The third edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), which runs from 18 to 24 March 2014, will feature 55 films from 41 African countries. Heeding the recommendations of last year’s jury, the LAFF reviewing committee decided to divide participating films into four separate competitions: feature narratives, short narratives, feature documentaries and short documentaries.

The festival will be showing 14 in the feature narrative category, 10 in the feature documentary section, 17 in the short narrative and 14 in the short documentary category.

The long narratives include ‘Bastardo’ (Tunisia), ‘Battle of Tabato’ (Guinea-Bissau), ‘Black Diamonds’ (Mali), ‘Durban Poison’ (South Africa), ‘Dust and Fortunes’ (Zimbabwe), ‘Horizon Beautiful’ (Ethiopia), ‘Rooftops’ (Algeria), ‘Imbabazi’ (Rwanda), ‘Kadjike’ (Guinea), ‘Kampala Story’ (Uganda), ‘Yam-Dam’ (Burkina Faso), ‘Mice Room’ (Egypt), ‘They Are the Dogs’ (Morocco), ‘Tall as Baobab Tree’ (Senegal) and ‘Rock the Kasbah’ (Morocco).

The feature documentaries competition includes ‘Aliens’ (Somalia), ‘Angola Ano Zero’ (Angola), ‘The Devil's Lair’ (South Africa), ‘Emirs in Wonderland’ (Tunisia), ‘Nana Benz’ (Togo), ‘The River’ (Algeria), ‘Small Small Things’ (Liberia), ‘The Teacher's Country’ (Tanzania), ‘Touba’ (Senegal), ‘Tough Bond’ (Kenya), and ‘William and the Windmill’ (Malawi).

Twelve additional films from nine different non-African countries will participate in the Freedom Films Competition. It includes films from Venezuela, Iraq, Serbia and Iran, as well as African films ‘Fuelling Poverty’ (Nigeria), ‘Logical Revolt’ (Egypt), ‘Story of Mount Elgon’ (Kenya) and ‘Red Moon’ (Morocco). The Freedom Films awards are named after journalist El-Husseiny Abou Deif, who lost his life covering the Ittihadiya presidential palace clashes in December 2012.

The Freedom Films jury will be headed by renowned Egyptian writer Youssef El-Qaeed and include critics Martin Botha from South Africa, Ahmed Fayek from Egypt and Fathi Kharrat from Tunisia. Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali will also be on this year’s jury.

LAFF will also pay tribute to acclaimed Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, prominent director Mahamat Saleh Haroun from Chad and will honour the memory of late South African leader, Nelson Mandela.

It is organised by the Independent Shabab Foundation, with the support of the ministries of culture, tourism youth and foreign affairs, and in collaboration with the Governorate of Luxor and the Egyptian Film Syndicate. Originally designed to strengthen the presence of African cinema in Egypt, LAFF takes place in historically rich venues across the city.

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