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Luxor African Film Festival 2013

Young African filmmakers listen to master Gerima
Click here to see more photos by Egyptian photographer Hasan Amin

The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) concluded its second edition Sunday March 24th 2013 in the historic Luxor city in Egypt.
The festival ran in several venues in the city. It was characterized by workshops on filmmaking presented by Egyptian filmmakers under the guidance of Tunisian filmmaker Mr. Reda Elbahi. A fourth workshop was conducted by world-renowned Ethiopian master filmmaker Haile Gerima (maker of Teza, Sankofa etc.)

Here is what LAFF organizers had to say about Gerima's contribution:
".. Haile Gerima's Workshop in Luxor is a big African and international occurrence. Youth of Africa will get an opportunity to gather and get to know more about each other; to discover their imaginations, perceptions and common issues and problems. As a result, a new generation of filmmakers will appear in our mother continent Africa. Accordingly, harmony and interaction between youth across Africa would be retained. I look forward to this workshop, and I hope I can make it to the festival and be there as the writer and director/ Sayed Fouad."
LAFF had sponsored a week of Ethiopian Films in October 2012 as part of its mission aimed at organizing exchange of filmmaking experiences in Africa.
LAFF is organized by Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF), a not-for-profit registered Egyptian organization active since 2006 in several Fields. ISF has many goals to achieve besides awarding prizes and organizing workshops. It supports and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the peoples of Africa in general and African artists in particular.
The first edition of the festival took place between Feb.21st – 28th, 2012 in Luxor, Egypt. The festival awards are given to winners in long feature, short feature/documentary films.
AbuElila and A. Mustafa
Writes Amal Mustafa (herself a filmmaker) on Amjad Abuelila's film "Studio" which has won the Special Jury Prize at LAFF 2013: "This 8-minute movie puts you in a special state of mind from the first moment. It takes 'solitude' as a theme. Through a small plot Abuelila manages to move a lonely person from within a small studio, cleverly opening the door for someone else to think of his loneliness. It profoundly impacts your soul and seems to impersonate you endlessly!"


  1. I like this love between progressive Egyptians and mother Africa. I think ISF will make good with their noble goals.

  2. I like this love between progressive Egyptians and mother Africa. I think ISF will make good with their noble goals.


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