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Article: The Mandela/Kedrova Situation


While the heroic Wilson Mandela lies on his deathbed, his family and kinsfolk break a fight over his belongings!


In Michael Cacoyannis's masterpiece Zorba the Greek 1964, while Mme Hortense (portrayed by legendary actress Lila Kedrova) lies on her deathbed, the villagers start invading her house to steal her belongings! 

Lila Kedrova

The world is a ghetto!

The Gulf International Film Festival

Gulf Film Festival 2013 (opening video) from Beyond Dreams on Vimeo.

Beautiful video directed by Abdulla Boushahri

Abu Al.Ala with Iranian master filmmaker Kiarostami

Famed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us) supervised the young Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Al.Ala on his short film (Studio) during the 2011 Kiarostami workshop. This year 2013 the workshop was mounted on the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013Read more here about the workshop.
The two filmmakers are shown in photo above when they met at the Gulf Film Festival 2013 (GFF) in Dubai.
Abu Al.ala's short film (Studio) was screened at the Festival Des Cinemas Arabes/IMAG'IMA 2013

in Paris along with the Yemeni film (The Cry) by Khadija AlSalami. These screenings are considered a  distinct feature of this year's festival.


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" All right, we go outside where God can see us better." Alexis Zorba "God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive; [slaps table] if a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go. I know because a very wise old Turk told me." Alexis Zorba

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