17 May 2011

LAFF will examine the history and politics of the Arabic-speaking world through the eyes of renegade filmmakers from late great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine to contemporaries such as Khaled El Hagar and Michel Khleifi.


The seven-day festival includes UK premieres of The Man Who Sold The World (2010) by Moroccan/Spanish siblings, The Noury Brothers, and Marianne Khoury and Mustapha Hasnaoui’s compelling documentary set inside an Egyptian psychiatric unit, Zelal (2010), alongside re-mastered classics, Cairo Station (1958) and Alexandria, Why? (1979).


The programme also includes discussions with significant Arab filmmakers, such as Imad and Swel Noury, Khaled El Hagar, and writers Malu Halassa, Brian Whitaker (The Guardian) and Omar El-Khairy.

Read the full press release here.  

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