Details of 60 minutes on the canal beach at the opening of the Ismailia International Short Film Festival | photo


This evening, Wednesday, the 22nd Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentary and Short Films kicked off in the presence of Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, Lieutenant-General Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Major General Sherif Fahmy Bishara, Governor of Ismailia, and the festival’s critic Essam Zakaria, scriptwriter Mohamed El-Basousy, head of the National Center for Cinema and Dr. Khaled Abdel Jalil, advisor to the Minister of Culture, and a number of filmmakers, artists, members of the Senate and Representatives, Sabri Fawaz, actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, director Magdy Ahmed Ali, director Hala Khalil and scriptwriter Tamer Habib.

The opening of the Ismailia International Short Film Festival

Attending the opening of the festival, which was held on the seashore for the first time, witnessed many cinematic and artistic personalities inside Egypt and the Arab world and the fans of Ismailia Governorate, where everyone adhered to all precautionary measures to maintain the security and safety of all participants in the festival.
In her speech, Dr. Enas Abdel-Dayem, Minister of Culture, thanked the political leadership and everyone who contributed to bringing the 22nd edition of the festival to light, and Abdel-Dayem commended the festival management, which succeeded within a short period of the decision to return to activity for completing the mission and holding events.

The opening of the Ismailia International Short Film Festival

She said that the Ismailia Festival for Documentary and Short Films announces that short films are a journey to uncover facts and raise issues to overcome them, pointing to Egypt’s pride in having Russia as a guest of honor for the festival.

The Minister of Culture added that through this session, faith in the role played by soft forces in supporting Egypt’s message throughout history is consolidated, as it is a bridge of love and a bridge of communication between the peoples of the world.

The opening of the Ismailia International Short Film Festival

Film critic Issam Zakaria, head of the festival, spoke about the challenges and difficulties that faced holding the current session due to the Corona epidemic, noting that despite this, there was great support and insistence from the Minister of Culture to hold the festival, which is one of the most important and oldest film festivals concerned with documentary cinema.
He stressed that the Ismailia Festival in this session will witness a number of special events that are worthy of everyone who cares about his honorable appearance.

In turn, Muhammad Al-Basousi, head of the National Center for Cinema, indicated that this session witnessed many difficulties, which revealed the need for a management to advance real art with the aim of combating terrorism with art.

Major General Sherif Fahmy Bishara, Governor of Ismailia, explained that Ismailia is a country of heroism and steadfastness, and this is what we see in every important event hosted by the land of the governorate, pointing out that the importance of this session after its cancellation due to the outbreak of Corona, but the organizers of the festival took it upon themselves to face any difficulties to spread cultures and create a generation aware of the importance of Art furthermore achieve goals that serve the community.

The Governor of Ismailia added that this festival addresses the peoples of the world to promote public taste and develop cultural awareness.

He pointed out that the Ismailia Festival took bridges of communication with the peoples of the world and achieved lofty goals in order to advance art, and this session coincided with the anniversary of the June 30 Revolution, bringing to our minds the strength and will of the political leadership to fight terrorism.

The opening ceremony witnessed the honoring of the late great artist Rajaa Al-Jeddawi, his son from the city of Ismailia, where her daughter Amira Mokhtar received the honor, who thanked the festival management, stressing that the spirit of the artist, Rajaa Al-Jeddawi, was happy with this honor.

The opening ceremony witnessed the song Land of Freedom by Imad Kamal.

The opening film was also shown, the Swiss film “Joy”, directed by: Julia Banter, who apologized for not attending due to the conditions of the Corona epidemic, and a long documentary film that takes place in “80 Minutes”, where it paints a picture of modern Cairo and the society in which today’s generation must face the pressure of established traditions and cultural turmoil. And economics that force Egyptian society to rediscover itself through three different social, cultural and religious pairs.


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