Minister of Culture Launches The 35th Edition of Alexandria Film Festival For Mediterranean Countries
Abdel Dayem: The festival is a way to enhance communication between The Mediterranean countries
Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, launched the 35th Edition of Alexandria Film Festival for the Mediterranean countries headed by critic Al- Amir Abaza, This edition carries the name of the star Nabila Ebeid and Spain is the guest of honor . The ceremonies were held in Sayed Darwish Theater "Alexandria Opera". The ceremonies were attended by Ahmed Gamal, Deputy Governor of Alexandria and an array of Egyptian and foreign filmmakers.
Abdel Dayem Said that throughout the ages, Egypt has maintained its unique identity and as a result of its geographical nature, it has participated with a number of countries in the feelings of belonging to the Mediterranean basin countries which share similar heritage and social elements. This edition of the festival comes to enhance the values of communication between them. She pointed out that the art of cinema takes the viewer to the world of magic and it is a way to form awareness and an effective way to state the values and principles in the souls, she also praised critic Al- Amir Abaza, head of the festival and the teamwork for their efforts to present this amazing festivity to the world .
For his part, critic Al- Amir Abaza said that the festival is one of Egypt's soft tools for communicating with its Euro-Mediterranean neighbors for 35 years.
During the opening ceremonies, The Minister of Culture honored a number of film stars of Egypt and the Mediterranean countries including:- Nabila Ebeid, Mahmoud Kabil, director Mohamed Fadel, Rafik Ali- Lebanon, Rachid Ferschio -Tunisia, Hugo Silva Spain - director Koldo Sierra. She also delivered the awards of “ Mamdouh Al-Laithy Competition”.
It is worthy of note that the opening ceremony included presenting a performance entitled "100 years of revolution” - dealing with the luminous images in the history of Egypt, starting from the revolution of 1919 until the revolution of 30 June.