Luxor African Film Festival honors Gamil Ratib, Ghada Adel, Moussa Touré

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Updated 18 March 2018
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Luxor African Film Festival honors Gamil Ratib, Ghada Adel, Moussa Touré

DUBAI: The seventh edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) kicked off on Friday and runs until March 22. This year, the festival is paying tribute to Egyptian actors Gamil Ratib and Ghada Adel and Senegalese director Moussa Touré.
LAFF was conceived by screenwriter Sayed Fouad as an alternative to the numerous cultural events inevitably centered around Alexandria and Cairo. Fouad also wanted an event that focused on African filmmaking, as he felt it was under-represented in Egypt. This year’s festival focuses on films from Rwanda.
Gamil Ratib, 91, is an icon of cinema and theater. Internationally, he is best known for his performance as Majid in the acclaimed 1962 movie “Lawrence of Arabia,” opposite Peter O’Toole, but he has appeared in over 50 feature films in his long career. Ratib received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dubai International Film Festival in 2011.
Over the past two decades, Moussa Touré has established himself as one of Senegal’s most successful directors, renowned for his gritty take on the everyday life and culture of Africa. The 50-year-old has worked his way up through the ranks, starting out in the industry as an electrician but going on to work with some of the world’s most illustrious filmmakers, including Francois Truffaut.
Award-winning actress Ghada Adel, 43, has — like Ratib — impressed on stage and screen and in a variety of roles ranging from comedy to drama.
LAFF’s opening night also featured a tribute to the late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who is widely credited with launching Omar Sharif’s career, from Lebanese singer and actress Majida El Roumi, whom Chahine directed in his 1976 movie "Awdat Al Ibn Al Dal." . Chahine achieved both commercial and critical success during his distinguished career, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cannes Film Festival in 1997.


‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019
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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.