Red Sea film festival to honor Egyptian director

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Updated 25 December 2019

Red Sea film festival to honor Egyptian director

  • The filmmaker is one of the key proponents of neo-realism in Egypt and the Arab world in the 1980s

JEDDAH: A retrospective honoring the pioneering Egyptian film director Khairy Beshara will feature at the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah next year.

The filmmaker is one of the key proponents of neo-realism in Egypt and the Arab world in the 1980s.

Beshara will attend public screenings of his films in Jeddah, alongside Egyptian film stars and artists involved in his work. The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has remastered and restored nine of Beshara’s films including “Floater Number 70,” “The Collar and the Bracelet” and “Sweet Day, Bitter Day.” 

Part of the foundation’s remit is conserving the cinematic legacy of Arab and international cinema.

“Khairy Beshara is considered one of the main pillars of Egyptian cinema. His work has inspired countless directors of the new generation,” said festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh. “Beshara’s films portray deep human meanings and adopt bold and original techniques. With this celebration, we aim to express our gratitude toward Khairy Beshara for his incredible body of work, and to honor Egyptian cinema and its pioneering work.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• The festival will also publish a biography about Khairy Beshara.

• The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has remastered and restored nine of Beshara’s films.

The festival will also publish a biography about Beshara.

Beshara graduated from the Cairo Higher Institute of Cinema, where he studied under the guidance of directors such as Salah Abu Seif, Youssef Chahine, and Tewfik Saleh. He made his debut film “The Tanks’ Hunter” in 1974, and directed more than 10 documentaries and short films during the 1970s.

In the 1980s, Beshara directed “Floater Number 70” which is considered the cornerstone of the neo-realist movement in Egypt. He worked alongside well-known writers such as Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi for “The Collar and the Bracelet” and Fayiz Ghaly for “Sweet Day, Bitter Day,” and collaborated with film stars such as Ahmed Zaki, Sherihan, and Faten Hamama.

The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival takes place next year between March 12-21.

 


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.