Culture: Yalla Shebab Film Fest on Oct. 3-6 in Lecce

Young Arabs protagonists in films, readings, shows

30 September, 12:11

    Director Nadine Khan (C) and producer Dina Farouk (R) receive the award of Special Jury Prize for their movie 'Harag W Marag' at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival (archive photo) Director Nadine Khan (C) and producer Dina Farouk (R) receive the award of Special Jury Prize for their movie 'Harag W Marag' at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival (archive photo)

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - The Yalla Shebab Film Festival will feature four days of film screenings, art and music performances, readings, photo and street art exhibits. The event, which takes place on October 3-6 in the southern Italian city of Lecce, is a film festival dedicated to youths in the Arab world, a window on cultural and social current events in the Mediterranean. After debuting in 2009 at Rome's Casa del Cinema, the festival's third edition will take place in the Puglia city also thanks to the Apulia Film Commission, the Puglia region, the Institute of Mediterranean culture of the Lecce province in cooperation with Beirut DC.

    Among the films scheduled to be at the event is the European preview of Harag W Marag by young Egyptian filmmaker Nadine Khan, to be presented by photography director Abdelsalam Moussa. Another two national debuts will be Andalousie, mon amour by filmmaker Mohamed Nadif, who will attend the screening, and Leaving Baghdad by Koutaiba Al-Janabi. Also discussing Iraq ten years later will be award-winner Mohammad Al-Daradji, who will present his In my mother's arms, along with writer Hassan Blasim who will talk about the success of Il matto di piazza della Liberta', or the madman of Freedom suare (published by Il Sirente). Also inspired to Iraq is Jamal Penjweny's Another life, which debuted at the Venice Biennale this year, and Happy birthday by Mohanad Hayal.

    Two photographic shows will instead focus on the consequences of war - from Lie in way by the winner of the World Press Photo Award, Simona Ghizzoni (Contrasto) to the photos of an endless exodus with Focus on Syria, a story of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Amir's hip hop melodies - the artist was nominated for a Dponatello award for his soundtrack in Scialla, will be the background foe Egyptian artist and activist Nazeer who will be present with journalist Elisa Pierandrey, wuthor of the e-book 'Urban Cairo: la primavera araba dei graffiti', the Arab spring seen from Cairo's graffiti, published last year by Edizioni Informant.

    Finally, from October 3.18 Lecce's Cineporto will host The revival of the spirit, an exhibit of sculptures focusing on the relationship between human beings and spirituality by Hadeel Azeez (Baghdad, 1981), a well-known Iraqi artist who has lived and worked in Italy since 2003. (ANSAmed)

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