Middle East Now returns to Florence, focus on Egypt

Programme includes 40 films, cookery course, Arabic lessons

06 March, 15:30

    ROME - The eighth edition of Middle East Now, the international cultural festival dedicated to the Middle East region, opens in Florence on April 4.
    The six-day event presents over 40 films by well known and emerging directors from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. This year the festival takes as its theme the urban dimension of life in the Middle East, with a special focus on Egypt.

    The line-up includes In the Last Days of the City by Tamer Elsayed, dedicated to Cairo; director Mohammed Hammad's debut Whitered Green; the documentaries Whose Country? by Mohamed Siam, which takes a ruthless look at the country through the fortunes of a group of police agents in the capital, and Happily Ever After, on the tormented love affair between Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir in post-revolution Egypt; and the first acclaimed feature film by young talent Sherif Elbendary, Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim. Corollary events include a course in Iraqi cuisine and two appointments with famous on-line Arabic teacher Maha Yacoub focusing on everyday expressions in use across the Arabic-speaking world. (ANSAmed).

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