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EL OUED, EL OUED. Documentary Film selected at Dubai Film Festival 2013
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Algeria, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands / 2013 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / DCP / 86 minutes


In Algerian, “el oued, l’oued” means along the river. From its sources in the peaks of the Atlas of Blida to the mouth in the Mediterranean,

a few kilometres from the capital Algiers, the film explores and tries to present a different Algeria.

Cast & Credits

Film selected at Dubai Film Festival 2013

100 Thousand Dollars to Produce 10 Short Films Fiction and Documentaries

27 Institutions from 20 different countries investing in the first Finance Found for African Films

After the continuation of a full 2 years in the Luxor African Film Festival, 27 institutions representing Production and Distribution companies, as well as directors to Film Festivals in 20 different African, Arab and European countries, have come together on agreement of establishing the first financial fund for Short Films and Documentaries in African Cinema with capital totaling up to 100.000 dollars in the “ETISAL” Fund with the aim to produce 10 short narrative and documentary films in the year. The fund expected budget for each film would be between 4.000 to 10.000 dollars. Sool will be announced the submission criteria and regulations that govern the fund.

The aim of the project is to develop and support African Cinema and specially INdependent Cinema on the continent. Partners have signed protocols for the launch of this foundations and from among them are, Mrs. Azza El Housseiny, founder of the ETISAL Initiative and Director of the African Luxor Film Festival and the joining partners are:

1-Bluzan Film Festival. Switzerland

2-Fig Leaf Productions. Egypt

3-Fidra for Education and Media. Egypt

4-Liqaa Nabel El-Dazyl for Arab Cinema. Tunisia

5-Film House. Egypt

6-Nouakshoot INternational Short Film Festival. Mauritania

7-The International Festival. Ivory Coast

8-Batou Productions. France

9-The Environment Festival. Tunisia

10-Martil Film Festival. Morocco

11-Dream Production. Egypt

12-Khaldoun Productions. Tunisia

13-Agoralumiere International Institute. France

14-Luxor African Film Festival. Egypt

15-AfricAvenir Intenational. Namibia

16-Kijiweni Productions. Tanzania

17-Arterial Network. South Africa

18-African Royal Society. England

19-Harare Women’s FilmFestival. Mozambique

20-Palacios Films. France

21-Arab Doc Network. Spain

22-Les Films de l’Après-midi. Portugal and France

23-Wail Gzoly Film Productions

24-Najat Jellab Films. Morocco

25-Film Productions Sectors of Egyptian Television

26-New York African Film Festival

The River. Documentary film from Algeria at Luxor African Film Festival
The River Documentary Film

During the 3rd Edition of Luxor African Film Festival, “The River” an Algerian documentary direted by Abdenour Zahzah has been screened included in the Long Documentary Competition. This documentary takes us in a journey along Sidi al-K’bir River which runs along the mountain before crossing Chiffa River, the plain of Mitidja and empties iinto the Mazafran, defining the boundary betweeen Algiers and Tipasa until reaching in the Mediterranean Sea. It also narrates the suffering that afflicts these people, who are abandoned by all, and especially by the system.


ArabDocNetwork at Luxor African Film Festival opening today
Documentaries, Festivals, Meetings

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Today, 18th of March 2014 is the opening for Luxor African Film Festival and Arab Doc Network will be there!

We will be informing of all the documentaries in this festival!

The 20th Edition of Tetouan International Film Festival will take place soon
Festivals, Meetings, News

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The 20th edition of the Tetouan Film Festival, or officially, the International Festival of Mediterranean Film in Tetouan, begins on March 29th running tuntil the 5th of April 2014.  The main event of the festival is a competition for films from the Mediterranean region, with prizes awarded in the categories of feature films, short films, and documentaries.

For more information go to: www.

Voices of Qatar. Brush Strokes of the Future
Documentaries, News

As the country prepares to celebrate National Day, we take a moment to hear the voices of Qatar.

A series of short documentary films about individuals:

We joined Faraj Daham– 30 year veteran of fine arts – as he prepares for his next exhibition.

We joined Hanan Ali Al Sharshani – A young Qatari writer – as she takes us us on a journey by the sea.

We joined Khalifa Al Obaidly – an accomplished photographer of 25 years – as he showed us his life in Qatar through a lens.

Watch at:

Reel Bad Arabs Documentary Film: How Hollywood Vilifies Arab People

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The Arab is a one-dimensional caricature, a cartoon cutout used by film makers as stock villains and as comic relief. And so, over and over, we see Arabs in movies portrayed as buffoons, their only purpose being to deliver cheap laughs. This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs–from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding “terrorists”–along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.

Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.

Watch the full documentary in this link:

ALI’ENS (Somalis in Transit) wins Best Documentary at Human Rights Film Festival STEPS in Ukarine
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