From Sheikh Jackson to Photocopy: Egypt’s strong presence at New York’s Arab Cinema Week

Ahram online 18 November 2017

Several Egyptian films are being screened during the ongoing New York Arab Cinema Week, with Sheikh Jackson and Photocopy featured at the opening and closing nights respectively

Egyptian films are a highlight of the New York Arab Cinema Week, an event that runs between 17 and 23 November at New York City’s Cinema Village.

The festival opened with Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson and will close with yet another Egyptian film, Photocopy, directed by Tamer Ashry.

The Egyptian films will be screened within a total of 20 other films from the Arab world, featuring works by directors from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria and the UAE, among others, as well as films from European countries that focus on the Arab World.

The Arab Cinema Week’s closing film, Photocopy, is directed by Tamer Ashry and features stars such as Mahmood Hemaidah, Sherine Reda and Farah Youssef, among others.

Acording to IMDb, the film focuses on a retired man in Cairo who begins to learn about the extinction of dinosaurs. This sets off a series of events that will give his life renewed meaning.

Launched in 2016, the Arab Cinema Week is New York’s first festival dedicated to Arab cinema with daily screenings of movies from across the Arab world, and panels with celebrity actors and directors.