El Gouna Film Festival Resounds Theme ‘Cinema for Humanity’
El Gouna Film Festival has assured cinema lovers that it remains committed to hosting the festival and emphasized its central theme “Cinema for Humanity”. It champions unity and empathy. The organizers of the El Gouna Film Festival highlighted the power of cinema to unite people.
“We also understand the weight of the current situation and the importance of collective reflection. It is crucial that we provide space for healing, understanding, and solidarity to prevail.”
The El Gouna Film Festival, which was scheduled to take place from Oct 13 -20, will now be held from Oct 27 – Nov. 2 because of the Israel – Hamas conflict. the organizers said their commitment to showcasing the impactful work of the talented youth and emphasizing the transformative nature of cinema, remains unwavered.
What is El Gouna Film Festival?
Founded in 2017 by Engineer Naguib Sawiri and Bushra Rozza, El Gouna Film Festival has gained momentum over the years. It showcases a diverse range of films for a creative and well-versed audience.
El Gouna Film Festival, presented under the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, works between cultures and filmmakers to benefit the industry and the region through the art of filmmaking. It connects filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange.
Palestinian Artists on Israel-Palestine Conflict
International Palestinian artists are looking forward to performing at the El Gouna Film Festive as a commitment to the people of Palestine. Elyanna, a Palestinian Chilean singer, said she will not be participating in the festival because of the current conflict.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid, who is a US Palestinian Dutch, called out the Israel-Hamas conflict as unjustifiable tragedy. “I have deep empathy and heartbreak for the Palestinian struggle and life under occupation, it’s a responsibility I hold daily,” she said on Instagram.
Hadid added that she also feels responsibility to her Jewish friends to make it clear that “While I have hopes and dreams for Palestine, none of them include the harm of a Jewish person.” She believes that inflicting terror on innocent people is not in alignment with and does not do good for the Free Palestine movement.
“The idea that it does has fueled a painful, decades-long cycle of back and forth retaliation, which no innocent civilian, Palestinian or Israeli deserves to be a casualty of, and helps perpetuate the false idea that being Pro-Palestine is equal to anti-Semitic.”