Brief about the third day of GFF
17, Brimstone and Glory, Manifesto, Soufra and Photocopy's world premiere... Another busy day in El Gouna!
Jordanian movie “17” by Director Widad Shafakoj, screened at 3:00PM at Sea Cinema 2. It’s a documentary that follows the Jordanian under-17 women’s football team as they prepare for the FIFA under-17 2016 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
“Brimstone and Glory” by Director Viktor Jakovleski, screened at 5:15PM at Sea Cinema 1. The movie is set in the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. Brimstone & Glory portrayed an immersive exploration of celebration, rituals, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks.
“Manifesto” also screened today at Sea Cinema 3 at 5:45PM. Julian Rosefeldt’s film Manifesto payed homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artistic manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.
The World Premiere of documentary “Soufra” screened at Sea Cinema 1 yesterday at 7:30 with the attendance of its director Thomas Morgan, Mariam Al-Shaar and the film editor Mohammed El Manasterly (who did the editing of the 2013 Academy Award Nominated film The Square directed by Jehane Noujaim). The film is produced by Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon
Soufra followed the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the 65-year-old Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon.
Photocopy’s International Premier and red carpet event took place last night at the Marina Theatre at 8:00PM. The movie was about Mahmoud, a man in his late fifties who owns a photocopy joint in Abdou Pasha. When he was asked to print a research paper about the extinction of dinosaurs, he became obsessed with the topic, which he felt might explain to him the reason behind his deteriorating financial status and the dwindling numbers of his customers.
With regards to CineGouna Bridge panels, please note that the following activities took place:
UNHCR Cinema for Humanity Panel Discussion took place yesterday at Audimax Theatre at 12:30PM.
The panel discussed how climate change has a devastating, undeniable, effect on all our surroundings, including the nearby coral reef. The panel further discussed the undersea reality, coral bleaching, which is a sign of mass coral death that is occurring on a scale so vast and pace so rapid that it defies comprehension. Moreover, the panel tackled how climate change denial is an increasingly hard sell with the continuing rise in extreme weather. The panel used the two films; Chasing Coral and An Inconvenient Sequel to address climate change and the future of corals and how storytelling has become the most powerful tool for conservation and understanding global environments.