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Monday, 30 May 2022

Egyptian-Swedish director Tarik Saleh wins award for best screenplay at Cannes

Leading the conversation on Egypt this morning in the foreign press: Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh won the screenplay award at Cannes for his film Boy from Heaven. Saleh dedicated his prize to Egyptian filmmakers, telling them to “raise your voices, and tell your stories.” (NYT | AP | Bloomberg)

Also making headlines:

  • Silo workers are working overtime to ensure the availability of wheat while farmers are struggling to make ends meet given across-the-board rises in input costs, including for wages, electricity and fertilizer. (Reuters)
  • Dancing to the beat of the tabla: The tabla is no longer something taboo associated with nightclubs and belly dancers, it has rebranded itself as a musical instrument that anyone can take up. (AFP)
  • The national dialogue could mark an “ easing” of Egypt’s tightly-controlled political climate, Hamza Hendawi writes. (The National)
  • The Musicians’ Syndicate can’t censor Disney: Egyptian director Mohamed Diab turned to mahraganat to soundtrack his recent Disney+ Marvel series, Moon Knight, featuring artists who have been banned by the Musicians’ Syndicate. (Vox)

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