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US Embassy: We are proud to promote dialogue between cultures and relations between peoples

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The United States Embassy in Cairo announced that it will cooperate with Film Independent, based in Los Angeles, to support the 25th session of the Ismailia International Documentary and Short Film Festival, which is the oldest documentary and short film festival in the Middle East and Africa, founded in 1991.

According to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Cairo, the festival celebrates cinema as a means of promoting intercultural dialogue and showcases the best documentary and short film productions in Egypt and the world.

Inga Litvinsky, Assistant Cultural Attaché at the US Embassy, ​​said, “Documentaries and short films are vibrant artistic paintings for discovering diverse narratives.”

She added: “The United States is proud to support the Ismailia International Film Festival and its mission of promoting cross-cultural dialogue and people-to-people relations, as the festival serves as a bridge to connect the United States and Egypt by promoting understanding and celebrating the richness of our collective experience.”

This year, the festival honors American film director and producer Steve James, whose documentary “Hope Dreams” was nominated for an Academy Award in 1994 and was named the best documentary of all time in a poll conducted by the International Documentary Association in 2007.

James will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival on February 28 and will host a masterclass series in Cairo on March 6.

As part of the festival, the U.S. Embassy and Film Independent are also presenting a short film documentary workshop led by Sisa Bueno, a multi-filmmaker dedicated to exploring powerful influences within humanity while making hard-to-reach stories accessible to audiences.

The Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films will be held from February 28 to March 5.

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