The Arab Cinema Center hosts an interview with Arab Cinema Personality of the Year Mohamad Keblawi


A few days after receiving the award for Arab Cinema Personality of the Year, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is hosting an interview with Mouhamad Keblawi, director of the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, on Thursday March 10 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT).

Streamed live on the official Arab Cinema Center (ACC) Facebook, Instagram and Youtube pages, the discussion will be moderated by Egyptian film critic Dr. Amal El-Gamal.

Broadcast time of Mouhamad Keblawi’s interview:

Tunisia/ Morocco/ Sweden: 4 p.m.

Egypt/ Sudan/ Palestine/ Lebanon: 5:00 p.m.

Saudi Arabia/Jordan/Kuwait: 6:00 p.m.

United Arab Emirates: 7:00 p.m.

Mohamed Keblawi is a Swedish-Palestinian director and producer, who has worked in the production of television and documentary films.

In 2011, he founded the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, which aims to encourage Arab filmmakers to find more opportunities to tell their stories and to support Arab film projects.

The festival has screened hundreds of Arab films since its inception, including Oscar-nominated films; The Jordanian film Theeb by director Naji Abu Nowar, the Tunisian film The Man Who Sold His Skin by Kaouther Ben Hania and the Palestinian short film The Present by Farah Nabulsi.

The festival also presented several award-winning Arab films which participated in many international festivals; Wajib by director Annemarie Jacir, EXT. Night by Ahmad Abdalla, A Son by Mehdi Barsaoui, Gaza Mon Amour by Arab and Tarzan Nasser, and Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by Sherif Elbendary, among others.

Mohamed Keblawi also launched the MAFF Market Forum as part of the festival with the aim of supporting Arab film projects and helping them see the light of day. During its last edition, the Forum awarded monetary prizes worth $250,000.

Since its creation, this annual prize has supported nearly 100 projects including Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl, Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania, Captains of Zaatari by Ali El Arabi, 200 Meters by Ameen Nayfeh, Our River… Our Sky by Maysoon Pachachi, Communion by Nejib Belkadhi, Khartoum Offside by Marwa Zein and Tiny Souls by Dina Naser.

Keblawi is also the founder of Arab Cinema in Sweden, a company that works on the distribution of Arab films in Sweden.

These films include the Jordanian film The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, the Lebanese film Solitaire by Sophie Boutros, the Egyptian film Factory Girl by Mohamed Khan and the Yemeni film I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced by Khadija al-Salami.

More recently, Mohamed Keblawi was awarded the City of Malmö Art and Culture Scholarship for the year 2021.

This is an annual grant awarded to twelve creators in the fields of music, theatre, cinema and literature.

From 2015 to 2017, he was a member of the documentary film nomination committee for the Guldbagge Awards, considered Sweden’s Oscars.

Dr. Amal El-Gamal is an Egyptian writer and film critic with 10 books on film criticism to her credit.

She holds a doctorate. in the philosophy of film criticism. In 2009, Dr. Amal won the Abdel Hai Adib Prize at the Alexandria Film Festival for his screenplay of Al Shabaka, based on Sherif Hatata’s book.

She has been a jury member at many prestigious film festivals in Italy, Malmö, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait and Sudan.

These festivals include: the El Gouna Film Festival, the Ismailia International Film Festival for documentaries and short films, and the Malmo Arab Film Festival.

She has been selected several times to participate with her film studies in workshops at the University of Bonn, Germany.

She is best known for her style which uses comparative criticism and symbology.

Her books on film criticism include: Women.. in Her Eyes, Arab Film Co-production, Filmography, Film Co-production in Egyptian Cinema, Killers between Hemingway and Tarkovsky, Nawal Sadawy and Sherif Hatata, Life Experience, Cinematic Language in Literature : A Comparative Study Between Tarkovsky and Sherif Hatata, Egyptian Films in International Cinema Circuits, Samir Farid: The Model Film Critic, Cross Cinema for Diversity: Limits of Description and Categorization, and Farid Shawky: Egyptian Cinema’s Iconic Star.

During the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) awarded Mohamad Keblawi the award for Arab Cinema Personality of the Year.

This comes in recognition of his contribution and immense support to Arab cinema through the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, with the aim of promoting Arab cinema in Sweden and Scandinavia.

The Arab Cinema Personality of the Year award is part of its strategy to promote the Arab film industry internationally and support Arab filmmakers.

In recent years, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has awarded the Arab Cinema Personality of the Year award to Chiraz Latiri, former Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs, screenwriter and producer Mohamed Hefzy, the President of the International Film Festival Film Festival (CIFF), Abdulhamid Juma, President of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), and Masoud Amralla, Artistic Director of DIFF.

Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by MAD Solutions.

The ACC also offers networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specializing in co-production and international distribution, among others.

The activities of the ACC vary between film markets, stands, pavilions, networking sessions, individual meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties and meetings with international organizations and festivals. In addition, activities include the publication of Arab Cinema Magazine which will be distributed in major international film festivals and markets.

In addition, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on ACC activities, notifications application dates for grants, festivals, and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films attending festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights ACC partners and their future projects.

Arab Cinema Center has launched the Arab Cinema Directory in English on its website, which is a comprehensive cinema directory that for the first time provides multiple tools in one place to improve easy access to cinema information for filmmakers inside and outside the Arab world.

It also aims to facilitate the connection between Arab cinema and filmmakers and the international market. It also helps international filmmakers easily identify Arab film productions.


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