The Moroccan film “Casablanca Beats” is presented in preview on the second day of the El Gouna Film Festival

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Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch Casablanca Beats was the first red carpet screening of day two of the El Gouna Film Festival, which runs through October 22.

It is the first entirely Moroccan film to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where it made its world premiere in July. The film is based on Ayouch’s own experiences when opening a cultural center for young people in Sidi Moumen, a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Casablanca.

Casablanca Beats is one of 16 narrative feature films competing at the festival on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. There are 10 documentaries and 23 short films in competition.

Scroll through the gallery below to view photos from the opening ceremony of the El Gouna Film Festival.

The festival, held for a fifth year, includes 75 international and regional feature films, short films and documentaries from 44 countries, with eight world premieres and two international premieres.

It opened on Thursday with the usual glamor of the red carpet, the opening ceremony and the meeting in the main square, with no signs of fire the day before.

Egyptian superstar Mohamed Ramadan performed his new song Gaw El Banat by Universal Arabic Music with award-winning Moroccan-Swedish music producer RedOne and Moroccan-Dutch singer Nouamane Belaiachi.

Ramadan, known for his hit song Ya Habibi with Franco-Congolese rapper Maitre Gims, announced Gaw El Banat as the official song of the El Gouna Film Festival on her Instagram earlier Thursday.

The festival has a tradition of being the platform that broadcasts new Arabic songs, from its inaugural event in 2017 when 3 Daqat d’Abu with Youssra has become a phenomenal success.

Updated: October 16, 2021, 11:59 AM


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