Is­mailia Film Fes­ti­val hon­ours late film critic Ali Abu Shadi

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The Is­mailia Film Fes­ti­val for Doc­u­men­taries and Shorts held on Mon­day a sem­i­nar to hon­our renowned film critic Ali Abu Shadi as part of its 20th edi­tion.

The fes­ti­val’s di­rec­tor and film critic, Is­sam Zakaria, said that Abu Shadi played a great role in es­tab­lish­ing and sup­port­ing the Is­mailia Film Fes­ti­val.

Abu Shadi died in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter it was an­nounced that he would be non­tenured.

Zakaria added, “Abu Shadi was a mag­nif­i­cent film critic and states­man who man­aged to bal­ance be­tween the two sides.”

Film critic Osama Ab­dul Fatah as­serted that the trib­ute to Ali Abu Shadi “aims at hon­our­ing him as a pub­lic fig­ure, film critic, and states­man, and also hon­our­ing his en­tire gen­er­a­tion that was born af­ter the sec­ond world war and was raised in the 1960s.”

Ab­dul Fatah added,“we can take Ali Abu Shadi as a model for the Nasserist model,” as he was a fan of the late pres­i­dent Gamal Ab­del Nasser and was shocked when the 1967 war broke out.

Abu Shadi was born in 1946 and re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in lit­er­a­ture from Ain Shams Univer­sity in 1966. He also re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree from the Higher In­sti­tute of Art Crit­i­cism in 1975.

He had been a mem­ber of the Egyp­tian Film Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion since 1972 and headed the govern­men­tal author­ity for cen­sor­ship be­tween 1996 and 1999, and again from 2004 to 2009. He was a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Egypt and Arab crit­ics in the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Film Crit­ics.Be­fore his death, the re­spected critic was al­ready set to be hon­oured for his achieve­ments at the Is­mailia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in its com­ing edi­tion. His bi­b­li­og­ra­phy in­cludes more than 20 books in different fields, in­clud­ing crit­i­cism and the­ory.Among his books are Black and White, The Lan­guage of Cinema, 100 Years of Egyp­tian Cinema, Cinema and Pol­i­tics, Doc­u­men­tary Cinema in the 1970s, and Clas­sics of Egyp­tian Cinema. He also held im­por­tant posts, in­clud­ing sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil of Cul­ture in 2007.

The Fes­ti­val’s di­rec­tor and film critic, Is­sam Zakaria, said that Abu Shadi had played a great role in es­tab­lish­ing and sup­port­ing the Is­mailia Film Fes­ti­val.

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