Monthly Archives: February 2012

Luxor’s first film festival should fill a gap after most of Egypt’s major festivals were cancelled last year

Megan Detrie for The National Feb. 21, 2012 For the filmmaker Sayed Fouad, Egypt’s first major film festival this year is a coup on several fronts: The first Pan-African festival held in Egypt, organised by civil society and not the Ministry of Culture, and a major cultural event staged outside Cairo. “There are a lot […]

Bassem Youssef is known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart for his no-nonsense stand

Megan Detrie for The National Feb 14, 2012 Bassem Youssef spends most of his day in a cramped room lined with whiteboards, poring over YouTube with a team of interns. Each week, they select clips from hours of news footage that exemplify the “deceit and hypocrisy” Youssef says is so prevalent in Egypt’s television news. […]