There was a mixture of cultures, colors and sounds as the ninth edition of International Arab Film Festival opened on July 22 in Oran, Algeria.
Hundreds of actors and film directors from Arab countries took part in the galla,which celebrates Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine with a section titled ‘Youssef Chahine: A love story between Egypt and Algeria
The festival will screen a total of 34 Arab films in its main competition, including features, shorts and documentary films.
The films have been listed in three categories, feature films, short films and documentary films, that have been produced to tell the realities and the current affairs as experienced in the Arab world. Most have given great interest to feature films addressing even deeper issues on Arab customs.
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the festival will also screen three film adaptations of the Bard’s plays.