The Nationwide Heart for Cinema is about to digitize the archives, recordsdata and paperwork of staff within the Egyptian movie business.
The undertaking goals to digitize the recordsdata of 800 main movie stars and artists, together with Faten Hamama, Shoukry Sarhan, Adel Imam, Ahmed Zaki, Mahmoud Abdel Azizi, Mahmoud Yassin, Soad Hosny, Gamil Ratib, Shwikar, Laila Elwi, Nabila Ebeid and plenty of extra.
It’s being executed via the Cinematic Tradition Heart and underneath the supervision of Egyptian screenwriter and movie critic Magdy al-Shahry.
The undertaking additionally consists of the recordsdata and paperwork of those that have performed a significant a part of the Egyptian movie business, most notably administrators Youssef Chahine, Hassan al-Imam, Henry Barakat, Atef el-Tayeb, Mohamed Khan, Ali Badrakhan, Mohamed Karim, Kamal el-Sheikh, Shadi Abdel Salam, Ashraf Fahmy, Mohamed Fadel, Yahya al-Alami, Houssam El-Din Mustafa and others.
The undertaking additionally consists of the names of distinguished screenwriters, notably the world-renowned author Naguib Mahfouz, Abdel-Hay Adib, Mahfouz Abdel Rahman, Mohamed al-Basousy, Wahid Hamed, Lenin al-Ramly, Mostafa Moharam and others. The names of cinematographers additionally determine within the documentation undertaking, notably Wahid Farid, Mohsen Nasr, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Ramses Marzouk, Mohsen Ahmed, Abdel Halim Nasr, Saeed Shaimi and Sameh Selim, amongst others.
As for the names of set and manufacturing designers in Egyptian cinema, the undertaking consists of Shadi Abdel Salam, Onsi Abou Seif, Salah Marei, Nohad Bahgat and others.
In a assertion launched on the Nationwide Heart for Cinema’s Fb web page July 8, Shahry, who can be the director normal of the Cinematic Tradition Heart, stated the undertaking comes throughout the framework of the Ministry of Tradition’s efforts to protect the historical past of the Egyptian film business. The cinematic archive has over 1,400 recordsdata and paperwork of artists and staff within the sector, which will likely be digitized and preserved on CDs, he added.
Mohammed Youssef al-Sharif, a movie critic and chairman of the board of the Egyptian Affiliation of Movie Writers and Critics, praised the undertaking, contemplating it a significant step that ought to have been taken a few years in the past.
“Over 10 years in the past, there have been consultations and research to determine a cinematheque that may be supervised by the Nationwide Heart for Cinema. The cinematheque would have included all copies of Egyptian movies that have been produced over the previous 125 years,” Sharif instructed Al-Monitor.
“We additionally wished to protect the machines that have been utilized in filming, along with the previous movie posters and photographic movies and all the things associated to the cinema business, in addition to tv and radio manufacturing. However up to now, nothing has materialized on the bottom,” he added.
Sharif continued, “Two years in the past, there was a gathering amongst senior and younger movie officers, a few of whom have been a part of the misplaced historical past of Egyptian cinema and nonetheless have tangible reminiscences from this historical past. Once I requested them to share these reminiscences and the paperwork they’d — that are of nice curiosity for filmmakers all over the world and never simply in Egypt — I used to be shocked to study that they not had them. It is because after they current their merchandise to the general public at any competition at house or overseas, the Nationwide Heart for Cinema has the fitting to make use of these supplies with out returning them to their house owners.”
“If house owners want to current their works they want permission from the middle, which has sadly brushed apart the majority of the previous Egyptian cinema historical past over time and didn’t carry a finger when two Arab corporations purchased the property of an important historic movies, even though they represent a big a part of Egyptian cinema historical past,” he added.
An Egyptian movie producer who spoke on situation of anonymity had harsh phrases for the Nationwide Heart for Cinema’s practices. He instructed Al-Monitor through cellphone, “How might the Nationwide Heart for Cinema have the fitting to doc and register content material in its identify with out this being a violation of copyrights of heritage house owners? How might it use content material for public and cultural functions with out referring to their proprietor first, and why would creative works be registered within the heart’s identify? How might the middle have the fitting to digitize cinema contents and use it for cultural functions with out the permission of the house owners?”