Earlier today, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Turkish film, Night of Silence, had essentially been thrown out of the Alexandria International Film Festival. Organisers confirmed that, based on Egypt & Turkey’s deteriorating relationship following the ouster of former president Morsi, Reis Çelik’s film about a child-bride will not be shown at next month’s festival.
As we approach its 29th edition, the Alexandria International Film Festival is Egypt’s second oldest. More than Cairo’s film festival offering, the AIFF has been known to seek the most innovative and groundbreaking films. But with this move, it has all but betrayed the spirit of its aim; to strengthen and build the film community in the Mediterranean region.
Well done, you’ve made Egypt very proud.