The filmmakers Ahmad Abdalla and Yasser Shafiey, representing Egypt at FCAT

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From the 21st to the 28th of March the African Film Festival of Cordoba – FCAT 2015 will celebrate its twelfth edition in different spaces of the Andalusian city. FCAT is the only Festival of African cinema in Spanish language. This year FCAT 2015, organized by the non-profit organization Al Tarab, has two Egyptian films in its program, following the original tendency of the Festival that is looking towards the new trends of African cinema.

With a powerful film industry, Egypt will participate in this edition with two films in the two competitive sections: “Long-Sightedness”, a competitive section where 16 feature films and documentaries will compete and where the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the films that are notable for their intention of search, reflexion and innovation in the cinema language. And “Shortly”, the second competitive section that will show 11 documentary and fiction short films that will be presented as an example of the capacity of the African emergent filmmakers

Specifically in “Long-Sightedness”, Ahmad Abdalla (Heliopolis, 2009 and Rags and Tatters, 2013 among others) will compete with Decor, a black-and-white film where the main character, Maha, has always been passionate about cinema, and as an artistic director she’s become an expert at creating worlds of images. Under immense pressure at work, she visualizes another life on the horizon and begins slipping between realities: one resembling the film sets she’s designing and the other, her supposed real life.

On the other hand The Dream of a Scene by Yasser Shafiey, will participate in “Shortly”. This short film tells the story of Yasser, a young Egyptian filmmaker, that is looking for someone to play the role of a girl who defies all social standards by shaving off her hair. He will find a lot of obstacles.

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