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Les Petits Chats Nominated for Jury Prize at Arabian Sights Film Festival

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Les Petits Chats Nominated for Jury Prize at Arabian Sights Film Festival


Egyptian musical documentary Les Petits Chats will land a world premiere at the 18th Arabian Sights Film Festival (October 16-25) in Washington DC, USA, where the film has received a nomination for the Arabian Sights Jury Prize. The award will be dedicated in a competition of selected films for the first time which comes as part of the festival's celebration of the 20th anniversary.

Middle West Films, the film's producer, has released the trailer for the film which tracks the rise of the legendary rock band Les Petits Chats, which was first formed in 1976 encompassing Wagdi Francis along with Ezzat Abu Oaf and Omar Khairat. The band members reunite 30 years later to give a one-night-stand performance.

Directed by Sherif Nakhla, the film is named after the legendary band Les Petits Chats of the cherished era of the 60s and 70s. The six members, who are now major celebrities and musicians, are reunited to perform one last time in a night to remember in spring 2010. Les Petits Chats film is an insight into the lives of the former band-mates during their glory days, answers the questions evoked within each one of them by tracking their present lives and life choices since their breakup in the 80s. The film showcases interviews with major celebrities and cinema stars at that time and nowadays including: Ezzat Abu Oaf, Omar Khairat, Sobhy Bedeir, Samir Sabri, and Mohamed Salmawy.

Arabian Sights Film Festival for contemporary Arab cinema is operating under the jurisdiction of the Washington DC Film Festival which takes place in every April annually. The upcoming installment of Arabian Sights festival boasts a line-up of 12 films from 6 Arab countries. Sherin Gharib, Festival Director of Arabian Sights, has remarked that 50% of the festival audiences are Americans; a number that stands as a testimony to the role played by the festival in opening a window for western culture on Arabian communities and their unusual aspects away from the stereotyped images.

Boasting an extensive record in Visual Arts and Writing, Sherif Nakhla has been known for his remarkable talent as an artist, musician and singer in rock bands for 10 years. In 2006, Nakhla presented his directorial debut Miraculum, a short documentary that was selected in more than 26 film festivals worldwide. He also worked as a TV producer, theatre director, cinematographer and a reporter for the English language newspaper Al Ahram Weekly.

Les Petits Chats Screening Times at the Festival

- Friday October 16 at 7 PM- AMC Mazza Gallerie
- Saturday October 17 at 9 PM- AMC Mazza Gallerie