Egypt Independent: Culture-Main news en European films dominate for foreign language Oscar <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Six European, two Latin American and one African film have made the shortlist for the foreign language Oscar, announced in Los Angeles Friday.</p><p>Films by directors from Argentina, Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Venezuela made the shortlist, which will be narrowed down to five nominees next month ahead of the February show.</p><p>Movies from Europe the former Soviet states are well represented, with films from Russia, Poland, Georgia and Estonia among the nine.</p><p>The list will be narrowed down to five nominees to be announced on January 15, along with all other nomination categories for the Academy Awards, which will held on February 22.</p><p>The shortlisted films are:</p><p>Argentina, &quot;Wild Tales,&quot; by Damian Szifron.</p><p>Estonia, &quot;Tangerines,&quot; by Zaza Urushadze.</p><p>Georgia, &quot;Corn Island,&quot; by George Ovashvili.</p><p>Mauritania, &quot;Timbuktu,&quot; by Abderrahmane Sissako.</p><p>Netherlands, &quot;Accused,&quot; by Paula van der Oest.</p><p>Poland, &quot;Ida,&quot; by Pawe? Pawlikowski.</p><p>Russia, &quot;Leviathan,&quot; by Andrey Zvyagintsev.</p><p>Sweden, &quot;Force Majeure,&quot; by Ruben Östlund.</p><p>Venezuela, &quot;The Liberator,&quot; by Alberto Arvelo.</p><p>The foreign language Oscar has a long history of choosing European films as winners, with three quarters of the winners from the last 20 years coming from the old continent.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:05:00 +0000 AFP 2441574 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/05/484151/oscars_selfie.jpg Beit al-Sennari commemorates Umm Kulthum’s 40th anniversary <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Beit al-Sennari in Sayeda Zeinab is commemorating the 40th anniversary of Umm Kulthum&#39;s passing, who died on 3 February 1975.<br /><br />Khaled Azab of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina said the commemoration will include seminars, photographs and documents collected by the Egypt Contemporary Memory Project.<br /><br />Ayman Mansour, deputy director of the special projects management, said Beit al-Sennari is always keen to celebrate the symbols of culture, art and literature in Egypt.</p><p><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441555 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/19/500478/umm_kulthum.jpg Goethe Institut to hold training workshop for amateur photographers <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Goethe Institut and the Infinity Group are holding a training workshop for amateur photographers on Sunday.<br /><br />Photographers will be trained on the different types of cameras, how to open the lens, how to focus on pictures and how to modify pictures with Photoshop.<br /><br />The trainers are Bishoy Fayez and Rami Heikal.<br /><br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441557 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/03/484151/0281.jpg Hamza Namira’s album scores six million views on YouTube <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Hamza Namira&rsquo;s recently launched album &quot;<a href=""><u>Esmaani</u></a>&quot; [Listen to Me] scored more than six million views on YouTube, whos popularity has been attributed in part to powerful political and societal messages.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&rsquo;s state radio has banned broadcasting Hamza Namira&#39;s songs because of his declared opposition to the ruling government, Turkish Anadolu Agency reported. The ban made the fans sympathize with Namira on Twitter and Facebook.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Urgent: no songs by Hamza Namira shall be broadcast on any station,&rdquo; said Chief of Egyptian State Radio Abdel Rahman Rashad&nbsp;in a memo to all radio stations and has been in effect since 12 November.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm,Egypt Independent 2441526 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/19/94/singer_hamza_namira.jpg