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Board of Trustees Member

Company Description: The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is one of ISF's projects. It was the writer Sayed Fouad's idea, as the African films are almost not screened in Egypt....   more
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Bissau-Guinean
  • Member
    Amiens International Film Festival
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LAFF - News from Luxor African Film Festival
www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, the Luxor African Film Festival organized a press conference for the American star Danny Glover and the Bissau-Guinean director Flora Gomes as part of their tributes.
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From his side, director Flora Gomes thanked the festival's organizers and the French producer of his film that was presented at the opening because it helped he helped him the film to see the light. Gomes added that his friend Danny Glover supported the film from the first minute and helped to realize his dreams to cast an American star in film.
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www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com, 14 May 2014 [cached]
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Flora Gomes
A Bissau-Guinean film director, he was born in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau on 31 December, 1949 and after high school in Cuba, he decided to study film at the Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematogr?ficos in Havana.
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In 1992, Gomes directed Udju Azul di Yonta, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.
Son of illiterate parents, as a child Gomes struggled against the limitations of his social status and the oppression of the Portuguese colonial system under Ant?nio Salazar's rule. He supported Bissau-Guinean resistance against colonialism and greatly admired Am?lcar Cabral. He left Guinea-Bissau to study cinema in Cuba (1972) at the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography, under the guidance of Santiago ?lvarez. He continued his studies in Senegal, at the Senegalese Journal for Motion Picture News, under the direction of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra. He also co-directed two films with Sergio Pina and worked as an assistant with Chris Marker and Anita Fernandez.
Upon returning to liberated Guinea-Bissau, Gomes filmed his country's independence ceremony (24 September 1974), fulfilling the desire of Am?lcar Cabral that it should be Bissau-Guineans themselves capturing this historical moment on film. After freeing itself from colonial rule, Guinea-Bissau was visited by many reporters and progressive filmmakers and Gomes, given his knowledge of cinema, was in great demand to assist them, which allowed him to expand his skills. At the end of 1970s, he worked as a photographer and cameraman for the Ministry of Information.
Having first directed historical documentaries, Gomes filmed his first feature film, Mortu Nega, in 1987. Mortu Nega depicts the struggle for independence and the challenges of the first post-independence years in Guinea-Bissau. The film was screened at several international film festivals and Gomes caught the attention of commentators and critics. He was particularly well received in France, which in later years enabled him to attract funding for the production of new films. In 2000, he was distinguished in France with the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
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Flora Gomes was recognized in Portugal by the Bissau-Guinean community for his services in making the Bissau-Guinean culture known worldwide.
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Flora Gomes was a member of the jury at the Amiens International Film Festival.
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
LAFF - Founders and Attendees
www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
24- Mr. Flora Gomes, Director, Guinea-Bissau
LAFF - Latest News
www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, the Luxor African Film Festival organized a press conference for the American star Danny Glover and the Bissau-Guinean director Flora Gomes as part of their tributes.
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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" The Children `s Republic", starred by Danny and directed by Flora Gomes and was shot in Guinea Bissau, was screened.
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Also attending, among top African and international guests, Flora Gomes, the Guinea-Bissau director of the acclaimed film. Both Glover and Gomes will be given special tribute for their rich career at the opening night along with Egyptian star Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz.
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
PEOPLE | Filmfestivals.com
www.filmfestivalspro.com, 15 Oct 2012 [cached]
In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, the Luxor African Film Festival organized a press conference for the American star Danny Glover and the Bissau-Guinean director Flora Gomes as part of their tributes.
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