Ismailia Festival for Documentary and Short Films honors Kamal Ramzy, "Sheikh of Film Critics"
The management of the Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films in its 22nd session, headed by the film critic Essam Zakaria, announces its honor to the great film critic Kamal Ramzi, "Sheikh of Egyptian and Arab Film Critics", in this year's session, which will be held during the period from May 19 to May 25, 2021 in Ismailia.
The critic Essam Zakaria, head of the Ismailia Festival for Documentary and Short Films, says that honoring the great critic Kamal Ramzy is a deserved tribute to one of the well-known cinematic critics, and he did not receive the honor he deserves commensurate with his great contribution in the field of film criticism, which is a great name that Egyptian and Arab cinema is proud of.
A cinematographer extends from thousands of articles that he wrote in love with cinema, dozens of books that have become a reference for all learners of the seventh art, and Arab, Egyptian and international festivals that he witnessed and participated in establishing, since he was attached in an early period to that silver screen, giving it his life.
The critic Kamal Ramzy is one of the great critics and deserves the title of "Sheikh of Film Critics." The influence of film institutions and makers, and his integrity in judging films and cinematic works led him to be friendly and warm in his relationship with their makers, as he does not hunt mistakes as much as he points to positives and attitudes and is exposed to negatives according to his perspective and his critical methodology with gently and intimacy that seeks to indicate the error away from the methods of attack, screaming, verbal abuse or Moral.
The articles of Kamal Ramzi who born in 1944 and a graduate of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in 1968, touched on bold topics related to the productions of new Egyptian cinema and Arab cinema currents. His writings, which were published in many Egyptian and Arab newspapers and magazines, and the Cairo Cinema Club Bulletin, dealt with hot issues in the vast spaces of the seventh art, such as searching for a formula. For financing, co-production, and the search for new markets for Arab films, steps of cinematic integration between directors of Arab countries, and coordination between festivals, as the recipient knows the best Arab films, and it raises thorny issues such as showing the moments of pride and the image of Arab women on a screen in addition to its remarkable coverage of the activities of many Arab and international film festivals.
Kamal Ramzy presented to the Arab Library a set of critical literature that studies and analyzes cinematic creativity in Egypt and other Arab and international cinemas within a system of details and audio-visual, dramatic and documentary vocabulary wishing to revitalize the cinematic education movement away from these familiar stereotypes. Among his most prominent books is: "The National Identity of Arab Cinema" "Narrative sources in Egyptian films", "Egyptian movie stars", "Egyptian man on screen", "Saad Nadim: the pioneer of documentary cinema", "Art between the turban and the state", "Salah El-Tohamy: the era of optimism", "Egyptian movie stars" : Essence and Masks, “Mahmoud Morsi: Bird of Heaven and Fire”, “Kamal Al Sheikh: Half a Century of Creativity,” “The Cinema of Lost Dreams,” “Studies in Egyptian and European Cinema,” “Movies from the East and the West,” " and “From Terso Seats " Anchoring: Reviews in American Cinema ''
It is noteworthy that the Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films is held annually by the National Film Center, headed by screenwriter Muhammad Al-Basousi in the Ismailia Governorate.
The Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films is one of the oldest festivals in the Arab world, and the first Arab festivals specializing in documentaries and shorts, as its first sessions began in 1991.