Mostafa Abu Seif’s SA’ET EGABA screened in the closing ceremony of the Hollywood Arab Film Festival, which was held at Universal Studios Cinema as part of the Narrative Feature Film Program.
The screening was attended by several Arab filmmakers and stars, including Laila Eloui, Dhafer L'Abidine, Farah Bsieso, prominent directors Khairy Beshara and Mohamed Diab, film critic Andrew Mohsen, and writer Eyad Younis.
SA'ET EGABA follows a young boy who is drawn into strange worlds, becoming involved with various families in interesting situations, some of which endanger his life.
The film stars the child actor Selim Mostafa opposite a slew of heavyweight actors, including Sawsan Badr, Ghada Adel, Sherif Salama, Ayten Amer, Naglaa Badr, Entsar, Mohammed Tharwat, Badria Tolba, Eman Elsayed, Ahmed Fathy, Phaedra, Firas Saeed, Mourad Makram, Ahmed Talaat, Lateefa Fahmy, and Magdy El-Bhery, alongside the folk singer Omar Kamal.
In terms of behind-the-camera talent, the film was pitched by Ahmed Shiko, written by the Wara' Einab Workshop ( Sherine Alaa, Mohamed Kedr and Ahmed Chico), produced by Lagoonie Film Production and Rise Studios, and directed by Mostafa Abu Seif.
The Hollywood Arab Film Festival is held every year in April as part of Arab Heritage Month. It is held right at the heart of Hollywood, with the aim of providing Arab and North African filmmakers the opportunity to gather, create, and showcase their work. The festival also seeks to introduce world cinema professionals to the Arab film industry, shedding light on its uniqueness and distinction.
This year, the second edition of the festival was held in memory of the late renowned director Mohamed Khan, with a diverse range of global filmmakers in attendance.