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Results of 2013 Program ( first round)

Results of 2013 Program – First Round
The Results of Production Awards Program – First Round 2013 :

Culture Resource is pleased to announce the grantees of the first round of 2013 Production Awards program for young Arab artists. In this round, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) received 161 applications from Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Morocco, that all underwent meticulous evaluation by expert Juries, and 13 awards were granted to new projects in the following fields:

LITERATURE:

Ahmed Awny – Epypt
PROJECT: Calm After The Storm.
Narrative text on the documentation of the Egyptian revolution, psychologically and socially, through an interactive workshop between the writer and a group of Egyptian youth who discussed their lives and social and psychological experiences during the first two years of the revolution.

Enas Haleem – Egypt
PROJECT: Under the Bed: Short Stories and Portraits In Egyptian Arabic
A collection of short stories and portraits in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, both printed and recorded on a CD included with the book. The stories are narrated by the author with a musical accompaniment.

VISUAL ARTS:

Hosam EL Sawah – Egypt 
PROJECT: Maqamat Covertina
Multimedia project combining visual arts and literature in a book featuring 21 maqamas (a traditional form of narrative verse), inspired by true life stories, some verses of poetry, and curiosities. The text is accompanied by illustrations directly or indirectly related to the maqamas which observe, with sarcastic detachment, the cultural and social changes in Egyptian society after the revolution.

Dima Hourani – Palestine 
PROJECT: Qalandia Rest Stop
Interactive exhibit that sees the checkpoints at the Qalandia barrier as fast food stops for intercity commuters. The project seeks to transform the idea of the military checkpoint, where compulsory waits are fraught with fear and intimidation, into part of the daily routine of the consumerist lifestyle.

MUSIC:

Jasser Hajj Youssef – Tunisia
PROJECT: Solo  Molo
Music album in which the artist uses a viola d’amore to present original interpretations of various types of music in which this instrument had never been used before. Modern, Arab and western techniques are brought to bear toward this end.  “Solo Molo” is derived from the names of two strings on the Qambari, a traditional Afro-Maghrebi stringed instrument on which the musician can play the melody, bass and rhythm simultaneously. This project seeks to introduce the viola d’amore into the welcome embrace of Afro-Arab folk instruments and to fuse it  into different types of music.

Lobna Noomene  – Tunisia
PROJECT: Kan Ya Ma Kan (Once Upon a Time)
Music album by the Hess Band featuring eight songs composed by Mahdi Chakroun with lyrics by Tunisian and other Arab poets. The album also features traditional songs from Tunisian/Arab heritage.

Mohamed Mohsen – Egypt 
PROJECT: Egyptian-Palestinian Heritage
Musical collaboration between the Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen and the Palestinian singer Sanaa Moussa who perform together two songs from the Egyptian and Palestinian musical heritage. The two musicians also co-produced a new song about walls and borders that separate people. The video clip for the song will be filmed in Palestine near the separating wall in the occupied West Bank and Egypt next to the street barriers constructed by security forces since the beginning of the revolution. The project will culminate in a joint performance in Cairo.

FILM:

Mina Nabil Farag – Egypt 
PROJECT: The Cheerful Giver
Short fiction film consisting of three segments, each of which takes place in a church. The film sheds light on some poignant humanitarian aspects among the Egyptian church-going community.

Nesrin EL Zayat – Egypt 
PROJECT: On The Ladder
Feature-length documentary based on the filmmaker’s personal history with the veil and related questions that have preoccupied her for a long time. Through the vehicle of this film, the director probes the religious and social changes she experienced in her hometown in Upper Egypt and in Cairo.

Ahmed Khaled – Egypt 
PROJECT: White Sugar
Short fiction film set in a dream world that parallels the everyday world which is permeated by the ideas, events and fears that worry mankind. The protagonist seeks refuge in the dream world to free himself from the restrictions of a futile reality, only to interweave in that reality in a confusing way.

THEATRE:

Kholoud Nasser – Lebanon
PROJECT: Me, Saddam and Cinderella
Monodrama based on a real life experience of the performer during the Gulf War. The play sheds light on the period of his imprisonment in an Iraq jail along with some 3,500 other individuals who had been detained because of their Kuwaiti identity. The shock of this experience continues to reverberate twenty years later. The more he tries to remedy himself by moving to another Arab city, the more he begins to realise how impossible it is to find a sense of security and peace of mind. All Arab countries remind him of the prison.

Seif Eddine Jlassi – Tunisia
PROJECT: Let Me Dance
A dance theatre performance based on a dance troupe that tours three rural areas in Tunisia, all suffering from deprivations in human rights and freedoms.

Sabry Zekry – Egypt 
PROJECT: Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow…
Experimental theatre performance blending two traditional Iranian theatre genres of visual narrative (Naqali and Parde-khani) which engage both acting and music. Based on the last half-century in Iran’s life and the stormy events during that period, the performance subtly conveys a prognosis for the future via the dialogue between an actor, artist and musician who relate one of the many traditional Iranian fables.

The jury committees:

• LITERATURE: Sahar El Mougy (Egypt), Qassim Haddad (Bahrain), Anouar Benmalek (Algeria).
• VIDEO: Faouzi bensaidi (Morocco), Mohamed Al Daradji (Iraq) and Essam Zakaria (Egypt).
• MUSIC: Fathy Salama (Egypt), Charbel Rouhana (Lebanon) and Basel Rajoub (Syria).
• THEATRE: Sulayman Al Bassam (Kuwait), Mohammad Hussein Habeeb (Iraq), and Oussama Ghanam (Syria).
• VISUAL ARTS: Ala Younis (Jordan), Mohamad Said Baalbaki (Lebanon), and Hamdy Reda (Egypt).

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