I love what Quentin Tarantino says, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films." It's so true, just as art is only learned by looking at paintings and then drawing, doing, so filmmaking can only be achieved by watching the masters at work, and then trying to capture their essence.
Arab cinema has a humanity that connects deeply to its audiences, and year by year, is conquering fans all over the world. Perhaps it's because Arab films deal with women who look real, men who act real and stories that really get to the heart of the matter. As easily understood in Beirut, as in Berlin, Baltimore and Bombay.
Ismailia is a city in Egypt that is best known as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment," but also for its proximity to the Suez Canal and its soccer team, the Ismaily SC. Yet for the last 15 plus years, it has been the host town for a wonderful documentaries and shorts festival, the Ismailia International Film Festival.