In Memory of Wagdi Francis
Zamalek Cinema to Screen the Rocumentary Les Petits Chats on Today
Director Sherif Nakhla's Rocumentary Les Petits Chats will be screened at Zamalek Cinema, Today, on Monday, the 8th of May at 07:00 pm. The screening is dedicated to the memory of Wagdi Francis, the founder of the band who died on the 12th of April, and it will be followed by a panel discussion with the film's director.
Last April, the film was released in VOX Cinemas, Mall of Egypt and Zawya Cinema. Les Petits Chats landed its world premiere at the 18th Arabian Sights Film Festival for Contemporary Arab Cinema in Washington, DC in 2015, where the film received a nomination for the Arabian Sights Jury Prize. Within its premiere, the film captivated the audiences and the "full-house" signs were raised during its two screenings. The film also took part in several international film festivals, including the Cascade Festival of African Films in Portland, USA, the Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland and the Arab Cinema Week in New York.
Directed and produced by Sherif Nakhla, the film is named after the legendary band Les Petits Chats of the cherished era of the 60's and 70's. The six members, who are now major celebrities and musicians, were reunited to perform one last time in a night to remember in the spring of 2010. Les Petits Chats film provides an insight into the lives of the former bandmates during their glory days and answers the questions evoked within each one of them by tracing their present lives and life choices since their breakup in the 80's. The film showcases interviews with major celebrities and cinema stars at that time and nowadays including: Ezzat Abu Ouf, Omar Khairat, Sobhi Bedair, Samir Sabri and Mohamed Salmawy.
Sherif Nakhla is an Egyptian director and producer, who was born in Boston and spent his childhood in the US before returning to the Arab world. He graduated with a double major in Theater and Mass Communications from the American University in Cairo. Shortly afterwards, Sherif worked for Al-Ahram Weekly, writing for the culture section while also producing and directing plays, such as Moliereʼs Don Juan, which marked the opening of the 2003 Theatre Festival at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Eugene Ionescoʼs The Lesson at El Sawy Culture Wheel. In 2005, Nakhla left the newspaper and had a two year stint in advertising with Tarek Nour Communications, before becoming a SauvÃ© Scholar at McGill University in 2007.
His first work after graduation was a short film called Miraculum (2006) discussing the taboo topic of a Muslim/Christian teenage love story - an issue deliberately left out of public dialogue. This film participated in more than 25 international film festivals, winning three awards including the Best Sociopolitical Film at the New York Independent International Film Festival. In 2009, Nakhla began working on his first feature documentary Les Petits Chats, and he is currently in the process of making his first feature film.