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Ayman Al-Hakim, Esmi Paula: Nadia Lotfi Tahki (My name is Paula: Nadi Narrated by Ya Lotfi), Cairo: Nahdet Mills Publishing House, 2021, p.385

The screen icon Nadia Lotfi's memoirs presents bright and beautiful portraits in bold red and blue frames. In this book, the late actress died in February 2020. It simply tells the story of her life from the year she was born in the Italian hospital in Cairo on January 3, 1937. This is On the cold winter night after the New Year’s celebrations, the decorations are still hanging in the street. Delivery is not easy. When mother worked hard, father waited outside in frustration. Once, a sister nurse came to talk to him to help him maintain a positive attitude. The nurse's name, Paula, became the name of the newborn. Even Christians and foreigners could cause trouble to the Muslim father of Upper Egypt, Mohamed Shafik. This book contains photos of Paula alone and her family.

Lotfi vaguely remembered her first house in the city in the early years, and then went to a small villa with a small garden in Heliopolis, where she learned to love animals: cats, Dog and rabbit. She is an only child, so they became her companions. Eventually, she also became close to the horse.

She joined the German school in Cairo, where she studied Polish in addition to other languages. This qualified her to accompany a delegation of Polish actors in Cairo, which made her a celebrity for a while. The photos she published in magazines and newspapers attracted attention to her beauty, and these photos were the source of rumors-by the way, until the day of her death-her mother was Polish. In 1953, she left the German school, but her two classmates Enayat Al-Zayyat and Wafaa Al-Zoheiry are still her closest friends.

On the other hand, her favorite names are Laila and Nadia. She is influenced by the heroine Nadia in Ihsan Abdel-Quddous's novel. Inspired by Nadia Lotfi, especially the producer and director Ramses Naguib in the film "The Sultan and She had to resist her father's refusal to be an actor." He is a liberal, but this is too much for him. When Naguib suggested she choose a stage name that was both Arabian and simpler than Paula Shafik, it was an easy choice. She is coached by the great actor Abdel-Wareth Assar, Fakher Fakher and the dubbing professional Radl.

She met Youssef Chahine at a dinner party, and he offered her a chance to drive home. She recalled that on the way, she learned some basic lessons for actresses. He played a role in the film "Hob Ella Abad" (Forever Love, 1960), which is her second film. Three years later, when she returned to Al-Nasser Salaheddine, the historical landmark of Chahine, she appeared in 13 films.

Her fourth film is "Amalekat Al-Behar" (Amalekat Al-Behar), which tells about the tripartite invasion of Egypt and about the Syrian war hero Jol Jamal joining the Egyptian army as a naval officer And the story of being killed in battle. In real life, Jamal is a colleague of her husband Adel Al-Beshary. During the Egypt-Syrian alliance, during the historic visit of Gamal Abdel-Nasser to Syria, a delegation of Egyptian celebrities organized performances and concerts in major cities in Syria, Lotfi Surprised by her fame.

One of her favorite actors to work with her close friends is Ahmed Mazhar (Ahmed Mazhar). In contrast, she has appeared in many movies, including Amalekat Al- directed by Al-Sayed Bedier. Behar (Sea Giant, 1960), "Zekrayat" ("Reminiscence", 1961) directed by Maa Saad Arafa ("Memories", 1961), Serra directed by Zoheir Bakir · Sera'Al-Gababera (directed in 1962), directed by Al-Nasser Salaheddine (1963), Youssef Chahine (Directed in 1962), Youssef Chahine and Ai Al-Nadhara Al directed-Hosamedine Mustafa (Susdaa) (Black Glasses, 1963).

When she joined Abdel-Halim Hafez directed by Hassan Al-Imam at The Sin (1962), she The star status has changed again. Lotfi recalled her first encounter with Abdel-Halim on the ship heading to Syria with the Egyptian celebrity delegation accompanied by Nasser. She didn't know Abdel-Halim very well at the time, and didn't pay attention to him. Her favorite singer at the time was Shokoko. When she starred with Abdel-Halim (Abdel-Halim), she admired his dedication and attention to detail.

Luo Fei seems to feel that she belongs to a new generation of actresses who have emerged through the July Revolution. She recalled that Egyptian cinemas were looking for rebellious, cultural and brave actors. This generation brought the late Soad Hosni and others, with whom she starred in Al-Saba'Banat (Seven Girls, 1961). Directed by Atef Salem and Lel Regal Faqat (male only, 1964), directed by Mahmoud Zulfakar. Lotfi chose to talk about Hosni in detail in order to deal with the impression of the audience competing with each other. Luo Fei believes that they are not. They have different advantages and none of them are threatened by the other side. Lotfi also testified that Hosni was allegedly married to Abdul Halim, saying that they were in love at some point in their lives, but may never have been married. This testimony made Lott Fei left a place where she had to say this and defend her two closest friends. She and Hosni starred in the movie "Al-Saba'Banat" (1961, Seven Girls) directed by Atef Salem (Atef Salem), Then they collaborated again in the film "Lel Regal Faqat" (1964, for men only) directed by Mahmoud Zulfakar.

Lotfi also has a close relationship with the great filmmaker Shady Abdel-Salam (Shady Abdel-Salam), and co-produced the documentary "October War" Guyoush Al-Shams ( In 1973, the arm of the sun), and his classic landmark "Counting Night". Year (1969). They gradually approached. Abdel-Salam designed the interior of Lotfi's house and wrote many letters for her, some of which are beautifully hung on her wall.  

In the second chapter of Lotfe's memoirs, "Me and the Intellectuals," Lotfe recalled her childhood friend Enayat Al-Zayat, whose suicide made her miserable. She and Youssef Idris (Youssef Idris), Tawfik Al-Hakim (Tawfik Al-Hakim), Anis Mansour (Anis Mansour), Yehya Tah Abdullah (Yehia Al-Taher Abdallah) and Abdel-Rahman Al-Abnoudy (Abdel-Rahman Al-Abnoudy) and other famous writers are tied together.

Ahmed Al-Deeb, "Hekayat Baad Al-Noum (Awakening Story)", Al-Shorouk Publishing, 2020, p. 114

Originally published by Madarat in 2014, this collection of short stories was launched by the famous writer Mohamed Al-Makhzangi, taking full advantage of his writer's dream. Al-Deeb shaped his dream into a coherent symbolic story, involving topics such as the meaning of life and the connection between beauty and power.

The Alexandrian writer Ahmed Al-Deeb is a pharmacist, trained as a science reporter and technical translator, and later as a librarian at the Alexandria Library. "Awakening Story" is his first book.

Haitham Dabour, Salib Moussa (The Cross of Moses), Al-Shorouk Press, 2020, pp344

Ahmed Bahie is a professional photographer and a former photojournalist. He is currently busy with his own studios through which he teaches photography. He organized many trips to add to this experience-including a trip to St. Catherine, as shown on the previous pages, the Greek monk Pavlos, the librarian of the Monastery of St. Catherine, was running towards the cold Mount Moses Moses Moses) ran and the prophet accepted the Ten Commandments. On a cold December night, Bahie was called to investigate the killing of Pavlos. With the help of Bedouin Ibn Omran, and in some rare manuscripts from the monastery, Bahie publicly explained the death of the monk. With the help of some rare transcripts in the monastery, they revealed some dangerous secrets that might contribute to the mysterious death of the monk. The first few pages of this novel detail how the monk runs in the cold. Facing Mount Moses, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.  

Haitham Dabbour is an Egyptian journalist, screenwriter and writer. He joined the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper and produced many documentaries, such as "Liberation Square" (The Tahrir Square: The Good, The Bad and Politician), and his novel as a screenwriter is the photocopy (2017), the film Won the Best Arab Feature Film Festival (GFF) in El Gouna Film. In 2018, he wrote the screenplay of Eyar Nari (Gunshot), which premiered at GFF and screened at the Cairo International Film Festival. He also produced and wrote the short film "Matelash Aal Hageb" (Eyebrows), which won the GFF Best Short Film Award in 2018.

Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar, "History of Arabic Graphic Design", AUC Press, 2020, page 360

This book traces every step on the road of graphic design in the Arab world, starting from sources of inspiration for Arab design before 1900, including pioneers and major events. It delves into the works of more than 80 iconic designers from the Arab world, which lasted until the end of the 20th century, covering the entire field from the beginning of Islamic art and calligraphy to the end of the digital age and the Internet. The book contains more than 600 color images of the work of major designers. The work of Abd Al-Ghani Abul-Enein (1929-1998) is covered in the chapter "Arab Design and Palestine Resistance" covering 1960-1969. He attended the Royal Arabic Calligraphy Development School and later became one of them. The most non-traditional editor designer, created Rose Al-Yusuf's design concept. It comes with magazine covers that demonstrate the tool guide this book provides for graphic designers.

Bahia Shehab is an artist, designer, art historian, professor of design practice, and founder of the graphic design course at the American University of Cairo. Her work has won many international awards including TED Senior Scholarship, Prince Claus Award and UNESCO Sharjah Arab Cultural Award. She previously published "Millennium NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif" in 2010. Haytham Nawar is a designer and artist who serves as the head of the Art Department at the American University of Cairo, and is the founding art director of Cairotronica. And Cairo’s new media art. His works have appeared in local and international exhibitions, and his research area is focused on the history and practice of design in the Arab world and Africa.

Ahmed Wael, "Tabiyet Hewanath Motehayala" (Raising a Fictional Animal), Marosa Press, 2020, page 130

This is a collection of 14 short stories, some of which focus on the lives of novelists and journalists. For example, in the first example, a literary group tried to monopolize newspapers and literary platforms. In the title story, a young man rediscovered his grandfather. His writer never stopped writing even if his publishing career ended quickly and suddenly. In the "Spider Project", a newspaper illustrator who became a father tried to update his connection with Cairo by creating an illustrated map of Cape Town and Greater Cairo, which worked like a mechanical watch.

Ahmed Wael is an Egyptian journalist and writer. His first and only novel "Homosexuality" appeared in 2008.

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