‘Dignity Day’ to Open Cairo Radio, TV Fest

Published April 10th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The administration of the 8th Cairo Festival for Radio and Television has nominated the Egyptian film Yawm al Karamah (Dignity Day) to be screened at the opening ceremony of the event to be held at the Media Production City in Cairo during the period between July 6 – 10, according to the local press.  

The film was scripted by Gamaliddin Hussein, directed by Ali Abdel Khaleq and costars Mohammed Riyad, Sumayya al Khashab, Yaser Galal, Khaled Abul Naga, Rojina and Ahmed Ezz Eddin.  

The film depicts the heroic acts of the Egyptian navy, which sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat on Oct. 21, 1967.  

The titanic project, produced by the Radio and TV Union production department, is being coordinated with the Egyptian navy, with help from the battle's real heroes in writing the story.  

The director of the production department, Medhat Zaki, said that the naval forces chief of staff held many meetings with the director, screenwriter and producer to establish the main guidelines for the work and shooting. Shooting took place at the real sites of the event in Alexandria and Port Said.  

“The scenes was shot using aerial photography planes in addition to sea photography. The air forces provided all the huge necessary resources and technology for the film and cast,” added Zaki.  

He said that the film is considered one of the great films produced by the TV production department. The anniversary of the sinking of the Eilat has become a national day for the Egyptian navy. 

The film star Rojina told the UAE daily al Bayan, “the film is about a sensitive and important period in the Egyptian history which followed the defeat of the Egyptian army in June 1967. It specifically focuses on the period between the day on which the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Naser announced his stepping down in June 1967 and October 21, 1967 when missile boats led by Awni Azar destroyed the Israeli destroyer Eilat and sank it opposite the Egyptian coastal City of Port Said. Azar died as a martyr after he destroyed the Israeli pride marking the day as day of dignity as far as the Egyptian Naval forces are concerned,” - Albawaba.com 

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