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The UK-based Palestinian director Syed Jaga was expelled from Egypt on his way to the El Gauna Film Festival.

The UK-based Palestinian director Syed Jaga was expelled from Egypt on his way to the El Gauna Film Festival.

Palestinian Director Jaga said On his way, he was deported by Egyptian authorities in Cairo El Gauna Film Festival To present his new project.

The British permanent resident holds a Jordanian passport, indicating that he is of Palestinian descent. The film director said he flew to Istanbul on Friday, but was not allowed to board his Turkish flight to Hurghada, an Egyptian airport serving the Red Sea resorts, including El Gauna.

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The festival booked a flight to Egypt on Saturday. However, when he came to Cairo, he faced problems.

“I shared a copy of my passport with the festival in early September and did so with the Egyptian consulate in London, and they both assured me I had no problem entering Egypt,” Zaga said. Various. “When I arrived, it was a different story. The Egyptian border control told me that I could not enter without” special security coordination. “

The festival has booked Jaga on another flight back to London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday. An Egyptian colonel was with him during the voyage. “They took me from detention to the gate, where the colonel was waiting for me,” Jaga said. “As soon as he put me on the plane, he left a little assistant near me and apologized for business class. When we went to London, he did not give me my passport until I showed him my UK residence permit – at this point I made it clear that his jurisdiction was long overdue.

The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, however; The project received a production grant from the Royal Film Commission of Jordan. A graduate of Kenyon College in Jaga, Ohio, he is a graduate of Berlinale Skills 2020.

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Jaga’s 2016 short film “Five Boys and a Wheel” has won several awards and another short film “Lovesick in the West Bank” is in post production.

Zaga adds: “Some festivals avoid calling Palestinians ‘cardholders’ and only invite Palestinians with other nationalities / passports to avoid embarrassment.” I should have gotten my British passport within the next few years, but by then I was shocked enough to avoid Egypt altogether. Although I can not ask anyone to do anything they do not like, I sincerely hope that Palestinian filmmakers will stand united against such shameful behavior.

Various I contacted the El Gouna Film Festival for feedback.

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