We believe that such an educational forum should be inclusive to all
HUMANITY BEYOND THE ILLNESS
Bringing two seemingly different worlds together was never easy, but our enthusiasm and belief in the power and importance of art in medicine made that possible ever since Dr. El Naggar and Dr. Ali met and discovered their mutual passion for film alongside their medical careers. They used their wide connections and their keen eye for high quality films in exploring the potential of creativity and humanity beyond illness as seen in film. Both doctors were the driving force to establish the forum in its first edition in 2017 with support from the British Council, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture | Cultural and Development Fund, The Royal College of Psychiatry (UK) and International Federation for Medical Student Association (IFMSA). In April 2017, the first edition was a huge success as it satisfied the audience’ need for such films that are rarely seen in cinemas. The format of bringing healthcare professionals and film makers closer together made it an even more enriching experience. So we were enthused to continue.
For the second edition in 2018, we introduced a parallel program in addition to our regular setting of
screenings and discussions. This edition had an incredible impact with very positive feedback. Furthermore we had our first international screening in Tunisia and managed for the first time to hold a MedFest-EG event in El Minya with support from our loyal partners; Goethe Institute and the British and US embassies in Cairo.
POWER OF ART TO SPREAD UNITY
AWARENESS CREATES COMPASSION
Spreading health and well-being knowledge through film screenings is the first step towards enhancing awareness about certain medical conditions, their physical and psychological impact on those aected, their relatives and society. Such awareness would create compassion within the healthcare system; improve service delivery, and reduce the stigma attached to certain illness in society. Screening international films introduces a universal dimension of engaging with dierent countries and cultural backgrounds discussing similar subjects related to a health condition. MedFest-EG gives a more interesting and multi-faceted approach to the film viewing experience. The discussion panels may provide a platform for supporting and stimulating the production of films with an accurate and humane portrayal of the medical condition.
Our Target Audience
Spreading health and well-being knowledge through film screenings is the first step towards enhancing awareness about certain medical conditions, their physical and psychological impact on those affected, their relatives and society. Such awareness would create compassion within the healthcare system; improve service delivery,
Medical Students & Young Doctors
Being exposed to different cultures while dealing with medical conditions will help them appreciate and disseminate values of compassion and humanity as key qualities in everyday clinical care from clinical and ethical viewpoints.
Creating a medium that interests ﬁlmmakers by debating the cinematic inﬂuence on collective medical knowledge and emphasizing the importance of attention to accurate medical information on screen.
Screenwriters, Cinematographers & Visual Artists
Reaching a common ground that stresses the importance of delivering an artistic vision in portraying matters related to health and medicine in ﬁlms.
Psychiatrists & Psychologists
Dissecting the psychological proﬁle of dramatic characters and questioning the signiﬁcant individual and societal implications that might arise from portraying them on screen.
People who provide medical care must give accurate information about medical conditions through their everyday encounters with patients and their families.
Patients & General Public
MEDFEST-EG would not be fulﬁlled without the inclusion of patient groups and all those who take an interest in the human condition portrayed in ﬁlm.