Category: 2 Jan

2 January: Tribute to Usmar Ismail

Usmar Ismail (20 March 1921 – 2 January 1971) was an Indonesian film director, author, journalist and revolutionary of Minangkabau descent. He was widely regarded as the native Indonesian pioneer of the cinema of Indonesia.

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2 January: Remembering Hussein Amin Bicar on Birth Anniversary

Hussein Amin Bicar (2 January 1913 – 16 November 2002), was one of Egypt’s most prominent artists of the 20th century. His paintings often reflect the rich culture and traditions of Egypt, highlighted by his vibrant use of color and texture. Being the first Egyptian artist to illustrate Arabic children’s books, Bicar has played a major role in establishing and promoting this field.

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2 January: Remembering Barış Manço on Birth Anniversary

Barış Manço (2 January 1943 – 1 February 1999) was a Turkish rock musician, singer, composer, actor, television producer and show host. One of the founders of the Anatolian rock genre, he was a pioneer of rock music in Turkey. Manço has composed approximately 200 songs and is one of the best-selling Turkish artists of all time. Even after his passing, he continues to be one of the most popular public figures in Turkey.

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2 January: Remembering Amaka Igwe on Birth Anniversary

Amaka Igwe (2 January 1963 – 28 April 2014) was a Nigerian filmmaker and broadcasting executive, filmmaker, and producer. She earned her place in history by proving that films produced in Nigeria can have the same reach and impact as those created by Hollywood. Igwe’s work was recognized all over the world, making her one of Africa’s premier filmmakers.

Igwe made her mark through her creative storytelling, bold ideas, and sharp editing. Her films were entertaining but also thought-provoking – tackling difficult topics like social class divides, traditional gender roles, and religious dialogue.

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