Archive for March, 2015

El-Fan Midan event in June 2013 (Photo: Monica Elashy)

Public space negotiations: Art continues despite struggles

Having received a boost with the 2011 revolution, art in public space receded in 2014 as authorities insisted on security permits while issuing few – Published in Ahram Online. Since the outbreak of the 2011 revolution, the question of public space has continued to be a hot topic: Who controls it, who defines the boundaries […]

The Mincer at Rawabet Theatre (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

The Mincer: An inquiry into routine, social control

Directed by Hakeem Abdel Naim and Nadet Adel; The Mincer explores the human condition at Rawabet Theatre – Published on Ahram Online. In a series of visual theatrical skits set up against a rough backdrop of a construction site, The Mincer presents a framework where the mechanism of how we live our lives is questioned.Before […]

Still from Nada Moheeb's film Roar

Egyptian directors show abortion, harassment, FGM in novel ways

Three shorts by three female Egyptian directors on abortion, sexual harassment and female genital mutilation at the Cairo International Women’s Film Festival – Published on Ahram Online. As the seventh edition of the Cairo International Women’s Film Festival came to a close on 4 December, three Egyptian directors presented three very different films that tackled […]

Still from The Do Gooders of Chloe and Lubna

The Do Gooders: Re-examining foreign aid to Palestine

British director Chloe Ruthven examines the little impact foreign aid has on the Palestinian occupation by turning the camera onto her own western attitude – Published on Ahram Online. One film that did not get the attention it deserved at the seventh edition of the Panorama of the European film due to schedule changes was […]

Stockholm film still 2013

Stockholm: Gender power struggles explored via a one-night stand

Award-winning Spanish feature film Stockholm analyses power struggles between the sexes in modern-day relationships through a one-night stand – Published on Ahram Online. On first impression the events in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s second-ever feature film, Stockholm, have nothing to do with its title referencing the Swedish capital. Upon a closer look, the Spanish picture’s multiple layers […]

Wim Wenders and Sebastião Salgado from one scene in The Salt of the Earth (2014)

The Salt of the Earth: Wenders captures a photographer on film

Screening as part of a short retrospective on German director Wim Wenders, his latest documentary, The Salt of the Earth, will be shown in Cairo during the Panorama of the European Film – Published on Ahram Online. “A photographer is someone literally drawing with light. A man writing and rewriting the world with lights and […]

Still from Melbourne winner of the Golden Pyramid award for Best film at the Cairo International Film Festival

Making movies against all odds: Iranian cinema at Cairo Film Fest

The 36th Cairo film festival featured two Iranian films, a documentary on censorship in Iran and a Moroccan tribute to Iranian cinema. Through them, audiences sampled the challenges facing filmmakers in the Islamic republic – Published on Ahram Online. In spite of continuous tense diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran, the 36th Cairo Film Festival […]