Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

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Tuk-tuk: Beautifully shot, unnecessarily long

Tuk-tuk is a portrait of three young teenage boys who, instead of going to school everyday, man some of the three-wheel vehicles that are a staple of Cairo’s informal areas. — Published on Mada Masr. Screening as part of the Cairo International Film Festival’s parallel program of the critics film week, the 75-minute documentary has the […]

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Three takes on Um Ghayeb

Published on Mada Masr. Rowan El Shimi Director Nadine Salib’s first feature documentary, Um Ghayeb (Mother of the Unborn, 2014), is a deeply moving and engrossing portrait of Hanan, a woman from a countryside village near Assiut who is incapable of having children. In a community obsessed with conception and a closed society that sees […]

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On creative ways to fund films, and women who killed their husbands

A cliché perhaps, but it was difficult to avoid thinking of the flashy, colorful, twisted performance The Cell Block Tango from the 2002 Hollywood production Chicago when I heard Aida El Kashef is making a documentary about Egyptian women who have killed their husbands. — Published on Mada Masr. In Chicago, the killers justify themselves […]

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The Past Will Return, but is sincerity enough?

Dina Hamza’s much-anticipated film Gaye al-Zaman (The Past Will Return) closed Hybrid Reels, the celebrated 20-day non-fiction program at Zawya, with yet another full house. — Published on Mada Masr. The Past Will Return is extremely personal. In it, Hamza, who is now 36 and has been making films since 2004, uses the making process as […]

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Cairo Drive: A film about more than just traffic

Ironically enough, the roads to the Cairo premier of Sherief Elkatsha’s traffic-centered documentary Cairo Drive were not crowded at all. The special screening at Zawya on Thursday, January 8 happened on arguably one of the coldest ever days in the capital, and this scared many into staying in on the weekend’s first night. – Published […]

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Shout Art Loud: Interesting interactive documentary with several drawbacks

Interactive web documentary Shout Art Loud follows artists who tackle sexual harassment — Published in Ahram Online. —— Taking viewers on a ride through the Cairo Metro, filmmaker Melody Patry employs an unconventional style to create a documentary that shows Egyptian artists as they respond to the issue of sexual harassment. Shout Art Loud – […]

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With Zelal screening in Cairo, mental patients unveil social issues

Issues of mental and social illness in Egypt are uncovered in director’s talk with audience after Marianne Khoury and Mostapha Hasnaoui’s 2010 award-winning documentary Zelal screened 17 Feb in Cairo’s Vent — Published in Ahram Online. —— For as long as this generation can remember, mental illness has always borne a stigma. Since its sufferers […]

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Film series takes viewers on a musical journey through Morocco

Veteran Moroccan filmmaker Izza Genini presents three of her 1980s documentaries on Moroccan musical traditions in one of the final days of the Docu.Arts Festival in Berlin — Originally published in Ahram Online. —– Standing as a testament to the memory and vitality of Morccan folkloric music, Izza Genini’s project Maroc Corps et Âme (Morocco […]

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فيلم وثائقي جديد: عندما واجه الشيخ إمام

فيلم جديد بالغة العربية مع وجود ترجمة لعدة لغات ليعرف العالم على الشيخ إمام. الفيلم من إخراج و إنتاج و سيناريو  أحمد مناويشي. يتكلم الفيلم عن حياة و موسيقة الفنان المناضل الشيخ إمام مع العلم إنه كان أحد رموز الكفاح المصري في الستينات من أجل الحرية و العدالة الاجتماعية.   أغاني الشيخ إمام مع قدمها […]

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Graffiti artist Banksy’s first film to be screened in Cairo

Following a surge of interest in street art, an award-winning film by famous graffiti artist Banksy will be screened. My original headline for this article was “This is not a film review” playing on the “This is not a photo opportunity” line that Banksy spray paints everywhere as well as letting readers know that it […]