Posts Tagged ‘Independent Cinema’


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 […]


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 […]

Aida Elkashef the day i ate the fish

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 […]


Alexandria’s filmmakers make the most of their city

On Friday, Zawya‘s second night of “Shorts Revisited” was at full capacity. A crowd waited eagerly at the cinema’s entrance. But this crowd was full of faces new to the Cairo art scene, and that’s because it was a night dedicated to short films coming from Egypt’s second largest city, and second cultural capital, Alexandria. […]

The Mulberry House by Sara Ishaq

Two films on Yemen in 2011 offer much to relate to

This week Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq presented two films back-to-back at Zawya: Oscar-nominated Karama has no Walls and a far more interesting feature on her family, The Mulberry House. – Published on Mada Masr. Both films screened at Zawya on Sunday 1 February, and interestingly enough, both were made simultaneously. Another fascinating discovery was that both […]

El Ott still by Ibrahim Batout

Four takes on Ibrahim El Batout’s Al-Ott

Four of Mada Masr’s staff review Ibrahim Batout’s Al-Ott. Published on Mada Masr. Amany Ali Shawky From the slums of our ancient city rises Al-Ott, a man who takes matters into his own hands to fight evil with evil. This protagonist (Amr Waked with an adequately minimal and piercing performance) along with his brother Ghagary […]


Cinderella story of Egyptian cinema told through film on Soad Hosny

Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan uses snippets from Soad Hosny’s 82 films to re-tell the story of a cinematic icon and the history of Egyptian cinema in ‘The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosny’ — Originally published in Ahram Online. —– The DocuArts film festival at Berlin’s Art Week featured a screening of ‘The Three Disappearances of […]

takrir muslim brotherhood film

Egyptian film dubbed ‘Muslim Brotherhood production’ causes controversy

Short-film ‘Takrir’ by filmmaker and Muslim Brotherhood member Ezz El-Din Dowidar causes media controversy after cancelling film release in Giza’s Sayed Darwish theatre — Published in Ahram Online  (a collaboration between me and my editor Ati Metwaly) —– Takrir (Report) a short 45-minute film by young director Ezz El-Din Dowidar, a Muslim Brotherhood member, did […]