Posts Tagged ‘Zawya’


Crossroads: Panorama of the European Film and our constantly evolving identity

European cinema might be the focus of the Panorama of the European Film, but in recent years the festival has also shed light on underexposed Egyptian and regional cinema. With the launch of Zawya in 2014, which created many opportunities year-round for less commercial Egyptian and regional films to be presented, alongside films from various […]


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 […]

Cairo Drive still

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Zawya MIF Cinema Cairo

Zawya cinema: Six months of essential art house

Ahram Online looks at the ups and downs of the downtown Cairo cinema over the last half year —- For cinephiles, Cairo is not necessarily the best of cities. Cinemas only feature Hollywood blockbusters and seasonal Egyptian productions that rarely offer anything authentic. Cairo’s independent culture spaces hold one-off screenings and small scale festivals which […]

Rock the Casbah Zawya

Rock the Casbah: Amusing Moroccan-French film tackles societal challenges

Though Laila Marrakchi’s star-studded Rock the Casbah provides an interesting look at modern Moroccan society, its predictable plotline and at times clichéd conversations limit its appeal — Published in Ahram Online. —— French-Moroccan film Rock the Casbah – currently in its second week of showing at Cairo’s art house cinema Zawya – carries a lot […]

Zawya Arthouse Cinema Cairo Egypt

Zawya brings alternative films to Odeon Cinema, Cairo

On Wednesday evening, Misr International Films opened its new Zawya initiative in the Odeon Cinema, bringing alternative and art house films to Downtown Cairo — Previosly published on Ahram Online. ———– Misr International Films (MIF), founded by late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine and the company behind the always eagerly awaited Panorama of the European Cinema, […]