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Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema2009

Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema

21 Sep 201227 Sep 2012

  • Stray Bullet, Dir. Georges Hachem, (2009) Lebanon

    Safar: The Friday Forum

    21 Sep 2012

    The Friday Forum brings together internationally renowned experts and leaders from both the academic world and the film industry to debate the past, present and the future of Arab Cinema.

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  • Still: Bosta, Dir. Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon, 2005

    Safar: Bosta + director introduction

    21 Sep 2012

    The first post-war musical made in Lebanon, this road movie exploring culture clashes is an enduring pop classic. Introduced by director Philippe Aractingi.

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  • Still: Watch out for Zouzou, Dir. Hassan Al Imam, Egypt, 1971

    Safar: Watch out for Zouzou

    22 Sep 2012

    Starring Soad Hosni, the ‘Marilyn Monroe’ of Arab cinema, who plays Zouzou, secretly paying her way through college by belly-dancing. Introduced by Hussein Fahmy, co-star of Watch Out for Zouzou

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  • Still: Stray Bullet, Dir. Georges Hachem, Lebanon, 2009

    Safar: Stray Bullet

    22 Sep 2012

    A politically charged family melodrama set in northern Beirut, 1976. It follows bride-to-be Noha who sneaks off to the woods with her lover and discovers something devastating that changes her mind completely and forces her to take control of her own life.

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  • Still: The Beginning and the End, Director: Salah Abouseif, Egypt, 1960

    Safar: The Beginning and the End

    23 Sep 2012

    Directed by Salah Abouseif – one of Egypt’s significant realist filmmakers – the film charts the life of a modest Egyptian family after their patriarch’s death. Boasting one of the most notorious endings in Arab film history, this 35mm of The Beginning and the End is not to be missed.

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  • Still: Alexandria, Why? Dir. Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1978

    Safar: Alexandria, Why? + curator introduction

    23 Sep 2012

    Alexandria, Why? focuses on a precocious adolescent whose dreams and colourful attempts to become an actor unfold against the vivid backdrop of Alexandria during World War II. Introduced by Omar Kholeif, curator of Safar.

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  • Still: Captain Abu Raed, Dir. Amin Matalqa, Jordan, 2007

    Safar: Captain Abu Raed

    25 Sep 2012

    A universal story of friendship, inspiration and heroism, directed by one of the Arab world’s most successful contemporary film directors. Post-screening Q&A with star Nadim Sawalha and director Amin Matalqa.

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  • Still: Terrorism and The Kebab, Dir. Sherif Arafa, Egypt, 1993

    Safar: Terrorism and The Kebab + Introduction

    26 Sep 2012

    A farce denouncing the absurdity of bureaucracy in modern Egypt, starring comedy legend Adel Imam - often compared to Charlie Chaplin. Introduced by Malu Halasa, Safar writer-in-residence.

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  • Still: One-Zero, Dir. Kamla Abu Zekry, Egypt, 2009

    Safar: One-Zero + Q&A

    26 Sep 2012

    The only Egyptian film in recent memory to be led by an all female production team, One-Zero is a multi-strand narrative melodrama set on the eve of the 2008 Africa Nations Cup final. Post-screening Q&A with Khaled Abol Naga, star of One-Zero

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  • Still: The Yacoubian Building, Dir. Marwan Hamed, Egypt, 2006

    Safar: The Yacoubian Building + Director Q+A

    27 Sep 2012

    An eye-catching construction, the Yacoubian Building in Cairo was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Nowadays, the veneer has cracked and the shine has dulled to reveal the truth underneath the façade. Post-screening Q&A with director Marwan Hamed.

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