Ateyyat El Abnoudy, Egypt 1975, 12 min., no dialogue
طبيب في الأرياف Tabib Fi-l-Aryaf
The Countryside Doctor
Khairy Beshara, Egypt 1975 , 22 min., OV with English subtitles
القاهرة منورة بأهلها Al-qahira menauwwara bi Ahlaha
Cairo Is Illuminated by Its People
Youssef Chahine, Egypt/France 1991, 23 min., OV with English subtitles
In Cairo is Illuminated by Its People Youssef Chahine tried to capture the soul of overcrowded Cairo, its people, and everyday life. When the film premiered in Cannes, he was accused of giving the West a false image of Egypt by showing Cairo’s poverty and the film was eventually banned. We show the documentary along with two internationally unknown little gems by Khairy Beshara and Ateyyat El Abnoudy. The three films reflect different views on everyday life in Egypt, one in Cairo, the other two in rural parts of the country.
Necati Sönmez works as a film critic, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the initiator of Which Human Rights? Film Festival and one of the founders of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days, which soon became the most important documentary festival in Turkey. He has served as jury member in over 30 festivals and curated documentary programmes as a guest curator. For 2021 he is a fellow at bi’bak.
Viola Shafik, PhD, is a filmmaker, film curator, and scholar. She is an expert on Arab cinema and currently holds the position of a researcher at the Art History Department at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich.