Revolts in the Arab World

Every Day is a Holiday
(CHAQUE JOUR EST UNE FÊTE )

Dima El-Horr
France, Lebanon 2009 | 87 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Three women in a bus in Lebanon. They have the same des­ti­na­tion: a men’s pen­i­ten­tiary. The first woman wants to visit her hus­band whom she hasn’t seen since their day … read more

La Maison d’Angela

Olfa Chakroun
Tunisia 2010 | 26 Min. | DigiBeta
Q&A with:
Olfa Chakroun
The life of Angela, a 75year old woman, is chang­ing: she is forced to leave her family house locat­ed in La Goulette (Tunisia). This split­ting over­laps with vivid mem­o­ries of … read more

Microphone

Ahmad Abdalla
Egypt 2010 | 120 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Ahmad Abdalla
Upon return­ing to his native Alexan­dria after trav­el­ing abroad in the United States for sev­er­al years, Khaled dis­cov­ers that time has altered and sev­ered many of his prior rela­tion­ships, namely … read more

Omar Gatlato

Merzak Allouache
Algeria 1976 | 90 Min. | DigiBeta
Omar, called “Gat­la­to” because of his gen­tle­man­ly atti­tude, is a young man from one of the satel­lite towns above Bab-El-Oued. Omar works for cus­toms inves­ti­ga­tion and lives with his large … read more

Terror und Kebab

Sherif Arafa
Egypt 1993 | 105 Min. | DVD, OmU

Ter­ror­ism and the Kebab is a farce denounc­ing the absur­di­ty of bureau­cra­cy in modern Egypt. Adel Imam, Egypt‘s lead­ing comic actor, is a father who wants to move his son to a school closer to home. He goes to El Muga­maa, the centre of Cairo‘s mono­lith­ic bureau­cra­cy, to pick up the required doc­u­ments. Frus­trat­ed by the lack of response, he ends up attack­ing a fun­da­men­tal­ist offi­cial and, when armed police respond to the sit­u­a­tion, a machine gun acci­den­tal­ly finds its way into Imam‘s hands. As a ter­ror­ist, his demands to the Min­is­ter of Inter­nal Affairs are simple: Shish Kebab made of high­class lamb. After having a hearty meal with his hostages, how­ev­er, his demands become more polit­i­cal. The film was shot at “Mugam­maa“, the biggest admin­is­tra­tion build­ing of the African con­ti­nent, just at the edge of the leg­endary Tahrir, the place of the recent protests in Cairo. 

The City of the Dead

Sergio Tréfaut
Egypt, Portugal, Spain 2009 | 62 Min. | DigiBeta
Q&A with:
Sergio Tréfaut
In the vast El Arafa ceme­tery in Cairo, a city has arisen among the tombs and mau­soleums. This “city of the dead” has a living pop­u­la­tion of one mil­lion. There … read more

Tunisie Année Zéro (work in progress)

Olfa Chakroun
Tunisia 2011 | 10 Min. | OmeU
Q&A with:
Olfa Chakroun
“Tunisia Year Zero” is a film about the free­dom of speech that people recov­ered after the rev­o­lu­tion. It pro­pos­es to show the mood of a time sus­pend­ed between past and … read more