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 … read more

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 future: a spring in which denun­ci­a­tions of the cor­rup­tion and abuses of the pre­vi­ous regime go along with fears and hopes about the future of the coun­try. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly con­cerned with an area of the north­ern sub­urbs of Tunis, La Goulette, which has suf­fered from a major spec­u­la­tion in recent years, both mate­ri­al­ly and cul­tur­al­ly. The film focus­es on the speci­fici­ties of the social fabric (mostly com­posed by poor people) and on a vari­ety of occu­pa­tions (fish­er­men, shop­keep­ers, restau­ra­teurs) that remain until today threat­ened to leave their living spaces.

With a style that is both dra­mat­ic and humor­ous, the film presents sev­er­al tes­ti­monies of people that expose the absur­di­ties of the system that has dom­i­nat­ed Tunisia for sev­er­al decades. Thus, it aims at par­tic­i­pat­ing in on-going public debate on polit­i­cal and cul­tur­al issues in post-rev­o­lu­tion­ary Tunisia.

Olfa Chakroun: see LA MAISON D’ANGELA.