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 family in a very small flat. He has no real goal, and he drifts aim­less­ly through each day. To pass time, he and his friends pursue their two pas­sions: Chaâbi, a pop­u­lar style of music pre­ced­ing Rai, and Rejla, a macho move­ment of men whose fol­low­ers can be rec­og­nized by a cer­tain way of walk­ing and talk­ing and a spe­cial out­look on life. One evening Omar’s cas­sette player is stolen. This loss is a dra­mat­ic turn­ing point in the every­day life of the music lover… In his first full length fea­ture movie, Merzak Allouache sketch­es a charm­ing but social­ly crit­i­cal por­trait of a young Alger­ian man from the Bab-El-Oued-quar­ter of the capital. 

Some may say that Omar and his peers are only drifters and thus mar­gin­al­ized people in the end. The truth is that they are nei­ther drifters nor mar­gin­al­ized; they are what cir­cum­stances have made them. In other words, they are young people left to their own devices after they’ve learned to be respon­si­ble for them­selves and their fam­i­lies too early in life. They are young people who aren’t pre­pared for living their lives.” 

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 … read more