Calender for Film Festival

The American University in Cairo will host the Cairo Documentary Festival from March 20-26 at its Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses. The Tahrir campus will host two program themes – Egypt Rising, featuring numerous Egyptian documentaries and critical discussions, and Neighboring Nations, featuring films from Turkey, Palestine, Iran, and further afield.


Assembly Hour Program (1-2pm) Everyday March 20-24 (Sun-Thurs)
Nominees for Audience Award

20/MAR Sunday
Beit Sha'ar - Nomads Home (2010, 61m, Egypt) Iman Kamel
An Egyptian filmmaker encounters a Bedouin social entrepreneur in the Sinai Peninsula.

21/MAR Monday
Iran: Voices of the Unheard (2009, 68m, Iran) D. Geramifard
Rural and urban Iranians struggle against an oppressive regime after the 2009 election.

22/MAR Tuesday
Sifinja – The Iron Bride (2009, 70m, Sudan) Valerie Haensch
Modifications of the English Bedford-Lorry makes it as comfortable as 'Sifinja' slippers.

23/MAR Wednesday
Next Year in Bombay (2010, 55m, India) Jonas Pariente and Mathias Mangin
2000 years of Jewish history in India is nearing its demise as the community emigrates.

24/MAR Thursday
Degrees of Incarceration (2010, 59m, Palestine) Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq
Palestinians strive to support each other in the enduring shadow of political prison.
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CDF DAY 1: Sunday, March 20
Egypt Rising 1: Dawning Faces 5:00-6:30pm Stories of Al Fagallah (2011, 60m, Egypt) Mohamed Abdel Bary
6:30-8:30pm Garbage Dreams (2009, 79m, Egypt) Mai Eskander
Discussion with Zabaleen
8:30-10:00pm Beit Sha'ar - Nomads Home (2010, 61m, Egypt) Iman Kamel
                                                 Discussion with Iman Kamel

CDF DAY 2: Monday, March 21
Neighboring Nations 1: Memories & Premonitions 5:00-6:30pm Walls (2000, 83m, Germany) Can Candan
6:30-7:30pm Coffee Futures (2009, 22m, Turkey) Zeynep Devrim Gürsel
Still (2009, 18m, Cyprus) Alana Kakoyiannis
8:30-10:00pm Imperial Outposts (2010, 67m, Turkey) Amy Holmes
Discussion with Amy Holmes

CDF DAY 3: Tuesday, March 22
Neighboring Nations 2: Unexpected Stories 5:00-7:00pm Next Year in Bombay (2010, 55m, India) J. Pariente & M. Mangin
Jerusalem, the Adulterous Wife (2010, 8m, Belgium) M. De Groof
Camelrama (2001, 4m, Tunisia) Carolyn Macartney
Fashioning Faith (2010, 22m, USA) Yasmin Moll
Discussion with Yasmine Moll
Neighboring Nations 3: State of Imprisonment 7:30-10:00pm Degrees of Incarceration (2010, 59m, Palestine) A. Bishara & N. Al-Azraq
Ticket From Azrael (2010, 30m, Palestine) Abdallah Awad Al Ghoul
Of Flesh and Blood (2009, 27m, Palestine) Azza Shaaban
Discussion with Azza Shaaban

CDF DAY 4: Thursday, March 24

Neighboring Nations 4: Cultural Industry in Sudan 3:00-5:00pm Sifinja – The Iron Bride (2009, 70m) Valerie Haensch
Inscriptions on Rosewater (2010, 15m) Salah Elmur
Discussion with Salah Elmur
Egypt Rising 2: Documentary Rising 5:00-6:00pm Sura (2010, 5m) Yasser Alwan
Article 212 (2010, 9m) Karim Elshenawy
Sturm: Fayoum (2010, 5m) Philip Rizk
Sturm: Ahmonseto (2010, 6m) Philip Rizk
Living in the Nile (2010, 10m) Mohamad El Wassify
Q&A with Filmmakers

Tawasol (2010, 7m) Maged Nader
Young Arabs (2008, 18m) Michael Graziano and E. Joong-Eun Park
I am George (2010, 10m) Mohsen Abdelghany
The Wizard (2010, 13m) Ahmed Abd Elaziz
Q&A with Filmmakers
7:00-7:30pm Egypt Rising Reception
Egypt Rising 3: Remembering Tahrir Square 7:30-10:00pm AUC in the 70s (2010, 15m) Jasmin Bauomy
Neighbors (Giran) (2009, 105m) Tahani Rached
Q&A with Filmmaker

CDF DAY 5: Saturday, March 26

Egypt Rising 4: Documenting in Revolutionary Times Panel Discussion
10:30-11:00am Brunch with the Panelists
11:00-12:30pm Discussion among filmmakers, scholars, & activists about the intersection                    of social justice, new technology, and the politics of aesthetics. How can contemporary documentary efforts in Egypt and across the region address the current state of social unrest?

Egypt Rising 5: Streaming the Revolution 1:00-3:00pm Streaming Short Internet Videos from January 25th Revolution

Neighboring Nations 5: Iranian Body Politic 3:00-6:00pm Keynote: Dr. Hamid Naficy, “Internet Cinema—Iran”
Plastic Flowers Never Die (2008, 34m) Roxanne Varzi
Iran: Voices of the Unheard (2009, 68m) Davoud Geramifard
Discussion with Dr. Naficy
                                        6:00-7:00pm Closing Awards Ceremony

Egypt Rising 6: Expanding the Horizon 7:00-10:00pm Mafrouza: Oh Night! (2007, 138m) Emmanuelle Demoris
Discussion with filmmaker

More MAFROUZA screenings at Darb 17 18 and Centre Français d'Alexandrie

have the pleasure to announce the screenings of
by Emmanuelle Demoris

MAFROUZA is a 5-part documentary film I filmed between 1999 and 2003 in Mafrouza, an Alexandrian informal neighbourhood that has now been destroyed. Each of its five parts lasts around 2 hours and a half; they follow a chronological order but each can be seen independantly. In the course of a few hours, MAFROUZA tells what happened along a few years : how the destinies of some persons in the neighbourhood changed and evolved, the evolution also of our encounter and our exchanges which gave the film its shape.

Sunday, March 27, 7pm
Darb 1718 Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture Center
Kasr El Sham3 Street - Al Fakhareen – Old Cairo - Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque

QUE FAIRE ? (WHAT IS TO BE DONE?) - Mafrouza 3 - 155'
Wednesday, March 30, 7pm
Centre Français de Culture et de Coopération d'Alexandrie
30 Road El Nabi Daniel – Alexandria

Thursday, March 31, 7pm
Centre Français de Culture et de Coopération d'Alexandrie
30 Road El Nabi Daniel – Alexandria