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Art Alert: Zawya to screen Egyptian film 'Out on the Street' this week

Following it's international release in February 2015, the hybrid film premiered in Egypt in Zawya Art House

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Jan 2016
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Zawya art house will screen Out on the Street (Bara Fil Sharea) for one week, starting Wedensday 13 January

The award winning film is directed by Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk and produced by Cairo-based Seen Films, is a hybrid film which features nine factory workers.

The film premiered in Egypt also at Zawya on Sunday 10 January.

Oscillating between truth and fiction, in the film the directors include workshop, rehearsals and eventually the enacting of the characters’ personal experiences drawn from the factories they worked in.

It is through this process that intertwines a theatrical performance with film, the personal narratives with the footage filmed on mobile phones by the workers, that the viewer is offered a tale of the exploitation of the employee, injustice and corruption in the capitalist society.

The film focuses on four protagonists, Ahmed Ruba; Am Saeed, who ​used to work in a private company for nine years; Khalaf, who ​works as a private security guard; and the youngest, a 17-year-old Mohamed who has been working since 13.

As the directors reveal, the film is not about the January 25 Revolution, but rather it explores the lives of people who were at the forefront of bringing the revolution about, people who were not the subject of interest for media covering the political transformations.

The film premiered in February 2015 at the Berlin International Film Festival, and since then has been screened throughout the world and took part in many festivals.

Out on the Street won the Best Feature Film Award at the 5th Latin-Arab International Film Festival (Festival Internacional De Cine Latino Árabe) in Buenos Aires.

The film's Arab world premiere took place last November when it screened within the official selection of the 26th edition of the Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia.

Brought by Cairo's art house, this will be the film's Egypt premiere.

The film is produced by Seen Films, a Cairo-based film house and the entity behind Sawt Min Al-Toroqat (Sound from the Hallways, 2012), a short video-art film by filmmaker Lasse Lau, and Bayt Al-Tout (The Mulberry House, 2013), a long feature film by the Academy Award-nominated Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq.

Out On The Street Teaser المقطع التشويقي لفيلم برة في الشارع from Out on the Street برة في ا on Vimeo.


Programme: 
The film premiered on Sunday, 10 January at 6:30pm in the presence of the filmmakers.
This will be followed by one week of screenings starting Wednesday, 13 January
Zawya (Cinema Odeon) 4 Abdel-Hamid Said, off Talaat Harb St Downtown, Cairo

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