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Art Alert: Chronicle of a Summer to be screened in Cairo

Highly influential 1961 French documentary Chronicle of a Summer will be screened on 17 and 19 February at Cairo's Contemporary Image Collective

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Feb 2014
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Still from Jean Rouch's and Edgar Morin's 'Chronicle of a Summer'
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As part of its Meeting Points 7 exhibition, which opened on 9 February and will be running until 8 March, Cairo's Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) will be screening the highly influential 1961 French documentary Chronicle of a Summer on 17 and 19 February.

The film was a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, who interviewed a group of Parisians in the summer of 1960. Starting with the basic question "Are you happy?" the directors got a collection of diverse and fascinating answers, spanning numerous issues from the Algerian War to the problems faced by factory workers in the capital, and representing a wide array of the city's residents, including artists, immigrants and students. 

Chronicle of a Summer is hailed by critics as one of the twentieth century's most significant works of cinema. It is a penetrative, avant-garde production that introduced the world to an unprecedented style of documentary filmmaking. 

The film is 90 minutes long, and will be screened with English subtitles. 

Programme:
Monday, 17 February and Wednesday, 19 February
7pm
Contemporary Image Collective (CIC)
22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, Downtown
Cairo, Egypt
 

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