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.
Monday, 17 February and Wednesday, 19 February
Contemporary Image Collective (CIC)
22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, Downtown