In a tribute to the genre of documentary and non-fiction films, Zawya is curating “Hybrid Reels: Revisiting Documentary,” a programme running from 6 to 26 May, screening over 20 films produced between the years of 1922 and 2015.
The aim is to further expose the genre of non-fiction films to Egyptian audiences, and to affirm how reality can be just as rich as fiction.
Over the course of three weeks, the programme is divided into three sections: Narratives, Anthropology on the Screen/Beginnings, and Highlights.
The first group of screenings, Narratives, will run between 6 to 12 May, and will launch with a homage to Egyptian actress Soad Hosny- The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosny- by Rania Stephan. The documentary used archived footage to tell the actress’s life story, which is juxtaposed with the decline of Egyptian cinema.
Wednesday 6 May, 7:30 pm
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosny
Followed by a Q&A with director Rania Stephan
Thursday 7 May, 7:30 pm
Close Up, directed by Abbas Kairostami
Friday 8 May, 7:30 pm
Here and Elsewhere, directed by Jean Luc Godard
Saturday 9 May, 7:30 pm
Two video art pieces by Lebanese artist Marwa Arsanios and Syrian artist Simone Fattal
Have You Ever Killed a Bear or Becoming Jamila, directed by Marwa Arsanios
Autoportrait- Directed by Simone Fattal
Sunday 10 May, 7:30 pm
Empathy, directed by Amie Siegel
Monday 11 May, 7:30
Closed Curtain-Directed by Jafar Panahi
Tuesday 12 May, 7:30
The Virgin, the Copts and Me, directed by Namir Abd El Messih
The Hybrid Reels program is supported by the Arab Funds for Arts and Culture- AFAC. A workshop and talk programme is being organised in partnership with SEEN Films.
Ahram Online is the official media sponsor for Zawya.