‘A Strange Love Affair with Ego’ (The Netherlands, 2015) will screen at Cairo’s NVIC on Sunday 20 November.
Directed by Ester Gould, this 90-minute long personal visual essay “explores our society’s increasing obsession with the self” by following a group of successful people as they go about their daily lives, “going out, socialising and participating in the art world, [and] as they reflect in conversations or interviews on the level of self-confidence they display and how this relates to their actual “self.”
Gould juxtaposes these scenes with reenactments that tell the story of her sister Rowan, whose self-confidence Gould was always inspired by.
The documentary scooped the Best Dutch Documentary Award at the 2016 IDFA Festival, where it was celebrated as “beautifully photographed, experimental but masterful.”
Sunday 20 November, 7.30pm
NVIC Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1 Dr Mahmoud Azmi St, Zamalek
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