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Goethe-Institut to open 'Arab Shorts' festival

Third independent short film festival at the Goethe-Institut in Cairo will screen nine film programmes from across the Arab world and starts Thursday, 27 October

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Oct 2011
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The Goethe-Institut in Cairo will host a short film festival entitled 'Arab Shorts' from 27 October to 31 October 2011, for its third consecutive year.

Director of Arab Shorts Marcel Schwierin from Berlin has invited curators to contribute art and documentary films which reflect on the current state of affairs.

Apart from screenings, a number of guests from Arab and European countries will give presentations. This year will see the presentation of nine film programmes, selected by eleven curators from around the Arab world.

Special attention will be given to 'Arte Creative', an innovative and ground-breaking web-based project in digital arts. Alain Bieber, of the French-German TV station Arte TV, will come to Cairo to present “an editorially animated site for inspiring contemporary audiovisual creation.”

Throughout 2011 selected films from Arab Shorts have been presented in Europe and the MENA region. In July the programme received much attention from the media when it was screened during an Arab film week at the Arsenal in Berlin.

In April and May, a group of 14 Arab film curators attended the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the International Documentary Film Festival “DOKfest” Munich in Germany.

The 2011 curators are: Massoud Amralla Al-Ali (Dubai International Film Festival), Nadira Ardjoun (International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand), Habiba Djahnine (Algeria, France), Hala Galal and Ayman Hussein (Egypt), Lara Khaldi (Palestine) and Yazan Khalili (Palestine), Maha Maamoun and Sarah Rifky (Egypt), Rasha Salti (Lebanon), Walid Tayaa (Tunisia), Ala Younis (Jordan).

The Arab Shorts Film Festival 2011 will open on Thursday 27 October at 7.30 and feature the following three day programme:

Thursday 27 October at 7.30 pm

Under the Iron by Agathe Dirani (Egypt/France 2011)

Four Seasons by Noha El-Maadawy (Egypt 2011)

04:02:2011 by Mahmoud Farag (Egypt 2011)

Suspended Freedom by May El-Hossamy (Egypt 2011)

Our Weapon by Ziad Hassan (Egypt 2011)

Payback by Omar Khaled (Egypt 2011)

I Am Aser by Ramy Rezkallah (Egypt 2010)

Friday 28 October at 6.30 pm

Checkpoint by Ruben Amar (France 2010)

Amal by Ali Benkirane (France/ Morocco 2004)

Short Memory by Marwan Khneisser (Lebanon 2010)

Album by Shiraz Fradi (Tunisia 2010)

Roos Djaj by Bassem Ali Jarbawi (Palestine/USA 2009)

Friday 28 October at 9.00 pm

Djo00 by Djamil Beloucif (Switzerland/Algeria 2010)

El-Berrani by Aboubakar Hamzi (Algeria 2010)

Un Aller Simple (A One-Way Ticket) by Ammar Bouras (Algeria 2007)

Instants/Alger by Amina Djahnine (Algeria 2008)

Hysteresis by Taher Kessi (Algeria 2010)

Saturday 29 October at 4.00 pm

Tandid-Condemnation by Walid Mattar (Tunisia 2010)

The Stadium by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia 2010)

Fouska by Samy El-Haj (Tunisia 2008)

Coma by Aladin Aboutaleb (Tunisia 2010)

Saturday 29 October at 6.30 pm

2026 by Maha Maamoun (Egypt 2010)

Children of Fire by Mohamed Al-Hawajri (Palestine 2009)

Paper Dress by Kasem Kharsa (Egypt/Jordan 2009)

Saturday 29 October at 9.00pm

Politics by Tom Holert (Germany 2010)

F66 Ghost Ship by Florian Zeyfang (Germany 2010)

Sunday 30 October at 4.00 pm

Land of the Heroes by Sahim Omar Kalifa (Belgium/Iraq 2011)

Heavens Water by Abdullah Boushahri (Kuwait 2010)

Sabeel by Khalid Al-Mahmoud (UAE 2010)

Spices by Amer Alrawas (Oman 2011)

Sunday 30 October at 6.30 pm

Rice City by Sherif El-Azma (Egypt 2010)

Tarahi II by Haris Epaminoda (Cyprus 2006)

Giza Zoo by Solmaz Shahbazi (Germany/Iran 2010)

Monday 31 October at 6.30 pm

As They Say by Hicham Ayouch (Morocco/UAE 2011)

Be Quiet by Sameh Zoabi (Palestine 2006)

The Forty Second Winter by Ihab Tarabieh (Syria 2009)

 

Goethe-Institut, 5 Bostan Street, Downtown, Cairo

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