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African film week launches in Cairo's Maadi

The District space hosts a different African film each night until Thursday

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 May 2013
African Film Week
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The District, a workspace in Maadi, usually hosts entrepreneurs, freelancers and other innovators, as well as hosting some events. This week, Eline Hennik, Marwa El-Ghobashy and Mohamed El-Mongy will curate a set of five African films, one to be screened each night, showing a different side of the continent.

"We wanted to show what African cinema was capable of," El-Ghobashy, who spent a considerable amount of time in Botswana, told Ahram Online. She explained that the purpose of the week was to show the diversity and sophistication of African cinema, whether in terms of production, directing, acting or special effects, and to bridge the gaps between Egypt and the rest of Africa.

Besides the films, audiences are invited to join a group dinner before the film. Organisers request that those who wish to join the diner register with them before 4pm that day.

Programme:
All films start at 7pm at the District
51B Helwan Zeraiy road, Maadi, Cairo

Sunday 12 May
District 9 (2009)
The film's events are inspired by events that took place in District 6 in Cape Town during the apartheid. The story follows Wikus Van Merwe through this poignant, humorous sci-fi take on prejudice.

Monday 13 May
Bamako (2006)
A film following bar singer Mele and her out-of-work husband Chaka as they attempt normalcy in the midst of African civil society, speaking against the World Bank and IMF who they blame for Africa's troubles.

Tuesday 14 May
Tsotsi (2005)
A drama set in a slum near Johannesburg in South Africa where young street thug Tsotsi steals a car, only to discover a baby in the back seat which causes him to face the person he has chosen to be.

Wednesday 15 May
Bab'Aziz - The Prince who Contemplated his Soul (2005)
This is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape.

Thursday 16 May
Nairobi Half Life (2012)
The story of a young aspiring actor who leaves his hometown in rural areas to move to Nairobi for further opportunities. After he is robbed of all his belongings and left alone, he begins a journey to ensure his survival and that of his dreams.

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