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Programme: Music, film and more at Cairo's Tashweesh festival

The programme includes six days of diverse events, all sparking conversations about women and gender

Ahram Online, Friday 9 Nov 2018
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Tashweesh, Cairo's new multidisciplinary festival centred on feminism, opens on 9 November with a six-day programme of music concerts, theatre and dance performances, talks and lectures, slam poetry, film screenings, and video art.

The event aims to stimulate conversations on feminism, and act as a platform for knowledge exchange as it bring forth questions like: "How can we shake up the stereotypes on women, women representation and gender on both sides of the Mediterranean? How do feminists think about such a question artistically and academically? And what does actually come out of a joint conversation on these issues?"

A segment of Tashweesh titled Behind the Screen includes film screenings held at Cimatheque, as well as a video art exhibition at Medrar gallery curated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, the director of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, and head of the Berlinale Forum Expanded programme.

The Medrar exhibition includes 40 video artworks by artists from Germany, Egypt, Jordan, and USA. It is considered part of the film programme which runs in parallel at Cimatheque between 1 and 6 November, with 31 international films.

Tashweesh will conclude with a concert by Huda Asfour on 12 November.

The festival is organised by the Goethe Institute in Cairo, and admissions to all events are free. All events are at Goethe Institute in Cairo unless otherwise noted.

Programme:

Tuesday 6 November

7pm
Opening of the video exhibition Behind the Screen
Medrar for Contemporary Art

Thursday 8 November

6pm
Music: Balqeis (Oud)
Film: Wa Wailah/Oh Torment by Monira Al-Qadiri
Opening statements by the organisers

9pm
Theatre: Museum of Lungs by Laila Soliman (requires registration)
Jesuit Theatre

Friday 9 November

2.30pm
Films:

Der Subjektive Faktor
Helke Sander (Federal Republic of Germany, 1980/81)
138 min, German with English subtitles

Suspended Freedom
May El-Hossamy (Egypt, 2011)
11 min, Arabic with English subtitles

Linge Sur Terrasse / Linen On Terrace
Fadma Kaddouri
Morocco/France 2007
3 min, no dialogue

Four Women, Chapter 1
Cristina Perincioli (Federal Republic of Germany, 1972)
27 min, German with English subtitles

6pm
Lecture: They Refuse, but Still Desire It, by Salma El Tarzi
60 min, Arabic with English translation

7.30pm
Performance: Divine Comedy-“Enchanted Body” by Fatima Mazmouz
30 min

8.30pm
Performance: Heroes by Khouloud Yassin
40 min

9.15pm
Artist Talk: Fatima Mazmouz and Khouloud Yassin, moderated by Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi
30 min

10.30pm
Music: Klabb by DJ Deena Abdelwahed
90 min

Saturday 10 November

4pm
Short films:

Home Stories
Matthias Müller (Germany,1991)
6 min (no dialogue)

B Face
Laila Albayaty (Belgium/Germany, 2015)
40 min, English and French

Handtinting
Joyce Wieland (Canada,1967)
6 min (no dialogue)

La Souriante Madame Beudet
Germaine Dulac (France, 1923)
35 min, with Eunice Martins On the
piano

6pm
Reading: Kayfa Ta: On Motherhood And Its Ghost, by Iman Mersal, with German by Laila Chammaa
60min

7:30pm
Lecture performance: Wish You Were Here! by Foundland Collective
30min

8:30PM
Poetry Slam: Mira Hamdi, Choman Hardi, Mona Moon, Samira Saleh, Dima Matta
75min

10pm
Music: Jolly Goods Band

Sunday 11 November

5pm
Short films:

Whaled Women
Ewa Einhorn/Jeuno Je Kim (Sweden, 2012)
9 min, Swedish with English subtitles

Serious Ladies
Susanne Sachsse (Germany, 2013)
21 min (German/English mix)

Wa Wailah / Oh Torment
Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait, 2008)
10 min, Arabic with English subtitles

The Craft
Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait, 2017)
16 min English with Arabic Subtitles

6.30pm
Lecture: Transnational Justice and Gendered Vulnerability:
Feminist Politics and (Im)Possible Solidarities, by Nikita Dhawan

9pm
Performance: Leila’s Death by Ali Chahrour
80min
Falaki Theater

Monday 12 November

6pm
Short films:

TaRAHI II
Haris Epaminonda (Cyprus, 2006)
4 min, no dialogue

Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila
Marwa Arsanios (Lebanon, 2014)
25 min, Arabic with English subtitles

The Making of a Demonstration
Sandra Schäfer (Germany, 2004)
11 min, Dari/German with Arabic Subtitles

Performance: Confessions of an Actress by Susanne Sachsse (2017)
15 min

8pm
Performance: In My Place by Amira Chebli (Tunisia)
30 min

9pm
Performance Reading: Baba, Come To Me by Farah Barqawi
20 min

9.30pm
Artist Talk: With Farah Barqawi and Amira Chebli, moderated by Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi

10pm
Closing concert: Huda Asfour

Venues:
Medrar for Contemporary Art, Apt. 4, 1st Floor, 7 Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahasen, Garden City
Jesuit Theater, 15 El-Mahrany St., Fagalah
Falaki Theater, 24 Falaki Street, Bab El-Louq, Downtown

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