Art Alert: Screening of award-winning 'Zelal' at Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Mar 2016

The 2010 documentary film explores the world of Cairo's mental hospitals

Still from Zelal. (Photo: Fragment from promotional material)

Zelal, an award-winning documentary by Mustapha Hasnaoui and Marianne Khoury, is scheduled to screen at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) on Sunday, 13 March, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

“A journey into the enclosed world of two of Cairo's mental hospitals, Zelal draws us into the day-to-day life of 'ordinary' madmen and women,” reads the event description on Facebook.

“The film lays bare the shattered humanity of people abandoned without hope, left to stumble about in the backwash of life’s misfortunes.”

By comprising “images of the hospitals” and “intimate interviews with the inmates,” Zelal unearths “the horrific conditions in which patients are expected to live,” states the event description. 


Sunday, 13 March, 7.30pm
NVIC Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1 Dr Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek

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