Art Alert: Screening of documentary The Visit at NVIC in Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 10 Mar 2016

The film attempts to explore and problematise the role of mass media in Egypt

The Visit
(Photo: Fragment from promotional material)

Documentary film Azziara ("The Visit") will be screened at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) on Sunday 20 March, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

The documentary, which was made in collaboration with Islam Kamal, was filmed in one of Egypt’s villages after the 2011 revolution, during a visit by an inspection team from the World Bank in which the team sought to “assess how the transformation of agricultural management has progressed since the political upheaval,” reads the event description on Facebook.

The filmmakers, Marouan Omara and Nadia Mounier. documented the particulars of this visit, but also decided to keep their camera switched on after the television crew which was recording their visit had concluded their work. The result was a “behind-the-scenes view” where the television crewmembers “become just additional actors in the film.”

As such, the filmmakers aspired to “explore and deconstruct the mass media role in Egypt, where media has become the main tool of creating and reshaping the public opinion,” reads the event description on Facebook.

Sunday 20 March, 7:30pm

Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1 Dr Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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