Egyptian film 'Out on the Street' to screen in characters' hood in Helwan

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Apr 2016

The award-winning film Bara Fil Sharea made its Egypt premiere in the art house cinema Zawya last January

Out on the Street
Still from Bara Fil Sharea (Out on the Street)

Egyptian film Bara Fil Sharea (Out on the Street) will be screened starting Wednesday and for the duration of a week at Cinema Magda Wa Marwa in Helwan, the neighborhood from which many of the characters come from.

The working-class neighborhood, home to 10 of the workers featured in the film, will host three screenings a day (3, 6 and 9 pm) until 19 April.

The award-winning film is directed by Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk and produced by Cairo-based Seen Films, is a hybrid film, which features nine factory workers.

Oscillating between truth and fiction, in the film the directors include workshop, rehearsals and eventually the enacting of the characters’ personal experiences drawn from the factories they worked in.

It is through this process that intertwines a theatrical performance with film, the personal narratives with the footage filmed on mobile phones by the workers, that the viewer is offered a tale of the exploitation of the employee, injustice and corruption in the capitalist society.

The film focuses on four protagonists, Ahmed Ruba; Am Saeed, who used to work in a private company for nine years; Khalaf, who works as a private security guard; and the youngest, a 17-year-old Mohamed who has been working since 13.

The film premiered in February 2015 at the Berlin International Film Festival, and since then has been screened throughout the world and took part in many festivals.

Following it's international release in February 2015, this hybrid film premiered in the Arab world in November 2015 when it screened within the official selection of the 26th edition of the Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia.

It made its Egypt premiere in art house cinema Zawya last January.

As the directors reveal, the film is not about the January 25 Revolution, but rather it explores the lives of people who were at the forefront of bringing the revolution about, people who were not the subject of interest for media covering the political transformations.

Out on the Street won the Best Feature Film Award at the 5th Latin-Arab International Film Festival (Festival Internacional De Cine Latino Árabe) in Buenos Aires.

The film is produced by Seen Films, a Cairo-based film house and the entity behind Sawt Min Al-Toroqat (Sound from the Hallways, 2012), a short video-art film by filmmaker Lasse Lau, and Bayt Al-Tout (The Mulberry House, 2013), a long feature film by the Academy Award-nominated Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq.

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