Political thriller Z to be screened tomorrow

Menna Taher, Monday 24 Oct 2011

The first of a series of Tuesday Night Film Nights will feature a renown film about a state corrupted by its ruling military junta


Starting tomorrow, Mosireen, a non-profit media centre in Downtown Cairo which was born out of the explosion of citizen journalism and cultural activism during the revolution, will be starting an initiative called Tuesday Night Film Nights.

Tomorrow two films will be screened; Blue Dive by Mostafa Youssef, revolving around a brief encounter which encompasses death and the sea, and Z by Costa Gavras.

Z, a French-language film that was first released in 1969, is highly relevant to the current political situation in Egypt, and unsurprisingly it was banned from screening during the Sadat era out of fear that it would ignite student movements. The story deals with the murder of a leftist figure and the investigations surrounding the crime, which gradually implicate the right-wing generals of the ruling military junta.

The film includes a grim section when the end credits roll, as a narrator lists the many things that the junta has banned following its coup –the works of Sophocles, Chekhov, Pinter, Mark Twain, Jean-Paul Sartre, Tolstoy and the Beatles; as well as pop music, the free press, labour unions, peace movements, riots and even long hair on men.

The screening will start at 9pm in the Mosireen office which is located in Downtown Cairo.

Mosireen – Flat 34, Floor 6,19a Adly Street, Downtown Cairo.

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