Art Alert: Screening of 'Crop' in Bibliotheca Alexandrina: TRAILER

Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Feb 2014

Crop, an Egyptian documentary tackling censorship in journalism throughout different eras of Egyptian history, will be screened in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Art Centre on Monday, 10 February

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Still from Egyptian documentary 'Crop'

Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Art Centre will host a screening of Egyptian documentary Crop on Monday, 10 February. 

Directed by filmmaker Marouan Omara and German video artist Johanna Domke, the documentary follows an Al-Ahram photojournalist in the days after the 25 January 2011 revolution.

Filmed entirely within Al-Ahram's offices, Crop, as the name suggests, is about images, both the ones we see and don't see in the newspaper. Those that we do see are gateways to a discussion about censorship, as Al-Ahram's editors and photojournalists substitute one photo or another. Those we don't see, at least not in traditional media, come from citizen journalists, whose on the ground reporting, especially during the 2011 uprising, also played a part in the formulation of public opinion.

Along the way the film shows how all Egyptian presidents from the time of Gamal Abdel-Nasser have used the media to shape public perception of them.

The themes are big – how censorship and the manipulation of photographic images shape a society's collective consciousness. But at 49 minutes, it never runs too long.

The screening at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will be followed by a talk with the film's directors. 

Monday, 10 February
Art Centre, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria, Egypt


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