Art Alert: Documentary Where Did Ramses Go? to screen at AUC
Ahram Online, , Sunday 22 Sep 2019
Directed by Amr Bayoumi, the film won Best Long Documentary at the Ismailia film festival


The Egyptian documentary Where did Ramses Go? will be screened at AUC Tahrir's Ewart Hall on Sunday 29 September.

The free event will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, whose is known for his feature film Al-Gesr (1997), which starred late actor Mahmoud Morsi.

The film premiered in April at the 21st edition of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, gaining appreciation from some of the country's best-known critics, in addition to winning the festival's most important award, the Best Long Documentary prize.

In the film, Bayoumi uses precious footage he recorded himself during the 2006 relocation of a statue of Ramses II from a Cairo square of the same name, where the statue had stood since 1955.

“It’s not an attempt to answer the question. It’s an impressionist approach to the history of Egypt since the 1950s from a personal perspective,” Bayoumi told Ahram Online during the film's premiere.

The film takes glimpses of Egypt’s history since the 1950s through to the revolution of 2011 through archive photos and newspaper headlines, and skilfully weaves them into the director’s life story.

Programme:

Sunday 29 September at 7:30pm
Ewart Hall, AUC Tahrir

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