„African Perspectives »: AfricAvenir presents 1st Week of Classic Egyptian Film
In 2013 the week will focus on films from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s. Pharaoh’s Lounge is the main sponsor. (Time: 19h00). Entrance: 30,- N$. Venue: Goethe-Centre, Auditorium


1ère Semaine du Cinéma égyptien (du 12 au 17 août 2013).

Une semaine entière dédiée aux films égyptiens classiques (années 50 à 70), organisée par AfricAvenir, en partenariat avec l’Ambassade d’Egypte, le Centre égyptien du Cinéma, Africiné et Goethe-Centre Windhoek.

Principal Sponsor : Pharaoh’s Lounge.

Film d’Ouverture : La Gare du Caire (Y. Chahine), le lundi 12 août, à 19:00.

Egypt was the first country in Africa and the Middle East to establish a film-industry. Film screenings took place as early as 1896 when the works by the Lumière Brothers were presented in Alexandria and Cairo. Still under foreign rule, Egypt was the only colony in which the production of news-reels and short-films by the local population was possible. First reports about productions date back to 1909.
Within its monthly film series « African Perspectives » AfricAvenir has in the past and will in the future continue to screen high quality Egyptian cinema to the Namibian public. Due to the outstanding and rich cinema heritage and history of Egypt, AfricAvenir, in partnership with the Egyptian Embassy, the Egyptian Film Centre, AfriCine, and the Goethe-Centre Windhoek, with financial support of Pharaoh’s Lounge Windhoek, has decided to dedicate a full week of screenings to Classic Egyptian films. In 2013 the week, which will hopefully become an annual event, will focus on films from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s.
Initially planned for July, the film week was shifted to middle August due to Ramadan.
The Egyptian National Day, Revolution Day, normally celebrated on July 23, will be celebrated after the end of Ramadan, in the week from 12 to 17 August.


Monday, 12.August 2013, 19h15, @ GZ Windhoek
– Opening Film
Cairo Station
, 1958
Director: Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1958, 86 min, fiction
It was nominated for a Golden Bear in 1958 (Berlinale).

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOJpiUZphTE

Tuesday, 13 August 2013, 19h15, @ GZ Windhoek – Celebrating Egyptian National Day, Revolution Day
A man in our House
, 1961
Director: Henry Barakat, Egypt, 1961, 93 min, fiction, starring Omar Sharif
The screen play was written by Abdel Qoddous, a well known opposition journalist of the era, and much called-upon screen writer.
Film Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMNTxO-Ass8

Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 18h30, at the FNCC, Entrance, – N$ 20
The screening of Between Heaven and Earth
(Salah Abu Seif, 1960) at the Goethe-Centre is cancelled. We show instead: Destiny – Directed by Youssef Chahine
| Egypt/France, 1997 | 135 min
Screening organized by AfricAvenir & supported by M-Net.

Thursday 15 August 2013, 19h15, @ GZ Windhoek
The Night of Counting the Years – The Mummy
, 1969
Director: Chadi Abdel Salam, Egypt, 1969, 100 min, fiction
Recognized as one of the greatest Egyptian films ever made.
Film: http://archive.org/details/The_Night_of_Counting_the_Years

Friday, 16. August 2013, 19h15, @ GZ Windhoek
Chased by the Dogs/The thief and the dogs
, 1962
Director: Kamal El Sheikh, Egypt, 1962, 130 min, fiction
Made a little more than a decade after the 1952 Egyptian revolution, The Thief and the Dogs presents a world that challenges moral judgments-after all, the protagonists are a thief and a prostitute.
Based on the novel by literature Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz.
Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyjisifoFGo

Saturday 17. August 2013, 19h00, @ GZ Windhoek Closing Film
M Empire
, 1972
Director: Hussein Kamal, Egypt, 1972, 113 min, fiction
Based on Ihsan Abdel Quddous’ book and adapted for the screen by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz.
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