Egyptian Spring season
coming to the Showroom Cinema in March
A year ago, we all watched the news avidly as Egypt rose up and removed from power the long-term leader Hosseini Mubarack. “While watching events unfold in January 2011, we were constantly wondering how it would turn out and as film lovers, how the industry would document the changes and how Egyptian filmmakers would interpret the revolution. This set the wheels in motion for what has become the Showroom's 'Egyptian Spring' season.” - Joan Parsons, Showroom Cinema Senior Programmer.
In collaboration with the University of Sheffield Concerts Department, the Showroom Cinema is proud to present the Egyptian Spring season, a series of films, music and discussions to illustrate contemporary Egyptian culture, bringing musicians and filmmakers to Sheffield for this unique event.
The season includes three films, a music concert and further events to be announced. It starts on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March, running until Wednesday 14 March. The opening film is the national premiere of Cairo 678. The film is a drama examining how the lives of three very different women are blighted by sexual harassment and what happens when one of the women makes a stand. The film examines the cause, effect and consequences of the women’s experiences, revealing a side to Egypt that is rarely seen and demonstrating that silence and denial do not offer a solution. Cairo 678 is written and directed by Mohamed Diab, a rising star of Egyptian cinema. The Showroom is delighted to welcome Mohamed Diab as their special guest on 8 March to present his film and take part in a question and answer session after the screening.
The season continues with 18 Days on Monday 12 March, a series of short films tackling the revolution head on, examining how the dramatic events of January 2011 affected the citizens of Cairo from many walks of life. The final film is Cairo Exit on Wednesday 14 March. Cairo Exit is a drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers caught in impossible circumstances. Amal is an impoverished Coptic girl, her boyfriend Tarek is Muslim and determined to leave Egypt illegally to start a new life in Italy. When Amal discovers she is pregnant, the couple face an agonising choice.
To tie in with the Showroom’s Egyptian Spring season, the University of Sheffield presents Arab Spring - Music of the Egyptian Revolution: Reem Kelani on Tuesday 13 March. Reem Kelani is a Palestinian singer, musicologist and broadcaster, born in the UK and brought up in Kuwait. On 25 January 2011 she was present in Tahrir square, where she witnessed firsthand the ten thousand protestors gathering to oppose President Muburak’s regime. Reem Kelani presents a concert of music by the Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish. Considered by many to be the father of contemporary Arabic music, Sayyid Darwish is little known outside the Arab world. Most recently Darwish’s music has dominated the protests in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt. Collectively his music has provided a backdrop to the most important events in modern Egyptian history.
Further events and guests at the Egyptian Spring season will be announced soon.