the arab cinema archive project presents "pioneers of "new realism" in egyptian cinema"

October 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014


In the early eighties of the last century, Egyptian cinema saw the emergence of a new generation of directors, introducing rebellious works and challenging the style and content of films that had been prevalent in the seventies.

The period between 1981 and 1991 witnessed the beginning of a new phase, as these directors re-defined the concept of realism in Egyptian cinema and changed the traditional stereotypes of movie stars in the country. Following these changes, the topics tackled in films were naturally changing too, as they were no longer solely concerned with the sales of tickets.

During this period, another form of cinema, which was commonly referred to as "cinema of contractors" was widely spread, benefiting from a capital poured in from the Gulf states and neglecting the quality of films. In this type of cinema, the speed of releasing films through the VHS market became more important than the movie theatres and therefore, no attention was being paid to the quality of these films.

The third screening  program by the Arab Cinema Archive focuses on highlighting the social fabric through the lens of new realism directors in Egypt such as: Mohammad Khan, Atef Tayyeb, Khairi Bsharah and Daoud Abdul Sayyed.

Screening Program

Date: Monday 13/10/2014
Time: 8:00 PM

Sawwaq Autobees (1982)
Director: Atef Tayyeb
Writer: Mohammad Khan, Basheer Al-deek
Script by: Basheer Al Deek
Starring: Nour Sharif and Mervat Ameen

Date: Monday 20/10/2014
Time: 8:00 PM

Ahlam Hind o Kamilia 1988
Director: Mohammad Khan
Writer: Mohammad Khan
Script by: Mustafa Jumaa
Starring: Najlaa Fathi and Ahmad Zaki

Date: Monday 27/10/2014
Time: 8:00 PM

Youm Mur Youm Hilo (1988)
Director: Khairi Bsharah
Writer: Khairi Bshara, Fayez Ghali
Script by: Fayez Ghali
Starring : Faten Hamama, Mohammad Munir

Date: Sunday 2/11/2014
Time: 8:00 PM

Kit Kat (1991)
Director:Daoud Abdul Sayyed
Script by: Daoud Abdul Sayyed
Starring: Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, Ameena Rizeq