Berlinale: Programme

Film file

Forum Expanded

Panel: Cairo: The City and it's Cinema in Transformation

How do you think of cinema in times of political and social transformation? Part of the cultural change in Cairo is the constitution of independent structures for production, presentation, and distribution of film and video, as well as the discovery, display, and analysis of a hidden film history. How can one gather an unwritten film history? How can audiences and filmmakers create their own world of cinema? What does independent really mean? The urgency of these questions is obvious within a revolution, but shouldn’t they be asked everywhere in the world? Four film activists from Cairo talk about their projects, needs, ideas, and their everyday work.

Screening of El Cafeteria (Paul Geday Egypt 1975, 11 min)
Panelists from Cairo, Egypt: Tamer El-Said (Zero Productionsand Cimatheque), Hala Lotfy (Hassala Productions, Forum2013), Hala Galal (SEMAT Production), Paul Geday (filmmaker and curator, Forum Expanded 2012, 2013, artists expanded)
Moderators: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Forum Expanded, curator), Marcel Schwierin (Berlin, curator)
Saturday, 9.2., 13:00 Kunstgewerbemuseum (use Kulturforum entrance)

Organized with the generous support of the Goethe Institute Cairo. ​

0, 120 min


Tamer El-Said, Hala Galal, Paul Geday, Hala Lotfy, Moderation: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Marcel Schwierin