BBC Arabic Festival presents Cities and Chaos Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Running time90 minutes
  • GenreShort Film

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival presents two evenings of documentaries from BBC Arabic Festival 2015, an annual event that presents topical short films and documentaries from across the Arab world. This year’s applicants were asked to submit work along the theme of ‘Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World’ and to expressly explore the struggles for power and control that continue to shake the region. Each evening presents films and discussion relating to sub-themes that emerged in the selected works - 'Women and Gender' and 'Cities and Chaos: After the Revolt’.

Double bill of films followed by discussion with Sheyma Buali, Director, BBC Arabic Festival and Sherief ElKatsha, director of Cairo Drive

A Day and A Button - Azza Hamwi
A regular day in today’s Damascus. Artist Azza Hamwi takes us on a visually poetic tour around the city as she tries to transcend the lines that have been drawn. Her attempts to walk freely in her home city are intercepted by gender segregation, sectarian divide and political inclinations.

Cairo Drive - Sherief ElKatsha
Cairo Drive explores life in one of the world’s most populated cities from its streets. Shot between 2009 and 2012 the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today.

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