Beyond the Frame: Defining Alternative Cinema_September Schedule
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Sep 1–30, 2017
Organized by: Cimatheque
Venue: Cimatheque
Address: 19A ‘Adly Street Floor 5, Apt. 28, Downtown Cairo, Egypt
Admission: Price of the daily membership (Per-screening): 15LE / Programme Packages and Membership Schemes (all screenings for two months) Individual: 175LE_Student: 100LE

We hope you had a wonderful summer, and are ready for the Fall season!


Our team is excited to invite you to Cimatheque's Fall screening program, Beyond the Frame: Defining Alternative Cinema, which will begin Sunday, September 10th. The program will kick-off with a screening of Khairy Beshara's rarely seen, and deeply personal docu-fiction Moondog (2012), followed by other extremely highlighting alternative film language and aesthetics.

Beyond the Frame is a program we have been formulating for some time: it is a modest attempt to raise a few questions regarding the definition of alternative cinema by providing a kaleidoscopic view, moving from region to region, and decade to decade. The first two weeks will focus on Egyptian cinema of the last 20 years, featuring works from directors  Atef Hetata, Oussama Fawzi, alongside a younger generation of filmmakers such as Nadine Khan, Nadine Salib and Karim Hanafy. These works present a challenge to the dominating film aesthetics of their time, and have each struggled to be produced and distributed in ways each filmmaker deems fit and necessary.

The second part of the program will focus on contemporary Arab cinema of the 2000s, tracing some of the remarkable propositions different filmmakers have made throughout the decade. Featuring important films by Nouri Bouzid, Tawfik Abu Wael, Abdellatif Kechiche, and Maher Abi Samra, amongst others, each work traces the tricky patchwork of malaises haunting the region: from the specter of colonialism, the difficulties of migration, terrorism, and the inherent injustices of neoliberal socio-economic policies. The issues are deconstructed through deeply personal storytelling that challenges the status quo of current modes of production.

Finally, Beyond the Frame will end this edition of programming by focusing on underground cinema, showcasing highly influential - and in many ways deeply controversial - films made entirely outside the mainstream.  These movie force us to think, and boldly captures the lives of people living on the  margins, possessing the power to haunt us long after we have left the theatre.

About screening attendance:

Seating in our space is limited, so first come, first seated.
All our screenings start 30mins after the announced time.
Doors close 15 mins after the start of the screening
Price of the daily membership (Per-screening): 15LE
Programme Packages and Membership Schemes
Beyond the Frame Program Package (all screenings for two months)/Individual: 175LE                                                               Beyond the Frame Program Package (all screenings for two months)/Student: 100LE


*Valid for admittance to all screenings, talks, and special events. Also includes access to our Book and DVD Library, and Archival collection (Both by appointment. Please send a message to for more information.)

*All packages are available for purchase from our office at 19A Adly Street, 6th Floor, Apartment 34, between the hours 10am-5pm, Saturday thru Wednesday. For general inquiries, please send a message to