Film: Keep Recording / Still Recording
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May 31, 2015 6:30pm
Organized by: Zawya
Venue: Zawya
Address: Cinema Odeon: 4 Abdel Hamid Said St off of Talaat Harb St. Downtown, Cairo

Keep Recording 
Director: Bassem Yousri
Duration: 40 min
Arabic with English subtitles
Year of production: 2009

Still Recording
Director: Bassem Yousri
Duration: 50 min
English with Arabic subtitles 
Year of production: 2010

Still Recording/Keep Recording is an experimental documentary diptych. The first part, titled Keep Recording, captures an image of Egyptian society in 2008 through a succession of seemingly banal scenes. The creator of the movie, Bassem Yousri, randomly filmed scenes from his daily life. Those scenes included conversations with friends and family, as well as scenes of different happenings in Cairo’s streets. Indirectly and quite sarcastically, the movie tries to put everyday life in 2008 Cairo in a social and political context.
The second part of the diptych, titled Still Recording, presents in the same manner an image of the American society, where Yousri lived for 5 years, in 2009 during a pivotal time in the American history as Obama ran for and won the presidential elections to become the first African American president of the United States. The movie is Yousri’s attempt to explore and examine the “other” while, throughout the diptych, challenging stereotypical notions in both cultures, the Egyptian one and the American one, about one another