Film: The Tentmakers of Cairo
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May 15, 2015 6:30pm
Organized by: Darb 1718
Venue: Darb 1718
Address: Kasr El Sham3 Street, Al Fakhareen – Old Cairo
Admission: free
Event Language: Arabic with English subtitles

“The Tentmakers of Cairo” Film Screening

Kim Beamish and Non’D’Script present the screening of the documentary film, “Tentmakers of Cairo” on Friday, 15 May at 7:30 pm at Darb 1718.

Synopsis: For over three years we follow a community of artisans whose craft has remained largely untouched since Pharaonic times. They try and make sense of Egypt’s recent history, as their hands stitch incredibly detailed designs. Contrasts exist not only in the imagery where art works clash with the dirt and grime of the street, but also in the social differences, wealth and political views. The shop becomes a discussion and rhetoric free space of intergenerational transmissions of timeless knowledge; the street of the tentmakers becomes a mirror of a larger public space where we read the country’s political turmoil and the external world: a vital economic and social window.

“A deeply original and empathetic approach to Egypt’s ‘revolution’, which masterfully deals with the complexity of major political events, carefully avoiding any kind of cliches and seamlessly combining micro and macro perspectives, breaking news and millennial traditions.” - Paolo Moretti, Visions du Reel

Awards & Festivals: 'The Tentmakers of Cairo' world premiered in competition at the prestigious Visions du Reel Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland in April this year and was awarded the Prix Buyens-Chagoll, for "being a film of humanist dimension focusing on a story which develops values that confer meaning to the future of mankind.”

Directed by: Kim Beamish

English subtitles available

Free Admission