MSSU Egypt Semester

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Egyptian Film Festival: Terrorism and the Kebab Egyptian Film Festival: Terrorism and the Kebab

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1992

105 minutes

A man named Ahmed, portrayed by the popular Egyptian comic actor, Adil Imam, is mistaken for a terrorist because he has accidentally taken “hostages” while simply trying to negotiate the bureaucratic tangle of transferring his child from one school to another. Ultimately he satisfies the “demands” of his hostages not only for a kebab lunch but for other things they need.

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Egyptian Film Festival: Everything is Fine Egyptian Film Festival: Everything is Fine

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1937

100 minutes

In what has been called the “ultimate screwball comedy,” Nagib al-Rihani, “Egypt’s Buster Keaton,” portrays an office assistant who is supposed to deposit the company payroll and ends up impersonating a maharaja.

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Egyptian Film Festival: A Man in Our House Egyptian Film Festival: A Man in Our House

7:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1961

159 minutes

Omar Sharif, just before his sensational Western debut in Lawrence of Arabia, plays a revolutionary student who seeks safety and protection in the home of an apolitical middle-class family in the days leading up to the July 1952 revolution.

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Egyptian Film Festival: Al Karnak Egyptian Film Festival: Al Karnak

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1975

143 minutes

Based on a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Naguib Mahfouz, this deeply human film probes the impact of repressive government policies on a group of activist students who gather at the Karnak Café in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film contains modestly presented sexual situations and scenes of police interrogation and torture.

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Egyptian Film Festival: Cultural Film/Film Sakafi Egyptian Film Festival: Cultural Film/Film Sakafi

7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2001

120 minutes

In this recent popular comedy, a group of young men attempt, with increasing frustration, to find the equipment and the “safe” place they need to watch a “cultural” (i.e., pornographic) film on video. Their quest takes them most of a day and all over Cairo. Though the film implies that the “cultural” film contains scenes with sexual content, the film itself has virtually none.

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Egyptian Film Festival: Cairo Station Egyptian Film Festival: Cairo Station

7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1958

86 minutes

This classic, early film by the most internationally acclaimed Egyptian director, Youssef Chahine, opened a new world of realism in Egyptian cinema with its gritty portrayal of rough life in and around the Cairo railway station, centering on a crippled street vendor (played by Chahine) and a beautiful lemonade seller.

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Egyptian Film Festival: The Land Egyptian Film Festival: The Land

7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1969

130 minutes

In what has been called “the best Egyptian film ever,” Youssef Chahine focuses on the struggles of the residents of a rural village against a wealthy, local landowner and government forces that want to deprive the farmers of their land in order to build an unnecessary road. This uncompromising film, which stands comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, features a range of rich characters caught in tragic situations, unforgettably and searingly portrayed.

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Egyptian Film Festival: Alexandria…Why? Egyptian Film Festival: Alexandria…Why?

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1979

133 minutes

Marking the beginning of a later, somewhat autobiographical turn in Youssef Chahine’s career, this sensitive, humane, often touching and sometimes comic coming-of-age story follows a talented 18-year-old student who dreams of becoming a film actor in Hollywood while confronted with the daily realities of World War II in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria.

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Egyptian Film Festival: The Yacoubian Building Egyptian Film Festival: The Yacoubian Building

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2006

162 minutes

The most widely known recent Egyptian film centers on the lives of residents of a once-elegant apartment building that has become a “haven for corruption, prostitution, drugs, fundamentalism and other distractions, creating a vibrant and complex picture of contemporary Egypt” (Facets).

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