Day 4 | September 19th

Day 4 of Ayam VI starts with the “Pitching” session, the last phase of the documentary workshop “Pile et Face | Two Sides of the Coin“. The pitching session is taking place at IESAV-USJ, Damascus Road, Assembly Room 217, 2nd floor (between 10 am and 4pm).

Today marks the screening of two films from the Arab Cinema heritage: Fertile Memory by Michel Khleifi and Nahla by Farouk Beloufa.

  • Fertile Memory recounts the lives of two different Palestinian women: Farah Hatoum, a widow living with her children and grandchildren, and Sahar Khalifeh, a West Bank novelist. Their differing opinions and differing lives underline their shared status as Palestinians under Israeli rule, and as women in a male-dominated society. Yet despite these contrasts, both of them share the same struggle for freedom and dignity.
    screening at 5PM, in the presence of director Michel Khleifi


  • Nahla: After the January 1975 battle of Kfarchouba in Lebanon, young Algerian reporter Larbi Nasri is swept into a whirlwind of events that would shape the upcoming civil war. He is linked to singer Nahla, around whom revolve a series of enigmatic characters whose bonds are embittered by frustrations and disillusionments.
    screening at 7.30PM, in the presence of the director and film crew (the director and the cast will reunite after 30 years!)
    [in partnership with Aflam]


Last screening for this day will be the documentary Neighbors by Tahani Rached.

  • Neighbors: Garden City, a small but pivotal neighborhood. Since the turn of the 19th century, it has been the seat of the world’s political powers in the Egyptian capital. The film takes us on a journey through abandoned villas, opulent salons, foreign embassies, threatened businesses and rooftop living rooms. Houses turn into witnesses as they make flesh of history’s turmoil. Residents and dwellings become a voice telling a story of hope, rupture and endurance.
    screening at 10 PM


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