nazra: alexandria...why?

This screening is part of our season Nazra: Queer Arab Lives On Film. In association with Scalarama Brighton and Beyond

The screening at Fabrica Gallery will have closed captions (descriptive English subtitles) and the discussion will have British Sign Language interpretation. 

  Alexandria...Why?

Alexandria...Why?

  Half A Life

Half A Life

 Dr Samar Habib

Dr Samar Habib

Alexandria...Why?

Director: Youssef Chahine | Egypt | 1978 | 125 minutes
In Arabic with English subtitles and captions. Certificate 12A.

Young cinephile Yahia dreams of a life in Hollywood or on the theatre stage, but the threat of war in Europe and the rumblings of Egypt’s nascent anti-colonial struggle set to thwart these hopes. Meanwhile, in a notably subversive - but also tender - representation for its time, an an Egyptian aristocrat finds himself falling for a precocious British soldier he has captured. Alexandria...Why? is not only an underseen gem of Egyptian cinema, but a testament to the sensitive and nuanced ways in which queer desire has been represented in the work of one of Arab cinema’s biggest names.

 

Half A Life

Director: Tamara Shogaolu |  Egypt/Indonesia/USA/Netherlands | 2017 | 12 minutes
In Arabic with English subtitles and captions. Certificate 12A.

This animated short documentary pairs the intimate narration of a young, Egyptian gay activist with highly stylised animation, bringing the streets of Cairo to life through his firsthand account. He shares a traumatising encounter that prompted him to become a queer rights activist in Egypt’s unstable, increasingly dangerous and oppressive social climate.

 

plus a Skype Q&A with Dr Samar Habib

Dr. Samar Habib is an expert of international standing on gender and sexuality, and is the author of books and articles on same-sex love and desire among women in the Arab world and the juncture of Islam and homosexuality. Some publishers of her academic works include E.J. Brill, Oxford University Press and Routledge. She is the author of two published novels and another is forthcoming.

 

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email tickets@eyeswideopencinema.co.uk to reserve these. 

This event has been made possible by the kind support of Fabrica Gallery and the BFI's Film Audience Network, with the support of The National Lottery.