Cairo Cinema Days 2

Zawya's latest initiative launched in 2017 showcasing the latest award winning and critically acclaimed Arab films of the last two years.
Ayam El Qahera El Cinema'eya is an opportunity for Egyptian audiences to discover important yet rarely watched works from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan and Egypt, and to shed light on what makes today's contemporary Arab cinema. In addition to film screenings, the event also includes parallel events such as film discussions and masterclasses. In its first edition, the festival made about 3600 admissions and featured films from over 10 countries.


- Event Films -

| Lebanon | 2013 | English | 9 min
In Duo for Two Missing Persons, the filmmaker asks: could dance act as a conduit between life and death? The video traces the artist’s interest in mass graves and the grisly reality that, in such situ...

| Lebanon | 2016 | French, Arabic, German | English Subtitles
“I hesitated for a long time. More than a step forward, more than one backwards, more than one by the side. Thousands of times the same gaze through the windows of my own end of the world”. These are ...

Documentary | France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic, English | English Subtitles | 94 Mins
In order to confront the ghosts of his past, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to build a replicate of Al-Moskobiya, Israel’s main interrogation centre, wher...

Drama | Palestine | 2017 | Arabic, Hebrew | English Subtitles | 11 mins
The trials and tribulations faced by ordinary Palestinians attempting to travel a few hundred meters inside their own land are sadly, only too well known. This heartbreaking story articulates what hap...

Documentary | Lebanon | 2017 | Arabic | 99 Mins
In her directorial debut, Mary Jirmanus Saba deals with a forgotten revolution, saving from oblivion bloodily suppressed strikes at Lebanese tobacco and chocolate factories. These events from the 1970...

Drama | France, Germany, Algeria, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic, French | English Subtitles | 113 min
Algeria today. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment and an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime ...

Documentary (Short) | Lebanon, France | 2017 | Arabic, French | English Subtitles | 23 min
A yearning in an unsettled space that, once, was shared and breathed by two cineastes, living in two different cities, trying to sustain their longing through each other’s scattered images, sounds, an...

Documentary (Short) | Lebanon, Syria | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 20 min
The film depicts the last days of eastern Aleppo’s siege. Just before its fall, Milad Amin, residing in Beirut, follows up with his friend Ghith, an activist and photographer, who like so many other c...

| Germany, Palestine | 2014 | 70 min
A visual tour around Jaffa, through rare archived footage, from the 1960s to the 1990s, captured on film in Israeli and American features. All the protagonists are edited out of the original footage; ...

Bio, Drama | Germany, Austria, Italy, Lebanon, Qatar | 2017 | English, Arabic, Farsi | English, Arabic | 90
Mitra is an ambitious artist in her forties who embarks on her dream project of making a film about the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Her film explores the struggles, sacrifices and the price...

Documentary | Egypt | 2016 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 71 min
In the midst of the chaos of Egypt’s Arab Spring, filmmaker Nada Riyadh falls in love with Ayman. The initial euphoria makes way for doubt, anxiety and blame – a metaphor for the disappointing traject...

Drama, Comedy | Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, United Arab Emirates | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 97 min
A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the te...

Drama | Morocco, France, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic | English subtitles | 106 min
Abdelkader is a security guard and Malika is a domestic employee. Recently married, they are madly in love; they dream of moving in together and of living their love to the full, despite the financial...

Documentary | Egypt | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 75 Mins
With the help of El Homossany, one of the oldest assistant directors in Egypt, Zedan, a young indie filmmaker, is making a documentary about Motawe Eweis, who has worked as an extra in about 1000 film...

Drama | Tunisia, France, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic, French | English Subtitles | 91 min
Marcel, a worker in a French shoe factory, lives a simple life between family, fishing and the local betting bar. When the factory unexpectedly relocates to Tunisia. Marcel finds himself unemployed an...

Documentary | Egypt | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 70 min
In a country that is suffocating inside a bubble of corruption and deterioration, Ossama follows stories of old buildings being demolished and historical landmarks disappearing. He encounters differen...

Drama | Drama | 2017 | Arabic, Hebrew | English Subtitles | 15 min
A Palestinian man languishing in an Israeli jail is pining for some quality time with his wife, in order to conceive. This presents a logistical conundrum, but one to which his spunky wife proves hers...

Drama | France, Belgium, Qatar | 2017 | French, Arabic | English | 102 min
Algiers, a few years after the civil war. Amal and Samir have decided to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary in a restaurant. While on their way, they share their views on Algeria: Amal talk...

| Lebanon | 2014 | English | 25 min
In Now Eat My Script, Al Solh takes the transit of a sacrificed lamb in the trunk of her relative’s car as a starting point to reflect on the exchange of goods and food between her mother’s family in ...

| Palestine, UK | 2016 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 28 min
Based on Skype conversations with Gaza-based photographers, fixers and drivers who were behind specific images that were transmitted from screen to screen in the summer of 2014. The film probes the fa...

Drama | Lebanon, Germany, Spain, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 26 min
Beirut, the day of the World Cup. A woman walks through the relatively quiet streets, people are indoors watching the game, or going about their domestic business. But there seems to be a disruption i...

| Lebanon, France | 2007 | Arabic | 17 min
The film uses notes written and filmed during summer 2006 as a personal account of the experience of war. The first part oscillates between day-shots and night-shots and features a soundtrack expressi...

Drama | Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic, English | 82 Mins
Sarah and Salam are two strangers who meet at a train station. Each is about to take a trip but in very opposite directions. Sara wants to blow herself up using an explosive belt inside the station. S...

Documentary | Lebanon, Germany | 2017 | Arabic, French, English | English | 48 Mins
The story of this film project revolves around one of the biggest production studios in the Arab world, and its lost archive. Located on Charles Helou Boulevard in the East of Beirut, the remains of S...

Documentary | Germany, Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 85 min
In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building skyscrapers, while their own homes in their homeland are being shelled. These workers are confined to the site, forbidden as refugees, to leave befo...

Experimental Docu-fiction | Egypt, Denmark | 2018 | Danish, English, Arabic | Arabic, English Subtitles | 50 min
Bassem Yousri finds himself in the West Jutland area, in Denmark, on a research mission about the life of the peculiar Wardrobe Man; Kristian Vandet Jørgensen a hermit who lived in his wardrobe by the...

Documentary (Short) | Lebanon, Syria | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 16 min
As goals fade and it becomes clear that no action really matters, meaning fades too. At that moment, desire fades, movement fades, and the body follows suit. Heaviness replaces lightness, the soul is ...

Drama | Denmark, UK, Greece | 2017 | Arabic, Greek | English Subtitles | 15 min
Surrounded by predators on the mean streets of Athens, a young refugee faces a heart-wrenching series of compromises if he hopes to survive another day. A gripping portrait of life in exile...

Comedy | Lebanon, USA, Qatar | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 19 min
A small coastal town is in a state of excitement at the impending visit by the President. Inhabitants nervously peck and preen at their surroundings, scurrying around and cleaning frantically ahead of...

Drama | Belgium | 2017 | Kurdish, Dutch | English Subtitles | 95 Min
Havin, the young wife of Kurdish shepherd Zagros, is being accused of adultery. She flees with their daughter Rayhan from Kurdistan to Brussels. Zagros is convinced of her innocence, leaves his family...

Crime, Drama | Tunisia, France, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Qatar, Switzerland | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 100 Min
During a student party, Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, meets the mysterious Youssef and leaves with him. A long night will begin, during which she’ll have to fight for her rights and her dignity. But...

Creative Documentary | Lebanon, UAE | 2017 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 69 Mins
A tormented love letter to her home city, Rana Eid’s debut is a documentary, a paean to the city of Beirut and her father. The filmmaker’s voiceover is about both, equally a part of her and in need of...

Documentary | Lebanon, USA | 2017 | Arabic, French, Spanish | 77 min
A young Lebanese filmmaker who shares a Beirut apartment with his mother and pet dog attempts to reconstruct his identity by renovating his bedroom. But as the Syrian construction workers come and go...