With Jasmina Metwaly und Philip Rizk
BARRA FEL SHARE’ (Out on the Street)
Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk
Egypt 2015, 72 min, Arabic with English subtitles
Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
Out on the Street is a film about a group of workers from one of Egypt’s working class neighborhoods, Helwan. In the film ten working-class men participate in an acting workshop. Through the rehearsals, stories emerge of factory injustice, police brutality, courts that fabricate criminal charges, and countless tales of corruption and exploitation by their capitalist employers. On a rooftop studio overlooking the heart of Cairo – presented as a space between fact and fiction – the participants move in and out of character as they shape the performance that engages their daily realities.
The film interweaves scenes from the workshop, fictional performances, and mobile phone footage shot by a worker intended as evidence for the courts to stop the destruction of his workplace. This hybrid approach aims to engage a collective imaginary, situating the participants and spectators within a broader social struggle.
Out on the Street premiered in the Berlinale program Forum Expanded 2015 and can currently be seen as part of Jasmina Metwaly’s and Philip Rizk’s contribution to the German Pavillon at the Venice Biennale.
More information about the film and the filmmakers here.
Tuesday, July 14 , 9pm
Bar open at 8pm