DAY 2: FRIDAY, AUGUST 10TH

16:00 Talk | Cultural Avant-Gardes and the social net: socio-cultural changes in Egypt in the last years by Stefan Winkler (Goethe Institute, Cairo)
(incl. short Q&A)
The revolutions in the Arab world brought a region into focus which is regularly depicted in the West through the prism of essentialist assumptions. The events seemed to have altered the societies in the Middle East and North Africa but socio-cultural changes occurred much earlier, and new media played a decisive role in shaping and strengthening these changes in recent years. The emerging cultural avant-gardes and subcultures encouraged processes of differentiation and undermined censorship mechanisms within these societies.

 

17:00 Talk | Mosireen – A Work Report by Jasmina Metwaly (Mosireen Collective, Egypt)
(incl. short Q&A)
Mosireen is a non-profit media collective born out of the explosion of citizen journalism and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. Mosireen provides media training, technical support and equipment, creating a platform where people share their footage, where they learn how to film, edit and distribute their ideas independently to the mainstream media. It is a space that challenges rigid mindsets encouraging other spaces and ideas to develop.
In her talk/screening, Jasmina will discuss how the urgency of representation of the current takes over the imaginary and how the narrative of a revolution became unimaginable without its images.

For more information please visit: mosireen.org

 

18:30 Film | 1/2 Revolution (72’, 2012, EG/FR) by Karim El Hakim & Omar Shargawi
(incl. short Q&A)
“1/2 Revolution” is a personal, intimate story from the Arab Spring: a group of friends living in downtown Cairo struggle to stay together during the first chaotic days of the Egyptian Revolution. As waves of protests escalate in their neighborhood next to Tahrir Square, directors Omar Shargawi and Karim El Hakim take to the streets to capture the historical events unfolding around them. But as the violence and uncertainty builds, Karim and his young family’s apartment becomes an epicenter of activity as worried friends and neighbors flock together in a bid to survive the counter punches thrown by police and the armed gangs of pro-Mubarak thugs swarming the streets under their balcony. The film is the first film that considers the 25th of January revolution an incomplete revolution, an idea proven by the latest events in Egypt.

For more information please visit: www.half-revolution.com

 

20:15 Discussion with Jasmina Metwaly & Stefan Winkler

21:00 Film | The Aesthetics of Protest (30’, 2010, IR) by Hamed Yousefi
Hamed Yousefi’s recent project is a series of documentary films mapping an aesthetic history of Iranian politics during and since the revolution of 1979. ‘Aesthetics of Protest’ is the last episode of the series and deals with processes of political subjectivation in the aftermath of the presidential election in 2009.