Screening of “Out on the Street”

The Laboratory for the Urban Commons presents the screening of the awarded film “Out on the Street” (2015) at the Greek Film Archive, on Tuesday 02 October 2018, at 20:00, in the presence of the artists and filmmakers Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk. [...]

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Screening of “Out on the Street”
Greek Film Archive, 02 October 2018, at 20:00

The Laboratory for the Urban Commons presents the screening of the awarded film “Out on the Street” (2015) at the Greek Film Archive, on Tuesday 02 October 2018, at 20:00, in the presence of the artists and filmmakers Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk. This screening of the film in Greece, with both English and Greek subtitles, is part of the Laboratory‘s public program on Artistic Practices

“Out on the Street” is a film about a group of workers from one of Egypt’s working class neighborhoods, Helwan. In the film, nine working class men are participating 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 engage their daily realities. “Out on the Street” interlaces scenes from the workshop, fiction performances and mobile phone footage filmed by a worker intended as proof 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.

The world premiere of the film took place in Berlin International Film Festival 2015 in Forum Expanded. It was later exhibited at the German Pavillion of Venice Biennale in the same year. It screened at FID Marseille, 2015 as an Official Selection in Ecrans Parallèles, in MOMA as part of Films from Here: Recent Views from the Arab World and won the Best Feature Film Award at the Latin Arab Film Festival, 2015.

In the context of the screening, the Laboratory for the Urban Commons is organising a workshop on Wednesday 03 October 2018 with Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk. For more information on the workshop and how to participate, please click here.

Directors’ Short Bio:

Born to an Egyptian father and a Polish mother, Jasmina Metwaly is a Cairo-Berlin-based artist and filmmaker, and founding member of Mosireen collective. She works in video and film, and has recently started drawing again. Rooted in performance and theater, her film and video work is focused on process-based practices that have a social function generating tension between participants and audiences. Metwaly’s work has been exhibited at international art venues and festivals. Recent films include We Are Not Worried in the Least, 2018; From Behind of the Monument, 2013; and Out on the Street, 2015 which she directed together with Philip Rizk.

Philip Rizk is a filmmaker and writer based in Cairo, Egypt. His first film is the short documentary “This Palestinian Life” (2009) premiered at the London International Film Festival. In 2010 Rizk completed the short film series “Sturm”, a two channel articulation that explores rural and industrial ruin in Egypt featured at IFFR. With Jasmina Metwaly he directed the feature film “Out on the Street,” that premiered at the Berlinale in 2015. He is a member of the Mosireen video collective.

View the trailer of the film here: https://youtu.be/zxyDB4jLRhI

Film Credits:

Out on the Street (2015)

Cast:
Ahmed El Rubaa
Ahmed El Nubi
Aly Gharieb
Hassan Gharieb
Khalaf Ibrahim
Mahmoud Afify
Mohamed Mahmoud
Saeed Ramadan
Sabry Hakiem

Filmed & Directed by: Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk
Produced by: Mostafa Youssef
Scenography: Hasan Sulaiman
Sound Design: Max Schneider
Editing: Louly Seif

Supported by:
AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Crossroads Program
Doha Film Institute
Rotana

Developed at:
Cinefondation L’Atelier, Cannes Film Festival ¬ 2013
Dubai Film Market, 2012

Duration: 72 minutes
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English and Greek
Screening time: 20:00
Address: Greek Film Archive, Iera Odos 48 & Meg. Alexandrou, 10435, Athens (Kerameikos Station)
Entrance: 5 euros

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the directors in English.

In collaboration with the Greek Film Archive.