correspondence #1

Video still, Correspondence #1
Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine, 1958, copyright Misr International Films
Video still, Correspondence #1


on the occasion of the screening of Cairo Station by Youssef Chahine (1958) in Athens, 11 September 2020.

curated by:

locus athens & AIN

As part of the collective cinema project Unfortunately, it was paradise, AIN in collaboration with locus athens invited filmmakers, artists, curators, activists, to respond and reflect on each screening either through texts, visual essays or online conversations. These Correspondences will create a framework for the screenings and allowing for multiple readings interspersed in time.

Correspondence #1: an online conversation about Cairo Station between two filmmakers, Jihan El Tahri and Tamer el Said.

See the conversation (27 mins) that took place in Berlin:

ENG: https://vimeo.com/459550815

Greek subtitles: https://vimeo.com/464107752

Arabic subtitles: https://vimeo.com/466815147

Jihan El Tahri is a multi-award winning film director, visual artist, producer and writer. She currently serves as the General Director of the Berlin based documentary support institution DOX.BOX. El Tahri has been a member of The Academy (Oscars) since 2017. She has directed more than 15 films and her visual art exhibitions have travelled to renowned museums and several Biennales around the world. She continues to mentor in various documentary and filmmaking labs. El Tahri has served on the boards of several African film organisations including the Federation of Pan African Cinema and The Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora.

Tamer El Said is a filmmaker living between Berlin and Cairo. He studied filmmaking and journalism and went on to make many documentaries and short films that received several international and local awards. Tamer founded Zero Production in 2007 to produce independent films. He is also a founder of Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Egypt, a multi-purpose space that provides facilities, training and programing for the independent filmmaking community. His first feature length film, IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY, was premiered in the Berlinale 2016 where it received the Caligari Film Prize. The film has been invited to over 180 festivals worldwide receiving more than 15 international awards from France, Germany, USA, Italy, Poland, Russia, Argentina, Turkey and Tunisia. El Said was also mentoring workshops in many international film and art spaces including, among others, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London. School of the Art Institute in Chicago (SAIC) and Silent Green in Berlin.