Free Cinema School Salon: Al Ard (The Land)
Hosted by Karem Ibrahim
Saturday 28 January 2012, 5-7pm
Centre for Possible Studies
21 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8HR
Screening Al Ard (The Land), 1969
Directed by Youssef Chahine, Written by Hassan Fuad from the novel by Abderrahman Sharkawi
Cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr
Edited by Rashida Abdel Salam
Original music by Ali Ismail
Egypt, 1969, Misr International Films, DVD, color, 130 min
Arabic with English subtitles
The Centre for Possible Studies is hosting Direct Speech Acts II, a programme of experimental workshops exploring the relationship between political speech and action initiated by members of film collective no.w.here, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler and led by theatre director Frances Rifkin involving activists, artists and members of the Migrant Resource Centre. The theatre group are preparing for a political theatre piece that will be presented in 2012.
Theatre group participant and artist Karem Ibrahim will host January’s Free Cinema School Salon. Marking a year since Egypt’s ‘day of rage’ on Tuesday 25 January 2011, where millions took to the streets to oppose President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the Salon will feature a screening of the late Youssef Chahine’s Al Ard (The Land). Produced in 1969, Al Ard tells the story of a group of Egyptian peasants or fellahin, struggling to retain their land and a sense of solidarity in the face of the landed gentry’s attempts to usurp it and maintain oppressive rule. By emphasising solidarity, Chahine indicates what he considers the only way the fellahin (peasants) have a chance at getting their rights, although it is the struggles of fragmenting unity which drive the latter parts of the film. Considered by many critics to be Chahine’s finest film, it is one which mirrors many of his views of his native country. With elections underway in an Egypt ruled by military forces, Karem Ibrahim will discuss the film’s themes of political speech, struggle and action.
Upcoming Free Cinema School Salons will visit the history of political theatre in Brazil and the UK and their filmic counterparts.
Saturday 25 February 2012, 5-7pm