NVICineclub - Ein Shams (Eye of the Sun)

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Karishma Pais

Dec 2, 2011, 3:17:48 PM12/2/11
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From: Koen Van Eynde <dylan...@hotmail.com>

Dear all,

This Sunday we're screening the film Ein Shams (Ibrahim Battout, Egypt, 2008).

From once being the capital of Egypt during the Pharaonic era and a sacred location marked by the visit of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, Ein Shams has become one of Cairo's poorest and most neglected neighbourhoods. Through the eyes of Shams, an 11-year-old girl inhabitant of this neighbourhood, the film captures the sadness and magic that envelops everyday life in Egypt. In a series of heart-rending events, the diverse characters of the film showcase the intricacies of Egypt's political system and social structure, and give a glimpse into the grievances of the Middle East region and the complex relationships of its nations.

Ibrahim El-Batout (°1963) graduated in Physics at the American University, but enrolled in cinema when he started to work for a production company. He has worked as a director, producer and cameraman, capturing stories mainly about human loss, suffering, and displacement. El Batouts documentary work has received numerous international awards. ‘Ein Shams’ is his second feature film.

With: Ramadan Khater, Hanan Yousef, Boutros Boutros Ghali

Language: Arabic (English subtitles)

Duration: 115 minutes

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Hope to see you all!


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