Cairo 6,7,8 by Mohamed Diab

Cairo 6,7,8
Thursday, September 22, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Categories: Screening.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St 4th floor, New York, NY 10004
Admission: Suggested Donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Mohamed Diab’s Cairo 6,7,8 depicts the intersecting narratives of three women of different social and economic status in Cairo who converge in their collective desire to combat sexual harassment.

Diab demonstrates that a wealthy young woman who is molested at a football match is just as vulnerable as the devout Muslim wife of limited means who must ride the bus with marauding men. Given the cultural and religious implications of family life and gender division, these women turn to collective action, the media, and even violence as routes to freedom. In the process, Western clichés are instantly exploded, and the film remains dedicated to representing a nuanced Arab perspective. As in life, results in the film are not neatly packaged, but a way forward is within reach of this new generation.

Mohamed Diab is one of the most prominent young screenwriters in Egypt. He attended the New York Film Academy in 2005 and subsequently wrote the Egyptian feature films Ahlam Hakekeya (Real Dreams) (2007), El Gezira (The Island) (2007), Badal Faed (The Replacement) (2009), and Alf Mabrouk (Congratulations) (2009). Diab’s latest feature, 6,7,8, is the fifth film he has written, and marks his directorial debut.

Writer/Director: Mohamed Diab
, Executive Producer: Boshra, 
Cinematographer: Ahmed Gabr
, Music by: Hani Adel
, Editor: Amir Salah El din

Cast: Boshra, Nelly Karim, Maged El Kedwany, Nahed El Sebaï, Baseem Samra, Ahmed El Feshawy, Omar El Saeed, Sawsan Badr, Yara Goubran, Ibrahim Salah

About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

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3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.