Wed, April 11, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Doors Open at 6:30 P.M.
Director Q&A via SKYPE
Tickets: $10 at the door ($5 for Students, Seniors, & Alwan members)
About the Film
Hawi (Ibrahim El Batout | 2010 | Egypt, Qatar | 112 min, Arabic with English ST)
Hawi starring Hanane Youssef and Mohammed El Sayyed has won more than a dozen of awards during international and Arab film festivals, including the Award for Best Arab Film during Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010. This film gained further momentum following the Egyptian revolution since it echoed the political and social situation prevailing in Egypt before the revolution.
Youssef is released from prison after five years of solitary confinement, in search of some important documents wanted by his jailors. The quest leads him to several characters including a group of aspiring songwriters, a satellite TV executive searching for a show host, and an elderly juggler leading his sick old horse though the city streets. El Batout continues to look at the daily life of Egyptians through this film showing the struggles of everyday people in Alexandria. It premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival last October and won Best Arab Film.
In the director's note for Hawi, Ibrahim El Batout says "distinctive features of Hawi include shooting without a script, the use of non-professional actors, and location shooting attitude, the avoidance of ornamental mise-en-scene but with aesthetic use of framing and composition, a preference for natural light, a freely-moving style of photography that relies on my confidence in holding a shot as much as needed because I don't like to cut or move the camera unless it is motivated, and non interventionist approach to film directing and an avoidance of complex editing. All of these features satisfy my desire to get closer to everyday reality; subject matter, the lives of the so called ordinary people; and ideology; the hope of political renewal in Egypt, which goes along with the loss of hope coinciding with the failure of the renewal. Each of these features built on the preceding one, culminating my goal of conveying the hope of renewal both in filmmaking and also in life. "
About the Filmmaker
Born in Egypt in 1963, Ibrahim El Batout started his filmmaking career in 1985 as a war cameraman. In 2005, El Batout made his first low budget feature film Ithaki (2005) reflecting on his return to his homeland. His second film Ein Shams (2008) won the Golden Tauro, the top prize at the 54th Taormina Film Festival in 2008. Ibrahim’s third feature film Hawi (2010) won the Best Arab Film Award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and premièred internationally at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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.
3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with 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.
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