Film Festival: Sunday Screenings: Egyptian Films: "Asmaa" and "Coming Forth By Day"

Sun, May 5, 2013 5:00 pm at Anthology Film Archive

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Egyptian Films: "Asmaa" and "Coming Forth By Day"

Sunday at Anthology Film Archives

Coming Forth By Day

Hala Lotfy, Egypt, 2012, 100 mins, Sunday, 5pm

Coming Forth By Day is the debut feature film by Egyptian writer-director Hala Lotfy. It is a tightly controlled study of a small family being worn down by the indignities of everyday life: sickness, financial problems, rejection, restlessness, and frustration. Dialogue is sparse and most of the action takes place in a single, cramped apartment; but the first-time actors wring pathos from every glance.


Sun, May 5th - Anthology Film Archives, 5pm

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Amr Salama, Egypt, 2012, 95 mins, Sunday, 7pm

In Asma’a, the careworn title character, played by Hind Sabry, is struggling to raise her teenage daughter and support her aging father. Asma’a suffers from a gall-bladder problem, but no doctor is willing to operate because Asma’a has a secret: she is HIV-positive.In a world where HIV/AIDS is stigmatized, Asma’a survives by avoiding situations that risk disclosing her HIV status and explaining the circumstances in which she became infected. Sabry delivers her role with deeply affecting grace and humanity.


Sun, May 5th - Anthology Film Archives, 7pm

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About the directors:

Hala Lotfy studied filmmaking at the Cairo Film Institute. Between 2001 -2006, she directed documentary features, as well as worked with the Al Jazeera documentary channel on a series, Arabs of Latin America. In 2007, she began producing her long feature debut Coming Forth by Day. In 2011, Hala received the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award, given to a new cinematic voice.

Amr Salama has directed two feature films, On a Day Like Today (2008) and Asma’a (2011) and co-directed the three-part documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician. Asma’a won Salama the Best Arab Director award in the New Horizons Competition at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival. He has directed several documentaries, short films, and TV series.

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Last updated: 2014-04-07 18:21:25

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