September 1, 2018 at 7:15 pm

Critically Acclaimed Egyptian Film and Director Come to Athens, Sept. 20


In the Last Days of the City by Tamer El Said, showing at the Athena Cinema on Wednesday Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.; free and open to the public

Students, faculty, and staff at Ohio University as well as the broader Athens community are invited to a free and public screening of the critically acclaimed film In the Last Days of the City, the multi-award winning feature film debut of director Tamer El Said.

The filmmaker also will be available for a director’s talk the day his film screens.

These events are co-sponsored by Ohio University’s Middle East & North Africa Studies Certificate, the Islamic Studies Certificate, Classics & World Religions, History, the Center for International Studies, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Event Details

Director’s Talk with Tamer El Said

Date: Thursday, Sept. 20
Time: noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Baker Center 231

Screening of In the Last Days of the City

DateThursday, Sept. 20
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Athena Cinema

In the Last Days of the City, showing city under a magnifying glass

In the Last Days of the City

About the Film

The film tells the fictional story of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, United 93, The Square) as he struggles to capture the soul of a city on edge while facing loss in his own life. Shot in Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin during the two years before the outbreak of revolution in Egypt, the film’s multi-layered stories are a visually rich exploration of friendship, loneliness, loss and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity.

Director Tamer El Said, portrait at night

Director Tamer El Said

About the Director

Living between Berlin and Cairo, El Said studied filmmaking and journalism. His debut film premiered in the Berlinale 2016 where it received the Caligari Film Prize. The film has been invited to over 140 festivals worldwide receiving more than 12 international awards from France, Germany, USA, Italy, Poland, Russia, Argentina and Turkey. The film has been released theatrically in 10 countries and, also, obtained the Critics Award of the Best Arab Film in 2016. El Said was also mentoring workshops in many international film and art spaces including, among others, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and Silent Green in Berlin.

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