بين سينيمائيات(بين سينيمائيات) هو مهرجان القاهرة الثاني لسينما المرأة العربية واللاتينية والذي يعقد في الفترة من 8 إلى 13 يونيو 2009 بمركز الإبداع في دار الأوبرا المصرية. و المهرجان هو جزء من مشروع "بين سينمائيات، برنامج تبادل سينما المرأة العربية واللاتينية". وهو مبادرة من شركة الإنتاج المصرية كلاكيت عربي والمؤسسة الثقافية كلاكيت لاتيني (إسبانيا). (بين سينمائيات) يحاول في عامه الثاني أن يقدم إلى الجمهور أفلاماً لم نتعود على رؤيتها في صالات السينما التجارية، وهي أفلام عربية وإسبانية ومن أمريكا اللاتينية وكلها مصنوعة من قبل النساء. إن الهدف الرئيسي هو التعرف على سينما تقدم بديلاً للطريقة التقليدية في التعامل مع المرأة، سينما تحاول أن تتخلص من النظرة النمطية ومن اللغة التي تكرس في حالات كثيرة عدم المساواة والتفرقة العنصرية والدينية والجنسية والثقافية، إنها سينما تساعد على إكتشاف وجهة نظر النساء، باعتبارهن صانعات للأفلام، فيما يحيط بهن من قضايا مختلفة في البلاد العربية وفي البلاد الناطقة باللغة الإسبانية. للحصول على برنامج المهرجان http://seefoundation.org/v2/images/ME_Agenda/entre_cineastas_2009_ar.pdf ============ (Entre Cineastas/Among filmmakers) (Entre Cineastas/Among filmmakers/بين سينيمائيات) is the 2nd Arab-Hispano-American Women Film Festival of Cairo, that will take place in Cairo from the 8th to the 13th of June 2009, @ the Artistic Creativity Center (Cairo Opera House Complex). The Festival is the result of a project initiated by Egyptian production company Klaketa Arabe and the Cultural Association, Klaketa Iberoamericana (Spain). Entre Cineastas or “Among filmmakers” is a cinema exchange program between Arab and Hispano-American countries that intend to offer the public some uncommon audiovisual productions created by women. The objective is to offer an alternative to the traditional representation of the woman; a space where they can represent themselves without stereotypes and avoiding the kind of discourse that contributes to ethnic, religious, sexual and gender discrimination. Check this link for the full program for the festival (dates & synopsis) http://seefoundation.org/v2/images/ME_Agenda/entre_cineastas_2009_en.pdf *************** The festival event-page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=93411417058 Official website for the project (Entre Cineastas) http://www.entrecineastas.com/
(Zar Music & Songs) On Wednesday 21 January, 2009 at 9:00 pm Mazaher is an ensemble in which women play a leading role. The musicians of Mazaher , Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan, Nour el Sabah are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt. The music is inspired by the three different styles musical styles of the Zar tradition practiced in Egypt. One of the African dimensions of Egypt, Zar music unfolds through rich poly-rhythmic drumming: it's songs are distinctly different from other Egyptian music traditions. The music of Mazaher is inspired by the three different styles of Zar music practiced in Egypt-the Egyptian or Upper Egyptian Zar, Abu Gheit Zar and the Sudanese, or African Zar. The ECCA is not researching or documenting the ritualistic aspects of the Zar, rather it focuses documenting and promoting this unique musical legacy. ECCA has gathered together some Zar performers and motivated them to go through lengthy sessions of rehearsing, remembering and recording. Mazaher is the result of these efforts. Doors open at 8:30pm. Tickets: 20 LE Tea and Karkade are served To rsvp. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org MakAn: 1 (Not 1a) Saad Zaghloul Street, 11461, El Dawaween, Cairo. (on the corner of across Saad Zaghloul and Mansour street) Tel: 00202 27920878 http://www.egyptmusic.org
Last week I had the greatest time ever attending a story telling event held by my favourite feminist NGO in
One of the main targets of the WMF is to rewrite our folklore from women's point of view and that is what it has been doing throughout its series of story telling evenings, the latest of which I was lucky to attend.
At 7:30 in the evening I made it to the Rawabet theatre with a friend of mine and one of my professors who I ran into during our hectic search for the theatre which is situated in a narrow side street (Al Nabarawy st.), Downtown, and soon after arriving the story telling begun.
This time the story telling event was entitled "Qalat Al Rawiyat… Ma Lamm Taqolhou Shahrazad" (The Female Story Tellers Say… What Shahrazad Never said) and as you can tell from the title it was based on the Arabian Nights except that they start from where Shahrazad left off, from the 1002nd night.
What I love about the stories is how subversive and empowering they are (for women, that is). In my favourite story Shahrazad is writing a letter to her sister, Doniazad, in which she describes her intimate relationship with her husband and asks her sister to burn the letter after reading it as they always do. Through the description of the development of their relationship Shahrazad emerges as the stronger partner while Shahrayar's apparent strength and tyranny are quickly discovered to be a cover for his weakness and lack of confidence.
While this story (written and told by Sahar El Mougy) shows Shahrazad as a very romantic and passionate woman, other stories show her as a clever and cunning woman or as a housewife trying to get rid of her husband's control.
Not all stories revolve around Shahrazad though, the majority of them are written in the form of stories that you could be reading from the original Arabian Nights with jinn and fairies and nymphs.
My two other favourite stories are that of "Sett Al Molk and the Bottles of Musk", written and read by Maha El Said and a romantic dialogue between Shahrazad and Shahrayar written by Mona Ibrahim. The first talks of a secret revolution for the right to dream and express oneself carried out by slave girls under the leadership of Sett El Molk the sister of the Caliph, while the second highlights the hypocrisy and the lies in men's promises to women.
In addition to the beautiful story telling techniques of the WMF members, the background music and the lighting were so perfect I regretted not taking my camera with me on this perfect night.Luckily the stories told in this event were all collected along with some more stories in a book published by the WMF under the same title, and I bought myself copy.