Winter of Discontent
The fifth installment of Alfilm covers a crucial cross-section of contemporary and vintage Arab film.
Their selection includes the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Oscars: Winter of Discontent (photo), set on the fringes of the 2011 revolution, shows the human cost of a government struggling to control the media, and willing to do anything to silence its people.
Documentary Electro Chaabi covers the Mahragan scene in a post-Mubarak Cairo as frustrated youths find freedom of expression through a new genre of music.
But with basic issues unaddressed the question remains: how far have things come since the revolution? Infiltrators documents two men helping people over, under, and around the West Bank barrier, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the Israeli border forces – with a stark penultimate scene to remind us that this is no game.
Humour isn’t entirely absent, though: a story of a psychiatrist and the disparate lives of his patients, Stable Unstable is a subtle black comedy that opens a window into the intensely intimate psychoanalytic processes.
Full programme at www.alfilm.de.
ALFILM – ARAB FILMS IN BERLIN, Mar 19-26 | Babylon, Eiszeit, B/B Multiples