CCAS is proud to present
Egyptian Contemporary Film Series
Directed by Mohamed Diab, the film 678 is the first to deal head on with the rampant problem of sexual harassment of women in Egypt. Told through the stories of three women, each having experienced sexual harassment publicly, the film brings to light the negative effects of these experiences on their lives and follows their search for justice despite societal stigma. The characters in the film resort to a unique, albeit violent, strategy to deal with violators. Despite the controversy generated by the film, its release in 2010 opened up a public debate on sexual harassment. The film won awards at the Dubai and Chicago International Film Festivals.
The film will be followed by a discussion on the topic of
Women in Post-Mubarak's Egypt:
From Gender-based Violence to Political Participation
Kholoud Saber, Psychological Support Unit, Nazra for Feminist Studies & The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
Maissan Hassan, The Women and Memory Forum
Salma El-Naqqash, Women Political Participation Academy, Nazra for Feminist Studies
Kholoud Saber is a consultant with the Psychological Support Unit at Nazra for Feminist Studies and the Deputy Director at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression. She has a master’s degree in Psychology from Cairo University. Her work focuses on gender studies, women’s depression, dealing with sexual trauma.
Maissan Hassan is the Programs Manager at The Women and Memory Forum which contributes to the production and dissemination of alternative knowledge concerning women in the Arab region. Maissan works on research and documentation of gender and women's issues. She is currently the MENA advisor for FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund.
Salma El-Naqqash is the Director of the Women Political Participation Academy at Nazra for Feminist Studies, a feminist group at aimed building a feminist movement in Egypt. Salma is a young feminist whose work focuses on the political participation of women in Egypt. She has been a member of the Women and Constitution Working Group, advocating for feminist demands in the new Egyptian Constitution.
The "Egyptian Contemporary Film Series" is a weekly film series taking place during the Spring 2014 semester at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). The series will showcase some of the landmark and controversial productions from Egypt since 2000. During this period, Egyptian cinema, the most established and productive film industry in the Arab world, underwent a significant transformation due to factors including privatization, the rise of a new generation of filmmakers, and a burgeoning independent film collective, all of which contributed to an increasingly dynamic cinema.
For the full list of films, please click here.