Escape the cold, get a cup of Egyptian tea, and cozy up in the atmospheric Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute for classic Egyptian films on Wednesday nights in January and February. A notable scholar introduces each film to provide context and how the film was received by critics and the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. All films are shown in Arabic with English subtitles.
Come early to visit the galleries and join our pre-screening programs: Hot tea and Egyptian sweets are served at 5:15pm, and film introduction starts at 5:45pm. Screening begins at 6:00pm.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Terrorism and Kebab (Al-irhab wal kabab) (1992. 1hr 45min. Directed by Sherif Arafa)
Described as a “classic Egyptian comedy about government corruption, bumbling and the good hearted nature of the sha'ab (people) of Egypt,” the film features superstar comedian Adel Iman as a father who is trying change his children’s school registration and gets caught in the nightmarish bureaucracy of the Mogamma (an enormous administration building and a symbol of inefficiency). Cited by Al Ahram newspaper as one of the best 15 Egyptian films of all time.
Introduction by Dr. Noha Forster
Free. Registration recommended.
Co-sponsored by the Consulate of Egypt in Chicago, the Oriental Institute, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Chicago.