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Egyptian Film Night: The Yacoubian Building

Screening:  

The Yacoubian Building

Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo. 

Director:  Marwan Hamed Writers:  Wahid HamidAlaa' Al-Aswany (novel) Stars:  Adel ImamNour El-Sherif and Youssra

 

Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor's son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika's factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone's lips, and corruption is in their hearts. European values, both refined and worldly, provide a subtext.

 

We will also provide Drinks & Egyptian Food from Cafe Rakka in the East Village. Feel Free to BYOB to this event. http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/cafe-rakka/

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