Film Screening: “Cairo Drive”
Dec 7, 2015 6:30 PM
LAU New York
Featuring Director Sherief Elkatsha for a post-screening discussion
“Cairo Drive” is a documentary that explores the life of one of the world’s most populated cities—from its streets. Shot before and during the Egyptian revolution, the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today.
”Sherief Elkatsha wittily develops a brilliant metaphor for Egypt’s collective identity in its out-of-control traffic.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“Sherief Elkatsha’s boisterous documentary offers a bitingly comical portrait of Cairo as seen through its nightmarish traffic conditions.” - Variety
Sherief Elkatsha was born in the United States, raised in Cairo and currently lives in Brooklyn. His film Cairo Drive won the award for Best Film from the Arab World - Documentary Competition at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. His other works include Butts Out, about five smokers and their struggles to quit, which received the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 New England Film and Video Festival. The documentary Egypt: We are Watching You was co-directed with Jehane Noujaim, and captures pre-revolution politics in Egypt.
Co-sponsored with the American University in Cairo (AUC)
Read LAU news’ Q&A with Elkatsha.