The Institute's January film series showcases films from past editions of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) by pairing shorts and features from the region around common thematic preoccupations that emerge in different cinematic modes. Collectively, the films demonstrate the diversity and quality of contemporary filmmaking in this region.
This evening brings together Ihab Jadallah’s Copy Left, an experimental film that reflects upon ways that popular Egyptian cinema penetrates memories of Arabs everywhere, with Hala Lotfy’s Coming Forth by Day about ways that people create their own prisons in a story that can only be told in the non-commercial style of New Egyptian Cinema.
Copy Left Copy Left integrates the melodramatic elements of Egyptian cinema: fun, love, betrayal and a crime of passion into a reflection of the collective subconscious of the Arab nations. [Director: Ihab Jadallah | Palestine | 2012 | 8 minutes | Black and White | No Dialogue]
Al‐Khoroug lel Nahar/Coming Forth by Day Through the everyday story of two women caring for a sick man, Coming Forth by Day is a reflection of how people create their own prisons. [Director: Hala Lotfy | Egypt and the UAE | 2012 | 95 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles]
Dale Hudson, Faculty Fellow, Film and New Media, NYUAD
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