Namibia’s National Film Platform « African Perspectives » presents once again Egyptian smash hit « Cairo Drive »

Broadcast

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the film series “African Perspectives”, AfricAvenir celebrates African Cinema throughout 2016. After organiszing the Namibian Premiere in 2015, we once again present on 11 May the Egyptian doccie smash hit “Cairo Drive”  (directed by Sherief Elkatsha, Egypt/USA, 2014), 79 min. The screening takes place at the FNCC, 11.May, 18h30. Entrance is 30,- N$.

“Cairo Drive” is a documentary that explores the life of one of the world’s most populated cities—from its streets. Shot in 2009-2012 (before and during the Egyptian revolution, and ending with the most recent presidential elections), the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today.

Watch the trailer here:

Synopsis:
Cairo, Egypt. 20 million people. 23,600 miles of road. Two million cars. Taxis, buses, donkey carts, and swarms of people, all jockeying to move through the obstacle course that is their daily lives. Sitting at a cultural intersection, Cairo is a city unlike any other, where different faiths, races, and social classes all share a few clogged arteries of tarmac. Cairo traffic is a chaotic experience where rules are constantly challenged: an elaborate dance of leading and following, flow and resistance, and impeccable, almost miraculous timing.

“Cairo Drive” explores the life of one of the world’s most populated cities—from its streets. Shot in 2009-2012 (before and during the Egyptian revolution, and ending with the most recent presidential elections), the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today.

Filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha rides through the congested streets alongside a diverse cast of characters—from taxi drivers to ambulances, from traffic cops to private citizens—capturing the unspoken codes of conduct, frustrations, humor, fatalism, and life-or-death decisions of driving in a city where the only rule is: there are no rules.
Source: Press release