Films from the Arab World: “In the Last Days of the City”

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 2 PM

In person: Tamer El Said, director

Watch the trailer.

Set in the bustling and chaotic city of Cairo days before the 2011 revolution, this film expresses the faded beauty of a once-great city that lingers even after decades of steep economic decline. A quasi-documentary mixed with improvised acting, the film follows a filmmaker grappling with writer’s block, a departing lover, and an ailing mother. The deeper story explores the struggle to define place and identity in a region on fire. Film description by Samirah Al-Kassim. (Dir.: Tamer El Said, Egypt/Germany/United Kingdom/United Arab Emirates, 2016, 118 min., DCP, Arabic with English subtitles)

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free