Out on the Streets
Spring Grant 2013
Current project status: Post-Production
This is a film about a community in revolt. ‘Out on the Streets’ will feature workers of the shut-down Glucose and Starch Factory in Cairo staging a performance inspired by their struggles and stories. The film will interlace documentary and theatre to approach revolutionary Egypt from the precarious perspective of workers, beyond the factory’s heavy gates, frozen assembly lines and rusty machines. Yet, this is not only a film. Through public performance in the neighbourhoods of the workers, we will open up a new public space for discourse, for engagement with the issues that plague a community struggling under the policies of capitalism that exclude people for the sake of the bosses, banks and rulers.
- Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk
- Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk
- Mostafa Youssef
About the Director
Jasmina Metwaly is an artist and filmmaker based in Cairo, a co-founder of and a member of the Mosireen video collective (mosireen.org). She studied painting in Poznan, Poland, where she focused on time-based work with strong correlations to painting. She is interested the points of intersection and division among single-channel image, video and documentary filmmaking. Since January, 2011, Metwaly and Philip Rizk have been working together on a series of short documentaries about the January 25 Egyptian Revolution. Works featuring the role of workers as main protagonists include ‘These People Are Not Leaving: The Mahalla Workers in the Egyptian Uprising’ (2011) and ‘We Were Imprisoned in Our Clothes – The Workers of Turah in the January 25 Revolution’ (2011). Since January 2011, Metwaly has been involved with the No to Military Trials on Civilians campaign. Her work has been exhibited at international art venues and festivals including the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2010), Cairo Documenta (2010/2012), the Berlin Biennale (2010) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012).
Philip Rizk is a filmmaker based in Cairo. He has been involved in Egypt's labour struggle since 2008, participating and making videos for the minimum-wage campaign. From July 2010 until August 2011, Rizk carried out a research project with workers in the industrial city of Mahalla al-Kobra, where he collected audio interviews with workers about their narrative of the events of the 2006 uprising. His two-part video ‘Sturm’ (2010) was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Rizk has also worked extensively on documenting cases of torture, primarily through the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims.
Production Company Profile
Based in Cairo, Seen Films produces and supports film and media work that fulfills an active role in ongoing social and political discourse. Seen endeavours to work for the full representation, self-realization, and positive engagement of all marginalised groups. Seen works in the fields of development, implementation, presentation and distribution of creative projects that reach beyond the common aesthetics and confinements of the moving image. Seen aims to open up cinema and filmmaking to innovative forms of interaction with the public, and to dealing with necessary and topical subjects. We believe that cinema is the art of the visual story, and devote our attention to promoting such stories with aesthetic quality.
Awards and Festival History
Berlin International Film Festival/ Forum Expanded 2015 Program/ February 2015
World Premiere Screening at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival