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Out on the Streets

Spring Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk / Feature Documentary / Egypt, Qatar / 2014 / 71 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Social Issues, Docufiction, Documentary, Politics


Nine men gather for a workshop on a rooftop. There they perform confrontations of everyday life, with the police and at the workplace.
In the process, the actors engage a space between the theatrical and the real.
This is not a film about workers.
The factory is a microcosm, مصر على صغير.


Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk
Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk
Mostafa Youssef

About the Director

Born to an Egyptian father and a Polish mother, Jasmina Metwaly is a Cairo-based artist and filmmaker, and member of the Mosireen collective. She works in video and film, and has recently started drawing again. She likes to work with people and their histories, texts, archives, images, scripts and drawings. She is interested in how stories create stories, and how they leave the space of one reality and enter another, intertwining the boundaries of both. Rooted in performance and theatre, her works focus on process-based practices that have a social function that generates tension between participants and audiences.

Philip Rizk is a filmmaker and writer based in Cairo. Together with Jasmina Metwaly, he directed the feature film ‘Out on the Street’ (2015), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was part of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Rizk is a member of the Mosireen video collective. His texts have appeared online, in journals and in collected volumes, including ‘Uncommon Grounds – New Media and Critical Practices in the Middle East and North Africa’ (IB Tauris, 2014). In November, 2015, Rizk’s audio installation ‘A Colonial Landscape’ accompanied Tobias Zielony’s photography exhibition of the same name at Fotohof, Salzburg. He is currently working with Metwaly on a new project entitled ‘On Trials’.

Production Company Profile

Seen is a Cairo-based film house that produces and supports film and media work, fulfilling an active role in society’s ongoing social and political discourse. Seen endeavors to work for the full representation, self-realisation and positive engagement of all groups who are marginalised, whether due to gender, urban centrism, economic restriction, or religion. Seen is interested and involved in the development, implementation, presentation and distribution of creative projects reaching 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, dealing with topics and stories that are either needed or suggested by society. We believe that cinema is the art of the visual story, and all our attention is tuned to promoting aesthetic quality and art in the stories we produce.

Awards and Festival History


Berlinale 2015, Forum Expanded (WP)
LatinArab Film Festival 2015, Arab Features
The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)


  • Main Contact

    Jasmina Metwaly

    Seen films
    +20 127 313 7060

  • Main Contact

    Mostafa Youssef

    Seen Films
    +20 227 510 415

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