OUT/IN THE STREETS

By Jasmina METWALY, Philip RIZK

SEEN FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2015

This is a film about workers. Out/ In the Streets will feature workers of the shutdown Glucose and Starch Factory in Turah, Cairo who stage a performance inspired by their struggles and stories. The film interlaces documentary and fiction to approach revolutionary Egypt from a workers’ perspective.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • EGYPT
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jasmina METWALY, Philip RIZK
    • Writer(s)
    • Jasmina METWALY, Philip RIZK
    • Producer(s)
    • Mostafa YOUSSEF (SEEN FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Out/In the Streets will feature workers of the shutdown Glucose and Starch Factory in Turah (Cairo) who stage a performance inspired by their struggles and stories. The film interlaces documentary and fiction to approach the revolutionary Egypt from the workers’ perspective, beyond the factory’s heavy gate, beyond the frozen assembly lines and rusty machines.
      In this film we explore the stories of workers who struggle to be heard as the new regime continues exploiting them much as the previous one did. This is not a classic documentary or a fiction film. It assembles elements of “cinema vérité” with theatrical representations of the same stories. We tip from reality into theatre where the actors/workers become the protagonists of their own narratives.
      The boundaries between documentary and fiction are not clear and this manipulation serves one purpose - to reveal truth and to deliver a new context to the audience.
      Through the public performance in the neighborhoods of the workers we will open the 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, the banks and rulers. We want to challenge both the visual discourse of the role of workers in film, as well as the dominant narrative of whom this revolution is made up of in Egypt.
      Out/ In the streets will take you inside and outside the factory to engage these workers on the streets of southern Cairo outside of the gates of a Starch & Glucose factory.
    • Partners & financing
    • 35,000EUR
      25,000EUR funding from Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. 10,000EUR Producer's Investment
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