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In the Last Days of the City – screening and conversation with filmmaker Tamer El Said and critic Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

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October 11, 2018
7 pm

In the Last Days of the City
Director: Tamer El Said
Running time: 118 min

A conversation with filmmaker Tamer El Said and writer/critic
Kaelen WilsonGoldie will follow the film screening.

Tamer El Said’s ambitious debut feature tells the fictional story
of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner,
United 93, Green Zone, The Square) as he struggles to capture the soul
of a city on edge while facing loss in his own life. Shot in Cairo,
Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin during the two years before the outbreak of
revolution in Egypt, the film’s multi-layered stories are a visually
rich exploration of friendship, loneliness and life in cities shaped
by the shadows of war and adversity.

Organized by ArteEast/UnionDocs
Venue:  UnionDocs : 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets: $10 (general public) available online in advance: https://uniondocs.org/event/2018-10-11-in-the-last-days-of-the-city/

BIOS:
Director, Screenwriter & Producer Tamer El Said is a filmmaker
living between Berlin and Cairo where he was born in 1972. He studied
filmmaking and journalism and went on to make many documentaries and
short films that received several international and local awards. He
was also teaching at the High Cinema Institute in Cairo between 1999
and 2003. In 2002, he took on the role of Senior Producer and Artistic
Consultant for Nile Productions, moving across to Hot Spot Films in
Dubai in 2003. His time as Senior Producer at Hot Spot saw the company
expanded dramatically, producing 250 documentaries in 58 countries,
and winning several international awards. Tamer founded Zero
Production in 2007 to produce independent films. He is also a founder
of Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Egypt, a multipurpose space
that provides facilities, training and programming for the independent
filmmaking community. El Said has also run mentoring workshops in many
international film and art spaces including, among others, the
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, the School of the Art
Institute in Chicago (SAIC) and Silent Green in Berlin.

Kaelen WilsonGoldie is a contributing editor for Bidoun who writes
regularly for ArtforumBookforum, and FriezeShe has traveled
extensively in the Middle East and North Africa to report on the
relationship between contemporary art and political upheavalwriting
for newspapersmagazines, and journals including Afterall, Aperture,
and The New York Times, among others. In 2007, she was a fellow in the
USC Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Program. She won a grant from the
Creative Capital Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program in 2013.
Her first book, on the paintings of Etel Adnan, was just published by
Lund Humphries. She is currently working on a second book, on art and
political violence, for Columbia Global Reports.

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