Egyptian revolution and Microphone film screening

After the fantastic new year’s party in El-Cabina the volunteers had a relaxing day in, bringing an end to orientation and preparation days before the hands on work and other elements of the project starts. During the day, the project’s staff put together a presentation of expression and art during the Egyptian revolution using a mix between story-telling and video. Youssef, Soliman, Heba and Rowan told their personal stories from the egyptian revolution, while focusing on the development of graffiti, music, freedom of expression, public street performances and the impact of art on the revolution. The volunteers really enjoyed this insight into the revolution from the perspective of our project’s theme, and Gudran’s volunteer coordinator Khaled El-Kaddal, was there to give the Alexandrian experience of the revolution as well.

Here are some of the videos we showed them:

Later in the evening, with the help of Gudran’s staff we put on a film screening at our campsite of Microhphone, a film by Ahmed Abdallah starring Khaled Abu El Naga, Hany Adel and Yousra El Lozy which follows the life of Khaled, a man who just returned from living abroad, working for Gudran, who tries to find his place back in his hometown Alexandria. The film is set, and shot in 2010, right before the revolution and explores the Alexandrian underground art scene. The award winning film is fiction, but inspired by many real life stories Gudran went through (along with apearances by several Gudran staff) in addition to featuring real characters from the Alexandrian independent art scene.

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Volunteers get a taste of Egyptian music: Massar Egbari in Bib Alex

As the first days go by, the volunteers are spending their times getting to know each other, the partner organisation, the diverse project aspects and of course the city space that hosts it all Alexandria. The staff decided to take the volunteers for a walk on the Courniche to visit Alexandria’s library to attend the concert of one of Alexandria’s most popular bands Massar Egbari. For the whole day in our campsite, we played their tunes. Check out the photo gallery of the concert posted on Ahram Online here.

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