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.

El-Cabina: One of Gudran’s existing spaces

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A few photos to showing El-Cabina, Gudran’s space dedicated to music and literary arts. Previously El-Cabina was the Air Conditioning unit of the adjacent Cinema Realto. After the cinema changed systems to central air conditioning before finally shutting down, the space was left for years. The owner of the unit, a Greek Alexandrian, donated the building to Gudran to turn it into a cultural center. The group used the basement for a music studio, where bands can rent it to practice and record their music for a small symbolic fee. Having an affordable space to practice, along with the courtyard to perform, lead to a huge boom in Alexandria’s underground music scene. The top floor is reserved for a library space with the most recent books, available for loan for free. The library space also hosts literary figures for monthly roundtable discussions with the public as well as film screenings.