Watch Trailer Director: Tamer el Said
Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Maryam Saleh, Laila Samy

Downtown Cairo is an organism that still seems alive back in winter 2009/10, but is becoming increasingly alien even to those born there. Khalid is looking for a flat. He’s a filmmaker. He looks at his images over and over again, as if he were waiting from them to produce some sort of meaning. The stories of his protagonists seem to come from somewhere inside him, he seeks points of reference in the outside world. The more he looks for them, the more they seem to disappear; not abruptly though, but in lengthy moments full of tenderness, such as when he bids farewell to his girlfriend who is leaving him, to his ill mother, to friends who have come to the city to premiere their films. For them, Cairo is a fixed reference point: One left Baghdad and is now living as a refugee in Berlin, another stayed there, a third lives in troubled Beirut. When they decide to send Khalid video material from their cities, it’s not so much about helping him with his film than preserving something they still associate with Cairo via this bond, fully aware that it’s already a fantasy. An almost noiseless film in which time is overtaken by history.

One night only, free admission! And be sure to attend a talk from director Tamer El Said before the screening September 20th from 12PM to 1PM at Baker Center 230.

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Running Time: 118 minutes118 MIN
Not Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

The air is thick with tension, regret, and promise in the Cairo of "In the Last Days of the City," the plaintive, remarkably self-assured debut feature from Egyptian director Tamer El Said.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Co-sponsored by Ohio University's Middle East & North Africa Studies and Islamic Studies Programs, Classics & World Religions and History Departments, Center for International Studies, and School of Interdisciplinary Arts