In these pages you will hopefully find interesting tips on how to take advantage of Cairo's many cultural opportunities, with particular attention to live events. Cairo Live Events Guide does not pretend to be exhaustive but will try to cover main events open to the public.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cinema Updates

Tuesday September 13, 2011

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (2006) at the Cairo Opera House Open Air Theater, 7:30 PM
Starring Cilian Murphy, The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a 2006 film that provides a sympathetic look at Republicans in early 20th century Ireland, and two brothers who are torn apart by anti-Brit rebellion.The filmwill be shown in the Open Air Theatre of Cairo Opera House.

Wednesday September 14, 2011

AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003) at the Darb 17 18, 8:00 PM
USA, Dir: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Based on the life and work of underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar-- a prickly poet of the mundane who knows that all the strategizing in the world can't save a guy from picking the wrong supermarket checkout line, American Splendor is one of the most audaciously creative biographical movies ever made. Blending fact, fiction, and personal perspective from the comic books that inspired it, this marvelous portrait of Harvey Pekar--scowling curmudgeon, brow-beaten everyman, insightful chronicler of his own life, and frustrated file clerk at a Cleveland V.A. hospital--is an inspired amalgam of the media (comic books, TV, and film) that lifted Pekar from obscurity to the status of a pop-cultural icon.

As played by Paul Giamatti in a master-stroke of casting, we see Pekar and his understanding wife (played by Hope Davis) as underdogs in a world full of obstacles, yet also infused with subtle hope and (gasp!) heartwarming perseverance. We also see the real Pekar and this multifaceted commingling of "reel" and "real" turn American Splendor into a uniquely cinematic celebration of Pekar's life.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

CULTURES OF RESISTANCE at the Darb 17 18, 8:00 PM

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction.

After several years, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story.

From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Featuring: Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women's movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon's refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu River, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more...

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