2015, Sat, Oct 03

Egypt's Modern Pharaos

With Jihan El-Tahri

Presidents Cafe Cairo | Photo: Norbert Schiller

Presidents Cafe Cairo | Photo: Norbert Schiller

In 1952, the revolution put an end to the monarchy in Egypt. Tracing the development of the country, the latest documentary trilogy by Egyptian documentary filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri focusses on the visions of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak.

In this presentation, the documentary film maker Jihan El-Tahri, who has examined aspects of recent African history in a legendary way with films such as Cuba: An African Odyssey and Behind the Rainbow, will present and discuss excerpts from her new documentary film trilogy. In the three part film El-Tahri traces the development of her native Egypt since 1952 – the year of the revolution which put an end to the monarchy. Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs, the result of years of archive work, dedicates a film to each of the three figures who have shaped and ruled Egypt since 1952: Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, and Hosni Mubarak. The trilogy describes, in a previously unseen and untold fashion, how modern Egypt has been shaped by both its relationship with other powers and conflicts between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jihan El-Tahri is an Egyptian and French award-winning filmmaker, writer and news correspondent. She has served as a member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and as the Secretary General of The Guild of African filmmakers in the Diaspora. Her work focusses on political history and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East where she previously worked as a correspondent for several renowned British and American news agencies. Since 1990, she has directed and produced documentaries for French Television, the BBC and various international TV channels.