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Great Figures in a New Era 

From April 09, 2021 until July 02, 20217:30 p.m.
MADRID AND CORDOBA
Casa Árabe Auditoriums in each of the two cities. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now being sold online.
Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.

Throughout the months of April and May in Madrid and from May to July in Cordoba, we will be showing this film series curated by Egyptian filmmaker Basel Ramsis. Check the schedule of screenings in each city and buy your tickets online at a discount.


“Egypt for Egyptians” is a motto that has been found in Egyptian political, cultural and economic life since the end of the nineteenth century, when the country aspired to become independent from colonial powers and seek its own path and identity. This occurred not only politically, but also in the cultural realm. Men and women aspired to change the world around them, and this quest for independence was reflected in cultural and artistic arenas, as well as others.

This film series being presented at Casa Árabe, held in conjunction with the exhibition “Hassan Fathy: Against the current,” gives us a closer look at three fundamental personages in this project for emancipation: Gamal Abdel Nasser, an army officer and leader of the “Free Officers” movement that carried out a coup d’état on July 23, 1952, becoming the driving force behind a series of revolutionary changes in Egyptian society; Hassan Fathy, the most important architect in the history of modern Egypt; and Youssef Chahine, the most highly acclaimed film director inside and outside of Egypt’s borders.

Our in-depth look at these three figures will occur through films such as Nasser 56 (1996), directed by Mohammad Fadel, a documentary titled It’s Time to Finish the Building, produced by the Al Jazeera network, and two classics by Youssef Chahine: Struggle in the Valley (1954) and The Earth (1969).

To learn more about the contents of this film series, please download the information sheet on the films for Madrid and Cordoba.
 
Great Figures in a New Era 
Fotograma de "La tierra"
  • Film: "Time to Finish the Building" 
    Hassan Fathy. © Aga Khan Trust for Culture _ Christopher Little

    Film: "Time to Finish the Building" 

    April 09, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience. 
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, April 9, a new film series devoted to "Great Figures in a New Era" begins in Madrid. The first screening is this documentary on architect Hassan Fathy, by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. 

    Time to Finish the Building, by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel         
    (Qatar, 52 min) Documentary
    Plot summary: Hassan Fathy’s name forms an essential part of the tale of Egypt’s cultural history and the history of world architecture. His work is known for employing a sustainable form of architecture created in accordance with the surrounding environment, using local resources while meeting the needs of inhabitants. This documentary, the only biographical film that exists about the architect, introduces this personage in his own era, with unique footage of Fathy within his own setting, and with various testimonials from disciples and friends who shared his work and intellectual concerns.

    Screening held with the collaboration of: Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
     
  • Film: "Nasser 56" 

    Film: "Nasser 56" 

    April 16, 2021 7:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, April 16 at our Madrid headquarters, we will be screening this fictional film by Mohammad Fadel, which was inspires by the figure of the Egyptian leader. Buy your ticket online now. 

    Nasser 56, by Mohammad Fadel 
    (Egypt, 1996, 142 min.) Fiction
    Synopsis: The movie recreates the early years of the Egyptian leader’s presidency, focusing on his most relevant political act: the Suez Canal’s nationalization in 1956. The film accurately shows Nasser’s speeches and work habits, while also portraying his relationships with his aides and family members.

     
  • Film: "The Earth" 
    Frame from the film “The Earth.”

    Film: "The Earth" 

    April 23, 2021 7:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    The acclaimed director Youssef Chahine directed this fictional feature film, which you can watch at our Madrid headquarters on Friday, April 23. Buy your ticket online now. 
     
    The Earth [Al-Ard] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1969, 130 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: Under the monarchy in the 1930s, the peasants in a Nile Delta village live peacefully until one day when the stipulated irrigation quotas, long insufficient, are modified and reduced from ten to five days to favor the feudal landowners. As a result of this decision, hidden underlying conflicts rise to the surface within the community, which rallies around Abu Sualem, an old peasant respected by everyone. A riot breaks out but is violently repressed by the authorities.

  • Film: "Struggle in the Valley" 

    Film: "Struggle in the Valley" 

    April 30, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Last screening at our Madrid headquarters in the month of April, with classic by Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine. Buy your discounted ticket online now. 

    Struggle in the Valley  [Seraa Fil Wadi] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1954, 105 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: The film is a snapshot showing various aspects of the stark class differences in pre-revolutionary Egypt. Ahmad returns home after earning his degree as an agricultural engineer, filled with hopes and plans to increase sugarcane production and bring prosperity to his village, located near Luxor in southern Egypt. In the end, this young engineer manages to offer a major sugar company a product that might be able to compete with the crops grown on the Pasha’s farmlands. Along with his nephew Riyad, the Pasha conspires to flood the village’s fields and spoil the local peasants’ crops. Shortly after the villagers admit their involvement in the flood conspiracy, the Pasha plots to assassinate the local village leader and then blames Ahmad’s father, who is jailed, tried and then hanged.
     
  • Film: "Time to Finish the Building"
    Hassan Fathy. © Aga Khan Trust for Culture _ Christopher Little

    Film: "Time to Finish the Building"

    May 07, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Friday, May 7 is the last chance to enjoy this documentary at our Madrid headquarters. The film, produced by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, gives us a closer look at the life of Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy. 

    Time to Finish the Building, by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel         
    (Qatar, 52 min) Documentary
    Plot summary: Hassan Fathy’s name forms an essential part of the tale of Egypt’s cultural history and the history of world architecture. His work is known for employing a sustainable form of architecture created in accordance with the surrounding environment, using local resources while meeting the needs of inhabitants. This documentary, the only biographical film that exists about the architect, introduces this personage in his own era, with unique footage of Fathy within his own setting, and with multiple testimonials from disciples and friends who shared his work and intellectual concerns.

    Screening held with the collaboration of: Al Jazeera Documentary Channel 
     
  • Film: "The Earth" 
    Fotograma de "La tierra"

    Film: "The Earth" 

    May 14, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    The screenings of the film series dedicated to "Great Figures in a New Era" continue in Madrid. On this occasion, we will be able to enjoy a fictional feature film directed by Youssef Chahine.  

    The Earth [Al-Ard] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1969, 130 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: Under the monarchy in the 1930s, the peasants in a Nile Delta village live peacefully until one day when the stipulated irrigation quotas, long insufficient, are modified and reduced from ten to five days to favor the feudal landowners. As a result of this decision, hidden underlying conflicts rise to the surface within the community, which rallies around Abu Sualem, an old peasant respected by everyone. A riot breaks out but is violently repressed by the authorities.



     
  • Film: "Struggle in the Valley" 

    May 21, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, May 21, we will have the opportunity to watch this film by Youssef Chahine at our Madrid headquarters, as part of the series we are holding on "Great Figures in a New Era." Tickets are now on sale.  

    Struggle in the Valley  [Seraa Fil Wadi] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1954, 105 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: The film is a snapshot showing various aspects of the stark class differences in pre-revolutionary Egypt. Ahmad returns home after earning his degree as an agricultural engineer, filled with hopes and plans to increase sugarcane production and bring prosperity to his village, located near Luxor in southern Egypt. In the end, this young engineer manages to offer a major sugar company a product that might be able to compete with the crops grown on the Pasha’s farmlands. Along with his nephew Riyad, the Pasha conspires to flood the village’s fields and spoil the local peasants’ crops. Shortly after the villagers admit their involvement in the flood conspiracy, the Pasha plots to assassinate the local village leader and then blames Ahmad’s father, who is jailed, tried and then hanged.


     
  • Film: "Time to Finish the Building" 
    Hassan Fathy. © Aga Khan Trust for Culture _ Christopher Little

    Film: "Time to Finish the Building" 

    May 28, 20217:30 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. 4 euros for the general public at the headquarters. 3 euros with online payment or other discounts. 3 euros with online payment or other discounts. Attendees limited to 15.
    3 euros: tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders. Sold on our website or at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Cordoba (in cash or by credit/debit card).

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Our first screening in Cordoba of the film series dedicated to "Great Figures in a New Era," which can be seen until July at our Andalusian headquarters. We will be starting with this documentary on the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy. 

    Time to Finish the Building, by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel         
    (Qatar, 52 min) Documentary
    Plot summary: Hassan Fathy’s name forms an essential part of the tale of Egypt’s cultural history and the history of world architecture. His work is known for employing a sustainable form of architecture created in accordance with the surrounding environment, using local resources while meeting the needs of inhabitants. This documentary, the only biographical film that exists about the architect, introduces this personage in his own era, with unique footage of Fathy within his own setting, and with multiple testimonials from disciples and friends who shared his work and intellectual concerns.

    Screening held with the collaboration of: Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. 
  • Special screenings “The Earth”  

    Special screenings “The Earth”  

    May 28, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish (VOSE)
    The acclaimed director Youssef Chahine directed this fictional feature film, which you can watch at our Madrid headquarters on Friday, May 28. 
    The Earth [Al-Ard] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1969, 130 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: Under the monarchy in the 1930s, the peasants in a Nile Delta village live peacefully until one day when the stipulated irrigation quotas, long insufficient, are modified and reduced from ten to five days to favor the feudal landowners. As a result of this decision, hidden underlying conflicts rise to the surface within the community, which rallies around Abu Sualem, an old peasant respected by everyone. A riot breaks out but is violently repressed by the authorities.
     
  • Special screenings “Struggle in the Valley”  

    Special screenings “Struggle in the Valley”  

    June 04, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish (VOSE).
    We offer this classic by the Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine at our Casa Árabe Madrid headquarters on Friday, June 4. 
    Struggle in the Valley  [Seraa Fil Wadi] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1954, 105 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: The film is a snapshot showing various aspects of the stark class differences in pre-revolutionary Egypt. Ahmad returns home after earning his degree as an agricultural engineer, filled with hopes and plans to increase sugarcane production and bring prosperity to his village, located near Luxor in southern Egypt. In the end, this young engineer manages to offer a major sugar company a product that might be able to compete with the crops grown on the Pasha’s farmlands. Along with his nephew Riyad, the Pasha conspires to flood the village’s fields and spoil the local peasants’ crops. Shortly after the villagers admit their involvement in the flood conspiracy, the Pasha plots to assassinate the local village leader and then blames Ahmad’s father, who is jailed, tried and then hanged.
      
  • Film: "Nasser 56" 

    June 11, 20217:30 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. 4 euros for the general public at the Casa Árabe headquarters.
    3 euros: tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders. Sold on our website or at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Cordoba (in cash or by credit/debit card).

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, June 11, a new screening in our film series is coming to Cordoba, with a fictional feature film about the life os Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Tickets are now being sold online. 

    Nasser 56, by Mohammad Fadel 
    (Egypt, 1996, 142 min.) Fiction
    Plot summary: The movie recreates the early years of the Egyptian leader’s presidency, focusing on his most relevant political act: the Suez Canal’s nationalization in 1956. The film accurately shows Nasser’s speeches and work habits, while also portraying his relationships with his aides and family members.
     
  • Film: "The Earth" 
    Fotograma de "La tierra"

    Film: "The Earth" 

    June 25, 20217:30 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. 4 euros for the general public at the Casa Árabe headquarters.
    3 euros: tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders. Sold on our website or at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Cordoba (in cash or by credit/debit card).

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience.  
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, June 25, a new screening comes to Cordoba, within the series we have dedicated to "Great Figures in a New Era." On this occasion, we will have the chance to enjoy a film by Youssef Chahine. 

    The Earth [Al-Ard] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1969, 130 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: Under the monarchy in the 1930s, the peasants in a Nile Delta village live peacefully until one day when the stipulated irrigation quotas, long insufficient, are modified and reduced from ten to five days to favor the feudal landowners. As a result of this decision, hidden underlying conflicts rise to the surface within the community, which rallies around Abu Sualem, an old peasant respected by everyone. A riot breaks out but is violently repressed by the authorities.


     
  • Film: "Struggle in the Valley" 

    July 02, 20217:30 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. 4 euros for the general public at the Casa Árabe headquarters.
    3 euros: tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders. Sold on our website or at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Cordoba (in cash or by credit/debit card).

    The decision on whether to hold this activity in person will depend upon the health situation at the time. Thank you for your patience. 
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    This will be last screening in our film series devoted to "Great Figures in a New Era" in Cordoba. We are ending the event with a fictional feature film by Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine.

    Struggle in the Valley  [Seraa Fil Wadi] by Youssef Chahine
    (Egypt, 1954, 105 min.) Fiction.
    Plot summary: The film is a snapshot showing various aspects of the stark class differences in pre-revolutionary Egypt. Ahmad returns home after earning his degree as an agricultural engineer, filled with hopes and plans to increase sugarcane production and bring prosperity to his village, located near Luxor in southern Egypt. In the end, this young engineer manages to offer a major sugar company a product that might be able to compete with the crops grown on the Pasha’s farmlands. Along with his nephew Riyad, the Pasha conspires to flood the village’s fields and spoil the local peasants’ crops. Shortly after the villagers admit their involvement in the flood conspiracy, the Pasha plots to assassinate the local village leader and then blames Ahmad’s father, who is jailed, tried and then hanged.