Cairo International Film Critics Week: aspiring critics experiment with various tools of film analysis

Daily News Egypt
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 One the activities of this year’s round of the Cairo International Film Critics Week, was a film criticism workshop organised by the Egyptian Film Critics Association. The workshop, which took place in the Cairo Opera House from 17-21 November during the Cairo International Film Festival, was given by chief video essayist at Fandor and critic Kevin B. Lee.

Organised and coordinated by well-established and involved individuals in the field of cinema, such as critic Rasha Hosny and director and critic Ahmed Hassouna, the workshop gave students a platform to reflect on different methods of film criticism, using different tools, such as essays, videos, presentations, and debates.

The workshop also entailed that students produce and edit their own criticism videos where they practised public speaking and reflected on the main aspects of the films they watched.

The 10 participants, mostly young aspiring critics, were given the freedom to select and reflect on the different films screened during the festival. The films included classics based on William Shakespeare’s stories, modern Chinese cinema, documentary films, as well as films selected by the Critics Week and the official competition.

Daily News Egypt publishes the 10 best reviews, selected by the instructor of the workshop.

Links to the reviews:

Juste la Fin du Monde: a family’s sweetest kind of lie

By Yasmin Shehab

Mimosa: camera as God

By Steffanie Ling

Stopover: the anatomy of the warrior’s rest

By Rami El Metwali

Kills on Wheels: unusual story of empowerment

By Omar El Hanafi

This Little Father Obsession: searching for an identity  

By Mohamed Tarek

Mimosas: a holy fool’s journey across Moroccan landscapes

By Mohamed Shehata

The Train of Salt and Sugar: an odyssey of bitter and sweet

By Mohamed Sayed Abdel Rehim

Together For Ever: growing emotions

By Doaa Mohsen

Kills on Wheels: looking for a hero

By Caroline Karmy

Lipstick under my Burkha: politicising the very female body

By Adham Youssef

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