Misr International Films (MIF) launched Zawya in March 2014 as the first art-house cinema in Egypt, located in Downtown's Cinema Odeon.
With a program split between theatrical releases and special events, Zawya has screened an alternative selection of films from different parts of the world, including short films, documentaries, feature films and experimental work. Zawya’s program focuses on local independent films to encourage and promote the work of young Egyptian and Arab filmmakers. Having organized screenings in multiple venues outside of Cairo, Zaywa aims to eventually grow into a series of cinema screens spread out across the country.
Zawya also gives special attention to the concept of Education and Cinema, developing a strong educational program in collaboration with schools and universities in Egypt.
This initiative builds on the Panorama of the European Film, launched in Cairo in 2004 by MIF.