In the ever-growing Egyptian film market, independent films have to fight the onslaught of commercial films struggling to reach their audience. Releasing non-commercial films has become a foreign concept for the majority of distributors in Egypt, who regularly reject non-commercial films whether Egyptian or international.
With a growing number of independent narrative and documentary film productions, and the local distributors’ continuing focus on commercial films, the gap between independent filmmakers and their audience widened. As the art scene thrives in Egypt, the appetite for art-house and independent films has grown with a rare few catering to it.
Zawya Distribution aims to create an alternative distribution model bridging the gap between art-house films and their audience through targeted and encompassing strategies. Zawya Distribution works to give films a long shelf life, traversing past the theatrical release, with a strong exhibition on TV channels, VOD and other ancillary forms of distribution including non-commercial releases.
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January 2011 in Egypt was marked by anti-government demonstrations. While tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Cairo, poor villagers in the country’s south followed the tense situation on Tahri......
Both Mahmoud and Zeinab join in the search for the original version of an Egyptian film that was made back in the 1980s, all copies of which were confiscated for unknown reasons by the government film......
Mohamed, the son of a modest worker, lives in Alexandria and dreams of moving to Cairo to become a filmmaker. It becomes clear that the relationship between son and father, whom Mohamed lives alone wi......
Tamer El Said
Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid, a 35 year old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the help of his friends, who send him foot......
Mokhtar, a filmmaking professor, receives an unexpected gift on his 75th birthday from his daughter Kawthar, a filmmaker in her early twenties.
With two plane tickets to Rome, they set out in search ......
In a forgotten corner of Egypt lives a woman who is yearning for a child. Having no option but to live on the fringe of her community because of her infertility, Hanan lingers between a dream that is ......
Jasmina Metwaly - Philip Rizk
Nine men gather for a workshop on a rooftop. There they perform confrontations of everyday life, with the police and at the workplace.
In the process, the actors engage a space between the theatrica......
When my father passed away in 2010 I felt extreme loneliness, to the extent that suicidal thoughts prevailed. But I decided to live and and try to find an exit within my household from this loneliness......
Hend Bakr, Mohamad El Hadidi, Ahmed Magdy Morsy, Nermeen Salem, Mayye Zayed, Mohamed Zedan
Six different characters roaming in Alexandria along with their fears. Amr comes back to meet his father in his death bed, not sure how he can speak up and show his true feelings. Moussa spends his da......
It was in the extraordinary city of Suez that the Egyptian revolution was born. Ahmed Nour, the 30-year-old Suez-born film-maker, invites audiences to share his perception of five special periods of h......