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Iskenderia - إسكندرية

Short Experimental / Video Art - 2012


Mayye Zayed

Poster Designer
Amany Qutb
Mayye Zayed
Wellesley College


A montage of scenes from famous Egyptian fiction films, the documentary film "Sunken ruins of Cleopatra's palace", Constantine P. Cavafy's poem "The City" and text from Michel de Certeau's book "The Practice of Everyday Life".


This video was made as a final project for "Godard & Varda" class in Wellesley College in USA in 2012.


Quoted Texts:​

"The City"
- Written by: Constantine P. Cavafy
- Translated by: Edmund Keeley & Philip Sherrard
- Recited by: Katia Dandoulaki

"The Practice of Everyday Life"
- Written by: Michel de Certeau​

Quoted Films:
- Sunken Ruins of Cleopatra Palace
- Alexandria Why, 1979 – Director: Youssef Chahine
- A Dinner Date, 1981 – Director: Mohamed Khan
- The Sixth Day, 1986 – Director: Youssef Chahine
- Dreams of Hind & Camilia, 1989 – Director: Mohamed Khan
- Hush & Listen, 1991 - Director: Sherif Arafa
- Ice Cream in Gleem, 1992 – Director: Khairy Beshara
- I Love Cinema, 2004 – Director: Oussama Fawzi
- Beach Bum, 2004 – Director: Ali Ragab
- Swimming Boltia, 2008 – Director: Ali Ragab​

- Messages From The Sea, 2010 – Director: Daoud Abdel Sayed

Genre: Experimental/ Video Art

​Format: DV NTSC 720x480

​Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Duration: 8 mins

Language: Arabic, Greek, English or French

Subtitles: Arabic or English or French

Countries: USA/Egypt

Year: 2012

Jun. 2015 - EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlans

Nov. 2014 - 4th Digital Marrakech Festival in Morocco

Nov. 2013 - Arab Camera Filmfestival Rotterdam in Netherlands

Oct. 2013 - 35th Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier in France (Official Selection)

Jun. 2013 - The Visual Arts Festival Damascus in Istanbul, Turkey

Jun. 2013 - AXWFF (Another Experiment by Women Film Festival) in NY, USA
Apr. 2013 - DI-EGY FEST 0.1 in Cairo, Egypt
Feb. 2013 - The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge in Berlin, Germany (Urban Research)
Nov. 2012 - The 25th INSTANTS VIDEO Festival in Milan, Italy

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