Cairo Drive, a 2013 documentary by Sherief Elkatsha, tells the daily tales of Cairo from the perspective of its two million cars, taxis and basically anything on two or more wheels. The movie will be screening at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne on Wednesday, June 17, at 6.30 pm (GMT +10).
Greater Cairo –which includes three governorates, Cairo, Giza and Qalyoubiyyah- spans 1,709 km2, meaning that a majority of its population -that has grown to over 22 million- spends a great deal of time commuting across the city back and forth on a daily basis.
The streets of Cairo are home to plenty of broken rules. As the various commuters clog up the streets of the city, the most commonly agreed upon rule is often finding a way through and across the crowds, regardless of the means. In the meantime, conversations among strangers are inevitable, created out of the sole bond of sharing the crowded streets together.
The documentary, which was shot between 2009 and 2012, captures the essence of the city before, during and after the revolution. It also brings to light the various undertones of a city that encompasses a wide diversity of identities stemming from faith, race and social class to say the least.
Cairo Drive was selected as the Best Film from the Arab World in the seventh edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
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