Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Screening format: Blu-Ray

Director: Sherief Elkatsha

There is no admission charge for this event, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.

Cairo Drive is a documentary exploration of Egyptian identity and change spanning the critical period before the revolution and up to the most recent presidential elections, shot from 2009 to 2012 by award-winning Egyptian-American director Sherief Elkatsha. Winner of the Best Film from the Arab World Documentary Competition at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Cairo Drive portrays the congested streets through encounters in traffic with taxi drivers, ambulance, traffic cops, and private citizens.

Join us for a post-screening discussion with Director Sherief Elkatsha and Professors Laila Shereen Sakr & Dick Hebdige from the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Sherief Elkatsha Bio
Filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha was born in the United States, raised in Cairo and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. His first feature-length documentary, Butts Out, about five smokers and their struggles to quit, received the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 New England Film and Video Festival. The film was also an official selection at The Rhode Island International Film Festival, Rendez-Vous with Madness Film Festival, and the Hollywood DV Festival.

In 2007, Elkatsha co–directed and shot Egypt: We are Watching You with Jehane Noujaim (director of Control Room). The documentary captures pre-revolution politics in Egypt as seen through the eyes of a grass roots, pro-democracy activist group, The film was part of a series, “Why Democracy” and was broadcast on 42 networks around the world.

Elkatsha continued to document his native city as the director of photography for Cairo Garbage, directed by Mikala Krogh in 2009 as part of the “Cities on Speed” series. A collaboration between the Danish Film Institute and Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR TV, the series has aired all over the world on various networks, including most recently on the Sundance Channel in April 2010.

In 2010, Elkatsha also shot and edited his first music video “Not To Write About Boys” for Supercute!, which premiered on Boing Boing.

Elkatsha is currently preparing to shoot his next film, a theme-driven exploration of female music composers in the Arab World.