June 2015


Beyond Spring

Thursday 04.06.2015 7:30 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V.


Arab Film Series

Women in the Political History of Egypt

Four Women from Egypt
(D: Tahani Rached, Documentary, Egypt 1998, 90 min, Arabic OV with English Subtitles)


In the meantime, this film has become a historical document itself.

It presents four female Egyptian activists from different ideological and social backgrounds.

Their personal accounts shed light on the political history of their country since Nasser’s revolution in 1952 and on the challenges of female political participation.



Tahani Rached was born in 1947 in Cairo and studied at the art school in Montreal for two years before working in different community groups. In the early seventies, she turned to cinema and began her career as a filmmaker in 1973 with the documentary Pour faire changement. Since then, she has made than twenty films and videos. Between 1981 and 2010, she worked for the Office National du Film du Canada/National Film Board of Canada. She is considered the most important Egyptian documentary filmmaker.


Beyond Spring - Arab film series

In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

With its specific selection the film series offered by Mayadin al-Tahrir includes documentaries and fiction films by filmmakers from several Arab countries. It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and enhance our understanding of the various dynamics with regards to class, gender and politics in general.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.

Next Screenings

  • 11 June 2015
  • four more dates in Autumn 2015 (in planning)


Viola Shafik, PhD, is a freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She lectured at the American University in Cairo and the Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at the Humboldt University, Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.


In cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).