Premiere Washington D.C. Screening of "EXT. Night"
Date(s) - 06/13/2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to host the premiere Washington screening of Egyptian film EXT. Night (Leil Khargi) followed by a discussion with director Ahmad Abdalla and actor Karim Kassem, moderated by Dr. Nancy Okail, Executive Director of TIMEP.
In this film, over one extraordinary night, the film’s characters struggle with various challenges reflecting the daily struggle to break away from the social norm: patriarchy, societal hypocrisy, and economic and political power. Each is fighting his or her own battle, leading to a journey they did not expect inside their city, allowing them to see a side of it they never witnessed before.
The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film festival. It was the Egyptian entry at the 2018 Cairo International Film Festival and was screened at other festivals including the Marrakesh International Film Festival and Stockholm International Film Festival.
The film will be in Arabic with English subtitles. The post-film discussion will be in English.
Ahmad Abdalla, Director, EXT. Night
Ahmad Abdalla is an Egyptian filmmaker. He studied music in Cairo until he shifted his career to film editing in 2003. Ahmad directed his first feature film “Heliopolis” in 2009 which was one of the first independent Egyptian films to be released theatrically in Egypt, followed by “Microphone,” which was selected among the best 100 Arabic films in history by Dubai Film Festival. In 2013 he wrote and directed “Rags & Tatters,” and then “Decor” in 2014.
Karim Kassem, Actor, EXT. Night
Karim Kassem is a professional Egyptian actor. Discovered in 2006, he had his cinematic breakthrough in the teen film Awqat Faragh. Karim Kassem graduated from the The American University in Cairo, where he majored in theater and acted in many of the university’s plays. He is trilingual in Arabic, French and English. He also trained in Paris (Cours Florent), New York City (Susan Batson), Los Angeles (USC Film School) and London.
Nancy Okail, Executive Director, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Nancy Okail is the Executive Director of TIMEP, and has more than 15 years of experience working on issues of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and security in the Middle East and North Africa region. She analyzes these issues and advocates in favor of human rights through testimony to legislative bodies, providing policy recommendations to senior government officials in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to joining TIMEP, Dr. Okail was the director of Freedom House’s Egypt program. She has also worked with the Egyptian government as a senior evaluation officer of foreign aid and managed programs for several international organizations. Dr. Okail was one of the 43 nongovernmental organization workers convicted and sentenced to prison in a widely publicized 2012 case for allegedly using foreign funds to foment unrest in Egypt. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in the UK; her doctoral research focused on the power relations of foreign aid.