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7 documentaries about life in Cairo you need to watch


The documentary “The Square" has deservedly received much attention in recent months leading up to an Oscar nomination. In many ways the documentary is as much about Cairo as it is about the revolution. This is an opportunity to shine some light on other documentaries from recent years that also deal with particular aspects of life in Cairo. Here are 7 more documentaries you should consider watching:

Electro Chaabi (2013)

Electro Chaabi is a feature documentary by Hind Meddeb goes into the vibrant and enormously popular world of Chaabi music parties and festivals taking place in neighborhoods where the majority of Cairo’s population resides (so not in Zamalek or Maadi or wherever else expats and parachuting journalists hang out looking to write a story about life in Cairo). “We can tell the story of a street, that’s also politics.”

At Night They Dance (2010)

Also on the theme of nightlife in popular neighborhoods, At Night They Dance by Isabelle Lavigne and Stephane Thibault focuses more on female subjects, particularly belly dancers and their families. Like Electro Chaabi these directors went into Cairo’s urban and social life in ways that many of the city’s own middle and upper class residents would never venture and would rather dismiss this world and hide behind their bourgeois morality and standards of sexuality. A fascinating documentary not to be missed. You can watch it online here.

The Noise of Cairo (2012)

Focusing on the outpouring of creative energy in the early months after January 2011, The Noise of Cairo by Heiko Lange is a record of an early moment of cautious optimism in Cairo’s artistic life.

Forbidden (2011)

Director Amal Ramsis asks a poignant question in her documentary Forbidden: What is not forbidden in Egypt? In a police state red tape is everywhere from what to say and what to believe to where to walk and what to photograph. Even the city is lined with kilometers of steel in ways that do not facilitate movement or make any sense from the perspective of an urban planner but they are there to forbid people from feeling like citizens. You can watch the full film online here.

Garbage Dreams (2009)

Mai Iskandar’s Garbage Dreams remains one of the best documentaries made about life in Cairo. The film explores the lives of Zaballeen, the garbage collectors who also recycle nearly 80% of the waste they gather and trade the materials for manufacturing purposes. This community is essential to Cairo’s survival yet they have suffered over the years from state policies including the signing of multimillion dollar contracts with European companies to collect Cairo’s garbage rather than work with the community to improve their conditions and develop their trade. This is a classic that should be revisited.

Cairo Drive (2013)

Talking about traffic when Cairo comes up in conversation is like talking about fog or rain when London comes up in conversation. It happens, you can’t avoid it and people love to dwell on the topic. But there is something to it, on most days many of Cairo’s main roads are bumper to bumper in the absence of any serious strategic transport plan and in the absence of the most basic element of any traffic system: traffic lights. This film by Shereif ElKatsha "explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today," by going into the streets and getting stuck in traffic.

Crop (2012)

This beautifully shot film, Crop, is co-directed by Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara. “The film reflects upon the impact of images in the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 and puts it in relation to the image politics of Egypt´s leaders. Instead of showing footage from the revolution, the film is shot entirely in the power domain of images - Egypt´s oldest and most influential state newspaper Al Ahram.”

Revolution Museum

Cairobserver was commissioned to create a video response to “protest” as an urban trend as part of Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from October 11, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014.

Video made at the premises of Mosireen, special thanks to Omar Robert Hamilton.

10 must watch videos to understand Egypt’s urban challenges

Right to Housing is an initiative that aims to link contemporary urban challenges with the notion of the “right to housing” which if that right is constitutionally protected and guaranteed, urban activists argue, it could lead to the drafting of policies that will respond to the many negative aspects of urban and rural life in Egypt. The project was initiated by Yahia Shawkat, author of the Shadow Ministry of Housing urban blog. A foundational aspect of the initiative is to document and make the main challenges to urban Egypt legible and accessible to a wider public, including politicians. The documentation is intended as an entry point for real debate on issues that shape and affect the lives of millions of inhabitants which include unsafe built environments and lack of services. Available studies produced by various development and aid agencies are utilized to support the observations made in the initiative’s documentation. In addition, the initiative aims to highlight the role of civil society and community initiatives in responding to the state’s neglectful rule. To learn more about the Right to Housing initiative, click here.

One of the outcomes of the initiative is a series of videos (usually under 10 minutes) each focusing on an urban issue or challenge as a way to illustrate the problems clearly to a wide audience. These urban challenges impacting the lives of millions on a daily basis have not been the concern of any of Egypt’s public debates since January 2011 including those around the constitution of 2012 nor the current constitutional debates to amend it. Instead, abstract and polemical issues such as how to constitutionally prescribe an Egyptian identity have taken center-stage distracting the public from what actually impacts their lives daily. The right to housing initiative is among the supporters of the “Urban Constitution,” a document proposed by a collective of eight groups including Tadamun containing eleven proposed rights to be constitutionally protected such as “right to participatory planning and urban management,” “right to information” which would be related to accessing information such as municipal budgets, “right to heritage,” and “right to municipal services” which are currently not accessible to a sizable percentage of the urban population and an even larger percentage of Egypt’s rural population with no constitutional obligation for the state to do much about it. To review and sign the “Urban Constitution,” click here.

The military is focused on interfering in political life to protect its privileges (including its ability to sell land to international private investors without civilian oversight). International agencies such as the World Bank and UNDP pat themselves on the back for their work which has limited impact and never leads to meaningful policy change on the part of the Egyptian state. Egypt’s political elite before or after Jan 25 2011, June 30 2012 or July 3 2013 are busy playing cheap politics rather than look effectively into ways for understanding and solving everyday challenges to Egypt’s urban and rural populations. In the meantime, civil society, with initiatives such as Right to Housing, with limited resources have been able to map, document and identify main challenges, key issues and players and potential approaches towards solutions.

Right to Housing initiative has completed 10 videos (Arabic with English subtitles) which together run for about one hour and twenty minutes. Each video focuses on an issue and is shot on location with residents speaking for themselves about their challenges. In making the videos Yahia Shawkat was assisted by urban activists such as Sherief Gaber of Mosireen, Jenny Montasir, Lamia Hassan, and Mohamed Al Sawi. Here are the ten videos, please take the time to view all of them as they not only provide a clear outline of urban Egypt’s major challenges but also offer insights from residents into how to confront them.

[Addendum 9 November] Please note that not all the videos have English subtitles, if you want to volunteer to complete the subtitles for the videos please contact Yahia Shawkat at Shadow Ministry of Housing.

How communities cope with the state’s failures to provide services

Urban hazards and unsafe built environments

Local governance

Drinking water



Self-built communities or “popular urbanism”

New cities or “state urbanism”

Forced eviction

Transport and the right to mobility in the city

Musicians taking to the streets around Cairo in different neighborhoods. This first episode takes place in Zamalek in central Cairo with more to come from other parts of the city.

C.Scapes by Maia Gusberti

C.SCAPES from maia gusberti on Vimeo.

By Maia Gusberti

C.Scapes emerged of my curiosity and will to understand more about a multi-faceted, highly controversial and contested public space in Cairo. It was realized between 2007 and 2009, when no one believed in the changes happening now since 2011, lots of them in public space.

I first came to Cairo as an artist in residence in 2006. The streets and public spaces of Cairo instantly draw my interest because of its contradictions: its ever changing multi-layered use, the spontaneous inventions, its livelihood vs. its unwritten rules and regulations, the social restrictions, the emergency law — all these complexity I couldn’t understand intrigued me to study it. It became an intensely instructive artistic and personal approach towards a city and its people I wouldn’t miss ever. While working on C.Scapes I felt diving into a topic much more complex I’d ever imagined. It opened door after door, question after question. I conducted interviews with people from different socio-economic backgrounds in Manial, Maadi, Ard el-Lewa, Rehab City, Heliopolis, Wust el Balad, etc. In the film the presence of the interviewees is indicated through their voices only. I filmed from the confines of private space; from behind windows, curtains and from rooftops, instead of filming on the streets. Initially, this choice was a reaction to restrictions on filming — but to work around the constraints, to find alternative angles and perspectives to approach public space inspired me and were finally deeply influencing and enhancing my project. My aim was a dialog between the inside and the outside, between imagination, reality and the image, between myself, the interviewees and the audience.



Rewatching C.Scapes now obviously uncovers that people in my film precisely pointed out the role of the street as a highly contested, sensible social and political space. They commented — sometimes quite direct, sometimes between the lines, on its role as a lively room, a symbol for freedom and expression and their descriptions became a barometer for the underlaying implications of control and oppression, of a paralyzed society’s hopes, demands and dreams — beneath the daily struggle in this densely populated, multi-layered, segregated city.



Many things changed since I worked on C.Scapes.— I can only talk about from a distance, after following the upheavals, some success and lots of drawbacks from afar. I only visited Cairo a single time since 2011. Egyptians reclaimed the street, reclaimed what should be public, are filming and documenting daily confrontations, struggles and conflicts with all means handy. Camera and public domain are now tools and means of negotiation and resistance of awakened, conscious and politicized citizens.


When watching C.Scapes now, I feel joy — about the liveliness and awareness of people, about their strength to take back what’s instantly theirs: the public space (and lots more). Having in mind what happened since I collected interviews in 2007/08, C.Scapes becomes a so much more complex document than intended. There are comments in C.Scapes touching me deeply, make us thoughtful, make us reflect on what’s happening … It’s the experience of the dense reality about which we’re being told — to realize: it cracked, it’s in process, people demand their space to breath —  they protest, live, even dance — express their life in the streets, in the public sphere that is legitimately and evidently theirs. C.Scapes was intended to be an ongoing dialogue between the interviewees and audience. And its interesting to listen and remember what was phrased and dreamt about aloud before the seed was planted for change …



C.Scapes  a project by Maia Gusberti

37:00 min, Video HD

Concept, image and editing: Maia Gusberti

Sound: Mahmoud Refat

Interviews, translations, assistance: Shahira Issa

Locations:Yasser Naeim & Shahira Issa
© Maia Gusberti 2009

supported by Pro Helvetia Cairo, BMuKK Austria


Video-Preview o C.Scapes Video


more Information and texts o C.Scapes Info


Exhibitions, Screenings

Kino im Kunstmuseum Bern (CH) 2013

Connect, Art between Media and Reality, Shedhalle Zürich (CH), 2011 
Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel, 2010 

Aeschlimann-Corti Award, Kunsthaus Langenthal (CH), 2010

Where are you, Pro Helvetia, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo 2009

C.Scapes, Stadtgalerie, PROGR, Bern 2009

Ten Cairo Music Videos

It is the end of 2012 and I’ll just use the occasion to put together a top ten list of favorite music videos or musical scenes from film shot on location in Cairo. In some of these clips Cairo is unrecognizable, particularly those from the 60s where the city appears to have functioning public transport, low-rise low-density neighborhoods, far less cars and more trees than one can ever imagine this city having.

Opening sequence of the musical film “Love in Karnak,” 1967. مقدمة فيلم غرام في الكرنك

The opening sequence of this dance/musical film about Reda Dance Troupe going on a trip to Luxor takes us around Cairo starting at residential districts (note the amount of large stand alone modern houses with gardens) to historic residential areas such as the Citadel (with astonishingly well kept houses, stone paved street! and lush trees at the foot of the Mohamed Ali Mosque!), then proudly showcasing Cairo’s fast modern trams, tree-lined streets, the Cairo Tower, Cairo University, Downtown and the Ramses Statue outside the Central Station. The conclusion of the clip is a dance in the main hall of the train station following the far more sensitive renovation it underwent at the time compared to last year’s disaster.

Profile: Ramses Wissa Wassef

“An artist’s work is no longer of much use in modern society. Exhibitions in art galleries are visited by people as social events, like race meetings or cocktail parties. Basically, art is dying in the twentieth century because it has been torn as under from daily life. It has become part of the trade in rare, expensive luxuries, or else it is cast aside. It undergoes all day to day caprices of fashion and gains attention by being provocative or sensational, or even by making use of drugs. And then the works that have won fame, or notoriety, are put into museums to be admired” -Ramses Wissa Wassef, Woven by Hand.

Ramses Wissa Wassef (1911-1974) is the architect who best conceptualized and designed modern houses adapted from rural vernacular architecture in Egypt. His architecture is a direct result of his involvement with the social and cultural contexts that inspired him in the first place and the context in which he designed. Unlike Hassan Fathy, who was celebrated first in the West and later in Egypt and the Arab region for his mud brick architecture, RWW worked closely with people as partners, not as recipients of his wisdom. The legacy of Ramses Wissa Wassef lives on despite the lack of academic attention, particularly from the West (in contrast to Hassan Fathy) because of the humanist approach of his design process. The inhabitants and users of his buildings today praise RWW and share fond memories of their time with him as a member of the community. His architecture oeuvre is not limited to the domed village houses and includes private villas, public buildings and churches.

Below is a brief biography provided by

Ramses Wissa Wassef was an Egyptian architect and educator. He earned his BA degree from the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1935. His graduation project “A potter’s house in Old Cairo ” received the first prize by the examination board. Upon returning to Cairo, in 1938, he was nominated as a professor of art and history of architecture in the college of Fine Arts in Cairo.

"One cannot separate beauty from utility, the form from the material, the work from its function, man from his creative art."

In 1951, Ramses Wissa Wassef embarked upon an experiment in creativity which would become universally acclaimed. He set out to prove that creativity was innate — that anyone could produce art. He had become discouraged by the general decline of creativity in 20th century urban culture and dismayed by the deadening influence of mass production. He felt that routine education was stifling. For his experiment he chose uninhibited, free-spirited young children who were isolated from many aspects of modern civilization.

Wassef saw that the “modern architectural revolution”, which had hit Cairo, was producing a multiplicity of buildings constructed without any sense of aesthetics but rather for their fast rentability. From this point on, Wassef was firmly resolved to never sacrifice his artistic vision for current trends of construction.

For a list of buildings by Ramses Wissa Wassef along with a selections of related articles on the architect provided by, click here.

[Villagers of Haraneya outside of Cairo speak of their experience living and working with Ramses Wissa Wassef and his efforts to establish a the center for Egyptian tapestry. Video by Omnia Khalil & Tarek Waly]

Two recent exhibitions celebrated RWW, the first was hosted at the American University in Cairo’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library (February 2012) and the second was hosted at the Palace of the Arts – Cairo Opera House site, Zamalek (November 2012).

For further information, here are some useful links:

Wissa Wassef Art Center

Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Wiisa Wassef Art Center

Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings at the AUC Rare Books Library

Egypt Today: Celebrating Ramses Wissa Wassef

Athar Lina: connecting people with heritage

Whose Monument: Participatory Design Project for Monument-Street Buffer Zones

A collaboration between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute. The project is a series of workshops, debates and meetings to discuss the relationship between the monument and the surrounding neighborhood, the entities responsible for it and those with a vested interest in it or even those inconvenienced by it. We discuss who owns it, who protects it and improves it and who puts it at risk. The objective is to provide a environment of communication of the different points of view of the three main stakeholders: residents, government and civil society. 

In participatory design all stakeholders are involved in the decision making process in all its details and stages. This is to narrow the gap between the monument and the community and allow it to assume ownership of the monument and to protect it through use. 

This general issue is discussed through a specific case-study; the monument-street buffer zone and in a specific area; al-Khalifa Street between the mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun and the shrine of al-Sayyida Nafisa.

The project consists of five phases, to find out more details visit the project website.

The Tower: symbol of corruption

البرج | El Borg from Gehad abdel Nasser on Vimeo.

Gezira Tower, a cylindrical 166 meter tall building in Zamalek is seen by some as an eyesore, by others as a symbol of failed development and by others as a visible reminder of Egypt’s corruption and defunct governance. The building was developed in the late 1970s and was intended to be a hotel and Cairo’s tallest skyscraper. The developer was given approval on a personal basis from president Sadat, and later he faced difficulty completing the project also because of personal conflicts with other businessmen and government officials. The building was never completed and never inhabited. This is a story of a building which symbolizes all that has been wrong with Egypt’s development, economy and government since the 1970s when a new moneyed elite was ushered in to control the country and to open it to international markets.

The short documentary above (Arabic) includes interviews with the building’s developer, residents of Zamalek and shows images from the building’s unfinished interiors. Last May journalist Bradley Hope entered the building and interviewed its developer and published an article in The National.

Whether the Tahrir Square “revolution” was a success - or even whether it was a revolution at all - now hinges in part on whether a new, democratically elected president and parliament can begin reforming a sclerotic, graft-ridden economic system that has left Egyptians such as the 81-year-old Mr Fouda shaking their heads in disappointment, disgust and cynicism.

"It’s a very long story," said Mr Fouda in his Zamalek apartment as he began describing how a building that was conceived as a crown jewel of a president’s vision for a new, modern Egypt is today an eyesore. "It will probably get longer."

Mr Fouda bought the land on which the Gezira Tower sits in 1968 during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser. But it was under Anwar Sadat, who introduced reforms to overturn his predecessor’s socialist ideas and open the economy to the world, that the idea for the tower took off.

Read the full article, click here.

Lessons from elsewhere: Bogotá

بوغوتا، عاصمة كولومبيا في امريكا اللاتينية، كانت تعد من اخطر مدن القارة وواحدة من اسوآ المدن من ناحية مستوى المعيشة في العالم. في القرن العشرين نمى تعداد السكان في بوغوتا من مئة الف نسمة إلى اكثر من سبعة ملايين نسمة. معظم هذا النمو تم خارج تحكم البلدية (او المحافظة) وبدون تخطيط رسمي.

يذكر ان بسبب سوء مستوى المعيشة في المدينة كان سكان بوغوتا يعبرون عن كرههم لمدينتهم و عن رغبتهم بالرحيل إذا اوتيحت الفرصة لهم. فقد اهل المدينة اي شعور بالفخر بمدينتهم و هو ما زاد حالة الاهمال و ادى بالمدينة إلى مستويات ادنى من المعيشة و آلى تدهور المرافق العامة. الاقلية الغنية كانت تعيش منفصلة عن باقي السكان وهم من كانو يتمتعون بالسيارات الخاصة التي كانت تسبب “زحمة” في الطرق بالآضافة آلى تنوع الباصات التي كانت توفر المواصلات لاغلبية السكان لكن تعدد انواع الباصات و عدم وجود نظام موحد تسبب في مشاكل مرورية ادت الى ازدحام الطرق و الكثير من الحوادث و حالات الوفاة.

بدآ الاصلاح بعد إنتخاب عمدة جديد للمدينة (محافظ حسب المفهوم المصري) و الذي تولى منصبه لمدة ثلاث سنوات من ١٩٩٨ إلى ٢٠٠١ و هي فترة الحكم للمحافظ المنتخب. قام آنريكي بانولوزا بعدة تغيرات جذرية في اسلوب النقل في المدينة و بدون اي عبء مادي على الدولة و كانت فكرته الرئيسية ان يخص اغلب الموارد المتاحة له لخدمة اغلبية سكان المدينة الفقراء بدلا من الاستمرار في اساليب الاستثمار المعتادة التي تضخ كمية كبيرة من المال العام في مشاريع الطرق السريعة و الكباري التي تفيد فقط الاقلية التي تملك السيارات الخاصة.

في بداية المدة المحددة له كمحافظ للمدينة اطلع بانولوزا على دراسات قدمت له من استشاريين عالميين تهدف إلى بناء سبع كباري و طرق علوية للسيارات كطريقة لحل المشكلة المرورية. تكلفة تلك الطرق وصلت إلى خمس مليار دولار (آغلبها قروض من البنك الدولي و غيره). لكن رآى المحافظ في تلك النظرة لحل الازمة اهدارا للمال العام و ظلم تجاه اغلبية سكان المدينة الذين يفتقدون وسائل مواصلات كريمة و مرافق هامة كالمجاري و مياه الشرب بالآضافة إلى المدارس و العيادات الصحية اللازمة. إذا صرفت الدولة خمس مليارات في طرق سريعة و كباري إذا من اين سوف تصرف على باقي إحتياجات المدينة؟

من هذا المنطلق وصل بانولوزا إلى رؤيته لآصلاح المدينة في حيز الثلاث سنوات الذي هو محافظ: ان يجعل من بوغوتا مدينة للبشر اولا لا للسيارات.

البداية كانت في عام ١٩٨٢ عندما قررت البلدية (المحافظة) غلق ١٢٠ كيلومتر من طرق المدينة كل اسبوع يوم الاحد لمدة سبع ساعات. خلال هذه الساعات تتحول تلك الطرق لشوارع للمشاه و الدراجات و للتجول.

بهذا المنطق و هذه التجربة الناجحة قرر بانولوزا توسيع الاماكن العامة في المدينة بالاضافة إلى خلق ارصفة مريحة للمشي بدون عوائق في جميع انحاء المدينة حتى لو تطلب هذا منع ركنة السيارات مقابل توسيع الرصيف للمشاه. من وجهة نظر المحافظ و الكثير من مخططي المدن الرصيف هو من اهم معالم اي مدينة ناجحة في العالم حيث ان الرصيف يضمن للمشاه مكان امن للتجوال في المدينة و هذه الحركة هي التي تنعش الحياه التجارية و حياة المدينة عامتا.

المشروع الاخر المذكور في الفيلم الوثائقي (اعلاه) هو مشروع المواصلات المعروف بإسم ترانزمالنيو. هذا مشروع للمواصلات العامة (الباصات) يهدف لان يجعل الحركة في المدينة امر سهل و رخيص و مقبول لجميع طبقات المجتمع. قبل هذا المشروع كانت الباصات في المدينة متعددت الانواع: بالإضافة إلى الباصات الحكومية الكبيرة كان هناك آلاف من الباصات الصغيرة يعتمد عليها الملايين في حركتهم. لكن تلك الباصات كانت تتنافس مع بعضها البعض و كانت تحت تحكم مافيا للمواصلات. بسبب عدم خضوع تلك الباصات لنظام موحد كانت تتوقف في اماكن عشوائية و تسبب اختناق مروري. خل المشكلة جاء ليس بإقصاء ملاك تلك الباصات لكن بوضعهم كجزء من منظومة المواصلات الرسمية بشروط واضحة و بمعايير تضمن لهم مكسب مادي و تضمن للحكومة نظام موحد يخدم المدينة. 

استبدلت الباصات القديمة بباصات موحدة جديدة من نوعين واحد للطرق الكبيرة مصمم لنقل آلاف الركاب في الساعة و يسير في حارات خاصة بمحطات واضحة و معروفة. النوع الاخر من الباصات اصغر قليلا م مصمم لدخول الاماكن ذات شوارع اصغر حيث ينقل الركاب من تلك الناطق إلى محطات الباصات الكبيرة. اهم نقطة في المشروع هي الحارات الخاصة بالباصات و محطاطها. الامر المثير هو اهتمام المحافظة بالتصميم المميز الذي يجعل الجمهور من جميع الطبقات راغب في استعمال النظام حتى لو ملكهم سيارة خاصة مما يقلل من الازدحام في الطرق. المشروع نفذ في وقت قصير و خلق نظاما متواطل يربط انحاء المدينة ببعضها البعض و نجح في توفير اكثر من ٢٠٠ ساعة في السنة للراكب و يوفر اكتر من  ١٠٪ من مصاريف المواصلات للراكب في السنة. النظام ايضا قلل من التلوث في المدينة. جميع الباصات متصلة بمركز مراقبة للتآكد من ان الباصات تعمل في وقتها و بدون تعطيل.

المشروع الاخير المذكور في الفيلم هو كيفية التعامل مع العشوائيات. عندما اخذ المحافظ منصبه كان على مكتبه امر قانوني بهدم المناطق العشوائية. لكن القرار كان هو نفسه عشوائيا فرفض المحافظ تنفيذه. كبديل لفكرة الاقصاء و الهدم وضع المحافظ آلية للتواصل مع سكان المناطق المختلفة و العمل معهم لوضع حلول مستدامة لمناطقهم من اهما الصرف الحي و مياه الشرب و ايضا المساحات العامة نظرا بان سكان هذه المناطق يعيشون في شقق صغيرة جدا و يحتاجون لاماكن عامة للتنفس و للحياه الاجتماعية مما يساعد تلك المجتمعات في التعامل مع واقعها و ان يتحولو لجزء رئيسي في عملية سرد الحلول المتاحة. ساعدت البلدية السكان في إستخراج الاوراق الرسمية و العقود للاراضي و العقارات ما يسمح لهم ببيع تلك العقارات حسب سعر السوق اذا ارادوا.

الفيلم يوضح هذه الافكار و كيف تم تفعيلها في خلال فترة وجيزة (ثلاث سنين) و كيف تحولت بوغوتا بسبب تلك الحلول في فترة اقل من عشر سنوات آلى مدينة افضل بدون الاعتماد على مستشارين اجانب، او قروض دولية او ميزانية خاصة. كل ما احتاجته المدينة و مشاكلها المصتعصية هي افكار و حلول ناتجة من الواقع و ايضا وجود النية السياسية لا الشخصية التي تميز بها المحافظ و المهندسين في تحسين وضع المدينة بالموارد المتاحة. الدرس الذي تعلمه بوغوتا للقاهرة هو انه يمكن حل مشاكل متراكمة و معقدة اذا هناك نية حقيقية، نظرة غير تقليدية لحل تلك المشاكل.

Egyptian Urban Action

جزء من محتوي معرض (العمران .. موقف) لامنية خليل والمقام بالقاهرة في الفترة بين ٧ - ١٩ يوليو ٢٠١٢ في جاليري اوان للفنون المعاصرة
٤ شارع هدي شعراوي - متفرع من شارع طلعت حرب - باب اللوق - وسط البلد - القاهرة
يحتوي المعرض صور وخرائط وفيلم تسجيلي عن وضع العشوائيات في مصر ونقد لسياسات الحكومة في حل المشكلة .. اتمني ان تشرفوني بحضوركم

ان مسئوليتنا كمعماريين وعمرانيين ليس تحويل طبقة من مستوي اقتصادي لآخر ، ولا نحلم بقاهرة باريسية أو نيويوركية ، ولكننا نبحث كمواطنين تحكمنا انسانيتنا لتحقيق حياة اكرم وافضل للشريحة المجتمعية الاكثر تهميشاً ، واظهار مجهودات سكانها بل وتفعيل الامكانات الكامنة والايجابية لديهم . وداخل هذا المفهوم نحو مجتمع أفضل ، ترد مبادرتنا “العمران..موقف” علي الادعاءات المتكررة : (القضاء علي العشوائيات) و(ثورة الجياع) و(البلطجية) … وإيهام مختلف طبقات الشعب بخطرهؤلاء (ممن يقطنون العشوائيات) ؛ وتبقي التساؤلات
هل يجد هؤلاء الوسائل لتطوير سبل حياتهم؟
هل توفر الدولة السبل لمعيشتهم واحتياجاتهم؟
هل يكفي توفير وحدة سكنية لهم في مناطق نائية لا تتوافر بها سبل الحياة؟ ..

مبادرة ومعرض العمران .. موقف ..
المعرض بدعم من المركز الثقافي البريطاني بالقاهرة ومركز طارق والي ويوجد قاعتين ، تحتوي احدهما علي تحليلات عمرانية بالصور والخرائط نرصد فيها بعض حالات التدهور العمراني واقتراح للحلول ببعض المناطق بالقاهرة الكبري ، وتعرض بالقاعة الاخري مجموعة افلام وثائقية قصيرة (25 دقيقة) تعرض عرض مستمر ، يطرح فيها سكان الاحياء مشاكلهم العمرانية وايضا يطرحون الحلول. ..
تأتي فعاليات المعرض في المواعيد التالية:
يوم ٧ يوليو : افتتاح المعرض في السابعة مساءا
يوم ٨ يوليو : نقاش حول مشاريع نفذت في القاهرة - يتحدث فيها
خليل شعت - دينا شهيب - هاني المنياوي
يوم ١٥ يوليو : نقاش حول سياسات الحكومة نحو التدهور العمراني - يتحدث فيها
منال الطيبي - محمد عبد العظيم
وستفتح النقاشات يومي ٨ و ١٥ يوليو ٢٠١٢ بنفس قاعة العرض
للاستفسارات يرجي مراسلتي علي

Our responsibility as architects and urban planners is not transforming or changing the economic status of residents. We do not dream of a Parisian Cairo or another version of New York. But as citizens in this society we are governed by our humanity principals to seek an appropriate and improved life for the neglected sector, and also help to expose the hidden potentials and positive actions within those communities. According to the aim of seeking better a society our initiative Egyptian Urban Action tackles such stereotypes as “Eliminating informal areas”, “the uprising of the hungry ones” and “Thugs”… and the state’s attempts to convince the rest of the population of dangers from ” the informal area residents”, the questions remain …
Do residents of informal areas have the means to develop their own living conditions?
Does the state provide for their basic living rights?
Does providing housing units in a far remote area, Enough?

The initiative and exhibition of Egyptian Urban Action is funded by The British Council, Cairo and Tarek Waly Center. And consists of two halls; the first contains urban analysis manifested in images and maps where we observe cases of urban deterioration with some suggestions, and the second hall will be showing a series of short documentaries (25 minutes) where local residents of such areas express their problems and suggest alternatives.

The scheduled events of the exhibition are:
7th July 2012 Exhibition Opening - 7.00 pm
8th July: Discussions day 1: 7.00 pm
Action planning projects’ experiences in Cairo, Speakers:
Khalil Shaat - Dina Shehayeb - Hany Miniawy
15 July: Discussions day 2 : 7.00 pm
The state policy towards informal areas, speakers:
Manal Tibe - Mohamed Abdel Azim

Open discussions will be in 8th and 15th of July – in the main exhibition hall
For any inquires or questions, please e-mail - 0100 125 2473
Partial work of the initiative, published in 31st March 2012

It’s Countryside- Life outside Cairo

A fantastic short film shared by Zawia magazine documents life outside Cairo, particularly in Sohag in Upper Egypt. While the south generates massive state income from tourism in addition to providing much of Egypt’s food, wealth has been in the hands of too few and the money never circulates back into these local economies. Egypt’s highly centralized system has had severe impact on the economy and development of small and medium sized cities.