Abu Dhabi's Aflam Film Club returns on 24th April with a screening of Hesham Issawi's Cairo Exit. The screening is free as ever, though tickets must be booked in advance at www.aflam.com. Ticket colelction and networking takes place from 7pm, with the main feature at 8pm, followed by a Q+A with producer Sherif Mandour.
The film was controversial during shooting back in 2010 as it was forced to continue production with a skeleton crew after its permits were revoked due, claimed the Ministry of Interior, to itsdepiction of a Christian girl pregant with her Muslim lover's child. In the makers' own words, Cairo Exit is: "A powerful account of life in contemporary Cairo, this raw drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers shines a powerful spotlight upon the social and cultural taboos that riddle the city's diverse population. Heralding a bold new shift for contemporary Egyptian cinema, 'Cairo Exit' is a gritty and uncompromising work from a major new cinematic talent, Hesham Issawi."