Cafes of the Orient

  • Orient des cafés (L')
Genre : Historical
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society
Year of production : 2000
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

El descubrimiento del Oriente a través de la historia de los cafés. Diferentes especialistas : un escritor, un crítico de arte, un cineasta, un sociólogo, cuentan la historia de los cafés de Oriente, ilustrada por extractos de películas orientales.

Cafés in the arab world are places full od stories ans memory that in the course of time have welcomed intellectuals and a multitude of people who spend their days there, smoking the traditional water pipe. Using aye witness accounts, memories and fragments from Egyptian films, the video offers a journey to discover the fascination of these places linked to Arabic culture, from Orient to Paris, to document their changes and the most curious aspects in the era of Internet and mobile phones.

This film is both a sociological and historical piece, and a trip through the Orient; shot in Tunis (Tunisia), Cairo (Egypt), Damascus (Syria) and Istanbul (Turquey).
It is composed of many film archives, excerpts from Egyptian feature films, along with interviews with key figures such as :

* Egyptian writer Gamal El Ghitany,

* French writer Daniel Rondeau,

* Egyptian film director Tawfik Saleh.

DVD available, in english version or in arabic version.

Festivals :
Mediterranean Environmental Award (Turkey 2006), Cinéma Méditerranéen (Bruxelles 2004), Cinéma Africain de Milan (Italie 2001) ; Vues d'Afrique à Montréal (Québec 2001) ; Mediawave Film Festival (Hongrie 2001) ; Festival du Film de Amiens (France 2001).


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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