This is a review for Mada Masr of the event at Beirut where Wael Shawky presented his new film Al Araba Al Madfuna and a beautiful monograph on his work in general.
[‘Al Araba Al Madfuna’] opens with moody shots of the rural Nile, reminiscent of nostalgic sepia postcards, before cutting to a firelit chamber. A number of small boys, clad in galabiyas and moustaches, file solemnly into the room, and begin telling a story that is dubbed over in grown men’s voices. Each one mimes, in classical Arabic, a part in the story “The J-B-Rs” by the late Egyptian author Mohamed Mustagab. Read more over at Mada Masr.