Edited promo for the talk from Cimatheque's Facebook, April 19, 2018 – Facebook/zawyacinema
CAIRO – 19 April 2018: The creators of the Egyptian TV series, "Seventh Neighbour" (Sabe' Gaar) will be hosting a talk at Cimatheque, hosted by Zawya Cinema on Friday, April 27, titled "From the Big to the Small Screen".
The series premiered in 2017 on CBC Drama, and is notable for being produced by three young female creators; Ayten Amin, Heba Yousry and Nadine Khan. "Seventh Neighbour" is a socially conscious drama centered on a group of people who share the same apartment building in Heliopolis, and explores how connected our lives can be through a series of intertwining stories. The focus of the show explores the differences between our personal lives and what we put out in the public, alongside social issues affecting the people of Egypt today. It received a great deal of attention amongst the Egyptian public, serving to push the boundaries on what is considered acceptable to show and discuss on Egyptian TV.
"Seventh Neighbour" featured an ensemble cast including the likes of Sherine, Sarrah Abdel Rahman, Osama Abbas, Ahmed Dash, Heidi Karam.
Amin started off as part of the 2011 ensemble documentary "Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad, and The Politician". Later, she produced her own feature film titled "Villa 69", released in 2013. It earned her the Special Jury Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Yousry is a director and actor who wrote, starred and directed her own film, "Another Passion", which screened in France as part of the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels. Yousry also previously starred in Amin's "Villa 69". Khan worked alongside legendary Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah as a co-director, and is the daughter of acclaimed director Mohammed Khan. She worked alongside him to produce "Banat West El-Balad". She went on to debut her own film in 2012 called "Harag W'Marag" (Chaos, Disorder).
For the Cimatheque talk, these three creators will explore various topics such as how a TV series goes into production, the various stages of work, how working on a TV series differed from their previous works in film and documentary, and how they managed to navigate the demands of producers and channels to ensure their vision remained mostly intact.