Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Zawya Plots Arthouse Expansion

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Zawya Plots Arthouse Expansion

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In addition to the cinema it operates in downtown Cairo, the company is collaborating with cinemas in the cities of Alexandria, Tanta and Menya to host weekly screenings of Arab and European independent films.

Owned by Misr International Films, Zawya also operates a distribution arm, Zawya Distribution, which focuses on independent Egyptian films. In November, the company released Nadine Salib's award-winning documentary Mother Of The Unborn [pictured], which screened in Cairo and Alexandria, and Ahmed Nour's Waves, which played for six weeks in the seaport city of Suez where the film is set.

Zawya Distribution also released Egyptian omnibus film The Mice Room, which premiered at DIFF in 2013, in Cairo and Alexandria earlier this year. It also distributes its titles across TV, VOD and in-flight platforms. …

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