Film Series: Cairo Through Cinema
“Terrorism and Kebab”
Wednesday, November 2 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Olin LC 115
Directed by Sherif Arafa
Egypt, 1992, 105mins
Arabic with English subtitles
“Terrorism and Kebab” is a farce denouncing the absurdity of bureaucracy in modern Egypt. Adel Imam, Egypt’s leading comic actor, is a father who wants to move his son to a school closer to home. He goes to El-Mugamaa, the center of Cairo’s monolithic bureaucracy, to pick up the required documents. Frustrated by the lack of response, he ends up attacking a fundamentalist official and, when armed police respond to the situation, a machine gun accidentally finds its way into Imam’s hands.
As a terrorist, his demands to the Minister of Internal Affairs are simple: Shish Kebab made of high-class lamb. After having a hearty meal with his hostages, however, his demands become more political.