Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Commemoration of actor Ahmed Zaki

tribute to legendary actor Ahmed Zaki
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 PM
Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8 Street
Please join us for a special tribute to legendary actor Ahmed Zaki on the first anniversary of his death

HIS EXCELLENCY, THE MINISTR (Maali al-Wazir)by Samir Seif.

Egypt, 2003, 120 min, 35 mmUS PremiereIn his last film to be screened commercially before his death, the impossibly talented Ahmed Zaki takes us to the dark world of official corruption in Egypt.

In the film His Excellency, The Minister, Zaki brilliantly plays the part of Mr. Rustom, who after being mistakenly appointed to the ministerial cabinet due to a confusion of names, uses his position of power to illegally amass a huge fortune.

The film investigates the price that Mr. Rustom pays for such power manipulation, which ultimately leads him to suffer from intense alienation from his family and friends. Through the tribulations of Rustom, the film takes an audacious and critical stance towards the current political situation in Egypt. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Post-screening discussion with Karim Tertousieh (NYU) and Mona Eltahawy (journalist, NYC)Arte News's April issue is dedicated to Zaki and his legacy. Read new and recently translated articles and reviews about the life and legacy of Zaki as well as his filmography and biography by visiting



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A CINEMA EAST FILM SCREENINGPresented by AretEast, the Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, and the Kevorkian Center at NYU Present:


UPCOMING:ArteEast and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Present:A RETROSPECTIVE OF SYRIAN CINEMA. MAY 5-18, 2006More details coming soon.


Cinema East is a collaborative project of ArteEast, Inc., the Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and the Kevorkian Center at NYU. This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs. It is sponsored by the American University of Beirut and The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's New York Chapter. Additional support is provided by Persian Arts Festival, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, and Print Icon.


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