The Results of Production Awards Program – 2nd Round 2013 :
Culture Resource is pleased to announce the grantees of the second round of 2013 Production Awards program for young Arab artists. In this round, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) received 152 applications from Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Morocco, that all underwent meticulous evaluation by expert Juries, and 10 awards were granted to new projects in the following fields:
Randa Abu Al-Dahab – Egypt
Project: Patron [working title] This documentary attempts to trace the evolution of Egyptian women’s fashion from the beginning of the 1920s to the present. The film reviews how clothing has changed during a relatively long period of time in an attempt to assess the political, economic and social changes that both accompanied and influenced those changes, and made those changes in fashion into an unwritten language recording the different developments in people’s life and history.
Amer Mattar- Syria
Project: Only One Corpse There
The short film revolves around the story of the photographer Muhammad Nur (the director’s brother) who disappeared at the end of August. Nur disappeared when a car bomb went off as he was photographing a battle between one of the Free Army militias and the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. This short film depicts the conflicts between society and the Islamic militias that now occupy the city of Raqqa.
Ahmed Magdy Abd Al-Rasoul- Egypt
Project: The Armenian Storyteller
The novel tells the story of an Egyptian woman of Armenian origins, her own personal history and the history that preceded her. It depicts the tragedy of the Armenians and the massacres they have suffered at the hands of the Ottoman authorities. By tracing the life of this woman, the novel takes a look at the beginnings of those massacres in 1894, passing by the escalating violence against the Armenians in Turkey in 1915 as well as their mass displacement and forced migration. We follow the woman’s journey until she arrives in the Levant with her family. The novel then shows how she ends up immigrating to Egypt and follows the story of her integration within the Armenian community all the way to the Arab Spring.
Ahmed Hussam Al-Deen Soliman -Egypt
Project: Slaves of Battle
This novel is set at the time of the digging of the Suez Canal in the period between 1859 and 1869. It depicts the nature of life around the Canal and the suffering of the workers who took part in digging it. In narrative form, the novel recalls the testimonies of Miguel, Fawazan and other senior engineers involved in the project. Through the character of a Nubian servant who worked for both the Governor Saeed and the Khedive Ismail, the novel also gives us glimpses at the scene inside Abdeen palace.
Tarek Yamany – Lebanon
Solo Piano Album
This solo piano album contains tracks composed by Tarek Yamany as well as tracks from the Arab and Turkish musical heritage, newly directed and distributed, deriving their depth not only from the tunes, but also from the jazz harmony and Arab, Afro-American and Brazilian tempos.
Anas Mohammad Ali Al-Maghrabi – Syria
First album for the band Bread of the State
Bread of the State was founded in Beirut in the last months of 2012, and its all-Syrian members came together in the beginning of 2013. The album belongs to the category of concept albums, and it consists of 12 songs. The album tells of a story of a Syrian young man who lived through the events of the Arab Spring, and more specifically the Syrian revolution, with all its positive and negative repercussions on his life and the lives of his friends. The story is told from a purely humanitarian point of view without any political connotations.
Wael Ali – Syria
Project: Do you know that I don’t remember?
The theatrical performance is based on revisiting the life story of a Syrian political prisoner during the 1980s. His personal life story, and the attempts to restore it and reconstruct it, are the backbone of the performance. The performance questions the issue of personal memory and its intersection with collective memory at a critical stage in Syrian history: in the 70s and 80s. This personal narrative, however, takes place now at a moment of continuous violence, where the witness, the owner of the story, sees the cornerstones and pillars of his memory and his story, the geography of the place he narrates itself, ceaselessly destroyed and dismantled as he tries to reconstruct his memories.
Aly Shahrour – Lebanon
Project: The Moon’s Resting Place
This is a group theatrical dance that examines the aesthetics of the concept of Tarab or music appreciation, and its manifestations in the Arab body of the youth today. Women listen to Om Kolthoum’s voice and express their passion and the dispossession of their bodies as they lose themselves in her voice. The waves of Tarab take them to a state that forces them to adapt; a state the body rejects enforcing and thus restores its original impulses by surrendering to the voice of this Arab woman who has become the last of the living legends in the Arab world.
Ismail Al-Nazer – Egypt
Project: Film and Story
This is a multimedia project that combines the arts of folklore and popular performance with the arts of cinema, music and folk art. Through a combination of those arts, the project presents an animated film that narrates a popular folk tale. The film is a series of animated paintings, which relay the events of the folk tale and finds a new medium to tell the story in a digital form.
Sahar Abdallah – Egypt
This interactive exhibition, for children in the primary stage of education, uses visual arts and literature. In addition to restoring the art of Egyptian folklore, which allows the child to enjoy the art of narrative through pictures (The World in a Box or Sandouk Al-Donya), accompanied with the voice of the story-teller and the accompanying music of the Rababa, the project also aims to elevate the appreciation of art among children and to help them develop relationships with different forms of art. It restores the importance of some forms of Egyptian arts that the new generations of Egyptian children have almost forgotten.
The jury committees:
• VIDEO: Anne-Marie Jacir (Palestine), Faouzi Ben Saidi (Morocco) and Mohamed al-Darraji (Iraq).
• THEATRE: Latifa Ahrar (Morocco), Osama Ghanam (Syria) and Ahmed Al-Attar (Egypt).
• MUSIC: Azza Madian (Egypt), Toufic Farroukh (Lebanon) and Kinan azmeh (Syria).
• LITERATURE: Sahar El Mougy (Egypt), Ali Badr (Iraq) and Anouar Benmalek (Algeria).
• VISUAL ARTS: Hala Elkoussy (Egypt), Nadia Kaabi (Tunisia) and Mohamed Said Baalbaki (Lebanon).