NOW PLAYING: Right on Time with CAIRO 678

Cairo678banner“Cairo 678 is an important film — one all women should watch and all men should pay attention to.” 
– The Huffington Post

Global Lens 2013 is full-steam ahead, wrapping up at the Santa Barbara IFF and Portland IFF, and this month we’re putting the spotlight on CAIRO 678.


The story: CAIRO 678 follows three Cairene women from different backgrounds who join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives. We begin on an overcrowded bus line, which is dreaded by Fayza (Boshra) as a daily site of humiliation and anguish. Responding to a self-defense talk by Seba (Nelly Karim), whose own assault has driven her marriage apart, Fayza fights back—and soon has a police detective searching for her amid public panic. Meanwhile, Nelly (Nahed El Sebaï) an aspiring comic, faces pressure from her family to drop a lawsuit against her attacker. Mohamed Diab’s deftly braided narrative tells a gripping, timely social tale through its patchwork of interconnected lives and deeds.

“In his directorial debut, Mohamed Diab gives us a glimpse into the hearts and minds of three women from Cairo whose daily lives are affected by their traumatic experiences. From the initial incident to the lasting effects on their families and personal lives, the viewer follows them as they search for some kind of justice.” – Seattle International Film Festival

Book Now: Bring this film to your theater or community. Preview CAIRO 678 and the rest of the Global Lens 2013 lineup now on Festival Scope and email us at to schedule a screening.

CAIRO 678 and other films from the Global Lens 2013 film series are now playing at the following venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada:The_Carter_Center

Carter Center (Atlanta, GA)
February 23rd

Texas Tech University  Lubbock, TX
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2013 Series
March 7

Stay tuned for CAIRO 678 April showings at….


UNC Chapel Hill

Cinefranco Toronto

ReelWorld Film Festival

Gasparilla International Film Festival/Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa, FL):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2013 film series
February 8th – December 13th
Check the film calendar for screening information

San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2013 film series
February 17th – December 31st
Check the film calendar for screening information

Portland International Film Festival (Portland, OR):
MODEST RECEPTION (dir. Mani Haghighi, Iran)
February 7th – 23rd

Block Cinema (Evanston, IL):
ABOUT 111 GIRLS (dir. Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira, Iraq)
February 22nd

Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival (Toronto, ON):
THE PARADE (dir. Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia)
February 26th – March 7th

Miami International Film Festival (Miami, FL):
BEIJING FLICKERS (dir. Zhang Yuan, China)
March 1st – 10th

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (San Francisco, CA):
BEIJING FLICKERS (dir. Zhang Yuan, China)
March 14th – 24th

Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL):
THE PARADE (dir. Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia)
March 17th – 19th

The Global Lens 2013 film series lineup:

ABOUT 111 GIRLS (DARBARE 111 DOKHTAR), dir. Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira, Iraq, 2012, 79 minutes
An Iranian state official, his driver and a young guide race across a troubled but magnificent landscape to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.



BEIJING FLICKERS (YOU-ZHONG), dir. Zhang Yuan, China, 2012, 96 minutes
A young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth experiences moments of euphoria amid despair as he roams the city with other misfit dreamers in this darkly funny, gorgeously gritty portrait of disaffected youth. Official Selection, 2012 Toronto IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.



CAIRO 678, dir. Mohamed Diab, Egypt, 2010, 100 minutes
Three Cairene women from different backgrounds warily unite to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives—and become a citywide plague—but their unconventional response provokes a dogged police hunt. Official Selection, 2011 New Directors/New Films; Official Selection, 2011 Seattle IFF; Muhr Arab Feature Best Actress and Best Actor, 2010 Dubai IFF.


THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (EL FANTASTICO MUNDO DE JUAN OROL), dir. Sebastian del Amo, Mexico, 2012, 90 minutes
Move over Ed Wood! The story of Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to life, the movies and a self-made man of showbiz. Best First Feature Film, 2012 Guadalajara IFF.



LIFE KILLS ME (LA VIDA ME MATA), dir. Sebastian Silva, Chile, 2007, 92 minutes
Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, absurd and poignant at once, in celebrated director Sebastián Silva’s debut film about the unlikely friendship between a grieving, young cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. Best First Feature Film, 2008 International Latino FF; Best Chilean Film of 2007, Chilean Art Critics Circle.



MODEST RECEPTION (PAZIRAIE SADEH), dir. Mani Haghighi, Iran, 2012, 100 minutes
Two sibling-sophisticates from Tehran travel the mountainous northern countryside, maniacally pushing bags of money on locals—a hilarious and alarming exercise that unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power and corruption. NETPAC Prize, 2012 Berlin IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Chicago IFF.



THE PARADE (PARADA), dir. Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia, 2011, 115 minutes
In exchange for some wedding-planning expertise, a macho Serbian crime boss recruits a ragtag group of Balkan war-buddies to provide protection for a Pride march in this rollicking yet poignant comedy inspired by real events. Panorama Audience Award, 2012 Berlin IFF; FIPRESCI Serbia Award for Best Serbian Film 2011.



SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS, dir. Suman Ghosh, India, 2012, 65 minutes
An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is determined to get the streetlights turned off after sunrise, but finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo. Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.



SOUTHWEST (SUDOESTE), dir. Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2011, 128 minutes
A young woman gives birth on her deathbed to a child who, spirited away to a remote lakeside village, lives her lifetime in a single day, in this hauntingly dreamlike tale of incommensurable life. Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Best Latin American Film and Best Photography, 2011 Rio IFF; Official Selection, 2012 IFF Rotterdam.



STUDENT, dir. Darezhan Omirbayev, Kazakhstan, 2012, 90 minutes
A solitary philosophy student commits a calculated violent crime against the backdrop of Kazakhstan’s growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of eat-or-be-eaten in this broodingly contemporary adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Un Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes FF; Official Selection, 2012 Toronto IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Venice IFF.


The Global Lens film series is an annual, curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Films from the series are screened in more than fifty cities nationwide, are featured exclusively on Virgin America airlines, and include top festival picks and official submissions to the Oscars. All proceeds received from Global Lens are reinvested in the Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program, and other philanthropic programs of the Initiative.

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