Living Archive Cairo – The Rafla Collection

Project presentation with Ihab Rafla, Ali Atef, Nadine El Banhawy Dana Enani, Tamer El Said, Randa Megahed, Maged Nader
Sep 3, 2021 18.30 Arsenal Cinema, free admission

Magdy Rafla was a jeweler who lived in Cairo till his death in 2018 at the age of 87. Rafla was a dedicated cinephile who collected thousands of films from all around the world spanning from the early 1900s to the 1980s. The diverse collection material includes international classics, but the real treasure is amateur footage of Egypt shot during the 1920s and 1930s. Capturing local provinces, bustling Cairene streets, and governorates such as Port Said and Alexandria, with material shot by both Egyptians and Europeans living in the country, the footage provides a unique window into Egyptian life during the British protectorate era. It also contains footage shot in European cities by Egyptians during the 1950s and 1960s. Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre and Arsenal are collaborating on the artistic, curatorial, and scientific examination of the collection with a group of researchers and artists from Cairo.