Devised as a way to encourage a sense of cultural community during the Covid-19 outbreak, and offer a platform for artists to talk about their work, the Friday Hangout series brings together people interested in Arab culture for a weekly online chat over their lunch breaks, wherever they may be ‘staying home’ in the world. Every week we welcome a guest or two to chat about their careers, their recent projects, and anything else which might be on their minds!
This Friday we’re delighted to welcome Atef Ben Bouzid who directed Cairo Jazzman, a captivating political music documentary about the critically acclaimed Cairo Jazz Festival and its founder Amr Salah. Dedicated to the Egyptian people, the film provides a rare insight into the functioning of civil society and astute observation of the struggles and obstacles of everyday life in Cairo.
Also joining the conversation is MARSM’s Christina Hazboun who will chat to us about their new digital projects, including their new programme showcasing music documentaries from across the Arabic speaking world.
Cairo Jazzman is currently available to view for free on MARSM UK’s new and exciting platform of multimedia projects from the Middle East and North Africa: MARSM Online, until 15 June (11:59PM BST).
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About the Hosts:
Atef Ben Bouzid (Producer/Director): German journalist, director, and producer from Berlin, worked for national and international media outlets and specialized in the fields of sports, music, and society. Atef Ben Bouzid is especially interested in the many aspects of human interaction and communication across cultures and countries. Most recently he directed and produced the feature documentary Cairo Jazzman.
MARSM UK is a London-based concert producer and organiser for alternative and underground Arabic music events in the UK.