The cinematic love letter to Cairo that none of its residents will see

Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City documents life in the Egyptian capital over 10 years, but authorities have refused him a permit to show it Ruth Michaelson, Wednesday 12 July 2017 Ask a Cairo resident to describe the most frustrating thing about living in the Egyptian capital, and they will likely tell you about the noise, the […]

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Khalid Abdalla: ‘I didn’t have the right to play Arab roles unless I had lived the struggle’

The Kite Runner actor is also an activist involved in documenting Egypt’s uprising and subsequent collapse. So why has the Cairo premiere of his new film been called off? For Khalid Abdalla, the boundary between life and art has repeatedly blurred and shifted over the past six years. The actor, best known for his roles in films such as The Kite […]

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Swimming Backwards

 Khalid Abdalla   31 October 2016 My father isn’t dead yet, but he almost died twice. Illness brought us to the very edge of the precipice and both times his loosening grip sent stones of harrowing sizes tumbling, but the avalanche of grief has so far remained in place, alert. Still, walking on the fault line I have come close […]

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Changing Frames & Fault Lines: Notes Towards a Map of a Revolution’s Shifting Narratives

Khalid Abdalla The story of the Egyptian revolution carries a heavy burden. Its many tales travel across contexts and experience, within Egypt and beyond it, influencing movements and revolutions while building dreams and threatening them. Solidarity fundamentally entails sharing an interpretation of a story. How that story is told and re-told has political and historical implications that are as much […]

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International actor Khalid Abdalla on filmmaking as activism and the battle over the Arab image in cinema

Ahram Online met with renowned Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla and discussed his varied repertoire as a filmmaker, producer, co-founder of important film initiatives and also as a political activist Nourhan Tewfik , Saturday 26 Dec 2015 “It was a World War I play. We were in a classroom. All the chairs were moved to the side and there was a […]

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Khalid Abdalla: I’m convinced that revolution stage two will come

By julietomlin  March 30, 2011, Frontline Club British-Egyptian actor and producer Khalid Abdalla flew from London to Egypt soon after it became clear that the protests of 25 January were gathering momentum and was there for the Friday ‘Day of anger’ on 28 January. The Kite Runner star, whose other credits include Green Zone and In the Last Days of the City, was memorably interviewed from […]

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Khalid Abdalla Has His Eye on Egypt

February 26, 2014, Vice by Jared Malsin Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla is one of the chief protagonists in the documentary The Square, which was nominated earlier this month for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His new film, In the Last Days of the City, is going to be even better. Last Days tells a story that roughly echoes Khalid’s own life: It’s the […]

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Egypt: ‘I hold both the army and Brotherhood responsible’

Channel 4 News, 14 August 2013 Actor and director Khalid Abdalla gives his personal response to the deadly violence gripping Egypt following operations to clear pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.   I’m disgusted by the blood, and resisting falling prey to a polarised narrative. I don’t believe the sit-in should have been cleared, but I’m against what the sit-in stands for. […]

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Egypt crisis: ‘Both sides are wrong’ – actor and activist Khalid Abdalla

16 August 2013 Both the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood are “wrong” and “fundamentally fascist organisations”, an Egyptian actor and activist has claimed. Khalid Abdalla, known to western audiences for his roles in The Kite Runner and United 93, told the BBC’s Mishal Husain the he “rejected the binaries” being presented – the choice between the two organisations – […]

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