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Straight Outta Cairo: Cutting East kicks off with Egyptian hip hop doc thanks to Boost Award

Date posted: 18.06.2014

Youth film festival Cutting East opens this Friday with a gala screening of Electro Chaabi at Mile End's Genesis cinema - including a Q&A with director Hind Meddeb and a live 'Cutting Beats' musical performance from fusion four-piece Daisychain Galaxy.

The Franco-Tunisian director has been brought to London with funding from Film Hub London's Boost Award, which is also supporting a further screening and Q&A at West London's Mosaic Rooms on 9 July.

Revolutionary rhymes

Electro chaabi is a musical movement that exploded out of Cairo's slums in the midst of Egypt's Cultural Revolution, fusing classic Arabic sounds and fast electronic beats with MCs spitting out powerful lyrics with a message for positive change in the society they live in. Meddeb's portrait of these young musicians and the struggles they face is an electrifying snapshot of the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

Cutting East

Running 20-22 June as part of the East End Film Festival and in partnership with Tower Hamlets and Queen Mary's University of London, Cutting East is a festival that aims to explore youth issues and views in the local area by empowering young people to showcase their talents in the form of film, dance, spoken word and music as well as event organisation, curating and programming.  

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When: Friday 20 June, 7.00pm
Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ
Tickets: £6.00

Book to see Electro Chaabi at Cutting East

When: Wednesday 9 July, 7.30pm
Mosaic Rooms, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW

Book to see Electro Chaabit at The Mosaic Rooms

About the Boost Award

The Boost Award is a Film Hub London initiative aimed at enabling exhibitors to broaden their programming and increase opportunities for audience engagement. Awards of up to £3,000 are given to organisations partnering with at least two other Film Hub London members to showcase rare or unseen film, or secure talent to support an event or screening. The current round of the Boost Award is now open. The deadline for applications is 29 August.

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