This research brings to light the tensions between place. Cairo is not the type of city to be categorized as a creative city, rather it is immersed within numerous urban issues on both the physical and social levels. Sociologist Rob Shields claims that an image of the city can actually
be treated as a representation of the society living within. Taking Cairo, as a case study, after the revolution in 2011 the city was subject to many topics concerned with urbanism, which have been portrayed in the form of street art graffiti on the walls of Downtown in Tahrir Square. Cinema is considered by many scholars to be the highest form of visual representation of society and their environment, achieving a projected visual triumph of individuals’ behaviour towards their own surroundings within the city. Cinema can play an important role in presenting a more authentic picture of the city, one that is embedded within its social, physical and urban fabric attempting to raise people’s awareness about the concept of “reclaiming public spaces”. This paper attempts to introduce the concept of cinematic intervention within Cairo’s public spaces and streets as a proposal, rather than an existing factor, and as an exploration process to a possible potential for Cairo to be transformed to a creative city. Eventually, concluding
with a social relationship between society, spaces and cinematic narration.
- Creator: Taher Abdel-Ghani
- Language: English
- Year: 2017-01-25
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