26th Arab Film Festival

A Conversation with Mohammad Shawky Hassan

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Filmmaker Mohammad Shawky Hassan sits down with fellow filmmaker, scholar and journalist Raed Raefi to discuss his film SHALL I COMPARE YOU TO A SUMMER'S DAY.


Watch the film online or on November 18th at the Roxie Theater!


Shall I Compare You to a Summer's Day? is a contemporary queer musical taking Arab folktales as its formal reference, and Egyptian pop music as its primary sonic material. It is based on the filmmaker's personal love diary and told in the form of a “One Thousand andOne Nights” tale, where stories playfully unfold through conversations between Scheherazade, a narrator who never comes into view, and ghosts of former lovers.


Mohammad Shawky Hassan is an Egyptian filmmaker and video artist living and working in Berlin since January 2019. His last film And on a Different Note premiered at the Berlinale - Forum Expanded, and was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) inNew York as part of its permanent collection.


Raed Rafei is a San Francisco-based Lebanese filmmaker, scholar, and multimedia journalist. He has worked as a Middle East reporter, director, and producer for media outlets like The Los Angeles Times, Al-Jazeera, and CNN. Rafei's independent films were screened at international film festivals and received several awards. Rafei is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.