Thursday, 18 January 2018, 7.30 pm |
Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin

Love in Times of Revolution


Screening and Discussion in cooperation with Mayadin Al-Tahrir e.V. and the Werkstatt der Kulturen

Film: Happily Ever After
By Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir
Documentary, 2016, Egypt, 71 min., Arabic Engl. subt.
Discussant: Jannis Julien Grimm

In the midst of the chaos of Egypt’s Arab Spring, filmmaker Nada Riyadh falls in love with Ayman. The initial euphoria makes way for doubt, anxiety and blame – a metaphor for the disappointing trajectory of events in Egypt. When Ayman decides to leave the country because of the deteriorating social and political conditions, she does everything she can to convince him to stay. The escalating tension puts her own commitment to remain in the country to the test. 

Jannis Julien Grimm is a Doctoral Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, where he investigates political violence and the dynamics of contention in post-revolutionary Egypt and Turkey. He studied Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science in Münster, Berlin and in Cairo where he has spent several years studying and working. Investigating the transformation processes in Egypt since 2011 through the perspective of “politics from below”, Grimm has conducted field research in Egypt, Turkey and Palestine. Moreover, he has been actively engaged with practitioners in the field through his work on civil society and human rights for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP Berlin. Since 2013, he co-authors the German Development Ministry’s annual report on Egypt and is a reviewer for its Early Warning Crisis Indicator. Grimm regularly writes for several Blogs on Middle East politics. In addition, he tweets @jannisgrimm on Egypt’s political affairs.