Global Lens Film Series: 'Cairo 678'

Chevy Chase Library

Global Lens Film Series: 'Cairo 678'

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 2 p.m.

Image of woman actor from foreign film CairoCairo 678

Directed by Mohamed Diab. Egypt, 2010, Arabic, with subtitles in English.

Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives.

We begin on an overcrowded bus line, dreaded by Fayza as a daily site of humiliation and anguish. Responding to a self-defense talk by Seba, whose own assault has driven her marriage apart, Fayza fights back — and soon has a police detective searching for her amid public panic.

Meanwhile, Nelly, an aspiring comic, faces pressure from family to drop a lawsuit against her attacker. Mohamed Diab’s deftly braided narrative tells a gripping, timely social tale through its patchwork of interconnected lives and deeds.

Find about more screenings of Cairo 678 and other films in the Global Lens Film Series.