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Hassan Fathy’s Birthday


Hassan Fathy’s Birthday

30-03-2017 : 30-03-2017
12:00PM : 12:00PM
Al-Moez Visiting Center

Screening of It is Not Enough for God to be with the Poor Documentary on Hassan Fathy’s Birthday
In collaboration with Animation 8 and Nadi Le Kol Nass
This documentary portrays the results of the Lebanese director Burhan Aluia’s journey to Egypt and his meeting with the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy in 1978. The idea of this documentary takes the form of a dialogue with Hassan Fathy, in which he expresses his opinions and architectural experience. The documentary also addresses the architectural problems in Egypt. 
Film duration: 70 minutes 
Language: Arabic
Commentators on the Film and on the Contributions and Work of the Engineer Hassan Fathy: 
  • Dr. Essam Safi El-Din – Professor of Architecture and a student of Hassan Fathy
  • Dr. Fekry Hassan – Director of the Management of Cultural Heritage Program at the French University 
About Hassan Fathy:
Hassan Fathy was born in Alexandria, 23 March 1900. However, he lived in his house in Darb El Labana, Al Qalaa, Cairo, where he studied for a diploma in Architecture from Fouad I University (now Cairo University) in 1926. He married Aziza Hassanein, the sister of Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, the Egyptian traveler and explorer. His first job was at Talkha Elementary School in rural Egypt where he developed special interest in rural architecture, or as he named it, “the architecture of the poor”. 
Hassan Fathy was the first Egyptian staff member in the Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1946, he was assigned to design Al- Qarna village in Luxor. On 30 November 1989, he died at the age of 89. 
Burhan Aluia: A Lebanese author and director, born in 1941 in Arnaoon Village at Jabal Amil, South Lebanon. He studied Film Directing at the National Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Brussels, Belgium, where he graduated in 1970. Burhan’s first feature film, Kafr Qassem, made him famous within cinematic circles. In 1978, he wrote and directed his first documentary, It’s Not Enough for God to be with the Poor about the experience of the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy with the architecture of the poor. 
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