An Egyptian independent theatre director and playwright, Ahmed El Attar is the artistic director of D-CAF and Falaki Theatre, as well as the founder and manager of Orient Productions, Temple Independent Theatre Company and Studio Emad Eddin. With several degrees under his belt and having received recognition and awards from institutions worldwide, his work has been performed all over Europe and the Arab region. In 2005 El Attar was chosen by the Arabic edition of Newsweek as one of forty-two personalities who’ve influenced change in the Arab world. In 2010, El Attar received the prize for best theatre text from the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development for his play ‘Life is Beautiful or Waiting for My Uncle From America’. His latest play ‘The Last Supper’ was in the official selection of the 69th edition of the Avignon International Theatre Festival (2015) and the Festival D’Automne in Paris (2015) making it the first Egyptian play ever to be programmed in both festivals.
Mahmoud Refat is a sound artist, musician, and producer. He actively collaborates with artists and musicians on art projects of all genres, both locally and internationally. In addition to music production and live performance, over the past 10 years Refat has been involved in multiple projects for the theatrical stage and cinematic screen. In 2005 Refat founded 100COPIES MUSIC, a music label based in Cairo that releases experimental, electronica and jazz-related music from local and regional artists, and serves as a platform and network for the independent music scene in Cairo. With the rise of the local electro-Shaabi scene, Refat has turned his attention to this burgeoning genre, helping propel local artists to international recognition. Through his varied work, Refat has toured in Europe, North Africa, the Arab World, and South America.
Berit Schuck holds a Magister Artium in Comparative Literature, French Literature and Linguistics and Theatre Studies from Berlin Free University, and has worked as an independent curator in the eld of performing arts and visual arts.
Schuck was the artistic director of the festival “Heimspiel 2011” in Cologne (2010-2012) and the co-curator and curator of the “Alexandria Streets Project” in Cairo and Alexandria (2012), the audio installation “Speaking of Beirut and the City is Missing” at the Beirut Art Centre (2013) the o cial parallel project “Trading Urban Stories” at the Marrakech Biennale 5 (2014), the outdoors exhibition “Dream Cities, or: The Waste Land” at Radialsystem in Berlin (2014) as well as the performative exhibition “Trading Zones” at Le 18 and Dar Al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech (2015).
Between 2011-2015, she was a curator-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, the French Cultural Institute in Marrakech, and the Goethe-Institute Taipei. Further curatorial projects were developed with the Goethe- Institute Alexandria (2010, 2012) and the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Berlin (2010-2012). Schuck has lectured on the history of contemporary art in Stockholm, Beirut, Vienna, Archangelsk, Moscow and Berlin. She is also a writer and published texts in exhibition catalogues as well as in print and radio magazines with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Theater der Zeit, Theater heute, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Cairobserver and Brownbook Magazine (forthcoming). Her current interest lies particularly with contemporary collecting practices and the museum of the future. She has done extensive research with artists and curators in Lebanon (2013), Morocco (2013-2016), and most recently Egypt and Palestine.
After having worked at Flach Film and gathered experience as a producer, Isabelle Fauvel created Initiative Film in 1993. Since, she is the privileged partner of writers, directors and producers for all matters of projects and talents development around the following activities : talent scouting, subject research in literature, consulting, story editing and insightful advising during the whole project gestation period.
Throughout her career, Isabelle has worked alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed directors today like Tran Anh Hung (Vietnam), Mohamed Diab (Egypt), Amr Salama (Egypt), So a Exarchou (Greece), Burhan Qurbani (Afghanistan), Yahya Al Abdallah (Palestine - Jordan), Martin Provost (France), Razvan Radulesci (Romania), Hicham Ayouch (Morocco), Guillaume Senez (Belgium) and Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia).