Yasmine El Rashidi

Chronicle of a Last Summer / Χρονικό ενός τελευταίου καλοκαιριού


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Cairo, 1984. A blisteringly hot summer. A young girl in a sprawling family house. Her days pass quietly: listening to a mother’s phone conversations, looking at the Nile from a bedroom window, watching the three state-sanctioned TV stations with the volume off, daydreaming about other lives. Underlying this claustrophobic routine is mystery and loss. Relatives mutter darkly about the newly-appointed President Mubarak. Everyone talks with melancholy about the past. People disappear overnight. Her own father has left, too—why, or to where, no one will say.
We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can’t ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak’s overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life.
At once a mapping of a city in transformation and a story about the shifting realities and fates of a single Egyptian family, Yasmine El Rashidi’s Chronicle of a Last Summer traces the fine line between survival and complicity, exploring the conscience of a generation raised in silence.

Κάιρο, 1984, ένα ζεστό καλοκαίρι.
Ένα μικρό κορίτσι μεγαλώνει στην οικογενειακή έπαυλη. Παράπονό της η απουσία του Πατέρα και η αποστασιοποιημένη αυστηρότητα της Μητέρας. Οι μέρες της περνούν στη σιωπή: κοιτάζει τον ήρεμο Νείλο από το παράθυρό της, παρακολουθεί χωρίς ήχο τα τρία μη απαγορευμένα κανάλια, πλάθει με τη φαντασία της τις ζωές των άλλων. 
Η Yasmine El Rashidi αποτυπώνει την εντελώς ρευστή πραγματικότητα που ζει ως κορίτσι, ως έφηβη, ως γυναίκα. 
Ισορροπώντας μεταξύ επιβίωσης και συνενοχής, διηγείται την πορεία μιας γενιάς που μεγάλωσε στη σιωπή και συγχρόνως το πρόσφατο ταραγμένο πολιτικό σκηνικό της γειτονικής Αιγύπτου.

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