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Sometimes an old Peugeot is parked across the street, playing films projected onto its windshield.The car once belonged to the late Youssef Chahine, Egypt's most-lauded film director, who in his six-decadelong career made films with a social conscience that challenged censors and broke with the dominant studio system.Egypt currently produces only around 20 films a year, less than a quarter of its peak late last century.Three years of instability following Egypt's Arab Spring uprising only worsened the picture. The project hopes to bring quality films to the streets of the Arab world's most populous country. Zawya, for example, hosted films from this year's edition of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, which seeks to revive the area as a vibrant cultural center and expose a wider demographic of Egyptians to fine art.It has also attracted European film bodies hoping to promote their films in a market that has long been poorly tapped. Due to open later this year a few blocks away is another alternative film center, the Cinematheque.
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