Rowan El Shimi

Culture journalist

Rowan El Shimi is a culture journalist from Cairo, but she often finds herself working on stories all over the country, especially Alexandria. She covers a range of topics in culture, mostly revolving around film, theater and photography, with a special focus on read more
Photocopy: A story of evolution, told through Instagram filters
Rowan El Shimi | The film relies on relatable, unconvincing characters, and without a strong structure, feels incomplete
Egypt’s cinematic gems: Sleepless Nights
Rowan El Shimi | Hany Khalifa's frank film broke the prudish "clean cinema" trend in 2003.
6 summer reading recommendations from Mada
Heba El-Sherif, Lara El Gibaly, Laura Bird, Maha ElNabawi and Rowan El Shimi | Five of us have chosen six diverse novels, most of which are available in Egypt’s bookstores.
Egypt’s cinematic gems: A Taste of Fear
Rowan El Shimi | A document in which the post-1967 sentiment is delivered by unusual suspects
A definitive guide to Cairo Cinema Days
Jenifer Evans, Lara El Gibaly, Rowan El Shimi and Yasmine Zohdi | We watched 40 + films to help guide you through Zawya's exciting regional cinema festival
Samir Farid remembered by the filmmakers and critics he affected
Rowan El Shimi | Filmmakers and fellow critics tell us their memories of the renowned film writer
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Budget cuts threaten survival of AUC’s theater program, says professor
Graffiti book seized pending police enquiry despite censors’ approval