Tonight’s Opening Act
‘Tonight’s Opening Act’ (2018) is an Egyptian film by young filmmaker Zena AbdelBaky. It’s a reflection on creative youth in Cairo and domestic issues Egyptian youth deal with regularly. In the film, a group of college students put together a band in preparation for a competition, but their individual intentions and backgrounds get in the way.
The film was written and directed by Zena AbdelBaky, a young filmmaker born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Due to westernization and the exposure to both western and Egyptian culture and cinema, the film is a depiction of how some Egyptians which are influenced by the western culture use the English and Egyptian Arabic language in their dialogue. It’s inspired by up-and-coming creatives and the new rule-breaking generation which are getting more and more prominent here in Egypt and internationally.