In downtown Cairo, The Yacoubian Building, a magnificent example of the Art Deco style, still stands. During its halcyon era of the 1930s and 1940s, it housed the Egyptian elite. Now rundown and accommodating all sorts, The Yacoubian acts as a metaphor for Cairo’s deterioration and its victims of corruption. From a smug self-made millionaire with a thirst for political power to a Piaf-wannabe in a glitzy nightclub, the building and its inhabitants decompose, all victims of their merciless society. Based on a best-selling novel, it’s Egypt’s most expensive film to date. Featuring the country’s top actors, stunning locations and covering such taboo subjects as homosexuality and abortion, The Yacoubian Building broke box-office records in Eygpt and was a popular VIFF title too.
A seasoned and enthusiastic observer of the North American financial scene, Cristobal (Chris) Dobrzanski joined Citizens Bank of Canada (CB) as CEO in January 2010. He has a long relationship with the bank, having served on the board of directors since 2002. He also serves as Chief Economist at CB’s parent company Vancity. Prior to joining Vancity, Chris was a founding director of the University Community Credit Union, which became a branch of the B.C. Teachers Credit Union, later merging with Vancity. He also worked for the Credit Union Reserve Board. Chris served on the board of the Stabilization Central Credit Union in B.C. for six years. He spent over four years with the Bank of British Columbia in international lending in the mid-1980s. Chris’s international work has taken him to Argentina, China, Mexico, and Poland.