films

My Mohamed is different

2021 70 I 52 min

Egypt / Tunisia
Genre: Documentary

Director: Ines Marzouk

Producer: Kesmat Elsayed

Golden-age Sarannah is married to Hamdy, an Egyptian man 30-years her junior. Could this be true love – or is it yet another unspoken ‘business’ relationship so often seen in contemporary Luxor? Sarannah feels she was given a new shot at life at 50 and can now re-live her youth. Madly in love with Hamdy, all she wants to do is spend time with him and enjoy life. In her eyes, he is not like the other gold-digging Egyptian men. Certainly not like Khaled, who married her friend Nerchia, before finding a much younger 2nd Egyptian wife to provide him with children. Nerchia struggles to accept that the kind loving man she loved changed so drastically. She has to make hard decisions now that she knows his true color. As for Abdel-Rahim, a local tour guide married with 2 kids, he will do anything to find a well-to-do foreign woman to secure his future. In the primitive part of the touristic city of Luxor, locals try to escape poverty by marrying older, foreign women. Abdel, like many others, connects with women online to entice them to move to Luxor. It is through an online platform he connects with an older German woman, Monica. After a few months of online romance, she falls for him, moves to Luxor and promises to take care of him. Through confessional meetings with these couples, we get a rare and honest insight into these relationships – mutual arrangements of a sort, that blurs the boundaries between business and romance.

From Cairo

2021 64 min

Egypt
Genre: Documentary

Director: Hala Galal

Producer: Kesmat Elsayed

Hala Galal finds Cairo hunting her, fear crippling her, she meets Heba and Aya. Two women who are leading a single life but managing to face their fears and carve a space for their dreams.

REPORTING A REVOLUTION

2011 62 min

Egypt
Genre: Documentary

Director: Bassam Mortada

Producer: Kesmat Elsayed

Film follows six Egyptian journalists during the first 18 days of the Egyptian revolution 2011, focussing on their stories and their inner conflicts as they are torn between sympathizing with the rebellion and doing their duty as neutral reporters for an independent newspaper. Leading up to the stepping down of Hosni Mubarak, the viewer gets swept up in the events on and around Tharir Square in Cairo with stunning and often very moving footage and interviews.