The settlement


Egypt / Germany / France
Genre: Drama
Stage: Post-production

Writer & Director: Mohamed Rashad
Producer: Hala Lotfy

A story about the viscous circle of injustice surrounding the working class set In a shanty town called ʻAl Nagʼ which l ies in the ghostly district of Wardiyan in Alexandria, sandwiched between a grain packaging factory and an oil refinery.

Two brothers, Hossam and Maro, live in a slum near a local district in Alexandria. Hossam is twenty three years old, and Maro is twelve. Their father “Sayed” who works in a blades factory dies accidentally in the hands of his co-worker “Mustafa”. The factory management convinces Sayedʼs family to relinquish their legal rights in exchange of hiring both Hossam and Maro.The film begins months after Sayedʼs death, in Hossam and Maroʼs first day at work. The film unfolds over the next five days and presents their relation to Mustafa, who fears that Hossam has accepted to work in the factory in order to be close to him, and be able to avenge his father , while Hossam feels belittled because he has accepted this job as a compensation for his father ʼs death. But at the same time, he feels that i t is his duty to accept the job after he has become responsible for the family.


Egypt /Germany
Genre: Drama
Stage: Development
Writer & Director: Ahmed Abdalla

Producers: Kesmat Elsayed

In Berlin, Mai is mistaken for a dead woman, Hana’s camera reveals alternate realities, and Haider hears voices from trash cans as he pursues vengeance for his brother’s death. The lives of three Arab immigrants intertwine as they seek new beginnings.

ONE LONG DAY in the lives of three Arabs from different countries, social classes, culture and background sharing the experience of creating a new life in Berlin. Their lives intertwine as they navigate their individual paths. May, a Syrian cooking influencer who moved recently to Berlin, encounters a mysterious man who mistakes her for someone else called Razan who died 10 years ago in Aleppo.

Hana, a divorced young Egyptian woman, discovers a peculiar vintage camera with a glitch that shows glimpses of alternate realities, the same day of her ex’s wedding in Cairo. Haider, an Iraqi waiter finds himself captivated and concerned by the peculiar music emanating from trash cans, needs a gun to protect himself while searching for a Turkish human trafficker and faces threats from Turkish and Lebanese gangs.

And me too


Egypt / Germany
Genre: Drama
Stage: Development
Writer & Director: Sondos Shabayek

Producers Kesmat: Elsayed / Laura Kloeckner

An independent Cairene woman is entrapped in a room with her house keeper, conservative cousin, and se-cret boyfriend. She has to confront him about last night but to do so she has to reveal his identity, and their relationship to the two women, and risk it all.

In her flat in Cairo Sara (36 years old, middle-class woman who lives on her own) hears a loud scream and a bang and rushes out to the hall to find Karima her cleaning lady (38-year-old sturdy woman, dressed in a long galabeya), and her cousin Hoda (25-year-old conserva-tive girl, wearing a headscarf) standing next to the body of a man on the floor with an injured head. Hoda saw him sneaking and thought he was a thief and hit him on the head. Together the three women decide to tie him up and drag him to the bedroom, till help arrives.

The story entangles when the man is conscious and reveals that he is Sara’s boyfriend. They doubt his story but when Sara’s responses don’t make sense or add up they start to attack Sara for lying and question her motives for wanting to stop him from leaving.

Meanwhile, all Sara wants is to face Omar about her painful memory of what happened between them last night.

As pressure and tension escalate in the room, Sara insists that Omar can’t leave before they talk. When the two women take his side and attempt to free him, she locks them all up in the room. Now she can not face Omar without facing both Hoda and Karima, and to do so she will have to risk it all, and openly share her story about last night.

Hold time for me


Angola / Germany / Portugal / Spain
Genre: Afro Surrealism
Stage: Development
Writer & Director: FRADIQUE

Producer: Laura Kloeckner

When Luanda is sinking, a grieving young state photographer is assigned to find an eccentric over-suspi-cious Cuban biologist who disappeared after she joined a secret expedition to find a new capital for Angola, thirty years ago.

WHEN Luanda is sinking because of water boreholes, TwentyEight, a grieving young state photographer suffering from kinetosis is assigned by his neighborhood council to find Zoila – an accentric and lonely veteran Cuban biologist. Zoila has been missing for 30 years in the interior of Angola, after participating in a secret expedition to find a new land to be the future capital of the country during the socialist regime. The Film is a road trip of collective change and confrontation with the paon of loss, that is still sought in the forgotten utopias of an abandoned country. When we lose someone we love or wake up from a dream, time slips through our hands and our memory tried to resist by creating new paths. But in a not-so-distant future where the consequences of climate change are extreme, impossible to circumvent and where hope for new ways forward might come from where you least expect it. Just like a poem, the films builds on that utopian will that only memory and art allow: to hold time – at least enough for us to remember a new path.

Abo zaabal prison 1989

2024 / 80 min

Egypt / Germany
Genre: Politics / Human interest
Stage: Post-production
Director: Bassam Mortada

Producer: Kesmat Elsayed

In search of understanding and healing, filmmaker and activist Bassam Mortada explores his father’s arrest, imprisonment and torture in 1989, reconstructing and reconsidering the experience that traumatized and divided his family.

In 1989, Mahmoud Mortada Bassams father was arrested, imprisoned and tortured at the infamous Abo Zabaal prison. Soon after release, Mahmoud left his family and country, making a new life in Vienna from which he would occasionally send cassette recordings to his wife and young son in Egypt. Bassam Mortada, a child of five in 1989, was raised by his mother, Fardous, a socialist activist herself, who made no secret of her anger and disappointment while carrying the burden of her own trauma and illness alone. She could not just “break down” like he had; she couldnʼt just leave. Between these two narratives, one partial and occasional, the other full and immediate, Bassam grew alienated from both, suppressing his own trauma and confusion. In this documentary consideration of the events of 1989 and their enduring ramifications, Bassam films his efforts to renew or restore relationships with his parents as the path to historical truth, emotional comprehension and psychological healing. In conversation with his parents, family friends and fellow prisoners of his fathers, he elicits painful memories, perspectives and insights. Probing his own history, he re-listens to the recordings sent by his father from Vienna, recreating visions, flashbacks and memories based on those tapes. Going a step further, he visits Abo Zabaal in order to reconstruct as closely as possible what his father endured 30+ years ago.

Again and forever

2024 / 90 min

Genre: Biography
Stage: Production
Director: Ahmed Abdalla

Producers: Kesmat Elsayed / Mai Saad

Inspired by Youssef Chahine’s personal cinema, and the sit-in of the artists featured in his film “Alexandria: Again and Forever”, Ahmad Abdalla, an independent film-maker, narrates his coming of age story and his generation of artists that grew up finding the world that inspired them disappear.

This is a story told and narrated by its filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla who retraces the events of growing up in Cairo during the 80ʼs and 90ʼs while being bewitched by the Cinema, the art of filmmaking in a city that was saying goodbye to a long era of classic Egyptian cinema and entering a new phase. Abdalla paints his narrative by unearthing rare archives, original scripts, images, visuals of downtown, posters and films with their behind the scenes. During this personal coming of age story Abdalla focuses on the story of a specific film made by the legendary Youssef Chahine, as this film was the most personal of Chahine tackling his personal life, and the way he is seeing Cinema in general. Alexandria: again and forever magically inspired Abdalla to become a filmmaker and was the film that documented the last stand of the Egyptian artists against the Mubarak Regime in the 80ʼs in the very beginning of his reign. It is the only living proof of what happened and it documented such a unique moment in Egyptian cinema history that was never repeated. The script of the film contains scenes that have not been filmed and will be animated and brought to life for the first time. For these reasons Abdalla is tracking the audience back to trace the steps of Chahine but not in retrospect but in comparison to the current moment in Egypt. Abdalla is mixing his own coming of age stories with the real events that happened in Cairo to contemplate the changes and what might have happened to Egypt and its art in the last 30 years.


2025 /  75 I 52 min

Egypt / South Africa / Germany
Genre: Wildlife / Human Interest / Environment
Stage: In production
Director: Omar Manjounah

Producers: Laura Kloeckner / Kesmat Elsayed
Mohamed Ezzat returns to Lake Nasser with one mission: saving the crocodiles that are disappearing. Will the experiment of a single young researcher succeed in stopping the hunters and fishermen on the lake and offer-ing an alternative?

When Egyptian environmental researcher Mohamed Ezzat returns to Lake Nasser, he makes a shocking dis-covery: the identity of the lake as he had known it all his life has dramatically changed. Fishermen have taken con-trol of the lake’s activities, surpassing their fishing habits to target the largest organism on the top of the lake’s food chain.

Crocodile numbers have since decreased in an unimaginable way. Once worshiped as god-like crea-tures in the ancient kingdom, they survived in the waters for millions of years.

Today, within only a few decades their existence nears extinction. This realisation leads Ez-zat to take action.

Together with a group of dedicated lonestars, he launches the first and only self-organised crocodile conservation unit in Egypt. The film follows the crew on a journey across Africa’s largest human-made lake as they uncover the dynamics and sublime networks of poachers that nurture the massive crocodile extermina-tion. As Ezzat and his crew pass their days and nights in complete isolation on the boat, their fears of the reptiles turn into a dreamy immersion with the magical worlds of the lake’s mythical features blurring the finities of reality.

How many nights, how many days?

Hybrid Documentary
2026 / 80 I 52 min

Egypt / Germany
Genre: Animation / History
Stage: Development
Director: Alaa Dajani

Writers: Kesmat Elsayed & Alaa Dajani

Producers: Kesmat Elsayed / Laura Kloeckner

An extraordinary story of a young peasant, Younis Abdalla, brought to the front lines of the First World War in France only to find himself merely escaping a massacre by the allied forces that recruited him. An untold history of survival, invisibilized labor and colonialism.

Younis Abdallah, a young peasant from Al-Himamiya village in Upper Egypt did not know what conscription to the Egyptian Labour Corps would entail. Young, shy and naive, he is brought from his peaceful village to the front lines of WW1 in France. By 1917, 300,000 or more peasants were forcefully conscripted into the Egyptian Labor Corps. Younis Abdallah was one of the few surviving memories. When his mentor Sheikh Abbas is captured to be sent to the war front, Younis decides to volunteer in his stead. Onboard the ship to Calais, he forms a friendship with Quabaisy, a more free spirited peasant from a neighboring village whose later death ig-nites Younis into protest. He is put into a group led by Sabet Haroun, a strong and proud leader who leads work strikes and becomes a role model for Younis. We follow Younis as he sheds his shell and realizes the power he possesses and that of his group.

Woefully unequipped, he endures many adversaries as he is stripped, shaved, humiliated, punished and almost killed. But at the same time through the collective spirit that is built in the group through songs, dances, jokes and theater we see him transform into a hero. When Younis survives the massacre executed by the British against them for protesting their work conditions and manages to return and tell his sto-ry he becomes a catalyst in fueling the biggest peasant revolts in twentieth-century Egypt, the 1919 revolution.


2011 62 min

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.