category From the Middle East, with Love

V.O.

Arabic

SUBTITLES

Romanian, English

PRODUCER

Non'D'Script

ORIGINAL TITLE

The Tentmakers of Cairo

SYNOPSIS

Filmed over three years, The Tentmakers of Cairo spans the time between Egypt’s January 2011 revolution through to the June 2014 election of Abdel Fatah al Sisi as President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The film offers an intimate perspective on the events, through an unprecedented access to a small Egyptian community located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo. Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve their ancient tradition of fabric making. Hosam, his brother Ekramy, and stitchers Hany and Tarek, four talented craftsmen, find themselves thrown into an unknown and unpredictable world as President Mubarak’s 40 year rule is brought to an end. Although they do not leave the market, the revolution reaches them through rumours, propaganda and news from the television sets and radios that can be found in each and every shop. The result is a fascinating microcosm of a transitioning nation, a deeply original and empathetic approach to Egypt's turmoil, which deals masterfully with the complexity of major political events, avoiding any clichés and combining micro and macro perspectives. A journey into a part of Egypt many will never visit, well beyond the Pyramids and the rush of the evening news

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2015 - Visions du Reel, Switzerland, Prix Buyen-Chagoll
2015 - Margaret Mead Film Festival, USA, Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award
2015 - Canberra International Film Festival, Australia
2015 - Faith after the Pharaohs exhibition, British Museum, United Kingdom

DISTRIBUTOR

Non'D'Script

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