In person: Tamer El Said, director
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Set in the bustling and chaotic city of Cairo days before the 2011 revolution, this film expresses the faded beauty of a once-great city that lingers even after decades of steep economic decline. A quasi-documentary mixed with improvised acting, the film follows a filmmaker grappling with writer’s block, a departing lover, and an ailing mother. The deeper story explores the struggle to define place and identity in a region on fire. Film description by Samirah Al-Kassim. (Dir.: Tamer El Said, Egypt/Germany/United Kingdom/United Arab Emirates, 2016, 118 min., DCP, Arabic with English subtitles)