The writing workshop is over. An amazing development from Day 1 to Day 3. 5 documentary projects are ready to be piitched internationally. Projects with quality and passion. The doors should be opened for these filmmakers to proceed to the European pitch fora and markets:
“The Virgin Mary, the Copts and me” by Namir Abdel Messeh from France/Egypt, a young director who wants to travel back to his homeland, where his father was jailed during the Nasser time, and his Coptian relatives consider him, a non-believer, with both scepticism and love. “Take me Back to Sydney” by Louly Seif from Egypt, an intriguing project about gender identity from a director, who at the age of 16 years wanted to have her hair cut short as a boy. It turns out that her grandfather was one of the first to make transexual operations in Sydney. The director goes back to meet a drag queen, one of the patients of the grandfather. Elias Moubarak from Lebanon has access to children in a refugee camp (the film has no title yet), where he has been as an aid worker. He has great characters: “Hamada, George, Junior, Evel, Hiba are children refugees, asylum seekers or migrants living in an unstable country: Lebanon.” Dalia Fathallah, from Lebanon as well, calls her project “Little Sunshines” with the subtitle “redheads from Lebanon”, a quite unusual hair colour for this region. She sets out to meet others with the same “handicap” to produce a film, that ” will be light and humorous, even if dealing underneath with deep issues”. Finally, maybe the most courageous of the film projects, “Those Days” – Noha El Meadawy from Egypt wants to make a film that starts from her strong experience of fiiling a case against corruption in Egyptian television finding herself abandoned by people who before supported her. She loses the case and wants to integrate her story into the tragic story of two women from the 70’es. Photo from Dalia Fathallah’s previous film “Mabrouk at Fahrir”.
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