Mafrouza was a poor quarter in the Egyptian metropolis of Alexandria. It was built on the ruins of an ancient Greek-roman necropolis. Ten million people lived there before it was demolished in 2007. The filmmaker Emmanuelle Demoris spent a total of two years between 2001 and 2004 in Mafrouza and observed the everyday life of several inhabitants. This unique, large-scale documentary project has recently been completed and is now available in the form of the five-part MAFROUZA cycle lasting a total of twelve hours. In 2008 the second part premiered in the framework of the Berlinale's Forum and the fifth part was recently won an award at the festival in Locarno. We are delighted to now present the entire cycle as a German premiere in Kino Arsenal in cooperation with the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin). Emmanuelle Demoris will be present the first weekend.