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19 min. Arabic.

In and around the historical ruins of Fustat in Old Cairo, tensions simmer between the site’s government-appointed guards and residents of a nearby informal settlement, al-Izba. The guards chase away looters and confiscate their equipment, while locals infuriate them by taking shortcuts through the site, occasionally stopping for a smoke. For the guards it would be easiest to keep the site closed until further notice.

Ahmed Elghoneimy, born in 1986 in Alexandria, Egypt, is a filmmaker and artist currently living between Alexandria and Cairo. His work revolves around interpersonal tensions between the different protagonists presented in his films, such as sons and fathers (Tripoli Tide, 2018), victims and perpetrators (Bahari, 2011), bullies and friends (The Cave, 2013). Alternating between fiction and documentary, his films take no heed of a narrative arc culminating in a dramatic climax, but rather follow associations and use moments of collision as an opportunity to investigate notions like victimhood, power, and masculinity.

Production Ahmed Elghoneimy. Production company Ahmed Elghoneimy (Kairo, Egypt). Written and directed by Ahmed Elghoneimy. Cinematography Ahmed Elghoneimy. Editing Ahmed Elghoneimy. Sound design Sara Kaddouri. Sound Moustafa Shaaban. Assistant director Muhammad Mustapha. Production manager Ahmed Elghoneimy. Executive producer Ahmed Elghoneimy. With Mahmoud Antar, Hussein Emam, Tarek Mokhtar.


2011: Bahari (13 min.). 2013: Al-Kahf / The Cave (24 min.). 2017: H’agtein Talata Naseit Akolhomlak / Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (12 min.). 2018: Gazr Trablos / Tripoli Tide (16 min.). 2020: Al-Maw’oud / The Promised.

Photo: © Ahmed Elghoneimy

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