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In June Forum Expanded presents all selected short films as part of the Berlinale Summer Special. The two long films BLACK BACH ARTSAKH and SABA’ SANAWAT HAWL DELTA AL-NEEL (SEVEN YEARS AROUND THE NILE DELTA) – both exceeding running times of 2 hours – will not be presented in the open air screenings. Instead, they will be screened at cinema Arsenal once cinemas can reopen again. These presentations will be at earlier evening hours and in attendance of the filmmakers.

Screening dates will be announced as sonon as possible.

Delta (Δ) is the symbol of change in the Greek culture and it is the 4th letter in the Phoenician alphabet that links the Greek language to the ancient Egyptian language. During his childhood and adolescence Sharief Zhairy used to travel four times each year, with his father in his car, between Alexandria, where he was studying, and Al-Zarqa, his birthplace. It was a three-hour trip along the agricultural road system that links distant parts of lower Egypt. After a year of the political instability that happened in Egypt, Zohairy got encouraged in 2012 to rediscover the old journey using a Handycam to document the emotional experience of a traveler inside the Nile Delta. The result of his eight-year-long cinematic journey is a mix of road movie and travelogue, contemplating the diversity of thirty-two cities and villages of the Nile Delta and documenting the contemporary daily activities in this ecologically endangered area.

Production Sharief Zohairy, Abdullah Dawestashy. Production company Sharief Zohairy's Production (Alexandria, Egypt). Written and directed by Sharief Zohairy. Cinematography Sharief Zohairy. Editing Sharief Zohairy. Sound design Sharief Zohairy. Production manager Sharief Zohairy.

Sharief Zohairy is an independent director, screen writer, and producer based in Alexandria. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, then by the end of 2006 he directed his first short fiction film. Several other film projects followed. Since 2013 he has focused on writing screenplays, two of which have received awards.

Films: 2006: Maybe Switched Off. 2009: Resemblances. 2012: The Journey. 2020: Happening Over Night, Saba' Sanawat Hawl Delta Al-Neel / Seven Years Around The Nile Delta.

Forum Expanded 2021

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