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ReelEarth: Finding Community in Cairo

Posted on 1/29/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

In this ReelEarth collection film, we travel to Egypt’s capital, Cairo. Here, filmmaker Mohammad Homouda introduces us to three women from outside Egypt, who now call the megacity home. We meet restaurateur Nadia, a former New Yorker, in her cafe named Eish + Malh. Around her, tables are filled with guests working and socializing. The space feels welcoming and warm, a contrast to the crowds of a city with nine million residents outside. The second woman we meet is named Sarah, a former journalist. These days, she is a personal trainer. The uncertainty surrounding the 2011 revolution led her to seek more control through strengthening her body. She works with other women too, creating a safe space for them to feel comfortable and empowered while exercising. The third woman we meet is a French-Algerian belly dancer who is serious about her art. Farah studied in London and France, but came to Egypt, the nest of belly dancing, to continue her training. Three women, empowered in three very different ways, revealing much about community and contemporary Cairo.

Produced by Mohammad Homouda

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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