The 38th edition of Cairo International Film Festival November 15 to 24, 2016, will screen a selection of recent Egyptian and international documentary films.
The first film is Nasser’s Republic: Making of Modern Egypt by director Michael Goldman, who also directed, 15 years ago, another documentary film about Egypt called Umm Kulthum. In his new film, Goldman shows some rare footage about the leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, and recalls the life, from birth to death, to one of the most important influencers in the formation of modern Egypt.
Egyptian director Waheed Sobhi’s We are Egyptians Armenians is a documentary about the history of the Armenian community in Egypt, and their contribution to Egypt’s economy and culture, after the arrival of thousands of them in Egypt to escape the Ottoman massacres.
Another Egyptian documentary is A Footnote in Ballet History directed by Hisham Abdel Khalek, which follows the story of the first generation of Egyptian ballet dancers, specifically the first five girls who happened to dance in the famous Russian Bolshoi Theater.
Besides, the Spanish documentary The Last Summer, by director Leire Apellaniz, documents the recent evolutions in the field of classical cinema, through the story of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, a worker in a Spanish summer cinema that has been screening celluloid movies for decades, until digital photography was introduced and changed the way movies were filmed.
The latest film from famous American documentaries director Michael Moore’s will also be screened during the festival. In Where to Invade Next, Moore playfully “invades” other countries to see what they have to offer to the USA that they could learn from. The Land of the Enlightened by director Pieter-Jan De Pue, which won both a Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award in the World Cinema – Documentary section at Sundance Film Festival, will also be screened. The film is set in Afghanistan after the American invasion.