Private Project

Those Who Survived The Heat

The film is about a girl who decides to move to another place away from the city in which she grew up. She bid farewell to her with a short trip during which she tries to free herself from the memories that burden her and make her question her decision to leave.

  • Rowan Aldib
  • Rowan Aldib
  • Gadera Abd El Aziz
    Key Cast
  • Rowan Aldib
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    الناجون من الحر
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    fiction, experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Jesu
  • Olhares do Mediterrâneo - Women's Film Festival.
    November 20, 2022
    World Premiere
Distribution Information
  • I am a Film
    Country: Egypt
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Rowan Aldib

Rowan Aldib is an Egyptian emerging Filmmaker. She began her career by studying Contemporary Photography at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Photography at Michigan State University. Her interest is about social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, and human geography. She is working with various mediums such as painting, photography, collage, film, video art and research which she studied at AUC. Also studied Cinema Critics at Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Science (CILAS). Recently graduated from Jesuit film school, and currently she is part of visual art program with Drosos Foundation

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Director Statement

Through my film “Those Who Survived the Heat” I wanted to use the theme of loitering. As for me it is one of those activities that a person can do with out being aware of the process itself, A person would only walk and roams the streets full of thoughts, listening to music, or without a plan other than wasting his time. He might be walking through streets already known or discovering new roads which would lead him to an interesting adventure.
I like to refer to memories as “The Heat” as I always feel that despite of its importance and that it constitutes us as people and imbues us with a soft side in our personalities. However, it can be a severe obstacle and an impenetrable wall for some people as they try to mover forward and start a different chapter of life. Sometimes our memories link us to people, places, and smells, and it is difficult for a person to imagine his life outside those borders. We must be free from it so that we do not miss out a different life that we may not achieve it because we love life, we are familiar with.
By merging the place, which is a material thing, and memories which are purely moral thing. I preferred to make a film that go through mixed feeling between joy and sadness that afflicts a person while trying to escape it, without giving several keys to the spectator. And the reason is that I wanted to let each person react to his own story, have his own personal perception of the film. I even muted the dialogue in one of the previous drafts of the film to emphasize this idea. My only goal is to let the spectator get this confusion and wonder after watching the film.