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Syrian refugees in Alexandria collecting home land memories.
While reading this lines, History happens , fictional facts based on the story lines of the sea-riding season in April of every year, Away from the contradiction media massages, The Syrians in Egypt gambling by riding the Mediterranean waves striving the first world diaspora, Running from the third world maze.
The Syrian refuges in Egypt face doubts about destination and fate of their near future without the comfort of looking to a more distant future, It seems the are left with no choices due to the fog that clouds their vision, Their lives are filled with uncertainty which they clinging to as a possible life line driven by both life instinct and the primitiveness of doubts which is the consort of certainty, Both the believe and disbelieve of the life equity shares the same space where the movie characters lives and I share it with them.

  • Islam Kamal
  • Islam Kamal
  • Islam Kamal
  • group of Syrians
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 26, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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Director Biography - Islam Kamal

Islam Kamal was born in Alexandria 24/1/1978 and graduated from Fine Arts (Alexandria University) in 2001. Aside from self-studying aesthetics, philosophy and arts, he studied cinematography at CERMED. Since 2004 he has been working as DOP, editor and director.
Islam co-founded Fig Leaf Studios in 2005. In 2016, he co-founded the documentary film program CINEDELTA to support young film-makers from Alexandria and the Delta. Islam is interested in enriching the independent filmmaking scene and bridging gaps in expertise, for example as a teacher and mentor at the Jesuit Film School.

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Director Statement

Between 2011 and 2018, so many questions wandered in my mind, I do not claim that they were unprecedented, but what was in fact new and fresh that these questions became more insistent to be answered.
That period witnessed the Egyptian revolutionary masses mobility that has overthrew several beliefs and balances, which contributed in creating a neoteric subconscious and an image of an anxious adolescent who gets worried about what is possible, and how far can imagination take him.

Classification differences between films are one of the ways to experience other’s lives that come across with the viewer’s life through emotions involvement and compensation of missing episodes of one’s series of feelings.
Some people consider Cinema as a mirror that reflects the surrounding community by being one of the most performing arts circulation.