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Film My Design: First episode about Egypt's craftsmen launches on YouTube

The first episode features Fady Nagy and Omar Elkordy, self-taught craftsmen who work with wood and carpentry

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jan 2020

Film My Design project launched the long awaited first episode in the series that talks about Egyptian craftsmen.

Released on YouTube yesterday, the inaugural episode features Fady Nagy and Omar Elkordy, Egyptian self-taught craftsmen and founders of El-Warshah, which since 2015 has specialised in handmade furniture design.

"We always want to show the beauty of the wood and not the designer," the designers say about the philosophy behind their work in the seven-minute documentary. "It needs to be as natural as possible, and that's what makes our products unique."

They continue by explaining the steps of the work, from the wood choice to the final product. During the journey they are faced with multiple challenges which they are always eager to resolve, whether they are technical or touch on cooperation with other craftsmen.

"It takes a lot of time to find craftsmen that can work with us and that we can work with."

The Film My Design online film series aims to shed light on Egyptian designers and their creative stories by providing a close and personal overview of their practice, creative process and aspirations, the FMD's managers reveal.

In broader terms, the FMD "aims to establish a creative community of Egyptian designers and filmmakers who collaborate to produce design film documentaries."

The FMD held its first annual event in February 2019 at Cairo's Zawya Cinema. The two-day event hosted screenings of four international and five locally produced design-film documentaries, talks and panel discussions that revolve around design and film.

FMD is also dedicated to building an archive of design-film documentaries that capture the evolution and development of both creative fields in Egypt.

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