A documentary film titled Karasy Geld (Leather Chairs) was screened yesterday, 11 June at the Cinema Culture Centre.
The film addresses corruption in Egypt and how it has affected people living in Suez and Ismailiya.
“By following up their news for years now I realized that it was the boiling point in Egypt,” filmmaker Emad Ernest said during the discussion following the film screening.
“The documentary also answers the question why the Suez was especially heated during the early days of the uprising,” he continued.
Ernest finished up his documentary just weeks before the popular uprising of January 25.
Karasy Geld tackles three main issues: the constant reduction of water supply, difficulties faced by farmers and for fishermen, the scarcity of fish. The film also highlights a major sewage problem faced by the people of Suez on a daily basis, especially during the summer. No real solutions have been proposed for any of these problems.
The viewer sees an entire village inundated with leaking sewage, with residents living with and walking through the muck.
“The highest rates of kidney failure and Hepatitis C are in Suez,” Emad Ernest said.
This timely screening served as alarming evidence of these looming issues. Several audience members suggested that the film be used as an exhibit in the trials of former ministers and former president Hosni Mubarak.
Ernest is currently preparing another documentary on the uprising that followed in Suez and Ismailiya.