Egyptian documentaries hold sway at this year's Berlinale

MENA and Ahram Online, Wednesday 15 Feb 2012

A number of Egyptian documentary films will be among the politically-driven selection at this year's Berlinale from 9 to 19 February

In the Shadow of a Man
Still-shot of Hanan Abdallah's 'In the Shadow of a Man'

The German foreign ministry has announced that this year’s Berlinale had been dominated by Egyptian documentary films.

A ministry statement released on Wednesday emphasised the importance of Egyptian films in discussions on the Arab Spring.

According to the statement, the Egyptian film Fi Zel Ragol ("In the Shadow of a Man") by filmmaker Hanan Abdallah takes a very personal approach to the everyday life of Egyptian women. The film shows Egyptian women chanting alongside men for the fall of the Mubarak regime and fighting Egyptian security forces in last year's revolution.

Other Egyptian documentaries screening at this year's Berlinale include "Words of Witness" by Mai Iskander; Al-Thawra Khabar ("The revolution is news") by Bassem Mortada; "The Virgin, the Copts and Me" by Nermeen Abdel Meseeh; and the short documentary "Bye-Bye" by Paul Geday.

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