Egyptian short The Tedious Tour Of M competes at Moscow Independent Film Festival

Ahram Online , Friday 24 May 2024

The Egyptian short film, The Tedious Tour of M, directed by Hend Bakr, is participating in the Moscow Independent International Documentary Film Festival, competing in the Shorts segment.



The festival is taking place from 23 to 25 May.

The Tedious Tour of M (Gawlet Mem El-Momela) is scheduled to screen on Friday at the Voznesensky Centre in Moscow. 

The festival focuses on films about poetry, art, history, and memory.

It is dedicated to the memory of Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky and his wife and muse Zoya Boguslavskaya, a novelist, essayist, and author of some of the largest cultural projects in Russia and internationally.

The Tedious Tour of M, written, directed, and co-produced by Hend Bakr, premiered at the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival in 2023.

The 19-minute film received a Special Mention from the Gabes Art Festival in Tunisia. It also screened in Cairo’s Downtown at the Goethe Institute’s headquarters and Alexandria’s Jesuit Cultural Centre.

It also screened at last year’s Amman International Film Festival edition - Awal Film.

It also participated in the IDFA Academy, the DOX BOX e-course — mentored by Raed Andoni — as well as the Robert Bosch Project Market, the Thessaloniki Agora Doc Market, and the Visions du Réel VdR – Film Market.

The Tedious Tour Of M follows filmmaker Hend Bakr as she breaks through Mohamed Hafez Ragab’s — one of the most renowned writers in the modern history of Egyptian literature — solitude.

She attempts to find out the reason behind his radical decision to self-isolate for the better part of 30 years, abandoning writing at the peak of his career.

Hend Bakr is a director and producer interested in exploring common territories between writing and cinema.

Upon finishing her studies in filmmaking at the Jesuit Cultural Centre in Alexandria, she co-founded an Alexandria-based Rufy’s Films production company based in Alexandria.

In 2013, she co-directed and co-produced The Mice Room, an omnibus feature-length film that was officially selected for international film festivals in Dubai, and Sao Paulo, among others.

Bakr is currently directing and producing her second feature documentary, Nas El-Kabayen.

She is also producing a feature documentary: And There Was Evening. And There Was Morning. The First Day.

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