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Rags and Tatters

Farsh w’ Ghata

Egypt | 2013 | 87 minutes | Ahmad Abdalla

A nameless fugitive fights his way through the chaos of revolutionary Cairo to deliver cell phone footage of police brutality from his dying friend to the outside world. Hailed as "a touchtone of post-revolutionary Egyptian cinema."

May 20, 2014
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Hailed by "Variety" as "a touchtone of post-revolutionary Egyptian cinema," Rags & Tatters reflects the ongoing cultural endeavor of a country to process its own tumultuous upheaval. During the Revolution and its aftermath, director Ahmad Abdalla (Microphone, SIFF 2011) was active with a video collective committed to documenting what transpired on the ground, an experience that provided the inspiration for this film. The story begins in the days preceding Hosni Mubarak's fall, when security forces largely vanished and several jails were inexplicably opened. Rags' nameless protagonist walks out of one such jail and into a world of violent anarchy. After his friend is fatally shot, he takes the man's cellphone, which contains disturbing and brutal footage, and sets out into the chaos of Cairo to find his friend's family and deliver the evidence to a wider audience. Blending fiction and documentary-a hallmark of his work-Abdalla has crafted a complex and striking film of great dramatic resonance. Appropriately, the dialogue is minimal; as with the events themselves, it's the images that tell the story.

Director Biography

Born in Cairo in 1979, Ahmad Abdalla started by studying music during the 90's. He made his debut in cinema as an editor for documentaries and commercial film during 2003 and 2009. He won several awards for his two first features Microphone (2010) and Heliopolis (2008), such as Best Arabic Film at the 2010 Cairo International Film Festival, and was nominated in several famous film festival (Toronto, Marrakech, Dubai...). He is currently focusing on establishing a new independent film production company in Egypt with other young filmmakers.

Sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines

Director: Ahmad Abdalla
Principal Cast: Asser Yassin, Atef Yousef, Amr Abed, Yara Gubran, Mohamed Mamdouh
Country: Egypt
Year: 2013
Running Time: 87 minutes
Producer: Mohamed Hefzy
Screenplay: Ahmad Abdalla
Cinematographers: Tarek Hefny
Editors: Hisham Sagr
Music: Mahmoud Hamdy
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival 2014 (Golden Antigone)
Filmography: Microphone (2010), Heliopolis (2008)
Language: Arabic
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Film Clinic
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