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Coming Forth by Day

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Egypt | 2012 | 96 minutes | Hala Lotfy

An exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, Hala Lotfy makes her debut with Coming Forth by Day. The daily struggles of a mother and daughter are a far cry from the riots of Tahrir Square, but offer equally compelling insight into Egyptian society today.

May 19, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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An exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, Hala Lotfy makes her debut with Coming Forth by Day. In the wake of the protests of 2011, Lotfy found herself moved to "deliver a sense of revolution into [her] work," resulting in a metaphorical portrait of Egyptian society as stuck, inert, and unable to change. As Lotfy herself observes, "Any idiot can face a crisis. It's day-to-day living that wears you out." The day-to-day life in this case, is that of Soad, a young woman who lives with her mother and gravely ill father on the outskirts of Cairo. As she shares the burden of his care with her mother who works nights at a hospital, she seems to have put her own life on hold. Coming Forth by Day is the literal translation of the title of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, and while bright sunlight and the sounds of the city suggest life behind the half- closed shutters of the family apartment, it is unclear whether or not Soad will be able to escape, and what it will mean if she does.

Director Biography
Egyptian independent filmmaker Hala Lotfy was awarded Best Director in the Arab World and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last year for Coming Forth by Day, her debut feature. She is the co-founder of Hassala Films, which aims to facilitate talented young filmmakers with equipment, fundraising consultations, and workshops.

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Director: Hala Lotfy
Principal Cast: Donia Maher, Salma Al-Najjar, Ahmed Loutfi
Country: Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Year: 2012
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Hala Lotfy, Manal Khalil
Screenplay: Hala Lotfy
Cinematographers: Mahmoud Lotfy
Editors: Heba Othman
Website: http://www.comingforthbyday.wordpress.com/
Awards: Oran Arab Film Festival 2012 (Golden Lion); Carthage Film Festival 2012 (Bronze Tanit); Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 (Best Director from Arab World, FIPRESCI Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Arabic
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Ramonda Films
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