26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Sara Shazli
original title: Al Awda
country: Egypt
year: 2021
running time: 76 min.


Due to the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the author of the film comes back to her birthplace after having spent the last 10 years abroad. She goes about her daily routine under lockdown along with her parents: her father teeming with good humour who takes government restrictions with reservations, and her mother who voluntarily locks herself in her room because of fears she could infect other flatmates with the virus she may not even have. Sara Shazli observes city bustle outside the windows and domestic life through the camera lens in her own perspective, treating familiar situations with both tragic and comic distance. Being locked down with her parents helps her in rediscovering family ties and her relationship to home.

„My plan today? I’m gonna go from my room to the living room, and then from the living room to the bathroom.“


Egyptian filmmaker Sara Shazli graduated in film studies at the American University of Paris. She went on to study arts in Montreal, filmmaking at ESEC in Paris and took a three-year fellowship at the University of Film and TV in Cuba. She is involved in the topic of family relations and position of women in Egyptian society.

more about film

director: Sara Shazli
cast: Nabil Shazli, Sara Shazli, Marianne Khoury, Youssef Shazli
producer: Sara Shazli
script: Sara Shazli
photography: Sara Shazli
editing: Sara Shazli
sound Design: Marisol Cao Milan
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