Bahari - بحرى

  • Bahari - بحرى
© Courtesy KFF 2012, Hamburg
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2011
Format : Short
Running time : 12 (in minutes)

One night, Amr wanders alone in the streets of'Bahari', the marginalized eastern shore of Alexandria. While he collects material for an art project he is allured to film a playful group of children. Two locals are provoked by Amr's actions leading to an encounter that develops elusive fears.

Ahmed Ghoneimy, Egypt 2011, 12:39 min., Fiction - Digital - Colour - Arabic OV - English subtitles -

Bahari short film teaser / بحرى فيلم قصير from Ahmed Ghoneimy on Vimeo.

Director's note :
It is a situation I went through in real life, I was curious to explore the small details that lead to my ugly encounter with the locals of Bahari.Two months after the incident I went back and met one of the real life heroes of the story, It wasn't a pleasant meeting. I realized that class differences were one of obstacles to communication. One year after working with him a strong bond was formed and an understanding to explore the situation that lead to our first encounter. I decided to make him act in an improvised short film depicting our journey together.

The film had it's european premier at the Rotterdam Film Festival and it's world premier at the 8th edition of the Dubai Film Festival.

2012 | 28th Hamburg International ShortFilmFestival, Germany
* Hamburg Short Film Award (Jury Award of the International Competition, 3000 Euros)
Jury statement: With his deeply personal short fiction piece, the director gives us a glimpse into a society in almost constant transition. Creating a dense atmosphere of allegation and fear, he tells the story of a surreal encounter close by the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Communication seems only possible in a fragmented way. This film won the jury over with its highly proficient, poetic and confident representations of locale, human interaction, and its delicate and deliberate timing.[tt_news]=1341&tx_ttnews[backPid]=2009&cHash=4843af6a9cbf80c1536fb78ff1f4ec51


Amr geht durch die Straßen von Bahari an der Ostküste Alexandrias. Er ist auf der Suche nach Material für sein Kunstprojekt und lässt sich dazu hinreissen, eine Gruppe spielender Kinder zu filmen. Zwei Anwohner fühlen sich dadurch provoziert. Aus einer Begegnung entwickeln sich schwer fassbare Ängste.

Ahmed Ghoneimy - Ägypten / Egypt 2011 - 12'39 Min. - Digital - Farbe / Colour - arabisch / Arabic OV - English subtitles - Kurzspielfilm / Fiction


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