Beit Sha'ar (Nomad's Home)

  • Beit Sha'ar (Nomad's Home)
© Nomads Home Productions, 2010
Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2010
Format : Feature
Running time : 61 (in minutes)

A poetic documentary by IMAN KAMEL filmed in the Sinai Peninsula.

An Egyptian filmmaker's journey to the remote regions of a militarized Sinai Peninsula sparks an intimate dialog when she encounters a Bedouin social entrepreneur in a tiny village in the shadow of Moses Mountain. In this harsh desert terrain, where water is scarce and the eyes of the army watch the Bedouin closely, Selema the Bedouin struggles against patriarchal traditions to bring economic prosperity and education to the girls and women of her tribe. As filmmaker Iman Kamel is invited into the tribeswomen's inner circles, she discovers that even though she and Selema were born of entirely different social and cultural circumstances within Egypt, their lives are more connected than might appear on the surface.

Producers: Talal Al-Muhanna (Linked Productions, Kuwait) & Iman Kamel (Nomads Home Productions, Egypt/Germany)
Writer & Director: Iman Kamel
Co-writer & Dramaturge: Klaus Freund
Director of Photography: Ute Freund
Editor: Klaudia Begic
Composer: Frieder Butzmann
Vocalist: Kiva Simova
Production Manager (Egypt): Usama Ibrahim
Post-production supervisor (Berlin): Karsten Raetsch
Color Correction: Dany Schelby/Schelby DC
Artwork & Design: Ayman Kamel

Supported by: MAMA Cash (Holland) Fansina Bedouin Crafts Studio, Embassies of France in Kuwait & U.A.E., Schelby DC

Shooting Format: HDV 1080/50i | 16:9 Widescreen | Color
Video Exhibition Formats: Digi-Beta (PAL), DVD (PAL)
Duration: 61 Minutes
Sound: Stereo
Languages: English & Arabic with English subtitles
Countries of Production: Egypt - Germany - Kuwait - U.A.E.

Duration & Format: 61mins-HD-16:9/Widescreen

WORLD PREMIERE: December 16, 2010
Dubai International Film Festival 2010 (UAE)
Recipient of a "Jury Special Mention"

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: February 25-March 5, 2011
FESPACO/Festival du Cinema et de la Television Panafricain (Burkina Faso)

PREVIEW/Work-in-Progress screening (Middle East): December 2009
Dubai International Film Festival 2009 "Dubai Film Connection" (U.A.E.)
Nominated for: DIFF/Desert Door Work-in-Progress Award 2009 (Runner-up)

PREVIEW/Work-in-Progress screening (Europe): September 2009
San Sebastian Film Festival (Spain) "Cinema-in-Motion 5"
Nominmated for: Work-in-Progress Award 2009 (Official Selection)


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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