Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss of his own life. Together with his friends, who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he confronts a region on edge through filming the difficulty and beauty of life.
The search for an apartment with high ceilings; a meeting with the woman he loves right before she leaves forever; visits to a hospital where his mom is resting; a hug with a friend who is returning from Beirut, or Bagdad, or Berlin: for Khalid, these are all forms of goodbye, fragments of his farewell to a city that will soon change and become unrecognizable, and strange. In the winter of 2009, Cairo is about to explode even if no one knows it yet; even if the street riots are more connected with soccer matches and building demolitions than the social unrest that will lead to Tahrir Square. The unease, in any case, will take the shape of uncertainty, a weird nostalgia for the future, and the melancholy of realizing that cities, like people, change and yet remain the same. AM
D: Tamer El Said G: Tamer El Said, Rasha Salti F: Bassem Fayad E: Mohamed Abdel Gawad DA: Salah Marei S: Victor Bresse M: Amélie Legrand P: Tamer El Said, Khalid Abdalla CP: Zero Production I: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh, Hayder Helo
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He was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1972, and founded the production company Zero Production in 2007. He wrote, produced and directed several short films, as well as the documentary feature Take Me (2004).