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Egyptian Jeanne d'Arc

Spring Grant 2013
Current project status: Production

Iman Kamel / Feature Documentary / Kuwait, Egypt, Germany, Qatar / 2014 / 70 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Documentary, Middle Eastern, Biography, Social Issues, Identity, Arthouse, Poetic Documentary, Docufiction, Women Interest

Synopsis

‘Egyptian Jeanne d’Arc’ is a creative documentary that explores issues of female emancipation in ‘post post-revolutionary’ Egypt. Beginning with the return journey to Cairo of a filmmaker long absent from her own country, the film weaves a series of intimate portraits composed of interviews, poetic voice-over and dance; exploring themes of oppression, guilt and faith with Egyptian women, many of them artists. Reflecting on Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ – in which the female figure is martyred by the patriarchal forces surrounding her – ‘Jeanne’ is a contemporary commentary that melds documentary and dance with poetic storytelling and myth to arrive at the core of the filmmaker’s enquiries into the circumstances of women in Egypt today.

Credits

Director
Iman Kamel
Screenwriter
Iman Kamel, Klaus Freund
Producer
Talal Al-Muhanna

About the Director

Egyptian filmmaker Iman Kamel is always on the move and has travelled extensively in China and in countries in the south of Africa. She followed interdisciplinary studies in art, dance and film at the Berlin School of Arts and, since 1995, has directed five short films including ‘Hologram’ (2004), which received an award from Euromed. Her debut feature documentary, ‘Nomad's Home’ (2010) received a special mention at the Dubai International Film Festival, and won the awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography at Cairo’s 11th Independent Film Festival.

Production Company Profile

Working closely with filmmakers of Asian, Middle Eastern and African descent, Linked Productions seeks to bring bold, imaginative and fresh projects to the international marketplace through the development of original works of fiction and documentaries of exceptional artistic quality. Documentary co-productions include Damien Ounouri’s ‘FidaÏ’ (Jury Special Mention, Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012), ‘The Man Inside’ (Official Selection, Dubai International Film Festival 2012) and ‘Whose Country?’. Fiction projects include Maysoon Pachachi’s ‘Nothing Doing in Baghdad’ (winner of the 2012 IWC Schaffhausen Award) and ‘My Pink Room’, a short highlighting the continuing Syrian refugee crisis. The company’s current slate includes the Russian dance documentary ‘The New Czar’.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Talal Al-Muhanna

    Company: 
    Linked Productions
    Phone: 
    +965 2522 0651

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