Egyptian Jeanne d'Arc
Spring Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: Production
‘Jeanne d’Arc Masriya’ 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.
- Iman Kamel
- Iman Kamel, Klaus Freund
- 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.