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Egyptian Jeanne d'Arc

Spring Grant 2013 - Production Stage

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Iman Kamel / Feature Documentary / Kuwait, Egypt, Germany, Qatar / 2016 / 85 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Documentary, Middle Eastern, Biography, Social Issues, Identity, Arthouse, Poetic Documentary, Docufiction, Women Interest


‘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.


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.

Awards and Festival History


Dubai International Film Festival 2016, Muhr Feature (WP)


  • Main Contact

    Talal Al-Muhanna

    Linked Productions
    +965 5501 7200

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