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Mnemosyne

Spring Grants 2017 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRE-PRODUCTION

Shaza Moharam / Feature Experimental or Essay / Egypt, Qatar / 2019 / 70 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Social Issues, Psychological, Identity, Docufiction, Creative Documentary

Synopsis

On a quest to remember, Shaza returns to her hometown of Alexandria, a decision triggered by the recent loss of her grandfather. Having suffered from a deficient autobiographical memory syndrome all her life, Shaza only knows stories of the past. She uses a camera as a tool to inspire remembrance by recreating old memories in the once-familiar spaces of Alexandria, only to realise the city itself is losing its own memory. This personal struggle is mirrored in the collective memory of the city as Shaza explores the elusive realms of remembrance and oblivion, with their distorted and multiple versions. ‘Mnemosyne’ blurs the borders between different formats and mediums: documentary and fiction, science and myth, cinema and visual art, the personal and the collective.

Credits

Director
Shaza Moharam
Screenwriter
Shaza Moharam
Producer
Shaza Moharam, Nada Riyadh

About the Director

Shaza Moharam is an Egyptian filmmaker. She obtained an MA in Scriptwriting from Carlos III University in Madrid and studied TV/Video Communication as a Fulbright scholar in the United States. Among other positions, she has worked as a project manager at the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo; as a scriptwriting and digital storytelling instructor working with vulnerable populations for NGOs including Nazra and Tadamon. Her debut documentary film, ‘Ahlam’ (2015), was named Best Documentary at the Young Cuban Film Festival. She is interested in exploring the borders between fiction and reality in her film work.

Production Company Profile

Established in 2016, Felucca Films is a fledgling production company based in Cairo. The company aims to help filmmakers explore and shape their own personal voices and produce unique and original fiction and documentary films, with a special focus on fresh new talents and contemporary social issues. The company’s debut production, ‘Happily Ever After’, a feature-length documentary, premiered in 2016 at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. Recently, the short fiction film ‘The Trap’ was awarded the Robert Bosch Film Prize for Arab-German co-production at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. Felucca Films also established the Mahd Film Lab in 2016, an annual regional training programme that provides script-development assistance.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Shaza Moharam

    Email: 
    shazaster@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Felucca Films

    Company: 
    Felucca Films
    Email: 
    shazaster@gmail.com

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