On The Road To Downtown
Fall Grant 2011 - Post-Production Stage
Through the lives of the characters and their simple daily details, we discover together the downtown neighbourhood and feel its spirit, which is reflected in the similar and contradictory worlds it brings together.
- Sherif Elbendary
- Dalia El Said
- Executive Producer
- Tamer El Said
About the Director
Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. He graduated from the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo in 2007. His short films, ‘Rise & Shine, (2006) and ‘At Day’s End’ (2008), appeared in numerous film festivals and won many awards. Sherif’s ‘Curfew’ was part of the omnibus film ‘18 Days’, which screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2011, and his ‘Dry Hot Summers’ won the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014, and was in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2016. ‘Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim’ is Elbendary’s feature-length debut. He is currently preparing his second feature, ‘2 Rooms and a Parlor’.
Awards and Festival History
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011, in the Arab Feature Documentary competition (Qatar)