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On The Road To Downtown

Fall Grant 2011 - Post-Production Stage

Sherif El Bendary / Feature Documentary / Egypt, Qatar / 2011 / 54 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Politics, Social Issues


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)


  • Main Contact

    Tamer El Said

    Zero Production
    +20 223 902 710

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