The Shore Break

Director: Ryley Grunenwald
Country:  South Africa/Pondo
Year: 2015
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English and Xhosa


Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve an ancient tradition of fabric making. The result is a fascinating microcosm of a transitioning nation. In the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, street celebrations turn to conflict—shops burn to the ground, propaganda spreads, and the fraternal spirit of the marketplace is shattered. The Tentmakers of Cairo traces this story from the beginning and follows each character as they develop with the times. Filmmaker Kim Beamish captures some of the most remarkable close-up footage of one of the defining political crises of the decade.

About the Director

Ryley Grunenwald

Biography: Ryley Grunenwald’s directorial and producing debut, The Dawn of a New Day (2011), won Best Director and Best Cinematographer of a Documentary at the 2012 South African Film and Television Awards. She participated in the 2013 IDFA Worldview Summer School, the 2013 Hot Docs Dealmaker, the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus and pitched at the 2012 Hot Docs Forum. She holds an MA in Film and Television, is owner of Marie-Vérité Films and also directs and shoots on a freelance basis.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Shore Break (2015).

The Dawn of a New Day (2011);
The Shore Break (2014).