The Tentmakers of Cairo

Director: Kim Beamish
Country: Australia/Egypt
Year: 2015
Running Time: 98mins.
Language: Arabic

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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

Kim Beamish

Biography: Kim Beamish is an award winning Australian filmmaker who has recently spent the last three years living in Cairo, Egypt, documenting the effects of Egypt’s revolution and ongoing turmoil on a community of ordinary Egyptians. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, Film and Television School after having spent many years volunteering with community television station Channel 31 as well as working with Open Channel and Ska Tv in Melbourne, Australia. In 2006 Kim co-produced the film Just Punishment about the fight to save Van Nguyen from execution for drug smuggling in Singapore. Kim is presently researching new projects as well as working as a journalist and running his small production company, Non’D’Script.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Tentmakers of Cairo (2015).

Just Punishment (2006);
The Tentmakers of Cairo (2015).