Four projects from Egypt and Morocco have been chosen to take part in this year’s edition of the Durban Film Market, a gathering of African filmmakers, financiers, broadcasters and top film experts taking place from July 20 to 23, during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival.
An annual finance and coproduction market now in its third year, Durban FilmMart gives filmmakers an opportunity to network with film professionals as well as gain skills from industry workshops, seminars and master-classes.
One Moroccan and two Egyptian projects have made it among the 12 selected documentary film projects.
Bread and Angels, by director and producer Rachid Biyi (Morocco), tells the story of Morocco’s 1981 “Bread Revolt”. Rachid Biyi follows family members as they meditate on the loss of their loved ones leading up to the official opening of the graveyard for the victims of the revolt.
Mother of the Unborn, by director Nadine Salib and producer Fawzi Saleh (Egypt), looks at the difficulties faced by Egyptian women unable to conceive as they face rejection by their families and stigmatization by their communities. The film tells the stories of several childless women who navigate in their world of rural Egyptian myths, legends, habits and traditions surrounding childbearing and infertility. The project has secured funding from the Screen Institute Beirut.
Underground/On the Surface by director Salma El Tarzi and Producer Mohamed Al Tohami (Egypt) explores a new alternative musical genre known as "mahraganat shaabi" which, although rejected by the mainstream, has become popular with the youth in the streets of Cairo. This project received development funding from the Arabic Fund for Arts and Culture.
Finally, an Egyptian narrative feature directed by Matouan OMara and produced by Hossam Elouan, who took part in Euromed Audiovisual's first regional conference, has also been selected.
Repeated Stopping focuses on Egyptian youth frustrated by poverty and unfulfilled desire for independence in a state bogged down by systematic stagnancy. It shows a young man whose search for work forces him to live on his own in the city, an experience that leads him on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.