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DDocumentary Competition

Neighbors

Neighbors

Original Title: Giran
Director: Tahani Rached
Egypt | Arabic, English, French
2009 | 105min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: HDCAM
All Ages
When it was first developed, Garden City was meant to be a new outpost for Cairo's indigenous colonial elites to display wealth with reserved elegance. Today, the "war against terror" security measures of the US and British embassies prohibit access and mobility, and the impact on everyday life has been disastrous. The neighborhood has become an isolated inlet, detached from the city, its residents resisting as best they can. Neighbors delves into the history of Garden City, sweeping away the dust of neglect that obscures the neighborhood's palatial villas and their ravishing craftsmanship. Masterfully avoiding cheap nostalgia, Rashed travels from the opulent salons of the haves to the makeshift rooftop living rooms of the have-nots. Neighbors also interviews Garden City's most well-known intelligentsia, including artist Adel Siwi, dentist and novelist Ala' al-Aswany (The Yacoubian Building), and late philosopher and militant Mahmud Amin el-'Alem. What emerges is not only a slice of the country's history, but the profound sense of belonging shared across classes. ---Rasha Salti

Director,  Tahani Rached

Director,  Tahani Rached

Born in Cairo in 1947, Tahani Rached studied for two years at the Montreal School of Fine Arts. She began her career as a filmmaker in 1973 with the documentary To Make A Change. Between 1981 and 2004, she directed 20 films while working full time in the Office National du Film in Canada. In 2005, she returned to Egypt and directed These Girls. Neighbors is the second feature she has shot in her homeland.

Cast and Crew

Cast
Adel Siwi, Ala’ Al-Asawny, Mahmud Amin El Alem
Music
Tamer Karawan
Producer
Karim Gamal El Din
Executive Producer
Mona Assaad
Screenwriter
Tahani Rached, Mouna Assaad
Editor
Mohamed Samir
Cinematographer
Nancy Abdel-Fattah
Sound
Sameh Gamal
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