Philippe Laurent Dib
In Search of Oil and Sand
Producers: Wael Omar Sayed-El-Ahl
Production Company: Middle West Films
Oil & Sand was a film extravaganza made in 1952 by members of the Egyptian Royal Family, their friends and relatives. As they shot their movie, a military coup d'état was mere weeks away from sweeping them out of power. Sixty years later, three 8mm reels and a set of memoirs are discovered in an attic.
The film questions the very nature of history versus fiction and how often they crisscross. I seek, through a very personal story, to explore the very nature of Egypt’s legacy and its conundrums.