Egyptian activist and filmmaker Bassam revisits haunting memories of his father Mahmoud’s imprisonment in 1989 and the life-changing impact on his socialist family, consulting also their political fellows. Did two generations sacrifice everything for nothing?

Jury Statement

For a courageous project on a highly relevant topic; for a multi-layered, dense and capturing approach; for a treatment that is well conceptualized, with room for creativity and the unexpected; for a film project that intriguingly explores how cultures of resistance and traumas of political repression are passed on across the generations, and that, at the same time, gives hope that rupture is possible. 

Interview with Anna and Kesmat feeling fantastic!