The Art of Telling (2009)

The Art of Telling
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr 35mins.
Genres Foreign, Documentary
Keywords political, religion, survival
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Emmanuelle Demoris Director n/a 2 2000001
Jean Gruault Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Emmanuelle Demoris Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Emmanuelle Demoris Editor n/a 172 7000001
Celine Ducreux Editor n/a 172 7000002
Synopsis
Shot over a two-year period, we follow the people in a shanty town in Alexandria called Mafrouza, built on the site and remains of a Greco-Roman necropolis. A grocer and sheik, Mohamed Khattab, runs a local market and preaches the Friday sermon at the local mosque. During the holiday period leading up to Eid, the Muslim Brothers arrive and seize the mosque. The people of Mafrouza respond to the takeover calmly. Initially, Mohamed Khattab keeps his intentions quiet, but this does not mean he has given up. Mohamed Khattab eventually vents his anger and opposition as well as expresses his bond with the film crew, now due to leave, after two years in the area.