Films

The Tentmakers of Cairo

Kim Beamish
2015 | 98 minutes | Australia, Egypt
U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance

Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve an ancient tradition of fabric making. The result is a fascinating microcosm of a transitioning nation. In the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, street celebrations turn to conflict—shops burn to the ground, propaganda spreads, and the fraternal spirit of the marketplace is shattered. The Tentmakers of Cairo traces this story from the beginning and follows each character as they develop with the times. Filmmaker Kim Beamish captures some of the most remarkable close-up footage of one of the defining political crises of the decade.

Co-presented by the Australian Consulate-General and the African Film Festival, Inc.

MARGARET MEAD FILMMAKER AWARD WINNER!