What comes around
Filmmaker: Reem Saleh
Country: Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Slovenia
Length: 79 min.
Date: Saturday 6 October 2018
Room: Cinerama 6
The documentary takes place in Rod El Farag, one of the poorest residential areas in Cairo. In the community, gathering meat, fruit and daily bread is a constant struggle. But the sense of community shared by the inhabitants helps them to partially overcome the aggression through a social practice known as ‘al Gami’ya’, or ‘the assembly’. Which also has the function of an alternative banking system.
In What Comes Around documentary maker Reem Saleh shows an optimistic, raw representation of life in a place that doesn’t know rest. She tries to provide insight into how community sense can be just as valuable as government support, in a country where the majority of people still live below the poverty line.
Reem Saleh, with a Lebanese father and upbringing and Egyptian mother, graduated from the Lebanese American University in Beirut with a Bachelor in radio, TV, film and psychology. She started her career as a theater and film actress, and led a short film and play. What Comes Around is her first documentary work.