The Mosireen Collective
Omar is a founding member of Mosireen, a media/film collective in Cairo born out of the Egyptian revolution. Some of the documentary films he has been involved in are collected here.
Though I Know the River is Dry (2013)
Caught between his brother's past and his child's future, one man's choice triggers catastrophe for his whole family.
Winner: Prix UIP, Rotterdam
Winner: Best Short from the Arab World, Abu Dhabi
Nominee: Best Short Film, European Film Awards
Official Selection: Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand, Melbourne, Sarajevo, Montreal, Raindance, Abu Dhabi, Bilbao
"The film is remarkable in the way it connects contemporary political issues with emotional dillemas. Its cinematographic language builds on the qualities of the photographic composition, the direction of the actors and the subtle and intelligent use of archival material. The result embodies a poetic and restrained approach to questions which unfortunately are becoming more and more commonplace. In a particularly undogmatic manner, it offers multiple readings, while simultaneously sharply addressing historical, political and economical realities." Rotterdam Tiger Competition Jury
Watch it online here: www.riverdryfilm.com
Prayer of Fear (2013)
With the Mosireen Collective. Video poem of Mahmoud Ezzat's 'Prayer of Fear'
The People Demand the Fall of the Regime (2012)
Agitprop for January 25th 2012.
The Camel Battle (2011)
A pivotal day of the first 18 days of the Egyptian Revolution.
"A poised and elegantly executed ensemble piece of understated, emotionally-nuanced brilliance." (Rotterdam Film Festival Guide)
When he hears his cousin is to sell their grandmother's land, Sharif gets on the first plane to Cairo. On arrival, he finds himself faced with old arguments and new decisions in a changing country.
Shot over 2009 in Cairo and London, Maydoum stars Khalid Abdalla (the Kite Runner, Green Zone) in an original screenplay with best-selling novelist Ahdaf Soueif.
Dubai | Rotterdam | Detmold | Adana | National Geographic: All Roads
When I Stretch Forth Mine Hand (2009)
Commissioned as part of a collective of personal responses (Gaza's Winter) to the 08/09 assault on Gaza - When I Stretch Forth Mine Hand uses the poetry of Suheir Hammad and a mixture of personal recordings, news material and found footage to explore personal and political tensions born of Egypt's role in the assault - and its wider relationship with Israel and Palestine.
Ankara | Athens | Arizona Underground | Boston Palestine | Corto Del Med | Detmold | Euroshorts | Karachi | Naoussa | Sydney Fringe | London Palestine | Zero NYC & LA.
Jump Clubb: Angeles (2009)
Music video for Jump Clubb's cover of the Elliott Smith song.