In The Last Days of the City (Trailer)
'Akher Ayam al-Madina'
This film within a film is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke.
Khalid Abdalla ('The Kite Runner', 'The Square') plays the protagonist of Tamer El Said’s ambitious feature debut, a filmmaker in Cairo attempting to capture the zeitgeist of his city as the world changes around him—from personal love and loss to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Throughout, friends send footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on togetherness, the tangible hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland.
The film, which was highly praised on the international festival circuit, is set in the period before the 2011 revolution and the director began filming it in 2009. However, with the benefit of the passage of time, it conveys the disappointment and sense of loss experienced by many Egyptians in the post-revolution period.
Tamer El Said
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Tamer El Said, “In The Last Days of the City (Trailer),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed March 8, 2021, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/127.