Dream Away - Trailer
This film explores the eery reality of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai Peninsual. Once a popular holiday destination, Sharm El Sheikh is now desolate, emptied of tourists as a result of terror attacks and years of political turmoil, with crippling effects on tourism and all those workers who rely on it for their livelihoods.
Despite the near absence of tourists, the resort’s stewards continue to deliver energetic morning exercise routines. The elaborately painted black-and-gold ‘tiger-man’ waits to be photographed. And slickly dressed DJs prepare sets for empty clubs. All their salaries have been slashed, but something is better than nothing. Wonderfully inventive and utterly unique, Dream Away blends magical realism with a fascinating reflection on the state of Egypt today.
Directed by Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke
BFI London Film Festival
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Directed by Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke, “Dream Away - Trailer,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed October 3, 2023, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/192.