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Directed by Amir El-Shenawy
2023 / Egypt / 8 mins


Drowning Fish is a short documentary following one of the last fishermen in Qarun Lake in Fayoum, Egypt. Samir, a 67-year-old fisherman, lives in Shakshouk village where the entire community depends on fishing as a key source of income. Over the years, the lake has suffered from many pollution problems which made young fishermen in the village leave to coastal cities across Egypt while old fishermen live in memory of golden days of the lake. The film tells a simple story that spotlights on the consequences of damaging the ecosystem on the fishermen community in Egypt.


AMIR EL-SHENAWY is an Egyptian documentary director and producer. He is best known for his feature documentary debut, Kilo 64, which had its world premiere at the Cairo International Film Festival in 2018, earning nominations for both Best Arab Film and Best Artistic Contribution awards, and winning the First Feature Film prize from the National Festival for Egyptian Cinema. After studying journalism at the Danish School of Media in Denmark in 2011, Amir earned his BA from the American University in Cairo in 2013, majoring in Media Arts and double minoring in Film and Arab & Islamic Civilizations. He then received his MA in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths University, London, in 2017.


OCTOBER 23, 2023

7:30 PM

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