CH 2011 75'
Director: Sandra Gysi, Ahmed Abdel Mohsen
Script: Sandra Gysi, Ahmed Abdel Mohsen
Camera: Peter Liechti, Ahmed Abdel Mohsen, Sandra Gysi
Sound: Ramón Orza
Editing:: Anja Bombelli, Sandra Gysi, Ahmed Abdel Mohsen, Marcel Derek Ramsay
Music:: Sayyed El-Dawwy, Ramadan El Dawwy, Ramón Orza
Production:: Reck Filmproduktion GmbH, Franziska Reck
The Sira is the most important epic poem in the Arab world. For centuries, from generation to generation, its five million verses were passed on orally from one lyricist to the next. Today only one oral performer remains, a 75-year-old illiterate Egyptian; he would love to teach it to his grandson, who, however, is tempted by modernity. A portrait of the contradictions that give life to modern-day Egypt.