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Egyptian documentary ‘The Brink of Dreams’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival

The 77th session of the Cannes International Film Festival received the premiere of the Egyptian documentary “The Brink of Dreams” a participant in the official Critics’ Week competition.

The Brink of Dreams is the first Egyptian documentary to participate in this competition since its founding, in addition to being the only documentary participating in the Critics Week Competition and is one of seven films competing for the Grand Prize for Best Film, the Jury Prize, and the Best Actor/Actress award, the best screenplay award, and the distribution award.

The film follows a group of girls who decide to establish a theater group and present their plays, inspired by Upper Egyptian folklore, in the streets of their small village to shed light on issues such as early marriage, domestic violence, and education for girls.

The film’s directors, Nada Riad and Ayman al-Amir were present at the venue accompanied by the girls of Panorama Barsha Troupe who presented “Street Theater” to the Cannes Festival audience, before the screening of the film, which won the audience’s praise.

Speaking about the documentary, the directors said that the film, “Takes a look at the amazing human wealth that Egypt possesses, and questions the ability of faith, will, and art to change society for the better and to achieve dreams, no matter how impossible they seem. The film presents authentic Egyptian characters that are rarely presented on screen and unique filming locations from the heart of Upper Egypt.”

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