Ana Ana

  • Petr Lom, Corinne van Egeraat
  • Netherlands
  • 2013
  • 75 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
The title means "I am me" in Arabic, and the film invites four young Egyptian women to share their personal experiences. In the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, they reflect on their inner worlds, often filming themselves. Their situation, phase of life and offbeat worldviews mean they are constantly seeking to define themselves. A journalist explains that the uprisings made her lose faith in journalism. The power of the mendacious media was too much for her, so she is now directing theater plays, "to reveal truth in other ways." In contrast, another of the women believes that the revolution has made anything possible. But all four of them find it difficult to be themselves in Egyptian society. One woman's dream of becoming a ballerina is snuffed out because professional dancing is simply unacceptable. And any female who is still unmarried at 24 will be unique among her friends – a social inferior, in fact. A filmmaker who often has to work late travels only by car, because after midnight, any girl on the streets is considered potential sexual prey. "Sometimes I feel Egypt is eating me, devouring my personality," sighs one woman. "I wish I lived in another country."

Credits

  • 75 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Arabic
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Petr Lom, Corinne van Egeraat
Production
Corinne van Egeraat for Zindoc
Co-production
Lom Films, Daydream Productions
Cinematography
Petr Lom, Sarah Ibrahim, Wafaa Samir, Sondos Shabayek
Editing
Petr Lom

IDFA history

2013
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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