Rags and Tatters

Director: Ahmad Abdalla
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Rags and Tatters is one of the few Egyptian films that were shot in Ezbet El-Zabbaleen or Garbage City, where most of Cairo's garbage collectors and recyclers live.
The film is based on true stories that take place in an overlooked world.
This film pays tribute to those who have been through a lot of pain to document the truth and make it accessible for generations to come.
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2013/ Egypt87 min/ Drama
Original Title
Farsh W Ghata
In one of the most extraordinary nights in the history of Egypt, the prisons were suddenly opened, leaving thousands of prisoners wandering the desert. Among them was one man trying to find his way in a city that is rapidly changing for good.
Asser Yassin
Amr Abed
Yara Gubran
Mohamed Mamdouh
Screenwriter: Ahmad Abdalla
DOP: Tarek Hefny
Editor: Sara Abdallah
Hisham Saqr
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Production Company(ies)
Film Clinic
Mohamed Hefzy
Omar Shama
film festivals
Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France
Munich Film Festival, Germany
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
film awards
Golden Antigone at the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France
“Egyptian film-maker Ahmad Abdalla has given us a complex, nuanced, humane drama about the Tahrir Square protests.” Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

“Rags & Tatters will likely become a touchstone of post-revolutionary Egyptian cinema, though it may take time before critical attention gives the film its due.” Jay Weissberg - Variety

“The key to Rags and Tatters lies in this will to document historical events that risk escaping in the chaos, or being doctored and instrumentalized by the people in power.” Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter