Light upon Light

Director: Christian Suhr
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Competed in the Cairo International Film Festival's International Critics’ Week
Held its world premiere at the 19th edition of the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival's Nordic Competition (CPH:DOX)
Was the opening film at the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival
Filmmaker introduced a master class about the film at Etnokino Bern
Light upon Light Poster
2022/ Egypt - Denmark78 min/ Documentary
Original Title
Nour Ala Nour
One day, an Egyptian friend gave Danish anthropologist Christian Suhr a good piece of advice: “Stop focusing on all the darkness in the world and look at the light instead.” Suhr takes us on a journey to Cairo along the Nile and into the desert to understand what light means to the people he meets along the way. Through conversations and observations of breathtaking rituals, the light slowly breaks through and nuances the image of a religion often viewed with prejudice and reduced to simplistic clichés.
Aya El-Hosseiny Sonia Hassan Maher Al-Sharnouby Magda Habshey


Screenwriter: Muhammad Mustapha and Christian Suhr
DOP: Christian Suhr, Amira Mortada, and Muhammad Mustapha
Editor: Muhammad Mustapha and Christian Suhr

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Production Company(ies)
Hassala Films

Hala Lotfy

film festivals
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX) (Nordic Competition), Denmark
Cairo International Film Festival (International Critics’ Week), Egypt
Ethnofest - Athens Ethnographic Film Festival (opening film), Greece
Etnokino Bern, Switzerland
Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day, Netherlands
Practices, Aesthetics and Entanglements Conference, Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, Sweden
Arabian Nights Film Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark
The Mariam Mosque, Denmark
Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark
European Film College, Denmark
Jean Rouch International Film Festival (Immersive Filmmaking Competition), France
International Documentary Film Festival Vienna (Main Program), Austria
Freiburger Filmforum, Germany
International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, Canada
Mind & Life Europe, Italy
NAFA Film Festival, Denmark
American Academy of Religion, US
film awards
Special mention at Jean Rouch International Film Festival
"Danish director and anthropologist Christian Suhr's feature documentary offers a respectful yet compelling peek into the surprisingly diverse communities of Sufi worshippers within the Islamic tradition of Egypt."
Deborah Young — Film Verdict

"From charity Iftar tables to documentary films… LIGHT UPON LIGHT handles spiritual thought at the CIFF"
Nahla Alam — Haven Magazine

"LIGHT UPON LIGHT explores people's perceptions of divine light and the light of Prophet Mohamed. The Danish director Suhr captured the Sufi spirit of Egyptians, particularly women."
Safaa Elaithy

"Searching for the meaning of light in a road movie."
Safaa Elaithy