In Search of Oil and Sand

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A rare 8 mm film.
Members of the royal family and the royal court appear in the film.
The film remained abandoned for 70 years.
Reconstructing the story behind the old rare film, the film includes an interview with the last surviving members of the royal court.
In Search of Oil and Sand Poster
2012/ Egypt - UAE58 min/ Documentary
Original Title
Al Bahth A’an Al Naft Wal Remaal
Egyptian historian Mahmoud Sabit unveils the story behind a film shot by his parents and members of the royal court only a few weeks before the royal Egyptian family was overthrown in a coup d’état in 1952.
Mahmoud Sabit
Princess Nevine Abbas Halim
Screenwriter: Rasha el Gammal
Frances Ramsden
Adel Sabit
DOP: David Golia
Editor: Omar Khodeir
Wiley Abdelaziz
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Production Company(ies)
Middle West Films
Sarakene Ltd.
Wael Omar
Philip L. Dib
film festivals
CinemAfrica Film Festival, Sweden
Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Festival, USA
Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival, Morocco
Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
film awards
Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
“The kind of docu that sends auds into their imaginations as well as their history books, “In Search” will be sought out by nonfiction sidebars, and is ideal for smallscreen rotation.” Jay Weissberg - Variety

“Hour-long peek into recent Egyptian history is engrossing and distinctive…” Neil Young - The Hollywood Reporter