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The Tentmakers of Cairo
"I consider Kim Beamish's forthcoming documentary to be one of the most important studies of the human impact of the Arab Uprisings since 2011." - Prof. Bob Bowker, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. 

Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve an ancient tradition of fabric making. The result is a fascinating microcosm of a transitioning nation. In the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, street celebrations turn to conflict—shops burn to the ground, propaganda spreads, and the fraternal spirit of the marketplace is shattered. The Tentmakers of Cairo traces this story from the beginning and follows each character as they develop with the times. Filmmaker Kim Beamish captures some of the most remarkable close ­up footage of one of the defining political crises of the decade.

“A deeply original and empathetic approach to Egypt’s ‘revolution’, which masterfully deals with the complexity of major political events, carefully avoiding any kind of cliches and seamlessly combining micro and macro perspectives, breaking news and millennial traditions.” ­ Paolo Moretti, Visions du Reel

Kim Beamish
Kim Beamish
Total budget
95 Minutes