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Al-Qarafa, The City of theDead



Ireland, 2009, PAL - Color - 12

DIRECTED BY:
Alessandro Molatore

CAST:
Shehab Ibrahim

SCREENPLAY:
Alessandro Molatore

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Alessandro Molatore, Michael Taylor Jackson

EDITING:
Alessandro Molatore

MUSIC:
Abigal Smith

SOUND:
Michael Richards

PRODUCER:
Stefan Godskesen, Michael Taylor Jacksen

PRODUCTION:
Cactifilms

WORLD SALES:
Cactifilms

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Story outline Like Virgil in the Divine Comedy, Shehab – a charismatic Egyptian dwarf – leads us through the neglected graves of Al Qarafa, where the living co-exist with the dead.The City of the Dead is a surreal short documentary shot in Cairo. It’s a glimpse of a veiled reality that even Egypt itself wants to ignore preferring to glorify the past of the Pharaohs and their glamorous cemeteries rather than face the present of Al Qarafa with its dead and living inhabitants.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Short Biography Born and raised in a small village on the Italian Alps, Alessandro Molatore is a free spirit and he is now based in Dublin.After his studies in Bologna, Alessandro left Italy, continuing to develop his passion and skills in Germany, California and ultimately Ireland.As traveling and filmmaking are important components of his life, the documentary soon became one of his preferred forms of expression.   FilmographyThe City of the Dead (in post prod) 2009 Egypt Short Doc The Cemetery People 2008 Philippines Short Doc Children of Manila 2008 Philippines Short Doc Cactus 2007 Ireland Short Film Jack, Jill and the Green Devil 2006 Ireland Short Doc DoMani 2004 Italy/Ireland Short Doc Clic 2003 Italy Short Film Dog from Hell 2002 Italy Short Film

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