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:
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