Back Home (2021)


Feature Documentary Competition | Egypt | Arabic, English, French | 76 min


About the Film

Sara’s father is nearly 80 years old and is full of life. When Sara’s plans turn upside down due to the global pandemic, she finds herself stuck in her childhood home with her parents after living abroad for ten years. As they spend months together in lockdown, Sara feels the need to capture the precious moments spent with her father on film. For the first time, Sara’s return to Egypt feels right.


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Sara Shazli

Born and raised in Cairo, Sara Shazli earned her bachelor's degree in film studies from the American University of Paris. She went on to join the International Cinema and Television School of Cuba (EICTV) specialising in directing fiction. Between her studies, she worked as an archivist at the French Cinematheque in Paris on Youssef Chahine’s archives. In 2020, her film Isabel won the Best Short Film Award at Cairo International Film Festival. Back Home is her first feature documentary film. Sara is currently writing her first fiction feature Nour, a film inspired by her story as a young girl growing up in Cairo.


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