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Dreamaway Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke

With somnambulistic attention this film explores the realities and longings of young Egyptian hotel employees in a holiday resort emptied by post-revolutionary unrest.


Documentary Film
86 minutes

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Roman Roitman
Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke
Bilgehan Öziş
Jakob Beurle
Gesa Jäger, Louly Seif
Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke
A vision, a desert hike. We see a group of young Egyptians walking through the dark sands of the Sinai Peninsula, each on their own and yet together. The sun is low, their bodies are silent, tired and heavy. We see people who have set out, perhaps from a party. But we don’t see where they are headed. An image that’s so soaked with the past that it’s hard to discover a future in it.

The German-Egyptian directing duo Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara follow these young employees of one of the countless luxury hotels of Sharm El Sheikh. Post-revolutionary unrest and terrorist attacks have robbed the holiday resort on the Red Sea of all life: the hotels are empty, the pool gym units without participants, the party strips eerily deserted. The tourist planes, as we are shown again and again, fly over the town but no longer land here. With a kind of somnambulistic attention the film explores the lives, longings and plight of young Egyptians whose pasts suddenly no longer lead to futures.

Lukas Stern

Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize