1. The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah is a feature documentary about about a small street of Egyptian textile workers adapting to the consequences of the 25 January revolution.

    This teaser segment features Hosam Hanafy Ahmed Mahmoud, better known as Hosam El Farouk, discussing how it was that he has come to be a stitcher, where some of his inspiration comes from as well as footage of Hosam with his family and in the street of the Tentmakers, Chareh El Khiamiah.

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    Thank you so much your support is very much appreciated and you can find out more at tentmakersofcairo.com

    A big thanks to Cem Tekeli and his music titled 'Beginning of Light'.

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  2. ‘The Tentmakers of Chareh el Khiamiah’ is a feature length documentary presently in post production and requiring a small amount of funding so as to make it the best film it can be. If after watching this teaser, and if you'd like to see the finished film, please consider contributing to the Tip Jar below it would be very much appreciated.

    With unprecedented access to a small Egyptian community located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo. The 'The Tentmakers of Chareh el Khiamiah' spans three turbulent years, from Egypt’s 25th January 2011 revolution through to the June 2014 election of Abdel Fatah el Sisi as President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

    A verite documentary in the style of such filmmakers as Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, Shinjuku Boys, and Sisters in Law) and Abbas Kiarostami (Ten, Close Up, and Life and Nothing More), ‘The Tentmakers of Chareh el Khiamiah’ is a dramatic tale of survival set in a small covered market known as Chareh el Khiamiah, the street of the Tentmakers.

    Our heroes, four men aged between 35-50 years old, are all talented craftsmen who practice the detailed art form of tentmaking, a uniquely Egyptian craft dating back to the Pharaohs which involves the hand-stitching of the interiors of tents, or in its more modern – and tourist-friendly – incarnation, wall-hangings and cushion covers.

    After 18 days of unrest in early 2011, amidst chants for “Bread, Freedom and Justice”, Hosam, his brother Ekramy, and stitchers Hany and Tarek all find themselves thrown into an unknown and unpredictable world as President Mubarak’s 40 year rule is brought to an end.

    However, rejoicing and celebrations soon turn to conflict and our small street, a microcosm of Egyptian society, is infiltrated by never-ending propaganda, rumors and paranoia which constantly blares from television sets in each and every shop.

    Survival is no longer about the need of the market as a whole, but about each individual. Soon our heroes find themselves pitted against each other, as shops are burnt to the ground, traditions walked away from and poverty becomes more and more real.

    With the rise of Egypt’s first freely elected President, Mohamed Morsi, his downfall downfall and the ultimate election of Abdel Fatah el Sisi as Egypt’s most recent saviour, each of our characters find themselves personally challenged by the circumstances facing the nation.

    Ultimately our heroes become convinced that a return to the past with the election of the former military leader Sisi, will be the only way to return to prosperity, regardless of the threat to liberty and freedom – once the core aims of the 2011 revolution.

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  3. 'The Tentmakers of Cairo' was filmed over three years, from the 25 January revolution through to the most recent elections and the rise of President Sisi. The film is a verite/observational documentary following four men as they deal with life in Cairo and the effects that the revolution and the ongoing turmoil has had on them, their businesses and their art.

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The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah

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The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah is a feature length documentary which starts its journey in a run down, noisy, dusty ancient souk, or market, in Old Islamic Cairo. Throughout, the film focuses on the human side of Chareh El Khiamiah; a film about


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The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah is a feature length documentary which starts its journey in a run down, noisy, dusty ancient souk, or market, in Old Islamic Cairo. Throughout, the film focuses on the human side of Chareh El Khiamiah; a film about the real Egypt, about traditions, history and community.

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