Rags and Tatters (Farsh wa ghata)
Egypt. Dir. Ahmad Abdalla. 2013, 87 mins. U.S. premiere. DCP from Visit Films. With Asser Yassin, Amr Abed, Yara Goubran, Mohammed Mamdouh, Atef Yousef. Escaping after years in jail, a man tries to find his way home on the outskirts of a Cairo that has been turned upside down by the protests of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. As he revisits the family and country he has been separated from for so long, he finds that everything about life as he knew it has irrevocably changed. Using a semi-documentary handheld style partly inspired by the amateur coverage of the revolution, Rags and Tatters is a powerfully visual experience with virtually no dialogue. Rather than celebrating the triumph of the revolution, Rags and Tatters is suffused with a sense of uncertainty and chaos. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.
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