18 días / Tamantashar yom
A group of ten directors, twenty-odd actors, six writers, eight cinematographers, eight sound engineers, five set designers, three costume designers, seven editors, three post-production companies, and about ten technicians organized themselves to react fast and shoot ten short films about the January 25th revolution in Egypt, with no budget and on a voluntary basis. Ten stories they themselves experienced, heard, or imagined. Retention revolves around a variety of characters who are patients in a mental institution; some of them were forcefully admitted by police forces. God´s Creation follows a girl who sells tea on the streets and finds in the protests a way out of her suppressed life. In 19-19, one of the revolution´s masterminds gets captured just before the big day. When the Flood Hits You shows two marginalized men who see a business opportunity in the middle of the chaos, and start selling flags. Curfew is set on the city of Suez during the curfew, when Ali and his grandfather get lost in the streets. In Revolution Cookies a young diabetic man wakes up from a comma, and fear drives him to lock himself up in his shop; he documents the whole experience on tape cassettes. The savage counter attack lead by Mubarak´s followers against protestors sets the context for #Tahrir 2/2, which tells two parallel stories of two very different people on that February 2nd. Window reviews the Revolution through newspaper headlines and Facebook: that´s how it is experienced by a boy who hardly ever leaves his room and spends his time watching her neighbor through the window. Interior/Exterior takes place the day after the infamous “Battle of the Camels” on Tahrir Square. Mona decides to join the demonstrators, but Mustafa, her husband, is against that. Finally, Ashraf Seberto tells the story of a barbershop that gets turned into a field hospital for wounded protesters.