Recent terror attacks have brought tourism in Sharm El Sheikh to a halt. We follow a group of young workers in a luxury hotel compound, holding onto the town despite the lack of tourists. Returning home is not an option, as they have absorbed the liberal life style and experience the difficulty of fitting back into their own culture. Sharm El Sheikh has been for a long time a dream destination for young Egyptians, representing a place of freedom and easy money. Clichés and stereotypes of both western and oriental culture clash and create a carousel-like experience, elevating the young Egyptians into a dream-like state. They lead a double life in the shadow of the shiny shimmering hotel facades, as their families are unaware of the sinful temptations in town.
Critics Award of the International Filmfestival Fribourg Award of best Artistic Achievement, Luxor International Filmfestival Best Edited Dokumentary – Filmplus, Cologne for Gesa Jäger
Moscow International Dokumentary Film Festival 33 International Filmfestival Fribourg 8 Luxor International Filmfestival 41 Cairo International Film Festival 54 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 62 BFI London Film Festival 2 El Gouna International Film Festival 63 DOK Leipzig, Internationales Festival für Dokumentarfilm BIFF Bergen International Film Festival 54 Chicago International Film Festival 22 Mumbai Film Festival, India 18 Transilvania Film Festival in Cluj 19 Festival del Cinema Africano, d'Asia e America Latina, Milan, 10 Middle East Now, Florence 38 Istanbul Film Festival 13 Festival of Tolerance, Zagreb, Croatia
2020 Black Movie, Geneva International Independent Film Festival,