Just a few days before the outbreak of the Egyptian (January) revolution, in the dark underbelly of Cairo city, a young man kills himself. The film seeks out his reasons for suicide through four different characters. None are pleased with what life has to offer them; they seek love, hope, a future, while being surrounded by corruption, class stratification, and a police state. The events of the film revolve around a single day’s occurrences in a non-linear narrative form that breaks chronological sequence.
Living Skin - Feature Documentary
Category: Arab Documentary Film Program
Living Skin is a documentary that explores the lives of Shoushou and Mohammad Farag, two children who live and work in the Tanneries in Egypt. Through their stories, we see the workers’ inhuman living conditions, surrounded by hazardous chemicals in a harmful environment, as they try to enjoy what remains of their childhood.