Mohammad Saved from the Water

Safaa Fathy  |  Cinema  |  2010  |  Egypt
Inspired by the near death of her younger brother, Safaa Fathy's film Saving Mohammad from Water delves into popular concepts of death and the body, in the context of public health and pollution in modern Egypt. The fictional Mohammad is dying of renal failure, but refuses on moral grounds to have a kidney transplant. Through his five-year journey, the film explores the government's complicity in the contamination of food and water supplies and how poverty and social pressure influence approaches to death.