Egyptian-Directed ‘The Brink of Dreams’ Wins Cannes Documentary Award

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On 24 May, the Egyptian documentary ‘The Brink of Dreams’ was awarded the L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) prize, the foremost honour for documentaries at the Cannes Film Festival’s 77th edition. The documentary centres around a Coptic village in Upper Egypt, following the footsteps of a small group of young girls who rebel against restrictive societal norms by forming a street theatre troupe. “Dreaming of becoming actresses, dancers or singers, they try to find their place, defying their families and the patriarchal traditions of their country,” the jury was quoted describing the film. “An almost ‘casual’ film, which allows us to see in its complexity the fight they lead to conquer their freedom and the turmoil that this fight causes around them.” The film, directed by Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir, shared the reward with the South African documentary ‘Lost and Found’ by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Raoul Peck. In an interview, Riyadh recalls meeting the group of girls during one of her visits to the village and becoming immersed in their initiative. “From 2016 to 2019, I often travelled to Upper Egypt [to support feminist initiatives there]. Seeing the girls for…

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