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Saturday, May 11, 2013

"IN SEARCH OF OIL AND SAND" Documentary Screening at the British Council

The documentary film 'In Search of Oil and Sand' will be screened at the British Council Agouza on Tuesday May 14, 2013 at 19:00 PM.

'Oil and Sand' was an extravagant film about a coup d'etat made by members of the Egyptian royal family and a few friends and relatives in 1952, shot just weeks before the royals were overthrown in a real coup. This documentary follows Mahmoud Sabit, the man who found the original 8mm reels, as he reconstructs the film's story, its array of real life players, and the political circumstances surrounding the shoot.
This uncanny marriage of fiction and reality reveals that the original film not only managed to unwittingly predict the fate of the King, but also foresaw the next 60 years of relations between Egypt and the West.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mahmoud Sabit.

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