2014-05-14

Three years after the revolution daily life in Egypt is finally, slowly, resuming its pace. How do you continue after the initial euphoria fades away and a stone-cold reality looks you dead in the face? The young Flemish journalist Annabell Van den Berghe takes us along through her Cairo, the city where she studied and where she still often spends weeks or months for her job.

At the eve of the presidential elections she looks back at the past, and forward to the future with three friends.

Hend has been fighting on the barricades her entire life. On Tahrir Square she and her sisters pitched their tent and demanded Mubarak's departure. She still lives close to Tahrir Square, but for her, the square's romance seems to have gone for good. Fatma cast aside her dream of a knight in shining armour from some far-off land. The revolution destabilised her life, and she decided to look for new dreams closer to home. Nihal found the voice to make Egypt a better mother of the world, in the revolution.

Three women fighting for their place. A tough struggle, in which the sexual revolution seems like the first step. Each in their own way, they try to conquer the fatal combination of economic depravation and the lack of sexual education that is at the base of it.

Where do you draw the line? When is enough enough? How much personal sacrifice is the higher cause worth? Mothers, daughters, sisters, and sometimes all of those at the same time, struggle with day-to-day reality. Sometimes at the top of their voices, sometimes united in silent protest.

Annabell Van den Berghe

Annabell Van den Berghe (Belgium) studied Arabic language and has been working from Cairo since 2009. 

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A working grant of € 3,800 allocated on 29/04/2013.
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FPD/2013/1001

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