Berlinale 2018: WHAT COMES AROUND



Berlinale 2018, Panorama Dokumente
nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award

The first feature-length film of Reem Saleh, will celebrate its world premiere at the section Panorama Dokumente of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

WHAT COMES AROUND is an intimate and vivid portrait of the habitants of one of Cairo’s poorest slums and their alternative strategies of survival and community.

In Rod El Farag, one of the poorest residential areas in Cairo, obtaining meat, fruit and daily bread is a constant struggle, but the sense of community shared by the inhabitants helps them to some extent overcome their hardships through a social practice known as ‘al Gami’ya’, or ‘the assembly’, which also functions as an alternative banking system. More than support, the assembly is an integral part of their daily life, adults and children alike.
The assembly in this film serves as a portal to penetrate the vivacity of 5 characters over a period of 6 years. A rare, intimate and genuine portrait of life, witnessed through the eyes and voice of its characters in a place that doesn’t know rest, situated under a train station.
Between the omnipresence of the train and the search for daily bread, life happens…