The Promised
In and around the historical ruins of Fustat in Old Cairo, tensions simmer between the site’s government-appointed guards and residents of a nearby informal settlement, al-Izba. The guards chase away looters and confiscate their equipment, while locals infuriate them by taking shortcuts through the site, occasionally stopping for a smoke. For the guards it would be easiest to keep the site closed until further notice.
by Ahmed El Ghoneimy
with Mahmoud Antar, Hussein Emam, Tarek Mokhtar
Egypt 2020 Arabic 19’ Colour Documentary form


  • Mahmoud Antar
  • Hussein Emam
  • Tarek Mokhtar


Written and Directed by Ahmed El Ghoneimy
Cinematography Ahmed El Ghoneimy
Editing Ahmed El Ghoneimy
Sound Design Sara Kaddouri
Sound Moustafa Shaaban
Assistant Director Muhammad Mustapha
Production Manager Ahmed El Ghoneimy
Producer Ahmed El Ghoneimy
Executive Producer Ahmed El Ghoneimy

Produced by

Ahmed El Ghoneimy

Ahmed El Ghoneimy

Ahmed El Ghoneimy, born in 1986 in Alexandria, Egypt, is a filmmaker and artist currently living between Alexandria and Cairo. His work revolves around interpersonal tensions between the different protagonists presented in his films, such as sons and fathers (Tripoli Tide, 2018), victims and perpetrators (Bahari, 2011), bullies and friends (The Cave, 2013). Alternating between fiction and documentary, his films take no heed of a narrative arc culminating in a dramatic climax, but rather follow associations and use moments of collision as an opportunity to investigate notions like victimhood, power, and masculinity.


2011 Bahari; 13 min. 2013 Al-Kahf (The Cave); 24 min. 2017 H’agtein Talata Naseit Akolhomlak (Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You); 12 min. 2018 Gazr Trablos (Tripoli Tide); 16 min. 2020 Al-Maw’oud (The Promised); 19 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020