Borrowing a Family Album

“I was four or five years old when I woke up one morning, and my sister, Eman, wasn’t there. Not only did her toys, bed, and clothes disappear, but her name also vanished along with our family photo albums. Later, I was not sure anymore if I had ever had a sister at all or if I had made up all the memories that kept haunting me after I saw that girl once in an old movie. To bring my doubts to an end, I chose to believe my sister was the fearless girl who saved her father in Kamal El Sheikh’s classic film, Life or Death. I was relieved and enjoyed inventing new memories with her. We visited new places with my family, played together by the sea, and roamed the city on fantastic adventures.
I was 14 when a relative accidentally mentioned my sister’s death in front of me for the first time since she had disappeared. That day, I finally became certain of her existence, but I’ve never been able to tell which of my memories with her were true and which were fictional.
In 2022, I saw amateur film footage from the Rigopolous Family collection. It was shot mainly by Georgios Rigopoulos in Athens and the Cyclades Islands in Greece between 1966 and 1968. Could images of places I never saw as a child help me to retrieve a disoriented memory? Could we explore stories about ourselves in memories belonging to people we never met?” Tamer El Said
by Tamer El Said Egypt 2023 Without dialogue 25’ Black/White World premiere


Director Tamer El Said
Cinematography Georgios Rigopoulos
Editing Tamer El Said
Sound Design Youssra El Hawary
Associate Producer Jacob Moe
Line Producer Mikaela Popovic
Research Hanin Tarek, Hana Al Bayaty
Producer Tamer El Said

Produced by

Tamer El Said

Tamer El Said

Tamer El Said is a filmmaker and producer living in Berlin and Cairo. His filmography includes 17 films that have received many regional and international awards. He founded Zero Production in 2007 to produce independent films in Egypt. In 2011, he co-founded Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo, a multi-purpose space that offers facilities, training, and programming for the independent filmmaking community. His debut feature-length film, Akher ayam el madina (In the Last Days of the City), premiered at the Forum 2016, where it received the Caligari Film Prize.


1994 18 September; 12 min. 1995 Charlie; 8 min. 1996 Like a Feather; 12 min. 1997 Music of the Nets; 26 min. 1998 Crisscross; 20 min. 2004 Take Me; 53 min. 2005 On a Monday; 7 min. 2016 Akher ayam el madina (In the Last Days of the City); 118 min., Forum 2016 2020 One Sunny Day in April; 2 min. · As You Lay in Your Grave; 3 min. 2023 Borrowing a Family Album

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023