Berlinale

Mohammad Saved from the Waters (Mohammad sauvé des eaux)

Synopsis
My brother a Fathy lived all his life long next to the Nile. He was just as sick as the highly polluted river. He suffered from chronic kidney failure, which killed him. The film tells his story through his life, and after. It deals with the relationship to the body, tradition, religion, family, healing and survival within the context of revolutionary Egypt, whose revolution is precisely about the respect of human dignity and the body.

Director’s note
My brother Mohammad Fathy Hussein lived in Upper Egypt. He suffered from serious kidney failure. Why did Mohammad suffer from kidney failure? Because of the water. Egypt, known as "the gift of the Nile", is now the gift of a sick river. Mohammad’s story also illustrates one of the great issues of our time: bioethics. The idea to do a film sprang from my powerlessness at seeing my brother wither away after he refused a kidney transplant. The film shows the dynamics of our story as an Egyptian family touched by these collective issues, and the means by which we try to rescue the youngest and the most beloved among us from perishing in the waters of his own body.


Weltpremiere
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012

Festivals und Preise (Auswahl)
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012
Dok Leipzig 2013
Al Jazeera Documentary Prize, Ismailia International Film Festival 2013
Etáts généraux du film documentaire 2013
Cinemed 2013

Egypt, 2012
Director: Safaa Fathy
Producers: TS Productions (France), ZERO Productions (Egypt), Docdays Productions (Germany)
German WCF partner: Docdays Productions

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2012
Funding amount: 30.000 €