‘Adolescent Memoirs’ Weaves Dreams with Reality
Egypt will enter Cairo’s 25th Film Festival with the film Muthakkarat Murahikah (Adolescent Memoirs) directed by Enas Al Degheidi, according the Arabic daily Al Gomhuria.
The film stars a number of young artists, including Hind Sabri, Ahmed Ezz, Shams, Ena’am Al Greatly and Fadia Ukashah.
The film explores the life history of an adolescent girl who is driven by her urge to reject the status quo, which has no space for the romance, love and sympathy for which she hungers.
However, she finds no way to escape from her bitter situation except by creating a new reality from her own imagination. Her fantasies are the only mechanism she has to create a new world, where she can feel romance, love and sympathy.
The girl lives in two contradictory worlds: reality, with its bitterness, pains and sorrows, and the beautiful dream world of her fantasies. This new world depicts the girl’s desires as an adolescent.
The girl comes across a real boy of her dreams whom she was imagining. At that point the girl’s optimism is restored. She is reassured that the boy of her dreams is not fantasy but rather part of the reality she was attempting to escape.
Degheidi has been chosen as a member of the Cairo Film Festival jury for two years. She graduated from the Higher Cinema Institute of the Art Academy in 1975.
The director’s films usually spark controversy among the public and critics because she is characterized as daring and supportive of Arab women’s causes and rights.
Degheidi established a company for the production and distribution of films in 1995, and since then has produced two films: Estacoza and Dantella - Albawaba.com