On the Fence


When her mother had a bad dream, Nesrine travelled from Cairo to Tima, her home town in Upper Egypt in an attempt to save their old house. The filmmaker takes on a journey between two worlds that belong to none. She struggles with the idea of selling the house, because it is part of the last memories of her beloved father. She tries to clean it and make the necessary repairs in vain for the wreck is beyond repair. She chances upon old tapes recorded by her father, notes and ambush of memories.


Nesrine EL-ZAYAT began her career as a film critic and journalist for Rosa El-Youssef magazine. She went on to make two short documentary films, including Ward No. 6, Jury Prize winner at Bagdad International Film Festival’s Human Rights Competition and Best Short Documentary Prize at the Egyptian National Film Festival in 2009; and La Robe Noire (2013), screened in festivals in Egypt, India, France and Morocco. On the Fence is her latest and debut feature documentary.