Deutsch / English


2013 DOK Leipzig, Young Cinema Competition, Filmpreis "Leipziger Ring"
Egypt | 2013 | 47 min. | English | | German Premiere
Back to film list
Crop | Crop

Everyone deserves their own image, that’s the gist of an old Egyptian pop song. In reality there used to be only one official image along the Nile for a long time: that of a strong and powerful Egypt, embodied by its rulers. The majority of the population had no place in it. The young revolution was a revolution of images, too: the people conquered the right to be represented with their digital cameras and mobile phones, and reached the world. But how representative are those new images, one wonders in view of the more than uncertain current situation. This film takes a step back to look behind the structures of the old power. Tableau-like shots on an insider’s tour of the apparatus of power: the oldest and most important national daily, Al-Ahram, in which official Egypt reproduced itself since Nasser’s day. Starting with the conference rooms under the roof down to the basement garages where the papers are bundled for delivery, we meet a multitude of employees doing their various jobs, while a narrator’s voice, an intersubjective surrogate of interviews with photo journalists, recites a first-hand account, as it were, of Egyptian media history. The strict division between the visual and audio levels makes us look more closely and raises questions: for whom will this apparatus work in the future?

Lars Meyer
Original Title: Crop
Country: Egypt
Year: 2013
Language: English
Runtime: 47 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Johanna Domke, Marouan Omara
Producer: Johanna Domke
Cinematographer: Melanie Brugger
Editor: Johanna Domke, Emad Maher
Sound: Bilgehan Özis
Script: Johanna Domke, Marouan Omara
Share this Film

The texts to the Documentary Competition films and the International Programme films were written by the members of the selection committee. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.