Dear Animal

Maha Maamoun

2016, 25:30 minutes, Colour, Arabic with English subtitles

TAPECODE 2086.05

Shot between Cairo and different locations in India, the film Dear Animal weaves together a short story by writer Haytham El-Wardany – titled “Lord of the Order of Existence” – about a drug dealer who turns into a strange animal, and a selection of letters written by Azza Shaaban, a director-producer involved with the Egyptian revolution and now living in India, from where she sends notes about her travels and healing process after the revolution. At once occupying disparate temporal and spatial registers, Dear Animal is a meditation on our relationship to power, violence, and the unfamiliar.

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