Mohammad Saved from the Waters

In her documentary, director Safaa Fathy tells the story of her brother Mohammad, who lived all his life along the banks of the River Nile. The more polluted the water became, the sicker Mohammed got. A chronic kidney disease caused directly by the environment led to his early demise.

MOHAMMAD SAVED FROM THE WATERS is a poetic discovery of body, tradition, religion and family set in modern Egypt. Before the background of a revolution, which – according to the opinion of the director, Safaa Fathy – is also a fight for the integrity of the body and soul.

In her Director’s Note for the World Cinema Fund, she writes, “Mohammad’s story also illustrates one of the greatest issues of our time: bioethics. The idea to do this film sprang from my sense of being powerless at seeing my brother wither away…“

World Premiere Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012

DOK Leipzig 2013

Lussas Doc Film Festival 2013

The Ismailia International Film Festival 2013

Montpellier Festival of Mediterranean Cinema 2013

Cambridge 27th Film Festival 2014

Variety: Beautifully composed using several shooting formats, this almost regal portrait of distress deserves a place in fest lineups. […] The use of multiple formats highlights the closeness, making it seem as if the helmer picked up whatever kind of camera was on hand at any given moment. Despite the variety, she avoids a patchwork feel thanks to the strength of emotions and the skill of editor Pauline Casalis.

SANAD Film Fund: Mohammad Saved from the Waters is a deeply personal account of a brother’s life by his sister, but her sensitivity allows this film to speak for the countless souls who are at risk and might tragically suffer the same fate as him. Fathy’s film is an urgent cry, a plea for her countrymen to heal the living, breathing bodies of the people and the ebbing waters of the Nile – a river which is witness to and cannot hide the long and very real history of Egypt.

Director: Safaa Fathy
Camera: Vincent Buron
Sound: Mustafa Shaaban
Editor: Pauline Casalis
Executive Producer: Delphine Morel
Co-Producers: Tamer El Said, Christian Popp

Length: 90 min
Release Date: 2012

Produced by TS Productions in co-production with ZERO Productions and DOCDAYS Productions. Produced with support by the World Cinema Fund.