Like Virgil in the Divine Comedy, Shehab – a charismatic Egyptian dwarf – leads us through the neglected graves of Al Qarafa, where the living co-exist with the dead.

Al-Qarafa is a surreal short documentary shot in Cairo. It’s a glimpse of a veiled reality that even Egypt itself wants to ignore preferring to glorify the past of the Pharaohs and their glamorous cemeteries rather than face the present of Al-Qarafa with its dead and living inhabitants.


Ischia Film Festival,
Ischia, Italia - July 2011

Festival Internacional de Cine Politico
Buenos Aires, Argentina -March 2011

Kerry International Film Festival
Kerry, Ireland - October 2010

Sedicicorto Internation Film Festival
Forlí, Italy - October 2010

Addis Ababa International Festival
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - March 2010

Salento Finibus Terrae Film Festival
Ostuni, Italy - July 2010


Poster 'The city of the dead'

Drawing by Stephen Kane



Cacti Films