Recent terror attacks have brought tourism in Sharm El Sheikh to a halt. We follow a group of young workers in a luxury hotel compound, holding onto the town despite the lack of tourists.
Returning home is not an option, as they have absorbed the liberal life style and experience the difficulty of fitting back into their own culture. Sharm El Sheikh has been for a long time a dream destination for young Egyptians, representing a place of freedom and easy money.
Clichés and stereotypes of both western and oriental culture clash and create a carousel-like experience, elevating the young Egyptians into a dream-like state. They lead a double life in the shadow of the shiny shimmering hotel facades, as their families are unaware of the sinful temptations in town.
MAROUAN OMARA & JOHANNA DOMKE
Original language: Arabic/English
Produced by: Monokel
In coproduction with: Fig Leaf Studios, Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH
Festival(s): Chicago International Film Festival - Official Selection 2018
BFI London Film Festival - Official Selection 2018