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Mohamed Siam

Mohamed Siam studied psychology before becoming a filmmaker. He has been awarded several international grants for his film projects, including support from the Sundance Institute, IDFA Bertha Fund, Screen Institute Beirut, and Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Fund. A Berlinale Talent Campus alumnus, he also attended a program for talented filmmakers in Durban. He worked as assistant director on the feature documentary The City of the Dead (2009) and on the drama In the Last Days of the City (2016). He demonstrated his lensing skills shooting the documentaries The Trials of the Spring (2015) and The Path (2015). Siam debuted as director with the fiction short A Leak (2011) and the documentary Whose Country?, and he is now working on his third helming attempt, the documentary Amal, awarded last year as a work in progress by Durban FilmMart (AfriDocs Prize) and by the Robert Bosch Foundation (Arab-German Film Prize).

Country of origin: Egypt / Lebanon /USA
2016/ Arabic / English subtitles / 57 mins
Spanning the period from the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution in 2011 until theouster or ex-President Morsi three years later, Whose Country? is a first-person accountof one Cairo-based filmmaker’s interactions with a group of plainclothes policemen – thekind of security personnel who had become notorious in Egypt for widespreadcorruption and abuses of civilians - main causes for the January 25 uprising. Throughverité footage and in one-on-one interviews, the policemen reveal the ways in whichthe security forces abused their role in society. At the same time, the filmmakergrapples with issues of guilt and morality and the memory of his father, a formercriminal investigator
Director:Mohamed Siam
Writers: Georgina Van Welie & Talal Al-Muhanna
Co-Writers: BruniBurres & Mohamed Siam
Cinematographer: Mohamed Siam
Editor: Gladys Joujou
Producers: Talal Al-Muhanna & Mohamed Siam
Co-Producers: BruniBurres & ChristophJörg
Composer, Sound Designer & Mixer: Thierry Bousquet
Hotdocs, Canada 2016
Karlovy Vary International Film festival, Czech republic 2016