About the Film
Cairo Drive offers a unique look at a special city and its people at a critical time in the history of Egypt. The film follows several characters as they navigate their lives on Cairo's hectic roads, but their view from behind the wheel sheds light on issues bigger than driving.
Cairo Drive is a collective road trip, told through many voices, all celebrating the resilience of the Egyptian people who are able to find humanity in chaos and humor in adversity.
I was born in the U.S., raised in Cairo and currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I have been working in film and television for 17 years. This is my third feature film.
You can see excerpts of my work at: www.katsha.net
It's been important for me to work on documentaries that tell the stories of the Egypt I know and love. In 2007 I directed Egypt: We are Watching You about pre-revolution politics through the activist group, Shayfeen.com, as part of the “Why Democracy” series. In 2009, I was the cinematographer for Cairo Garbage, part of the Cities on Speed series. And now, with your help, I'm hoping to finish third film - Cairo Drive.
I filmed Cairo Drive over three years (2009-2012) with the goal of capturing the heart of the city that I love. I hope to share this view of Cairo - before, during and after the Egyptian revolution - with as large an audience as possible.
This is why I am asking for your help.
Why I Need Your Help
Cairo Drive has largely been an independent effort. I have produced, filmed and edited the footage and am grateful for the support of so many friends who have helped me to finish a 72-minute "fine cut."
Now I need the perspective of a professional editor to complete the film, as well as raise funds for color correcting, sound mixing, graphics, titles, and animation.
I am hoping to raise $32,000 to pay for these post-production costs and to submit Cairo Drive to film festivals in Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East.
Any contribution helps and I will be eternally grateful for your support. If you contribute $100 or more, you will receive credit in the movie.
What If I Raise More Than My Goal?
If any money is raised beyond the set goal - rest assured it will not be squandered. There are legal fees, musical clearances, promotion and marketing (trailer, website) costs to cover.
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