Abo Zabaal Prison 1989
(Documentary, 85', Egypt)
Bassam, a filmmaker and activist, reaches out to his estranged father. He revisits and reconstructs traumatic memories of his father’s political arrest and torture in 1989 which had decisive ramifications on Bassam and his mother. Can an immersive experience into the painful memories of the past help them heal and move on?
Bassam Mortada is a director, producer and activist. He is also a co-founder of See media production. His first work was with a number of independent institutions, NGOs, activists, to help document their life, struggle and work. In 2008, Mortada joined Al-Masry Media Corporation as a creative producer and director where he helped set up the first independent Web-documentary TV in Egypt. He trained many journalists and managed to create a team of young video journalists, who broke grounds in the area of video journalism and produced many stories that went viral. His first feature documentary ‘Reporting…a Revolution’ in 2012 was about these journalists. It premiered in the Berlinale film festival in Berlin 2012 and toured many festivals. Mortada then moved to start his own independent production See Media Production with producers Kesmat EL Sayed.