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#the shadow of Cairo

“Egypt killed my mom” are not exactly words one would expect to hear from a child, but this memorable opening line from The Shadow of Cairo (2020) probably rings true for many Egyptians irrespective of age. The occasional brutality of living in Egypt is indeed one of the great mysteries of life, but for little Maya, the protagonist of the film, it is not as complicated as all that. Directed by up-and-coming Egyptian filmmaker Tara Shehata, The Shadow of Cairo…