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In Search of 'Oil and Sand'

OT: In Search of 'Oil and Sand'

Wael Omar, Philippe Dib // Egypt, Belgium, 2012
Documentary Feature // FF2013
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In July 1952, Farouk I, the last king of Egypt, was overthrown by the military. Mahmoud Sabit’s father was a cousin of the king. In the family archive, Sabit discovers a few rolls of film. They are all that is left of a long-lost film made by the royal family with friends. A private project with the title Oil and Sand about the fall from power of a sheikh – six weeks before the actual coup that ended the rule of the Pharaohs. In Search Of ‘Oil and Sand’ tells of a film at an historic turning point – from the point of view of the aristocrat Sabit and the last survivor of the then film crew, 80-year old Princess Nevin.



In Search of 'Oil and Sand'

Documentary Feature


Agenda 13//FF2013

Egypt, Belgium


59 min

OV with English subtitles

Wael Omar, Philippe Dib

Frances Ramsden, Adel Sabit, Rasha El Gammal

Wael Omar, Philippe Dib

David Golia

Wael Omar, Omar Khodeir

PBS International

Middle West Films; Sarakene Ltd

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