An intimate exchange between director Marianne Khory and her daughter Sara, also a filmmaker.
As the two frame each other through conversation and film – Sara in the portrait mode of the iPhone generation, Marianne in a more traditional landscape format – they explore the lives and aspirations of four generations, focusing on the women of the family. From Alexandria to Cairo, passing through Paris and Havana, they stalk memories together, shifting and drifting across space and time to explore motherhood, identity, and ancestry.
Painting vivid portraits of their influences, they consider the figures who have shaped their lives and filmmaking, including the beautiful Iris, Marianne’s mother, whose charisma shrouded a debilitating depression, and “Uncle Joe,” the celebrated Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.
With unseen footage from archives and excerpts from Chahine’s autobiographical films, this personal account of family bonds provides a remarkable insight into a cultural icon. It is also a poetic meditation on love and the ties that bind – for better and for worse.