In the 2009 documentary Carioca, a tribute to the iconic figure Tahia Carioca, Egyptian director Nabiha Lotfy unveils the tragedy and romance of the life of a dancer who captivated a generation of Egyptians as a rebel, a revolutionary and a lover.

In conjunction with Carioca, Tahani Rached’s film Neighbors (Geran) questions another side of Cairo’s history through an exploration of Garden City, a now-isolated neighborhood, previously the site of wealthy foreign elite villas. Rached uses interviews with neighborhood residents and the proximity of the U.S. and British embassies to present a fresh analysis of Egyptian history.

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