In and around the historical ruins of Fustat in Old Cairo, tensions simmer between the site’s government-appointed guards and residents of a nearby informal settlement, al-Izba.
“The Promised bears witness to the strange indefiniteness of the historical ruins of Fustat in Old Cairo. Unmaintained by government bodies and threatened by the skeletons of new builds, the architectural remains hint at the erosion of collective memory. This film observes the site’s layered functions and the tensions between its value for local residents, looters and government-appointed guards. Unembellished but vast and endlessly enchanting, Ahmed Elgoneimy’s documentary calls into question the possibility of cultural heritage in the presence of political and economic instability.”
— Maria Paradinas