118 minutes, 2016
Director : Hisham Abdel Khalek (Egypt)
Production : So Freakantastik (France), H & O Productions LLC (USA)
The creation of classical ballet in Egypt, under the auspices of the State during the Cold War, is at the heart of an extraordinary saga, narrated here by its first pioneers. Prima ballerina Magda Saleh and her fellow dancers recall the founding of the first national ballet school, staffed with Soviet teachers – the early triumphs, collapse and renewed hopes over five decades.
Hisham ABDEL KHALEK is an Egyptian producer, director and screenwriter based in Paris. He has produced and directed films, opera and stage plays.
In 2002 he was artistic director for performances of Aida in Doha (Qatar) and in the shadow of the pyramids at Giza, Egypt. He has produced a series of operas and classical music concerts in Egypt, Syria, Dubai, France, the Netherlands and other countries.
In 2008, with Olivier Delesse, he created the French production and distribution company So Freakantastik and in 2014 the New York-based production company H & O Productions.