Studio Misr - Screenshot from the documentary film.
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The Egyptian documentary “Fe Studio Misr” (In Studio Masr) for Mona Asaad will be screened in Carthage Film Festival outside the official competitions of the festival in the special films section.
The documentary shed light on the privatization of Studio Misr in 2000, after decades of public sector management. A young team of filmmakers have modernized the ancient studio. Fifteen years later, the team contemplates this adventure, as “Studio Misr” takes us on a journey through time and space, through history and fiction, through friendships, aspirations and dreams.
Director Mona Asaad was born in Cairo in 1956 and studied medicine. However, she discovered the world of cinema when she worked as a doctor for the cast of Youssef Chahine's “Farewell Bonaparte” in 1984, then the film “Sarekat Sayfiya” (Summer Thefts) by Yusri Nasrallah in 1987.
In 1996, Asaad began working in the filmmaking industry as an assistant director with Radwan el-Kashef and Yusri Nasrallah. In 2000, she joined Elixir Technical Services team with its management of Studio Misr. Asaad worked as an executive producer for the company's documentary films, including "Nafas Tawil" in 2012 and “Geeran” in 2009 directed by Tahani Rashid.