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In the Last Days of the City(آخر أيام المدينة)

In the fading grandeur of downtown Cairo, Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the pulse of his city at a moment when, all around him, the crumbling buildings reflect the dreams of their inhabitants.
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Village Voice by Bilge Ebiri

It is not easy to describe In the Last Days of the City, an immersive visual experience with a wisp of a story and a wellspring of ideas.
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Variety by Jay Weissberg

The real achievement is how the film captures and holds a mood that develops and expands, with a yearning for what was and what might have been.
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Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

A soulful, atmospheric travelogue that toggles between immersing in and removing itself from the chaotic beauty of teeming humanity, El Said's movie gives a humming, on-the-edge metropolis its heart-pumping, reflective due.
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Slant Magazine by Steve Macfarlane

By diagramming a vastly complicated metropolis like Cairo from an unabashedly first-person perspective, In the Last Days of the City interrogates middle-class privilege in a time of crisis as a series of either-ors: leaving for Europe or staying in Cairo, hiding at home or protesting in the streets, filming blindly or seeking retrenchment in broad certainty.

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