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Directed by | Nadia Kamel

Genre documentary  |  Length: 105mins  |  Year of production: 2007

21st century Egypt, is allegedly spurred by the rallying cries of a global �clash of civilizations�. Mary, a grandmother, and her daughter (director, Nadia Kamel) try to give Mary�s grandson, Nabeel, a glimpse into the family's history of mixed marriages. Like many Egyptians, after a century of immigrations, Nabeel is a mix of Egyptian, Italian, and Palestinian with some Russian, Caucasian, Turkish and Spanish: from his Moslem, Christian and Jewish descendants. As the grandmother recounts the family fairy tales, she confronts her own fears. In an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people dispossessed by the creation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948, Mary has been boycotting her Egyptian Jewish family in Israel for 55 long years. Inspired by the telling of her own stories she sets about breaking one of the most powerful taboos in modern Egypt.