The documentary had won a prize for Best Egyptian Film Supporting Women's Work, as well as the National Film Festival's Jury Prize for Best Film.
The 2021 Aswan International Women's Film Festival hosted the world debut of ‘From Meir, to Meir’, a documentary which covered life in an Upper Egyptian village. The film went on to win the prize for Best Egyptian Film Supporting Women's Work, as well as the National Film Festival's Jury Prize for Best Film. Now the award-winning documentary is making its way to Netflix on July 7th.
Filmed between 2008 and 2020, ‘From Meir, to Meir’ director Maggie Morgan first visits an Assiut village of Meir to see where her grandparents were born and raised before they emigrated to Alexandria. Over time she interviews the residents of the town and learns more about their lives, problems, and traditions - as well as their dreams of leaving their home in search of better opportunities overseas.
In its comprehensive account of life in this little Upper Egyptian town, ‘From Meir, to Meir’ encourages the spectator to explore the dissolving of long-standing traditions as a result of emigration, questions of belonging and marginalization, and how the past still unexpectedly impacts the present.