Production info

The Chair Carrier
كرسي الفرعون
Egypt/USA, 2010

Magdi Idris, Hassan Abdel-Fatah


Sayed is a defeated human being living in the slums of old Cairo where he is constantly bombarded with government propaganda. He crosses paths with an ancient Egyptian porter carrying a throne and wandering in search of his lost king Amoun. Now Sayed wants to be seated too "just for 5 minutes to see how it feels", but is refused. In frustration he shouts "it is over, the pharaoh's reign is over! The day will come and I will sit!"

Political allegory based on the short story "The Chair Carrier" by Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris that questions the inherent self-imposed oppression in third world nations.

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