The Coptic Grave Film Documentary



"He (Kyriakos) didn't hurt me when he was alive, how could he hurt me when he is dead" My uncle AbdulHafeeze!

This documentary took over 10 years, survived two revolutions and four presidents, three constitutions, One Massacre, and one nephew in prison!
Three brothers passed away, Emad, Sickh Obed, and Abdelnasser., and now COVID.... still the story goes on and must be told...

The Beginning It was a nice cool summer afternoon in my small village in Egypt. As was my ritual when visiting, I was taking a walk through the alfalfa field to the distant village cemetery, and on this occasion I found the name “Kyriakos” inscribed on one of the graves in my family cemetery and “died 1962” on the stone. The name is a Christian name, so I wondered how he ended up in my family cemetery. Christians and Muslims can live together, but when they die, graves and cemeteries separated them. Against all religious tradition, the story of this Coptic grave reveals a promise made by my uncle to his Christian neighbor and friend “Kyriakos”. “We lived together and we will die together,” he said. Through this simple family story, the film will reveal the relationship between Muslims and Christians in life and in death.! .. this is the story of Kyriakos, the Coptic man who is buried in my family cemetery!.. we are almost there, the last stage.. editing, voiceover, musicn n translation last minutes works. If troubles in Egypt and COVID pandemic slowed down the work.. now is the time to finish the documentary that we started over 10 years ago.. please help. I will appreciate any amount... you'll receive updates, the first premier invitation... and much more! This documentary film is inspired by the story of Kuriakose, a Coptic Egyptian who had lived in my village for years. The documentary will follow the life of this minority Christian family and explore the trail of the man and his life and death that ended in the Muslim cemetery. His story will intersect with flashbacks from my own past and present as a minority Muslim living in the US, visiting the same places, and talking to people there. As these two stories are woven together a new story will emerge – the story of those who lived in this peaceful rural Egyptian village of 1,000 people!
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This is a collective project, I can’t do it myself.. we need a team, we need to reward our team, so here are the rewards based on your contribution :

$100 to $200, Member, Gets a link to see the film beforehand!

$300 to $400 Premium, invited to the premier gets

$500 Associate Producer, invited to the premier and all of the above

$1000 and up Producer, name on the credit, and all of the above

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Ahmed Tharwat 
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