The Tentmakers of Chareh elKhiamiah
Australian Filmmaker in Cairo, Egypt launches campaign to fund documentary film about textiles workers effected by the 25 January Revolution.
Producer Kim Beamish will launch a crowd funding campaign on 1st February 2013 to fund the documentary film, “The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah”, a feature length film following a small street of Egyptian textile workers who have been forced to adapt to the consequences of the 25 January revolution.
After the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011 tourists from all parts of the world who would have flocked to Egypt year round stopped coming and so did their money. Prior to the revolution small streets such as Chareh El Khiamiah relied heavily on the tourist trade as they sold their wares into the larger more famous market, Khan El Khalili. That trade is now all but gone and it is time for new markets to be found in Europe and the USA.
“The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah” will tell the story of a uniquely Egyptian art form and the men who create it. This is a film about everyday Egyptians not caught up in the turbulence that surrounds Tahrir Square but instead struggling to keep their businesses alive and their families fed.
In March of 2012 Kim Beamish arrived in Cairo with his wife and two children. His wife works for the Australian Embassy in Cairo and his children, both young, attend preschool.
Only days after arriving renowned Australian quilter, herself a former diplomatic spouse in Cairo, Jenny Bowker introduced Beamish to the stitchers in the Street of the Tentmakers, Chareh El Khiamiah. Since then Beamish has been filming, researching, travelling with and developing the documentary film “The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah”.
On the 1st February 2013 Beamish will launch a crowd funding campaign too run for 30 days through the Australian website Pozible.com where he hopes to raise $20,000 to cover production, travel and translation costs associated with the production of the film.
For more information on the campaign go to http://pozible.com/tentmakers
Kim Beamish is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Film and Television School. His previous work includes producing and directing the film “Just Punishment” about the trial and execution of Van Nguyen in Singapore. He has worked in the Film and Television industry for more than ten years.
The Tentmakers of Cairo, or the Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah, produce hand sewn applique work, which traditionally and historically adorned the inside of Ottoman style tents. Their work has now become more decorative however facing extinction due to some parts of the Egyptian publics perception of it being bad luck, the fall in tourism and the unwillingness of younger stitchers to take it up.
Crowd funding is, according to Wikipedia, “…the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organisations. Crowd funding is used to support a wide variety of activities including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans” and in this case documentary films. A good example of a crowd funded documentary film is “Indie Gamer”
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