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The Trace of the Butterfly (Athar Al Farasha)


Dir. Amal Ramsis. 2014, 68 mins. Digital projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. What does a butterfly leave behind when it flutters in the air around us? How do we feel its trace? The documentary begins with the Maspero massacre in Egypt in October 2011, which left 27 Coptic Christian demonstrators dead. Among those killed was the “Guevara of the Egyptian Revolution,” Mina Daniel. His sister Mary takes us on a two-year journey of the Egyptian Revolution—two years of frustration and triumph, of deaths, and the feeling of the perpetual absence and presence of the departed.

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