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Beekeeping From Passion to Profession
Giza
By Silhouette Production House
26 Apr 2016

His passion for beekeeping made Mahmoud Abdul Nasser, 32, the most famous beekeeper in the Egyptian city of Giza.

Unlike the majority of young men of his age, Mahmoud who graduated from high school in Cairo at the age of 17, did not want attend college to continue his education. Instead, he decided to head back to his hometown in Giza, and start a beekeeping business on his father’s farm.

“My story with bees began when I found a beehive on a tree, I put it in a box but the bees flew away.. so I went to a beekeeper and bought three beehives which I used for training. Some of the bees flew away but then I managed to keep the others. I also started to visit experienced beekeepers to watch how they work. I did some free work for them, although they offered me money, but all I wanted is to learn.”

Over 15 years, Mahmoud was able to turn beekeeping from a passion to a profession.

“To me bees are beautiful and enjoyable and I love dealing with them. People get scared of bees because they sting, but it is a beautiful insect and very productive and beneficial to humans.”

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The Wedding Dress Tailor of Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By jmontasir
02 Jun 2014

Madame Zeinab is a feisty, 60 year-old tailor who operates a small workshop in Cairo making wedding dresses. As she pieces together the fabric, she reflects on her own love life –and how the dream of marriage is getting harder for many Egyptians to achieve.

Length 3.10 minutes
Location Cairo, Egypt
Film by Jenny Montasir
Prod. Assistant Ghada Fikri
Music C. Filipe Alves

SHOT LIST:

1 WS Giza street from above
2 MS Fruit sellers working
3 WS Busy street with traffic
4 WS Omraneya commercial street
5 MS Exterior sewing shop
6 MS Madame Zeinab entering workshop
7 CS Madame Zeinab hands moving white fabric on work desk
8 TC Madame Zeinab explains workday
9 CS Madame Zeinab hands draws and measures around dress pattern
10 CS Sewing machine
11 CS Sewing needle and hands moving fabric
12 CS Madame Zeinab eyes
13 MS Religious texts on wall
14 CS Black and white thread spools
15 MS Madame Zeinab stretches at sewing table
16 MS Crowded workroom, ironing board
17 CU Scissors and rhinestone trim
18 WS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with wedding dress
19 CU Madame Zeinab hand-sewing rhinestones to collar
20 MS Madame Zeinab flipping through notebook with sketches, speaking to off-camera customers
21 WS Madame Zeinab speaking with two female customers
22 TC Madame Zeinab jokes about why customers want to have their own wedding dress
23 WS Giza neighborhood from above
24 WS Omraneya street, teenage boy walking with baby
25 CU Photo of married couple in shop window
26 MS Wedding dress in shop window, traffic moving in reflection
27 MS Older man in street counts money at shop entrance
28 CU Exterior wedding tent
29 MS Children inside wedding tent
30 WS Bride and groom climb onto elevated platform
31 WS Seated women clapping
32 MS Young girl twirls bouquet, pan to seated bride
33 CS Twinkling lights strung in tent
34 CS Young man hypes crowd on microphone, other young man dances alongside him
35 MS Young men dancing frenetically in crowd
36 MS Bride and groom dance in a circle of guests
37 WS Giza street evening
38 MS Madame Zeinab discusses wedding dress design with her daughter
39 CS Notebook and ruler on workdesk
40 WS Madame Zeinab arranging white fabric on work desk
41 MS Madame Zeinab hobbles into break room
42 CS Colorful spools of thread
43 MS Madame Zeinab drinking tea
44 WS Daughter watching political rally on TV
45 CU Daughter's looking up toward TV
46 TC Madame Zeinab on hope for future
47 MS Madame Zeinab working on dress, reflected in mirror
48 MS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with white fabric, makes joke about getting married

SHOT LIST - Rough Version
1 WS Giza street from above
2 MS Fruit sellers working
3 WS Busy street with traffic
4 WS Omraneya commercial street
5 MS Exterior sewing shop
6 MS Madame Zeinab entering workshop
7 CS Madame Zeinab hands moving white fabric on work desk
8 CS Madame Zeinab hands draws and measures around dress pattern
9 CS Sewing machine
10 CS Sewing needle and hands moving fabric
11 CS Madame Zeinab eyes
12 MS Religious texts on wall
13 CS Black and white thread spools
14 MS Madame Zeinab stretches at sewing table
15 MS Crowded workroom, ironing board
16 CU Scissors and rhinestone trim
17 WS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with wedding dress
18 CU Madame Zeinab hand-sewing rhinestones to collar
19 MS Madame Zeinab flipping through notebook with sketches, speaking to off-camera customers
20 WS Madame Zeinab speaking with two female customers
21 WS Giza neighborhood from above
22 WS Omraneya street, teenage boy walking with baby
23 CU Photo of married couple in shop window
24 MS Wedding dress in shop window, traffic moving in reflection
25 MS Older man in street counts money at shop entrance
26 CU Exterior wedding tent
27 MS Children inside wedding tent
28 WS Bride and groom climb onto elevated platform
29 WS Seated women clapping
30 MS Young girl twirls bouquet, pan to seated bride
31 CS Twinkling lights strung in tent
32 CS Young man hypes crowd on microphone, other young man dances alongside him
33 MS Young men dancing frenetically in crowd
34 MS Bride and groom dance in a circle of guests
35 WS Giza street evening
36 MS Madame Zeinab discusses wedding dress design with her daughter
37 CS Notebook and ruler on work desk
38 WS Madame Zeinab arranging white fabric on work desk
39 MS Madame Zeinab hobbles into break room
40 CS Colorful spools of thread
41 MS Madame Zeinab drinking tea
42 WS Daughter watching political rally on TV
43 CU Daughter's looking up toward TV
44 MS Madame Zeinab working on dress, reflected in mirror
45 TC Madame Zeinab explains workday
46 TC Madame Zeinab jokes about why customers want to have their own wedding dress
47 TC Madame Zeinab on hope for future
48 MS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with white fabric, makes joke about getting married

SCRIPT
01:00:12:19-01:00:15:13
My name is Madame Zeinab.
01:00:15:22-01:00:18:22
I have a shop called Al-Karawan in Omraneya.
01:00:19:13-01:00:22:14
We can sew anything.
01:00:25:06-01:00:29:11
I'm here by 10am and I don't go home until 12 at night.
01:00:32:03-01:00:35:16
I stand and cut.
I sit at the machine, and I iron.
01:00:35:17-01:00:37:17
I do everything by myself.
01:00:41:01-01:00:43:06
I got a sewing machine for my engagement
01:00:43:07-01:00:45:17
so I could help my husband and work.
01:00:47:08-01:00:49:20
He was a primary school teacher in Al-Azhar.
01:00:51:02-01:00:52:17
I have five children,
01:00:52:18-01:00:55:18
and their father has been dead for 30 years.
01:00:59:22-01:01:02:03
Nowadays most people just rent.
01:01:02:10-01:01:05:22
It's hard for a woman to buy when
she can barely afford to get married.
01:01:05:23-01:01:09:18
She can't afford the furnishings.
So why would she buy a dress for 3000 pounds?
01:01:14:20-01:01:16:19
A lot of people say, 'I want to tailor my own dress
01:01:16:20-01:01:19:04
to have as a memory in my wardrobe.'
01:01:19:05-01:01:22:17
Whenever she sees it
she'll remember her wedding day.
01:01:22:18-01:01:24:14
Whatever marital problems happen afterward,
01:01:24:15-01:01:26:17
when she sees the dress, she'll calm down.
01:01:29:07-01:01:33:10
I got married in a time when
people married at 18 years old.
01:01:35:13-01:01:37:22
Of course marriage was much easier back then.
01:01:37:23-01:01:42:05
Life was cheap and things weren't
as scarce as they are now.
01:01:51:20-01:01:54:21
A woman can't stay unmarried.
01:01:54:22-01:01:56:18
If she doesn't get married,
what will people say?
01:01:56:19-01:01:59:20
It's even better to get married and get divorced.
01:01:59:21-01:02:03:03
Then at least she can say, 'Yes, I got married.
But I have bad luck.'
01:02:24:14-01:02:26:16
I have a daughter who's a teacher,
01:02:26:17-01:02:29:04
and I have Ahmed who has a bachelor in commerce.
01:02:29:05-01:02:32:22
Osama has a diploma, and Mohamed
has a bachelor in commerce, too.
01:02:32:23-01:02:36:19
But because there's no work, one of them is
a taxi driver and the others do whatever.
01:02:39:23-01:02:36:18
[On radio] The Egyptian Revolution of January 25th, 01:02:39:22-01:02:42:09
the greatest achievement of which was...
01:02:43:09-01:02:45:03
Because of the conditions of the country,
01:02:45:04-01:02:47:13
the youth can't find apartments.
There's no place to live.
01:02:47:14-01:02:50:01
This is what's stopping life.
01:02:50:02-01:02:54:15
Our hope is that this changes
so that the country gets better.
01:02:54:16-01:02:56:08
Enough with the destruction.
01:02:59:19-01:03:02:09
I'm 60 years old and I want to get married.
01:03:04:12-01:03:06:18
I want to get married.

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Clashes in Egypt Between Pro-Morsi s...
Giza,Egypt
By Mohamed osam
06 Dec 2013

Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters (background) clash with Egyptian riot police during a demonstration in the streets of Al Haram , giza Egyptian police dispersed several rallies by Islamists, firing tear gas at protesters in Cairo as the government tries to stamp out unrest since president Mohamed Morsi's July overthrow

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Clashes in Egypt Between Pro-Morsi s...
Giza,Egypt
By Mohamed osam
06 Dec 2013

Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters (background) clash with Egyptian riot police during a demonstration in the streets of Al Haram , giza Egyptian police dispersed several rallies by Islamists, firing tear gas at protesters in Cairo as the government tries to stamp out unrest since president Mohamed Morsi's July overthrow

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Combing the Streets of Kerdasah City
Kerdasah , Egypt
By Mohamed osam
27 Sep 2013

After the last security operation on Kerdasah city , the police combed the streets searching for wanted people accused of killing soliders and police officers after the police disappered morsi supporters from Raba'a and Nahda square on 24 Aug. Giza , Egypt

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Fallen general of kerdasa funeral
Nasr city, Egypt
By Mohamed osam
20 Sep 2013

The body of fallen general "nabil farag " who killed during the security operation on Thursday in Giza town of Kerdasa .

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Fallen general of kerdasa funeral
Nasr city, Egypt
By Mohamed osam
20 Sep 2013

The body of fallen general "nabil farag " who killed during the security operation on Thursday in Giza town of Kerdasa .

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Fallen General of Kerdasa Funeral
Nasr City, Egypt
By Transterra Editor
20 Sep 2013

The Funeral of fallen general "Nabil Farag " who was killed during the security operation on Thursday in Giza town of Kerdasa.

Photos By: Mohamed Osam

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Fallen general of kerdasa funeral
Nasr city, Egypt
By Mohamed osam
20 Sep 2013

A flying helicopter during the military funeral of the fallen general "nabil farag " of kerdash who killed during the security operation on kerdasa , Giza

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Demonstration in front of Al Estkama ...
Giza, Egypt
By Ahmed Medhat
31 Aug 2013

Dozens of President Mohamed Morsi supporters, demonstrated in front of a mosque Al Estkama in Giza, after the end of Friday prayers .
Participants raise banners in a hostile stance against the armed forces. They chanted slogans, including "Down with the military rule" .

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Tahrir Square, July 3 (12 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Mat Wolf
04 Jul 2013

Crowds in Giza marching to Tahrir Square celebrate the arrival of security forces shortly after the Egyptian military's 48-hour ultimatum for President M0hammed Morsi to share power has expired on July 3, 2013.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (24 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
26 Jun 2013

Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa is flanked by Egyptian media as he answers questions about the excavation of King Khufu's 4,500 year old solar boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (22 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
26 Jun 2013

The solar boat museum and excavation site stands dwarfed next to the Great Pyramids. Inside, tourists are able to see the first solar boat extracted from beneath the pyramids. Archaeologists hope that in a few years, tourists will be able to the second, fully assembled boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (25 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Egyptian media leaves the enclosed area where the excavation process has been happening. As a result of the precautions taken by the excavation team, very few people are allowed to enter the sealed area, and those that enter the excavation site are required to wear masks and suits.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (23 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A Japanese reporter examines the first piece of wood extracted from King Khufu's solar boat. The wood was only exposed for 15-20 minutes before it was wrapped up in order to prevent further decay.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (26 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A Japanese archaeologist rushes back to the excavation site to as members from the Egyptian and Japanese delegation arrive at the site. Behind him lies the pyramid of Khufu, the pharaoh whose boat the team has been excavating.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (21 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Flanked by bodyguards, the Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa makes his way to the excavation site to oversee the removal of wood strips from the solar boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (5 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The wood from the boat, while degraded severely in some areas, is still quite well preserved. Because of the desert climate, archaeologists will have a much easier time preserving the boat than if it had been found in a more humid climate.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (20 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The excavation site for the second pharaonic solar boat, sits below the Khufu pyramid of Giza. Discovered in 1992, the excavation site also serves as a museum for the first, fully assembled solar boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (19 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the excavation team examines the first piece of wood from the solar boat. Archaeologists are rushing to remove the remains of the boat to save the wood from the effects of pollution and insects.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (4 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Members of the press as well as the excavation teams wait in an impromptu tent for the arrival of the Minister of State for Antiquities.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (3 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Leaders of the excavation team listen to the Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa answer questions.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (2 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The Minister of State for Antiquities holds a joint press conference with the leader of the Japanese delegation. The Japanese embassy, along with Nitori Holding Company have played a large role in the excavation process.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (7 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

An Egyptian worker, part of the excavation process of a 4,500 year old solar boat, enters the small tent set up to house the press conference.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (18 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Japanese excavation team from Waseda University works alongside Egyptian colleagues to prepare the first piece of wood for transportation. The excavators are under pressure to extract much of the 4, 500 year old boat before it degrades.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (16 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Archeologists from the Egyptian and Japanese teams carefully wrap up one of the first pieces of the 4,500 year old solar boat. The boat is believed to have belonged to King Khufu, and it was meant to ferry him and the god Ra across the heavens.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (14 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Japanese delegation has been tasked with using a 'non-contact 3D digitizer' in order to digitally preserve the pieces as they are retrieved.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (10 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The lead member of the Japanese delegation answers questions for Japanese and Egyptian media. The Japanese archaeologists from Waseda University have leveraged technological advances to aid the excavation process.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (15 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Members of the Egyptian archeological team take a break as members of the government enter the area to inspect the excavation. All workers wear suits to prevent contamination of the site.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (12 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa discusses the excavation process with the archeological team. The wood is at risk for damage from insects and pollution.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (17 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa talks with members of the archeological team. He helped remove the first pieces of the boat alongside members of the Japanese delegation. Eissa is a specialist in early Coptic Christian and Islamic art.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (13 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Egyptian archeological team examines a beam of wood from the 4,500 year old solar boat. Discovered in 1992, excavators have been working hard to begin the removal of pieces of the boat for transport.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (6 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The team from Waseda University will painstakingly digitize all of the pieces that are removed from the site. The aim is to construct a 3d computer model of the boat. This will allow the archaeologists to study and assemble the boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (1 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa discusses the excavation process with the teams from Japan and Egypt. Mr Eissa was appointed to this post in May, 2013. Prior to his ministerial position, he worked with early Coptic and Islamic art and architecture.

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Solar Boat Excavation at the Pyramid ...
Giza, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
23 Jun 2013

Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa and the Japanese archaeological delegation answer questions at a press conference set for the Khufu Solar Boat excavation in Giza, Egypt. Discovered in 1992, excavators have been working hard to begin the removal of pieces of the boat to transport the 4,500 year old wooden ship.

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Cairo by TokTok (17 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
24 Mar 2013

A view of one of the streets that branch off Ahram Street (Giza, Egypt) at sunset. Since the revolution police have disappeared from the streets of the suburbs, and many residents complain that it's not safe to go around after dusk.

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Cairo by TokTok (16 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
24 Mar 2013

A view of the area surrounding Ahram Street (Giza, Egypt) as seen from the top of a building. The local areas are home to millions of people in Cairo, but they live completely forgotten by their government, with no hope for change or a better future.

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Cairo by TokTok (12 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
24 Mar 2013

A toktok depot is seen close to Ahram Street in Giza (Egypt). The number of these vehicles on the streets of the suburbs increased dramatically in the last years, without any regulation: no licences or plates, no safety inspections and no insurance.

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Cairo by TokTOk (13 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
23 Mar 2013

Two women walk past a smoking pile of garbage, in the local area of Imbaba in Cairo (Egypt). Hundreds of thousands of people live in these suburbs, forgotten by their government that despite promises is unable to provide them with security, jobs or even decent living conditions.

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Cairo by TokTok (15 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
23 Mar 2013

A young toktok driver is seen changing the tire of his vehicle on an unfinished road in Imbaba (Cairo, Egypt). In the local areas streets are often unpaved, causing toktoks to break very often.