Cairo Drive

In the Documentary Cairo Drive, created by Sherief Elkatsha, was a film that was extremly eye opening and informative about the Egyptian culture. This was not a film that touched on major events, protests, and riots, but on the everyday task of driving.

Its awesome watching something like this because It gives the viewers the ability to see another practical experience from a different country. I was able to grow more knowledge and understand the basics behind trying to commute and live in eygpt. Which to me seems like quite an overwhelming place to live.

Whats crazy to me is that, on a day to day basis, driving is by far the most dangerous thing we do. We may forget this at times, but being behind a 2 ton car at 60 mph is life threatening. According to some of the military officers in the film, he claims that the driving laws are the exact same the USA. Seat belt required, kids in car seats, bikes wear helmets, and others. But it was quite obvious that this wasn’t the case when you see 5 guys on a motor cycle, baby hanging out the window, and people sanding on top of their cars in the middle of cairo drive.

Additionally, what I thought was crazy was the fact that, drivers state that, “Driving here is about filling in the whole and moving fast.” Which as a result we see a 8 to 10 car pill up resulting in multiple deaths. It obvious that the law and the people of Egypt cleary do not respect the government and want to continue to be rebellious until other things change within the country.

And finally, the fact that the one women didn’t have to take a drivers test, but was able to just get her licenses without any fight or questioning, is absolutely absurd. In ways I think its hilarious and awesome for that girl, but what kind of country doesn’t truly respect this dangerous activity and puts other people at risk? Egypt. Complete lack of responsibility.

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Cairo Drive

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  1. I also liked the informative aspects of the film. I think that the director did a great job portraying a working-class perspective on the unfolding of revolution. His freelancing camera work helped me to better understand the reality behind what was happening. I feel that the film showed that the media’s portrayal of the revolutions was only half the story and did not represent all of Egyptian society.

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