DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



A vision, a desert hike. We see a group of young Egyptians walking through the dark sands of the Sinai Peninsula, each on their own and yet together. The sun is low, their bodies are silent, tired and heavy. We see people who have set out, perhaps from a party. But we don’t see where they are headed. An image that’s so soaked with the past that it’s hard to discover a future in it.

The German-Egyptian directing duo Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara follow these young employees of one of the countless luxury hotels of Sharm El Sheikh. Post-revolutionary unrest and terrorist attacks have robbed the holiday resort on the Red Sea of all life: the hotels are empty, the pool gym units without participants, the party strips eerily deserted. The tourist planes, as we are shown again and again, fly over the town but no longer land here. With a kind of somnambulistic attention the film explores the lives, longings and plight of young Egyptians whose pasts suddenly no longer lead to futures.

Lukas Stern

Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


Original Title: Dreamaway
Country: Egypt, Germany
Year: 2018
Language: Arabic, English, Russian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 86 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke
Producer: Roman Roitman
Cinematographer: Jakob Beurle
Editor: Gesa Jäger, Louly Seif
Music: Bilgehan Öziş
Script: Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.