Cairo, Egypt. 20 million people. 23,600 miles of road. Two million cars. Taxis, buses, donkey carts, and swarms of people, all jockeying to move through the obstacle course that is their daily lives. Sitting at a cultural intersection, Cairo is a city unlike any other, where different faiths, races, and social classes all share a few clogged arteries of tarmac. Cairo traffic is a chaotic experience where rules are constantly challenged: an elaborate dance of leading and following, flow and resistance, and impeccable, almost miraculous timing.

Set to the driving rhythms of Mohamed Ghorab, Ahmed Azzam, and Sabrine El Hossamy, Cairo Drive is a documentary that explores the life of one of the world™s most populated cities from its streets. Shot in 2009-2012 (before

and during the Egyptian revolution, and ending with the most recent presidential elections), the film explores the country's collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today.

For years, Egypt has told two story lines: the official propaganda,

and the reality on the streets. Nowhere is this clearer than on the roadways. The times have changed, the traffic has not. For his third documentary, Egyptian/American filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha rides through the congested streets alongside a diverse cast of characters from taxi drivers to ambulances,from traffic cops to private citizens capturing the unspoken codes of conduct, frustrations, humor, fatalism, and life-or-death decisions of driving in a city where the only rule is: there are no rules.

Official Selection:

Hong Kong International Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival

Wisconsin Film Festival, DC Film Festival, Ismailaia Film Festival, Open City Docs Festival

Films Fra Sor Festival: Oslo, MedFilm Fest - Rome, Durban- Intl Film Festival

Festival Arabe -  Amsterdam, IDSFFK - International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala)

Ambulante Los Angeles, Milwaukee Film Festival, The Barbican - City Series - London, Kohlma Documentary Film Festival

DOC NYC, CPH:DOX, BBC Arabic Film Festival

Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Winner Best Film from the Arab World - Documentary Competition

Grand Jury Prize - Viewfinders Competition DOCNYC

Special Mention - Open City Docs


filmed, directed, and produced by: Sherief Elkatsha

editors: Sherief Elkatsha / Pierre Haberer

contributing editor: Tarek Gamal El Din

story consultant: Ibrahim El Batout

co- producers: Ayman Samir Ezzat • Pierre Haberer • Laila Muhareb • Samer Zureikat

poster: Habi Girgis

music: Hybrid Records : Mohamed Ghorab & Ahmed Azzam

      Sabrine El Hossamy

Special thanks: Mona Eldaief, Meredith Kaufman, Ryan Khavari, Leanne French