The Trace of the Butterfly

The Trace of the Butterfly
(Dir: Amal Ramsis, EG 2014)

»I filmed The Trace of the Butterfly for three years. The circumstances changed more than once, and sometimes I felt it was alright to film in the streets, other times I felt no, it’s not acceptable, including the Muslim Brotherhood period.« (Amal Ramsis)

October 9, 2011: armed security forces attack peaceful demonstrators in Cairo. During the clashes of the so-called Maspero massacre, 20-year-old Mina Daniel dies alongside 26 other Coptic Christians. For many demonstrators, Daniel had been their great hope for the future, the Che Guevara of the Egyptian revolution. For his sister Mary, Mina’s death meant not only the end of a life, but also the start of something new. Over a period of two years, Mary Daniel is accompanied by the director on a journey through Egypt’s revolution. She documents years full of frustration and triumph, even more deaths and the oppressive grief of the victims who somehow still appear to be present.

The filmmaker Amal Ramsis will be present after the screening, she is member of the international jury of the RWE film Award 2015.

The Trace of the Butterfly
Sun. 19.4., 2 p.m., Kino im U, Tickets