The World Is Mine

Dina, a young director, is overwhelmed by loneliness after the death of her father, Mohamed Hamza, a renowned poet, who wrote songs for the biggest Arab stars, most notably the epic Abdel Halim Hafez.

On his desk, Dina finds clippings about girls who committed suicide on the day of Halim's death in 1977- a story her father never fully told. Intrigued, she embarks on a journey to decipher the girls' motivations. Gradually, as she meets people from her father's life, Dina de-focuses from the suicide theme. Instead, she begins an exploratory search into her father's past.

As she reconstructs his life, we get a glimpse of Egypt's history from the 1950s till the late 1970s and understand that Hamza's lyrics and Halim's voice served as the mouthpiece of the era of romantic dreams and the ideals of the 1952 revolution.

Halim's death in 1977 signals the close of an important chapter in both her father's life and the one of Egypt. Dina becomes aware that immersion in memories heightens her sense of loneliness once again.

January 25, 2011. Revolution breaks out, driving Dina to Tahrir Square. She finds Hamza's lyrics and Halim's voice reverberating on the Square. This time sung out by the crowds of her generation. She suddenly feels her father's presence and understands the legacy he has left.

The voyage Dina has taken through Hamza's life and the Egyptian recent history suddenly finds its real meaning in the hopes of the crowd that surround her: A dream for Egypt's future is revived.

Producer / Production Details
Misr International Film
Training Programme
The MENA Programme 2012