American Dream is a feature documentary project following three Egyptian non-professional wrestlers and their coach in a journey to create the show of their lives. For them, making the big event happen is a gamble which may open doors to achieving their distant dreams of becoming superstars to a sport that has no foundation in the country, or may end their careers at a very early stage. The film takes us between following the wrestlers’ steps in their reality of limited resources, and watching them in an imaginary world where their dreams come true.
Amir El-Shenawy is an Egyptian documentary filmmaker. He received his MA in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths, University of London. El-Shenawy’s feature documentary debut, Kilo 64, had its world premiere at Cairo International Film Festival in 2018, and it was nominated for the Best Arab Film Award. In addition, Kilo 64 received the first feature film award from the National Festival for Egyptian Cinema. American Dream is El-Shenawy’s second feature documentary project.
Ahmed Abdelsalam is a Cairo based film director and producer. Abdelsalam graduated from MetFilm School London with an MA in Film Directing. His first short film CAI – BER is officially selected at Gouna Film Festival in 2021. Abdelsalam began his career as an Assistant Director by working on numerous feature-length films and acclaimed TV series, like Eshtebak (2016), Tayea (2018), and Qabeel (2019).