We have some exclusive photos from our shoot in Egypt. We filmed in Egypt right around the time of the transition from Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. It was a tense time for the Coptic Christians and for the whole country for that matter. We got amazing footage of the protests, landscape and Egyptian culture as well as great interviews of Copts who had experienced persecution.
One of the people that we interviewed lost his wife and two daughters in a the infamous New Year’s eve terrorist attack on a church in 2011. Other interviews included a Muslim cleric from Al -Azhar University who preached co-existence with the Copts and members of the Maspero Youth Union, the largest Coptic youth movement in Egypt.
We also filmed the Coptic Museum which highlights all the contributions that the Coptic Christians have given to Egypt including art, architecture, and language. Right next door was the Egyptian synagogue – remnant of a once-thriving Jewish community.
We also visited Minya – a poor mostly Christian city in Upper Egypt and the site of tremendous violence against the Coptic community. See below.
Haunting still shots from our shoots in Minya: