The Sons of Abu Hal’a by Alexandros Pissourios

The Sons of Abu Hal’a by Alexandros Pissourios

“The Sons of Abu Hal’a” (2015) is a result of a small study on the shift from private property to government acquisitions during English rule in Cyprus, specifically relating to the Medieval castle of Kolossi, in Limassol. An official letter (1924) found in the Cypriot State Archives reveals the address of the last recorded owner of the castle, an Egyptian man named Sidarus Bishara, before its declaration as an ancient monument by the English Antiquities Law. Following this discovery, I decided to set out to Cairo to track down if anything still remains there, hoping I would experience an echo of Mr. Bishara. Disappointingly, I encounter a traditional coffee shop in a derelict area with its friendly but suspicious customers. I eventually get distracted and seduced by the vibrant and loud felucca boats on the river Nile.

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HD Video / 07:11 min / 2015

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