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It’s the end of summer in Mafrouza, a shantytown in Alexandria. Preparing tea, preaching, messing around, making babies, dancing, singing, swimming… The camera follows the people of Mafrouza as they patiently reconstruct themselves and the world around them.
Poor Abu Hosny, three films in to the Mafrouza cycle and still engaged in his Sisyphean struggle against the water pouring into his would-be home. A mesmerising dance sequence is a highlight of What is to be Done?, as the performative elements of this collaborative project come into sharper focus.