Mona Abouissa is a Russian-Egyptian journalist based in Cairo with a dark sense of humour and weakness for pickles. Read more...
Category Archives: Documentary Journalism
I hoped they would have beards, but they were clean shaven. Beards, like vocals or religion, are political under those florescent lights. I didn’t write after this story for a year. I got an award for it though [the Anna Lindh Mediterranean award 2012]. And champagne won’t be the same any more, or sorbet on the Muslim Brother’s victory parade. Continue reading
Forged papers, secret routes, police checkpoints, the constant threat of violence – welcome to the world of Palestinians labouring illegally in Israel, helping to build the very country that restricts them. Continue reading
A short TV documentary I made for CBC TV in Cairo about men with beards (in Arabic). Continue reading
I traveled around Egypt with one of the most magical of Egyptian government departments: the State Circus. Continue reading
I don’t like people watching me. Well I look foreign and have a mole a centimeter in diameter on my face, so in Egypt people usually look at me when I pass by. It takes a skill to adapt to the voyeuristic public space in Egypt. I wear ‘Sex Pistols – God save the queen’ t-shirt and crack jokes, again, about my mole, to prod this public preoccupation. Those boys, they fly right through it. You are judged in public. Continue reading