‘Dear Future World’: The Egyptian Exhibition Taking an Emotional Journey Into the Minds of Arab Celebrities

During El Gouna Film Festival 2019, 22 celebrities were asked to write heartfelt letters to the future about their biggest fears. These fears were then presented through Ahmed Hayman’s photography and Reem Ossama’s filmmaking in a short film and photograph created for each letter.

Produced by Beit El Sura, under founders Ahmed Hayman and Reem Ossama, the project puts a spotlight on our humanity, how we treat the world, and aims that we, hopefully, start treating the world better.

Hayman described the shoot as an intense time, and said that it was “full of emotions and challenges”, while Ossama called it their “new baby” and stressed that they poured their “hearts and souls into this project”.

The series features several Arab celebrities, including Mona Zaki, Amina Khalil, Hend Sabri, Sherif Mounir, Daniella Rehme, Mohamed Farrag, Carmen Bsaibes, Jamila Awad, among others.

We advise you to watch the videos and read the captions accompanying every picture, the letters are truly emotional. To prove it, over 700 visitors toured the exhibition in just one week!

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بعدنا ما بنتقبل الاختلاف، ما بنتقبل الآخر، ما بنتقبل ان الآخر بيفكر بطريقة مختلفة او بيحب أشياء مختلفة. انا اليوم مابشبهك ولا انت بتشبهني قد ايه حلو هالشئ. قد ايه حلو يكون عندي هوية، كل حدا منا عنده حكايه، عنده تاريخ. خلينا نقدر ها النعمة، وما ننغلق علي حالنا ولا نخاف من غيرنا الحرب سبب عدم تقبل الآخر سببها انه بدنا نغير الآخر ليسير بيشبهنا، سببها انه بنفكر بمصلحة اللي بيشبهونا وبننسى ان الاختلاف بيجيب تطور مخاوفي للمستقبل، ما يجى يوم ويبطل في حرب وناس عم بتموت بسبب اختلافها..مخاوفي للمستقبل؟ كتار… هيدا واحد منن. كارمن We still don’t tolerate our differences, we don’t tolerate one another, We don’t accept that people think differently or love different things, I don’t look like you and you don’t look like me. What a beautiful thing it is, to have an identity. We all have a story, a history, let us appreciate this gift and not turn against each other. War is the great divider. Because of it we wish to change others to be more like us.Because of it we only care about those who look like us. And we forget that diversity brings development. Won’t there comes a day when the war is over and people stop dy-ing because of their differences?… My fears for the future? I have many, this is just one of them. Carmen. Dear Future World Portrait series 1/22 #Dearfutureworld #رسالة_إلي_العالم

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@hendsabri "Dear Future adults, We messed up, big time! And now it is too late to reverse this daily collapse of the only habitable planet we know, the only one we have. The worst thing that comes to my mind as a mother of 2 is that you my children, you my future adults will be the ones who will pay the price for centuries of greed, selfishness and consumerism. I cannot even begin to imagine a world where you will have to move continents to find water. A world where temperatures on the rise will make many places not livable, A world where oxygen is rare and CO2 is the gas we breathe. I am sorry… we are sorry, we hope you forgive our human oblivion. We hope you know and do better. There is no planet B." Hend Sabri . " يا كبار المستقبل، احنا أخفقنا تماما! و دلوقتي خلاص فات الأوان اننا نعكس الانهيار اليومي للكوكب الوحيد اللي ممكن نعيش عليه. اوحش حاجه بتخطر على بالي كأم لطفلين هي ان أولادي، كبار المستقبل، هما اللي هيدفعوا تمن قرون من الجشع والأنانية والاستهلاكية، مش قادرة اتخيل عالم هنحتاج فيه ننقل لقارة تانية عشان نلاقي المياه، عالم درجات حرارته المتزايدة هتخلي أماكن كتير فيه غير قابلة للمعيشة، عالم الأكسجين فيه هيكون حاجة نادرة وثاني اكسيد الكربون هو الغاز اللي بنتنفسه. أنا آسفة… احنا أسفين، يا ريت تسامحوا غفلتنا كبشر. نفسنا تكونوا وتعملوا أحسن مننا… مفيش كوكب بديل." هند صبري. Dear Future World Portrait series 2/22 #Dearfutureworld #رسالة_إلي_العالم

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WE SAID THIS: We can’t wait to see the rest!

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