“Families of Egypt” provides a fascinating look inside the lives of two children in this country steeped in ancient tradition and Muslim culture. Six-year old Hesham lives in Luxor, famous for its monuments and the Valley of the Kings tombs. Hesham and his father pray together, shop in a colorful and noisy market, watch women bake “sun bread” in traditional clay ovens, and go on a boat trip on the Nile. School lessons are in Arabic and he enjoys playing video games with his friends. Kids will sense the closeness of this family as Hesham’s dad tells a funny bedtime story to him and his sister.
Seven-year old Yasmine lives near Cairo in a modern house near a golf and tennis club where her mother manages the tennis program. Her father is a manager for an international oil company. Their suburban life will look familiar to North American viewers, as Yasmine and her younger brother play games, shop with their mother in a supermarket, and buy toys for a birthday party. At Yasmine’s private school, children learn at least three languages and most classes are taught in English. On Saturdays, the family visits both sets of grandparents in a culture where family ties are very strong.