This DVD is about eye-catching Yacoubian Building in Cairo which was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Nowadays the veneer has cracked and the shine has dulled to reveal the truth underneath the facade. Through interwoven stories of a number of the residents, the film paints a portrait of corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo and creates a vibrant but socially critical picture of contemporary Egypt. Official Selection - Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Strand Releasing Home Video. 2008.