Sandra Gysi

Master of Arts in social anthropology and film science at University of Zurich, Switzerland. As a film director and producer she realises various documentaries and fictions in Switzerland, Egypt, India and Sudan.
She further works as project manager and realised several exhibitions with artists from Switzerland, Africa and the Arab World. She is Co-Founder of Swiss Initiative – culture projects, Zurich, and FEKRA Cultural Center, Aswan / Egypt, and donkeyshot filmproduction, Zurich.
Sandra Gysi lives in Zurich and Cairo.

articles about …

Im Rhythmus der Bahnhofsuniversen (Aargauer Kulturmagazin, 20.2.2021, German)
How does Cairo compare with Zurich (article in swissinfo 6.9.16)

filmografie (selection)

  • 2022 Searching for Tarab
    Co-directed with Ahmed Abdel-Mohsen
    documentary 52′ , Switzerland / Egypt
  • 2021 Mahatah – Side Stories from Main Stations
    documentary 80′ , Egypt / Switzerland

    Co-directed with Ahmed Abdel-Mohsen
    Produktion: RECK Filmproduktion Zurich
    Cairo and Zurich. Suspended between space and time, their train stations are like islands, little cosmoses that people breathe passion and life into. And until the next train pulls into or out of the station, the world is united in Mahatah.
  • 2019 Kush etfarag – Doudou
    Videoclip 2’13” (Arabic/english), Egypt (director, DOP, editing, animation)
  • 2016: From local grassroots to global action – Womens’ International Meet on Non-violence and Peace
    documentary report, 39′ (English), India (director, DOP, editing)
  • 2015 Comédie Humaine – An encounter between art and architecture
    documentary 52′ (Swiss German), Switzerland

    (Co-directing with Ahmed Abdel Mohsen)
  • 2015 Trombose
    Videoclip 3’36”, Flurina Rothenberger & MC Sacerdote, Angola (Editing)
  • 2012 Laila, Hala and Karima – A Year in Revolutionary Cairo
    Documentary for Television by Ahmed Abdel Mohsen and Eduard Erne, 52′ (English /german, arabic), Egypt / Switzerland

    (producer) in Coproduction with the Swiss Television SRF (Sternstunden) and 3sat.
  • 2012 NDOX (Water)
    Videoclip 3′, (Wolof/english), Flurina Rothenberger & Gora Mbaye aka Goormak, Senegal

    (Editing), Winner of the public award of Greenpeace Photo Award
  • 2011 Sira – Songs of the Crescent Moon
    Documentary for Cinema, 77′ (Arabic/ german, english, french), Egypt / Switzerland

    (Co-directing with Ahmed Abdel Mohsen; cinematography, editing, executiv production Egypt)
    Production: Reck Filmproduktion Zürich
    World Premiere: Visions du réel, Nyon, Switzerland ; International competition (2011)
    Prizes: International Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria; Winner Dokumentarfilmpreis (2011), Al Jazeera Film Festival, Doha, Qatar; Nomination “Best Film” (2011)
    Over 25 Festivals worldwide
  • 2010 Rithaa – Tales of the Hereafter
    Multimedial Music-Theater by Mela Meierhans about Islamic dead rituals, 60′, Switzerland

    Premiere: Berliner Festspiele, Märzmusik, Haus der Kulturen Berlin, Germany (28.3.2010)
    Further Shows: Gare du Nord, Basel, Switzerland (13. – 18. 10. 2010)
  • 2008 Erster Eindruck
    Clip for, 30”, (Arabic / german), Switzerland (director)
  • 2007 Madson Junior – Kinderstar in Afrika
    documentary, 7′ (French/german), Burkina Faso, (director, DOP, editing)
  • 2007 La vie es courte, mais assez large by Isis 1919
    videoclip, 3’36” (French), Switzerland, (director, DOP, editing)
    realised for an exhibition project in Lenzburg, Switzerland
  • 2005 Away to God
    documentary about holy festivals in Egypt, 22′ (Arabic / german)
    (assistant director, DOP)
  • 2005 Erzähl mir etwas, irgendetwas
    experimental 4′, Switzerland, (director)
  • 2003 Aufbruch unter dem Morgenstern, ein Fest bei den Dani auf West Papua
    documentary, 47′ , Indonesia/Switzerland
    (director, DOP, editing)
    Premiere: Entwicklungspolitische Filmtage Linz, Österreich (2004)
  • 2003 Salah Hassouna, an Egyptian artist
    documentary, 28′, Egypt (Arabic / german)
    (director, DOP, editing), Projektion anlässlich der gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich 2005

further works

publications / texts

donkeyshot filmproduction gmbh
Hohlstrasse 4, CH-8004 Zürich