Farouk, born into a life of Eastern opulence and
privilege in the 'Paris' of the Middle East (Cairo), he died a lonely ‘monarch in exile’ in Rome in 1965, supposedly
by choking whilst dining with his mistress. On the surface living the Dolce Vita’,
in his pocket were found only a few dollars.
Where had the millions gone? Was
this once-glamorous, riches to rags figure really responsible for his own
demise or was he murdered by an unseen hand?
Dismissed by history as a boorish buffoon,
was Farouk the victim of a character-assassination by the media when he
wouldn’t do as Egypt’s
foreign occupiers wished? Earlier in his
reign the darling of the Egyptian people for keeping their dreams of
independence alive, did his successor, Gamal Abdel Nasser, fear they would
welcome him back from exile? Was there a
conspiracy at the highest level to ensure this didn’t happen? Described as ‘Caliph’ of the Islamic World,
would the history of the Middle East be
different today if he’d survived as leader of the Arab world?
Filmed on location in Rome
and Cairo with
access to stunning archive, this is the story of the man behind the myth by the
people who knew him behind the headlines.
Photographs, Videos and Images courtesy of Vimeo, Sheena Mac Brayne, Richard Craske, Vivien Zheng, Angela & Andrew Donovan, Unique Nurses and Andydee