Netflix’s “Secrets of Saqqara Tomb” catches the audience’s breaths since its screening on 28th October on the platform.
Directed by James Tovell and produced by Richard Bradley and Caterina Turroni, the documentary traces the journey of the Egyptian mission responsible for excavating this area for the first time hoping for finding an ancient Egyptian treasure.
Netflix expressed, “After unearthing a tomb that had been untouched for 4,400 years, Egyptian archaeologists attempt to decipher the history of the extraordinary find.”
The film’s positive reviews went viral on social media and celebrated film reviewers platforms.
The Guardian’s contributor Andrew Pulver described, “The film’s richly coloured photography, precisely defined sense of topography and nicely conceived illustrations combine seamlessly to make clear what could be a confusing welter of information from two parallel digs.
The findings are extraordinary, and the commentaries on them by the participants are equally wonderful. This is fascinating stuff, smoothly put together, and carrying genuine human interest.”
In the same context, The Decider website contributor Jade Budowski expressed, “It’s rare that a documentary with this kind of subject matter is able to tug at your heartstrings, but Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb manages to do so with ease.”
“Had they just taken us on a journey through the dig and discoveries itself, we would have had something interesting, but not emotionally engaging. Instead, the film brilliantly gets us invested in the lives of the people at the heart of this monumental moment in time, and drives home just how much it means to them – and in turn, makes it mean a lot to us, too.”
She added, “There’s something incredibly special about seeing the pride of these people when it comes to their ability to claim this discovery for themselves; so often are these things ripped from them and distributed to the world before they have the chance to connect with their own history.”
“In Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb, this ancient Egyptian discovery belongs to the Egyptians who are digging it up, translating it, and treating it with the utmost care. They are able to contextualize this history in a way that few others can, because so much of it plays a vital role in the way they move through the world today.”
Filmed inside Wahtye’s tomb, the documentary dives into the secrets of Wahty’s life. Moreover, it can come up with valuable additions regarding the economic, religious, social, and cultural life in Egypt. In addition, it traces the real-life of Wahty and his role in ancient Egypt.
“Secrets of Saqqara Tomb” provides the audience with real natural feelings of the stuff, the joy of finding the artifacts, the surprising well-preserved mummies, and the vivid painting on the walls.
The documentary will be released globally in 190 countries. Subtitles for over 30 languages will be available, as well as an English dubbed version.
Regarding the discovery, the mission found over three thousand artifacts, including a mummified lion cub, a temple dedicated to the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet, and the world’s oldest traceable case of malaria.
استكشف مقبرة سقارة وأسرارها مع علماء الآثار بمصر في وثائقي Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb. يُعرض عالميًا 28 أكنوبر. pic.twitter.com/W5kjtIfd4g
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