A group of about 50 youth are organizing around parkour in the suburbs of Cairo. Parkour migrated to Egypt without direct contact but through iconic movies such as District 13 and homemade YouTube video.
Inside Cairo the traceurs must negotiate permision with bowabs and dodge constant traffic so their best location is an abandoned government building on the outskirts. Every friday the group rides out to the last metro stop and takes micorbuses to converge on the dusty abandoned complex.
This story isn’t designed to be an actual story about parkour, but about a crossection of youth that can be analysed to represent trends in Egypt. The founder of the group has turned to an extreme form of Islam after his previous job as a parachute instructor was outlawed. The group knows they are being monitored by the goverment and are a bit surprised that they haven’t been shut down already.
Parkour is a physical discipline like a martial art with the non-violent goal of being able to run and jump through complex environments quickly.