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Film | Special Showcase EGYPT

Cairo Exit Cairo Exit

Director: Hesham Issawi

2010, 35mm, colour, 96'
Vers: Arabic - Sub: Eng

Yearning to be as free as she feels when motorbiking the dusty back streets of Cairo with her Muslim boyfriend Tarek, 18-year-old Amal is torn between absconding to Italy illegally by boat with her beloved, or staying in Egypt with her Coptic Orthodox Christian family. Amal cannot bear to consider the future she faces as a poor woman in Egypt, reflected in the lives of her sister and best friend: one makes grave sacrifices so her son can have a better life, while the other prepares for a surgery to feign her virginity so she can enter into a loveless marriage to an older, wealthy foreigner. But even as Amal actively seeks out opportunities for self-sufficiency, it is ultimately fate that will determine her path.

Screenplay: Hesham Issawi, Amal Afifi
Cinematography: Patrik Thelander
Editing: Nehad Samey
Music: Tamar Karawan
Cast: Mohamed Ramadan, Maryhan, Sana Mouziane, Saffa Galal, Ahmed Bidder, Nadia Fahamy, Abdul Rhaman, Kamal Attia

Prizes and selections:
Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Film House Egypt

Distant Horizon Films
(Los Angeles, T +1 310 455 0759;

Casa del Cinema (Sala Kodak) - 27 Nov, 22.30


Winners 2011

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