Hesham Issawi | Egypt, U.A.E. | 2010 | drama | 100 min. | Arabic spoken – English subtitles
This classic story tells of an ill-fated love amidst the tough battle for existence in contemporary Cairo. Tarek (Mohammed Ramadan) has placed all his hope for the future in an illegal passage to Europe, while his girlfriend Amal (Maryhan) is unable to abandon her family. But what perspective do they have, a Christian girl and an Islamic boy in Egypt? Not to mention the lack of jobs.
In her acting debut, Maryhan portrays a woman with nothing to lose and an infectious lust for life. The third protagonist of the film is Cairo, which filmmaker Hesham Issawi explores all the way to the rough quarters. His sober realism was not appreciated by the authorities; the film was banned in Egypt.