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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.

Director Hesham Issawi's sophomore effort, co-written with Amal Afify, offers a rare, insider portrait of Cairo's working people from the perspectives of four young women struggling to carve out a better future.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 96 minutes
Language: Arabic
Country: Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Mohamed Ramadan, Maryhan, Sana Mouziane, Saffa Galal, Ahmed Bidder
Director: Hesham Issawi
Screenwriter: Hesham Issawi, Amal Afify
Producer: Sherif Mandour
Director of Photography: Patrik Thelander
Composer: Tamar Karwan
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Distant Horizon Films
Los Angeles, CA 90290
Phone: 310.455.0759

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About the Director(s)
HESHAM ISSAWI was born in Egypt and raised in a devoutly intellectual Egyptian family. He moved to America in 1990 to study anthropology but changed his major from anthropology to art and photography. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago and directed the award-winning short films The Interrogation and T For Terrorist and the feature AmericanEast.


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