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Clash (2016)

Eshtebak (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Thriller | 27 July 2016 (Egypt)
Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.

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Mohamed Diab

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelly Karim ... Nagwa
Hani Adel Hani Adel ... Adam
El Sebaii Mohamed El Sebaii Mohamed ... Zein
Ahmed Abdelhamid Hefny Ahmed Abdelhamid Hefny ... Awad
Mahmoud Fares Mahmoud Fares ... Central Force Soldier
Waleed Abdel Ghany Waleed Abdel Ghany ... Nader
Attef Ammar Attef Ammar ... Central Force Officer
Tarek Abdel Aziz Tarek Abdel Aziz ... Hossam
Hosny Sheta Hosny Sheta ... Fisho
Ahmed Dash ... Faris
Ahmed Malek ... Mans
Mohamed Abdel Azim Mohamed Abdel Azim ... Radwan
Gamil Barsoum Gamil Barsoum ... Salah
Khaled Kamel Khaled Kamel
Mohamed Tarek Mohamed Tarek ... Hussein
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Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power. Written by MAD Solutions

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Conflict is on the Inside.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Egypt | France

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

27 July 2016 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt

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$18,215, 21 September 2017
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Director Mohamed Diab received a message from actor Tom Hanks thanking him for the movie. Hanks said that the film should change the way the West looks at democracy and politics in the Middle East. See more »

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Some 25 people cramped in police van. Insightful view on contemporary Egypt. Relief from serious undertone due to some humor and down-to-earth events, all inside same space
3 March 2017 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Seen at the Filmfest Ghent 2016 (website: http://www.filmfestival.be/en). Prior to the screening, the director told that he succeeded in pissing off everyone in Egypt by making this movie. Arousing that much controversy can be considered a huge success in itself, were it not that he suffered some trauma because of everyone punching him afterwards. Along the line, he was accused of being a spy, funded by the West, even though the film is against no one, just pro humanity in general. Even so remarkable is that the film got attacked by everyone equally, because it inadvertently seemed to humanize "the others".

After Lebanon (2009, Samuel Maoz) this movie extends the concept of the narrow space with a very limited view on the outside world, and no easy way to escape due to a hostile environment. New is that the 25 persons locked up in a police van, are very different from each other with respect to age, religion, politics, and even sexes are mixed with all complications thereof. In other words, the hostility is not only the outside world but comes from fellow prisoners too, maybe even more so from internal rather than external.

For me it was not easy to remember faces and names; I lost track of each one's political stance very soon. Nevertheless, the hodgepodge of people and attitudes is clear from the outset. There is spurious contact with other police vans, containing people in a similar position, with name exchanges to verify whether relatives or friends are kept there and hopefully are in good health. Also, there are frequent contacts with soldiers, sometimes helpful sometimes not so helpful due to orders from higher echelons, or flatly unhelpful because of uncertainty about the other side's intentions.

The Q&A with the director after the screening brought a lot of useful information, in fact an addendum to his initial address before the screening. I scribbled down the following notes. It is difficult to make a movie like this in contemporary Egypt. A self-contained movie could be made about the making of this one, or even around making movies in general in Egypt for that matter. And it can still be worse, when seeing the film being pulled off cinema listings after its official release. On the other hand, he received moral support from outside Egypt, like for example Tom Hanks, who wrote that this movie changed his view on Egypt. Following up on a question from the audience, about being still welcome in Egypt, the director replied that it is complicated. In any case, it is still unclear whether he could make any other film there. It is not that that some person or some bureaucracy is against, because of Egypt being so many things together and certainly no homogeneous mass. Another question from the audience about the humor that was prominently present, despite the subject matter being a very serious matter. The director replied that the humor was interwoven to breathe, something that is very common in Egypt, often observed even during funerals.


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