• Feature
  • 2018
  • 97 Minutes
  • Austria, Egypt
  • Language: Arabic

Beshay - a man cured of leprosy - has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots.

Director: A.B Shawky

Screenwriter: A.B Shawky

Production Company: Desert Highway Pictures, Film-Clinic



2018: Cannes Film Festival, François Chalais Award, Nominee, Golden Camera, Nominee, Palme d'Or, Nominee, France

2018: São Paulo International Film Festival, Best Film, Nominee, Brazil

2018: Valladolid International Film Festival, Audience Award, Winner, Spain

2018: Philadelphia Film Festival, Student Choice Award, Winner, USA

2018: Heartland International Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Contender, Winner, USA

2019: Palm Springs International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize, Best Foreign Language Film, Nominee, USA

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: A.B Shawky

DOP / Camera: Federico Cesca

Editor: Erin Greenwell

Music: Omar Fadel

Sound: Sherif Zein

Production Designer: Laura Moss

Producer: Dina Emam

Cast: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz


A.B Shawky

A.B. Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker born in Cairo in 1985. His short films ‘The Colony’, ‘Things I Heard On Wednesdays’ and ‘Martyr Friday’ have screened at festivals around the world. He studied Political Science and Filmmaking in Cairo, and is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Grad Film Program. ‘Yomeddine’ is his first feature film.

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