Egypt, 2011, 96 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: African Interest, Drama, Middle East, Women
Program: Arabian Nights
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles
Asma’a and Cairo 678 clearly indicate that the new generation of Egyptian filmmakers is using cinema to raise awareness of social issues. In Asma’a the careworn title character (Tunsia-born superstar Hend Sabry) left her rural home for the city and is now struggling to raise her teenage daughter and support her aging father. This devout young widow always behaves modestly around her neighbors and colleagues. She suffers from a gall-bladder problem, but no doctor is willing to operate because Asma’a has a secret: she is HIV-positive. In a world where HIV/AIDS is still stigmatized, Asma’a survives by avoiding any situation that might make it known that she is infected. It takes the fateful intervention of Mohsen, the bold host of a daring Cairo TV show, to inspire Asma’a to speak out and fight back against her illness and the ignorance of society. Sabry shines in the role, which she delivers with deeply affecting grace. Her courage in portraying a marginalized character is at once humanitarian and artful. Winner: Best Director, Best Actor, Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Director Amr Salama is expected to attend both the 1/10 and 1/12 screenings.
DIRECTOR: Amr Salama
Producer: Mohamed Hefzy
Editor: Amr Salah El din
Screenwriter: Amr Salama
Cinematographer: Ahmed Gabr
Principal Cast: Hend Sabry, Maged El Kedwani, Hani Adel, Ahmad Kamal, Sayed Ragab, Botros Ghali
Filmography: Zay el neharda (2008)
Print Source: Pacha Pictures - www.pachapictures.com