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DIRECTOR: Hesham Issawi - EGYPT

Issawi’s powerful story is set in contemporary Cairo, where the struggles of a pair of star-crossed lovers reflect on the many social and cultural taboos that complicate survival. Amal is an 18-year-old Coptic girl living in the slums. Her Muslim boyfriend Tarek is planning to leave on an illegal boat crossing to Italy. Amal tells Tarek she is pregnant, but he gives her an ultimatum—come with him or have an abortion. Despite her love for him, she rejects both choices. She 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 what to do? (100 mins.)

Filmography: American East (08), El Khorug (10).



Interests: Narrative Feature, Middle Eastern.

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