Arab Film Festival: YOMEDDINE
October 13 only
Egypt’s 2019 Oscar Pick!
Abandoned thirty years ago in a Leper colony, Beshay, now cured, lives with the mutilating scars of his treacherous disease. Upon the death of his wife, he longs for community and the unkept promise of his father’s return, which like him, was forgotten. Accompanied by a Nubian orphan named Obama, he embarks on a donkey cart, a Don Quixote of harsher realities in search of his father. His assertion of personhood, marked by a push into Cairo from the literal margins of the Egyptian desert proves challenging at every turn, and, in direct address to the outcast’s gaze, those who society has set aside as monstrosities, Beshay must learns to live life unashamedly. His journey for community proves fulfilling with the friends he meets along the way, the disinherited receivers of hate and disgust that have not forgotten how to love and how to reclaim their dignity.
Abu Bakr Shawky’s sensual debut feature Yommedine (“Judgement Day”) is a road movie preoccupied with touch, identification, and personhood that challenges our deepest prejudices against disability by inviting us into Beshay’s quest for self-love and acceptance.
Screened in Cannes 2018’s Main Competition, Egypt’s official 2019 Oscar entry to the 91st Academy Awards.
Abu Bakr Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian writer/director who has degrees from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Cairo’s American University Institute of Cinema. His debut feature, Yomeddine, was selected to participate in the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Main Competition where it competed for the Palme d’Or.
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Directed by Abu Bakr Shawky. 97 min. DCP. Egypt. 2018.
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