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Beshay – a man cured of leprosy – has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived snce childhood.  Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots.  With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out.  Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity…


-Jay Weissberg, Variety

Film Specs

Country of Origin: Egypt

Format: DCP/1.85/Color

Sound Format: Dolby 5.1

Running Time: 97 minutes

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Rating: Not Rated

In Arabic with English Subtitles

Cast & Crew


A.B. Shawky


A.B. Shawky


Dina Emam


Rady Gamal
Ahmed Abdelhafiz


Federico Cesca


Omar Fadel


“One of the more remarkable characters in recent cinema”
– Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“A simple story told with abundant gentleness”
– Tim Grierson, Screen International

“Some of the same heart-tugging picaresque qualities that characterized Beasts of the Southern Wild
– Barbara Scharres, RogerEbert.com


See this film at the following theaters:

  • 09/27/18    Arab Film Festival  Minneapolis, MN
  • 09/27/18    Vancouver Int’l Film Festival  Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 10/04/18    Mill Valley Film Festival  San Rafael, CA
  • 10/06/18    Orcas Island Film Festival  Eastsound, WA
  • 10/11/18    Heartland Film Festival  Indianapolis, IN
  • 10/12/18    Arab Film Festival  San Francisco, CA
  • 10/18/18    Philadelphia Film Festival  Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/08/18    AFI Fest  Los Angeles, CA
  • 01/03/19    Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival  Palm Springs, CA
  • 01/08/19    Mill Valley Film Festival Oscar Series San Rafael, CA
  • 01/16/19    BYU International Cinema  Provo, UT
  • 02/01/19    Cascade Festival of African Film  Portland, OR
  • 03/07/19    AFI Silver Theater  Silver Springs, MD
  • 03/27/19    Cleveland Int’l Film Festival  Cleveland, OH
  • 04/04/19    MSP Int’l Film Festival  Minneapolis, MN
  • 04/12/19    Florida Film Festival  Maitland, FL
  • 04/17/19    Harvard Film Archives  Cambridge, MA
  • 05/10/19    Cinetopia  Ann Arbor, MI
  • 05/15/19    The Dreamland  Nantucket, MA
  • 05/28/19    Trinity Academy  Portland, OR
  • 05/31/19    Seattle Int’l Film Festival  Seattle, WA

05/31/19    US Theatrical Premiere Theatrical Engagements!



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