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Run Time: 97 minutes
Sensitive Beshay, who’s recovered from a childhood bout with leprosy but remains disfigured, decides to make a bold move after his wife dies. Grief-stricken and feeling isolated, he leaves the Egyptian leper colony where he’s lived for decades in search of his biological family. The trip is arduous: not only do his scarred face and hands draw mockery and discrimination, but he encounters robbers, extreme poverty, and near-starvation along the way. Beshay’s saving grace is his traveling companion, a spirited orphan boy named Obama, whose indefatigable spirit and resiliency buoy the pair despite their obstacles. The two travelers form an unshakable bond that eventually helps them discover the true meaning of home and unconditional love—even if neither is exactly what they expected. While Beshay’s loneliness can be wrenching, YOMEDDINE ultimately ends up as a meditation on acceptance and tolerance, and the ways even small kindnesses matter to people trying to find their emotional and physical equilibrium. (In Arabic with subtitles) —A.Z.
Egypt's Best Foreign Language Oscar® submission
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 6:40 PM
Voices of the Arab World
International Narrative Competition
A.B. Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian writer and director. Shawky worked on several shorts projects before his first feature film.
Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz