Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

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    Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

    Ali Mea'za we Ibrahim

    Directed by

    Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Qatar

    2016

    97 min

    • Arabic
    • Sign Language

    Comedy drama

    Ali falls in love with a goat, whom he names Nada. Ibrahim works at a recording studio and starts to hear voices that frighten him. Ali yields to his mother’s wish that he visit a healer, even though he doesn’t believe he is psychologically unstable. At the healer’s clinic, Ali meets Ibrahim. The healer diagnoses Ali and Ibrahim as “cursed” and prescribes a solution to break the spell; they must throw three “magic” stones in Egypt’s three water bodies. Ali, Ibrahim and Nada set off on an adventure that takes them to the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Nile in this touching tale of friendship, reconciliation, self-discovery and self-acceptance.

    Awards

    • Best Actor (Ali Sobhy) - Dubai IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ali Sobhi
    Ahmed Magdy
    Salwa Mohamed Aly
    Nahed El Sebai
    Screenplay
    Ahmed Amer
    Cinematography
    Amr Farouk
    Editing
    Emad Maher
    Music
    Ahmed El Sawy
    Production
    ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    FILM CLINIC
    Sales
    LOCO FILMS

    Press

    Surprisingly guileless, ultimately winning buddy-road movie.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    A colorful firecracker about how a trio finds friendship and self-acceptance.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Sherif El Bendary

    Sherif El Bendary

    Egypt

    Egyptian filmmaker Sherif El Bendary lives and works in Cairo. He graduated from the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo in 2007. His short films, RISE & SHINE (2006) and AT END'S DAY (2008), appeared in numerous film festivals and won many awards. Sherif’s CURFEW was part of the omnibus film 18 DAYS, which screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2011, and his DRY HOT SUMMERS won the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014, and was in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2016. His debut feature film ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM (2016) was sceened at the Dubai IFF where it won an award for Best Actor (Ali Sobhy).

    Selected Filmography