Photocopy

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    Photocopy

    Directed by

    Egypt

    2017

    97 min

    • Arabic

    Drama

    Mahmoud’s life is a ‘photocopy’ of millions of others. He worked as a data-entry typist in the same government job, never married, he lives a traditional life. When he settles for early retirement, he buys a nearby Storefront and sets up: “Mahmoud’s photocopy.” Here, he makes photocopies and types up documents. One day, a student asks him to type up a report on the extinction of dinosaurs. Mahmoud can’t help but begin to see some strange parallels with the state of his own life. Driven by a desire to change the depressing reality that his own lifestyle is becoming extinct, he starts a journey that leads him to revolt against his traditional life.

    Awards

    • Best Feature Film - El Gouna FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Mahmoud Hemida
    Sherin Reda
    Farah Youseif
    Ali Tayeb
    Ahmed Dash
    Screenplay
    Haitham Dabbour
    Cinematography
    Mohammed Abdelrauf
    Editing
    Sameh Anwar
    Music
    Layal Watfa
    Production
    RED STAR FOR PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
    Tamer Ashry

    Tamer Ashry

    Egypt

    Tamer Ashry is a director, producer, script-writer, and cinematographer with 13 years of experience working in film and television in Egypt and the Middle East. Ashry is the founder and CEO of BEE Media, one of the leading production companies in Egypt. His specialty is in documentary, fiction film, reality TV and commercials. He is passionate about creating media that will have a social impact. His work has been screened at numerous international film festivals addressing issues such as sexual harassment, state violence (THE MORGUE), daily life in Palestine (PICTURES OF GAZA), and the critically-acclaimed (TRIALS OF SPRING), documenting women’s fight for peace. His films have also been featured on several international TV channels including PBS, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. He has collaborated with organizations such as the UN to create award-winning campaigns for human rights, gender equality, and child abuse. Most recently, Ashry was the producer for NAWARA, which was awarded at the Dubai FF, and he was assistant director for THE BLUE ELEPHANT, which was the number-one film in the 2015 Egyptian Box Office. Ashry holds an ‘excellence with honors’ BA from the faculty of Mass Communications. PHOTOCOPY is his first fiction feature film.