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Mon, Jan 16th, 2017 Written by 

Clash (15)

  • Director: Mohamed Diab
  • Cast: Nelly Karim, Hany Adel, Tarek Abdel Aziz
  • Country: Egypt/France/Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 97'

Entirely set in the back of a police truck, this ferociously well-made film paints a fascinating portrait of contemporary Egypt. Both supporters of the Morsi government and anti-Morsi protestors are out on the street demonstrating.

In the chaos innocent bystanders, journalists and fierce political rivals are rounded up and thrown in the back of a truck. From this simple set-up, Diab weaves a striking story told with real cinematic verve. Tensions run high as they await their fate during a long hot day locked together. As riots explode around them we feel their claustrophobia, anger, fear, horror, despair, and glimmers of hope.  A masterful depiction of a society torn apart by its differences, this builds powerfully to a breathless finale. 

Running throughout the film is an infuriating sense of injustice, a shared rage and growing empathy for the people we get to know” The Guardian

a movie that offers much to chew on.” Variety

this is bravura filmmaking with a kick-in-the-gut message . . . ” Variety

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