Documentary / Post-production
Egypt \ Arabic \ 80 minutes
Director: Alaa Mosbah
Producer: Eslam Mosbah
Production Company: Filmna Productions
A coming of age story about two young football fans banned from being into the stadium after the Egyptian revolution. Shot over a period of 8 years, the film follows Mohamed since he was 16 years old and an “ultra”, hard-core Zamalek club member until he became the 23-year-old divorced adult with a baby that he is today. In parallel we discover Ali, Mohamed’s best friend, who was also an “ultra” but of Al-Ahly, Zamalek’s rival team. Like the Egyptian youth, they find themselves in Tahrir Square in January 2011 at the height of the revolution. When Mohamed survives a football stadium massacre in 2015, he quits being a football fan. He gets married but is divorced a short time later; his union produced a little girl. Ali turns towards photography and is interested in filmmaking. Both of them change, and the filmmaker who followed them for many years, also changes.
Alaa Mosbah is an Egyptian filmmaker and author. He was a Fulbright grantee at Columbia College Chicago in 2017. He produced and directed many TV documentaries. He was the line producer/ second unit director of “What Comes Around” premiered at Berlinale Panorama 2018. His short film “Tariq” was selected for Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012. He got the International Critics Jury Prize (FIPRESCI), from Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2012 for the short film “Café Regular, Cairo”, produced by him and directed by Ritesh Batra.
Eslam has produced and directed many TV documentaries for eight years in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He was the executive producer for the TV documentaries series “African Faces”. He also collaborated with his brother Alaa Mosbah to produce “Standards of Beauty through Ages” shot in Germany, France, Italy and Egypt. Eslam is also a writer, his novel ” Status: Emo ” was translated to English by the AUC Press.