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After the Battle

After the Battle

Original Title: Baad el Mawkeaa
Director: Yousry Nasrallah
France, Egypt, United Arab Emirates | Arabic
2012 | 116min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
15+
How does one recover lost dignity, not only for revolutionaries but also for those on the other side? This is one of the essential questions confronted by director Yousry Nasrallah, as well as the characters in his latest work, After the Battle. The film also explores the challenge of reconstructing in film how individuals live through major historic upheavals – and even more so, how an overwhelming present can be transposed in film in the here and now. Part cinéma vérité, part fiction, with remarkable performances from its cast, After the Battle bristles with a captivating raw energy that takes the viewer to the heart of a revolution that most of the world watched incredulously on television.

Mahmoud (Bassem Samra), father of two, residing with his family in Nazlet el-Samman, fends for a living by taking tourists on horseback rides around the nearby pyramids and performing at horse shows. On February 2, 2011, instigated by Moubarak’s henchmen, he became one of the ‘Tahrir knights’ who, on horses and camels, charged at revolutionaries. After the fall of the regime, which renders Mahmoud humiliated, unemployed and ostracized, his situation is increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, Reem (Menna Shalaby) is a charming young divorcée who works in an advertising company and lives in Zamalek, a fancy neighbourhood in the heart of Cairo. The revolution has transformed her into a passionate militant. The unlikely encounter between these two will change both of their lives, and their relationship will become the portal through which we discover the implications of the insurgency and its aftermath on two individuals who suddenly are able to dream of a better life.

– Rasha Salti

Director,  Yousry Nasrallah

Director,  Yousry Nasrallah

Yousry Nasrallah was born in Cairo and received a degree in economics and political science from Cairo University. He worked as a film critic and was the assistant to Volker Schlöndorff on the making of Circle of Deceit (1981). He later worked for legendary director Youssef Chahine. His films include Summer Thefts (1988), Mercedes (1993). The Gate of Sun (2004) and Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (ADFF 2009).

Cast and Crew

Director
Yousry Nasrallah
Cast
Menna Shalaby, Bassem Samra, Nahed El Sebaï, Salah Abdallah, Phaedra, Abdallah Momen Medhat
Production Company
Siècle Productions, Studio 37, New Century,Dollar Film, France 3 Cinéma
Music
Ibrahim Dessouky
Producer
Walid El-Kordy, Georges-Marc Benamou
Executive Producer
Amal El Hamouly
Editor
Mona Rabi
Cinematographer
Samir Bahsan
Art Director
Mohamed Atteya
Sound
Ibrahim Dessouky
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