Rafael 2 Tue, Oct 9, 2018 12:30 PM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:97 min.
Director:A.B. Shawky
Producer:Dina Emam
Screenwriter:A.B. Shawky
Cinematographer:Federico Cesca
Editor:Erin Greenwell
Cast:Rady Gamal
Ahmed Abdelhafiz
Shoq Emara
Hany El-Tabei
Print Source:Strand Releasing
Note Writer:K.D. Davis


Beshay is a resident (and “Mr. Charisma”) at one of Egypt’s remaining leper colonies, earning his living selling salvageable dross from the village dump. Grieving the recent death of his wife, he hitches his donkey to his cart and embarks on a desert journey to find the family that abandoned him in childhood. Never one to miss out on an adventure, Beshay’s sidekick and assistant, a 10-year-old Nubian orphan nicknamed “Obama” jumps in for the ride, seeking his own roots, as well. With a remarkable nonprofessional cast featuring Rady Gamal (an actual resident of the Abu Zaabal leper colony), Yomeddine—literally “Day of Judgment” in Arabic—is an uplifting, magical film filled with compassion and respect for difference in a world increasingly bereft of these qualities. With gentle humor and startling moments of grace, A.B. Shawky’s first feature is a life-affirming tale of human dignity and the resilience of the human spirit.

Expected Guest: Producer Dina Emam (All Screenings)

Additional Information

A.B. Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker born in Cairo in 1985. His short films The Colony, Things I Heard on Wednesdays, and Martyr Friday have screened at festivals around the world. He studied Political Science and Filmmaking in Cairo and is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Grad Film Program. Yomeddine is his first feature.