Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim: A Global Media Makers Special Screening
Free Screenings and Events
(2016, 98 min.)
Directed by: Sherif El Bendary
Screenwriter: Ahmed Amer
Producers: Mohamed Hefzy, Hossam Elouan
Cinematographer: Amr Farouk
Editor: Emad Maher
Cast: Ali Sobhy, Ahmed Magdy, Nahed El Sebai, Salwa Mohamed Aly, Osama Abu El Ata, Sabry Fawwaz, Asser Yassin, Gamil Barsoum
Free and open to the public by reservation. There is no service fee for tickets purchased on site at our Festival Ticket Center.
As the most universal language, film has moved audiences across boundaries, providing images and narratives that share our experiences and allow us to learn about the lives of others. Please join us for a special screening of Egyptian filmmaker Sherif El Bendary’s feature debut Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim. The film premiered at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival and was produced by Mohamed Hefzy and Global Media Makers Fellow Hossam Elouan.
About the film:
Ali loves his goat as the incarnation of his dead girlfriend. His neighbor Ibrahim hears impossibly loud phantom noises – an affliction that has cursed three generations of his family. When Ali is told by a mystic to throw a rock in the three seas of Egypt, this squabbling pair of misfits embark on a life-changing road trip with the goat.
Director Sherif El Bendary’s quirky debut feature combines sincerity and absurdity and a whole lot of heart as the action in this realist film crescendos towards its mystical finale. This is a film about processing grief and loss; about friendship and love; and about faith and compassion – not religious faith, but the commonplace day-to-day trust that builds communities.
About Global Media Makers:
Global Media Makers is supported through a partnership between Film Independent and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is an innovative cultural exchange program that fosters supportive ongoing relationships between leading U.S. and international filmmaking talent.
Special Panel: Storytelling from The Inside Out
Following the screening there will be a panel with producer and Global Media Makers Fellow Hossam Elouan, and other filmmakers participating in the program, they will explore filmmaking in the region and discuss the importance of telling stories from an inside perspective.