Clash "Eshtebak" (Trailer)
Cairo - 2013, two years after the Egyptian revolution, demonstrators of divergent political and religious backgrounds are forcibly detained together in a claustrophobic police truck during the turmoil that erupts following the ousting of former president Morsi from power. The factions quickly divide between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and those backing the military, alongside a pair of impartial journalists and a mother determined not to be separated from her son. With all sense of national unity in tatters and the violence on the outside ever-escalating can the prisoners find common ground and stand a chance of survival?
This fictional drama, directed by Mohamed Diab, features the popular Egyptian actress Nelly Karim as the strong, female lead. It is possibly the only film that attempts to deal with the politically sensitive events of the summer of 2013. It is also unusual because it was shot in 27 days and set entirely within the confines of an 8-metre-square police truck. It has a lack of structure, with no ‘plot’ as such but seeks to show the possibility of co-existence and moments of humanity in a polarised and fearful political environment.
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Mohamed Diab, “Clash "Eshtebak" (Trailer),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed December 7, 2023, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/126.