LION OF THE EAST

'ASSAD AL-SHARQ'

By Wael OMAR

MIDDLE WEST FILMS - as PROD

Black comedy - Development 2010

Abu Karim, the “fastest digger east of the Nile”, attempts to outmaneuver American Oil man William Bramble and French Egyptologist Dr. Paula Danton in the first ever Middle Eastern Western.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Black comedy, Western
    • Countries
    • EGYPT, USA
    • Languages
    • ARABIC, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Wael OMAR
    • Writer(s)
    • Les HUNTER, Rasha EL-GAMMAL
    • Producer(s)
    • Wael OMAR (Middle West), Omar KHODEIR (Middle West), Rasha EL-GAMMAL (Middle West)
    • Synopsis
    • In the tradition of the American Western, Lion of the East is a dark western that takes a subtle swing at Western ‘interests’ in the Middle East. Abu Karim, an exiled well digger is homebound… but all is not quiet in his native land. The sabotage of the village water well at the hands of local government officials has caused the remote desert village much suffering. In order to avert complete disaster the villagers must dig a new well. What they do not know, however, is that powerful forces are joining the local government against them in the form of William George Bramble and Dr. Paula Dant. Both these interloping figures want to steal the land for their own perspective digs. While Bramble recognizes the lands’ potential for oil, Dant wants to excavate for a long-lost Egyptian civilization that may or may not have existed there. While neither Dant nor Bramble want the new well to be completed, Abu Karim who was first hired to help the outsiders gain the advantage, fights to redeem himself, and save his people…and finish digging the well.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2010
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