OUT OF PARADISE

By Khaled EL HAGAR

IPS - as PROD

Biography - Development 2015


    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Biography, Social issues, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • FRANCE, EGYPT
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Khaled EL HAGAR
    • Synopsis
    • On 14 August 2013 Egyptian security forces raided two camps of Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Cairo: one at Al-Nahda Square and a larger one at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. The two sites had been occupied by supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who was removed from office by the military after mass street protests against him.
      While the army was working hard to demolish the protest camps, a car of masked Jihadists armed with machine guns and heavy weapons, was travelling towards Kerdasa police station intending to bomb and kill all the police there as an act of revenge. A heavy assault ensued; the first barbaric attack of its kind on police officers, all of whom died.
      Our main character Youssef Abdel Aziz is a witness to all that. Youssef hears the sound of bullets from his window and runs down the street, feeling and hearing the chaos. When he arrives at the police station, he sees the massacre, the bodies and the blood. One of the attackers removes his scarf to reload his gun; Youssef tries to stop him, only to discover that the fanatic killer is his childhood best friend Sameh.
      Flash Back – 20 years earlier – 1991
      Sameh, Ibrahim, and Youssef, are all ten years old. They are close friends, not because they chose each other, but because they live in the same old , rough , poor street in Kerdasa , Giza . Ibrahim is a cheerful, happy little boy, Sameh is the opposite, he is always gloomy, with a tough expression and sad eyes. Youssef is a mixture, some times happy, some times sad, but he is more artistic and sensitive. Youssef and Sameh like many children of Kerdasa, know the Quran well; they pray and regularly attend the Mosque. They are dedicated to their faith, but Ibrahim, is not bothered. He enjoys his life and tries not to upset his father Gaber, the tough womaniser who owns the only cafe in the street.
      The three boys agree on one thing though which is their love of a young girl called Hoda, their beautiful, middle class, well-educated class mate.
      Youssef and Sameh fall secretly in love with Hoda but it is forbidden for them to express or show her or any body that love , so they keep it to themselves , enjoying their little dreams and fantasies .
      But one day Sameh asks Youssef to write a love letter to someone and Youssef obliges, not realising that this letter is for Hoda , and when the their teacher discovers the letter , Youssef is in big trouble , and he is beaten in front of the whole class . Sameh never admits that he is the sender of the letter to Hoda, Youssef keeps it a secret to save his friend , but when by chance Hoda finds out the truth , she admits to Youssef that she loves him too. From then on they become best friends and meet in secret to enjoy their young love.
      This is the story of the lost youth of Egypt and how they stuggle to survive growing up.
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