SAWAH

THE TRAVELER

By Adolf EL ASSAL

WADY FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2019

Skaarab, a DJ from Cairo, is invited to play in Brussels. Just as a popular uprising breaks out in Egypt, he jumps on a plane and lands in a country he's never heard before: the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. It all goes awry when he loses his passport and is mistaken for a refugee.

Festivals
& Awards

Beijing IFF 2019
Forward Future
Austin 2019
calgary 2019
Fameck 2019
Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Drama, Road movie, Comedy
    • Countries
    • LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM, EGYPT
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GERMAN, ARABIC, FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 86 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Adolf EL ASSAL
    • Writer(s)
    • Adolf EL ASSAL, Sirvan MAROGY, Dennis FOON
    • Producer(s)
    • Alexandra HOESDORFF (DEAL PRODUCTIONS), Adolf EL ASSAL (WADY FILMS), Mohamed HEFZY (FILM CLINIC), Robin KERREMANS (CAVIAR FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Samir aka DJ Skaarab (Karim Kassem) has just won the local DJ Championships in Egypt. He gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate at the “Drop Beats” event in Brussels. But Samir’s flight is redirected to the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and he takes a replacement bus to his destination. While trying to call his girlfriend, Samir loses all of his belongings and gets caught in a case of mistaken identity: Local border police believes that Samir is an illegal immigrant. Stuck in this new territory, he is forced to be taken care of by Daniel (Eric Kabongo), a charming hustler, who drags Samir into some crazy, over-the-top situations. In the meantime, hell breaks loose in his home country and Samir desperately tries find a way out of this country he’s never heard before, feeling trapped in an endless loop of trials and tribulations. SAWAH is the second feature film by Luxembourg filmmaker Adolf El Assal (The Notorious Guys). The screenplay is co-written by renown Canadian writer Dennis Foon (Indian Horse, Life, Above All). It's a unique dramatic comedy that deals with issues such as identity, travelling and the recent refugee crisis.
    • Partners & financing
    • Filmfund Luxembourg
    • Production schedule
    • The film is ready for delivery.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 22, 2018
    • End of shooting
    • Apr 13, 2018
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German WADY FILMS GET IT