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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This riveting Egyptian drama is set entirely inside a police truck filled with protesters rounded up in a political rally

This harrowing state-of-the-nation drama from Egyptian director Mohamed Diab puts the viewer inside a police van during the violent protests in 2013 after the military toppled the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi. There’s such turmoil on the streets, it’s not long before this mobile holding pen is filled to bursting, with demonstrators both pro and against Morsi, and a couple of journalists viewed with contempt by both sides.

Men and women, poor and well-to-do – a wide spectrum of society is represented, and they’re all in for a day from hell, at the mercy of ruthless law enforcement, the baking heat, stray gunshots and rock-hurling. Technically, the film’s sheer bravura is breathtaking, from the mayhem outside, to the brilliant camerawork inside a sweaty, confined interior. The story is fictional, yet it builds up a chastening picture of divisive separate political and religious agendas holding sway over common humanity, and leading the country deeper into chaos. A striking, tough-minded achievement.

Trevor Johnston
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Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 21 April 2017
  • Duration:97 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mohamed Diab
  • Screenwriter:Mohamed Diab
  • Cast:
    • Nelly Karim
    • Hani Adel
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