Short Films Competition | 21 min | 2018


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About the Film

“What is the one thing you wish was not forbidden?” Aiesha posts the controversial question in a closed Facebook group for her burka-wearing peers. Aiesha, who is nicknamed among her peers as the “fair-eyed haori”, meets her friend Sally at the mall shortly after the post. She hides more than her body and face under her burka; and during the seemingly ordinary shopping trip, she discovers that what she hates most about her life is right over her eyes.


Film Info

Section Short Films Competition
Year 2018
Length 21 min
Language Arabic
Country Egypt
Premiere World Premiere

Film Credits

Director Tamer Ashry
Screenplay Haitham Dabbour
Cinematography Mohammed Abdelrauf
Music Ashraf Elziftawy
Editing Randa Mahmoud Salem
Producer Moustafa Salah, Haitham Dabbour, Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Tamer Ashry
Production Company BEE Media Productions, Red Star for Production and Distribution
Sound Design
Sound Ahmed Adnan
Cast Asmaa Abo Elyazid, Mariam Elkhosht, Ali Eltayb, Ahmed Othman

Film Contacts

Directed by: Tamer Ashry

Tamer Ashry is a director, producer, and script-writer with 15 years of experience working in film and television in Egypt and the Middle East. His specialty is in documentary, fiction film, Reality TV and commercials. He is passionate about creating content that will have a social impact. His work has been screened at numerous international festivals and featured on PBS, and BBC. He has also directed work for Emmy and Oscar-winning filmmakers Gini Reticker (Trials of Spring), and Thomas Lennon (Sacred). Most recently, Tamer directed his first feature fiction film, “Photocopy.” The film won Best Arab Film at El-Gouna International Film Festival, Best Feature Film at Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon, and Best Script at Oran International film festival in Algeria.