Set in the midst of the 2013 riots in Cairo pitting Egypt’s pro-military supporters against the Muslim Brotherhood of the ousted President Morsi, Clash unfolds almost entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a police van packed to bursting with detainees from different social and political backgrounds, including rival activists, journalists, and mere bystanders. The construct allows Diab to explore his country’s divided, post-revolution society in a non-judgmental way by highlighting all the characters’ common humanity as they battle for the future of their nation. “A ferociously well-made film right through to the bitter end.”—The Guardian, London. This year’s Egyptian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Filmography: 678 (2010)