Clash

  • Directed by Mohamed Diab
  • Egypt/France, 2016, 97 mins., Arabic

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.

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, Pop Matters (first review)

Interviews: Interview with Mohamed Diab at The Huffington Post

Filmography: 678 (2010)

Other Films by Mohamed Diab

Cairo 678

Three Cairene women from very different backgrounds pull together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives—and has become a general plague in their city. Based on real-life incidents that led to Egypt’s first anti-harassment legislation, Diab’s deftly woven narrative tells a gripping, timely tale of social injustice.