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27 min. Arabic.

A science-fiction story set in an indistinct coastal region, between land and sea, above and below water.
El Captain disappears, one of his disciples takes a journey in the ocean to cut off the internet cable, the water level is rising, an amphibian woman appears at the shore looking for her mother, and the memories of two women in a ward intertwine. Scientist Dr. Sharaf is trying to congregate all of them – the members of the secret society of amphibians – in an attempt to save the world.

Mariam Mekiwi, born in 1987 in Alexandria, Egypt, is a filmmaker based in Hamburg. ‘abl ma ‘ansa is her first film.

Production Louly Seif, Mariam Mekiwi. Production company Louly Seif (Cairo, Egypt). Director Mariam Mekiwi. Screenplay Mariam Mekiwi, Adam Mekiwi, Mohammad  Shawky Hassan. Director of photography Stephan Rosche. Editing Mariam Mekiwi, Vartan Avakian. Sound design Louly Seif. Sound Stefan Bück. Production design Anton von Bredow. Costumes Dalal Beheiri. Make-up Kristina Sauvitina. Casting Mariam Mekiwi. Assistant director Krisitina Sauvitina. Production management Tobias el Lebeidy. With Ahmad Raafat Bassiouny (Dr. Sharaf Fakhr), Lana Hana Ferara (Nadia), Aly Salah (Yasser), Dalal Beheiri (mother), Azza El Gazzar (mother), Mohamed Abdel Al (El Captain).


2018: ‘abl ma ‘ansa / Before I Forget.

Photo: © Mariam Mekiwi

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