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A policeman, a belly dancer, a white rabbit, a secret agent, a man hopelessly in love: the cast of characters in Islam Kamal’s hyperactive comedy Expired is sourced directly from the tropes of Egypt’s film history of the last thirty years. The film places its protagonists in stereotypical situations, ranging from courting to interrogations, using satire and humor as a vehicle for socio-political commentary. A manifesto of sorts from the young, independent film scene in Egypt.

Islam Kamal was born in 1978 in Alexandria, Egypt, where he is also based today as a visual artist and a filmmaker. He directed several short films and five documentaries. Since 2006 he has been the head of the video production department at Fig Leaf Studios, an audio-visual production house founded in 2005.

Production: Fig Leaf Studios, Alexandria
Screenplay: Islam Kamal
Camera: Tamer Nady
With: Tamer Mahmud, Mohamed Hosni, Martina Maher, Mohamed Mamdoh, Mohamed Yehia, Ahmed Ismaeil, Rowan Saber
Format: DCP, Color
Running time: 14 min
Language: Arabic

Photo: © Fig Leaf Studios

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