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After the Battle

Baad el Mawkeaa

Based on the true story of the horsemen hired by President Mubarak to charge the crowds in Tahrir Square, this vibrant drama captures the personal and political implications of the revolution across Egyptian society.

Schedule
May 23, 2013 6:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
May 25, 2013 2:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

After footage of men riding horses and camels into the crowds of protesters in Tahrir Square played on screens around the world, the men themselves became the object of near universal condemnation. But in After the Battle, Egypt's foremost working director, Yousry Nasrallah, explores the story of one of the men in question to craft a more nuanced portrait of a society in upheaval. Mahmoud, an impoverished rural horseman lured by the promise of a lucrative job, is recruited by the Mubarak regime to disrupt the demonstrations. But when he falls off his horse and is beaten by the angry mob, his humiliation is captured on camera and quickly goes viral. To make matters worse, the unrest has devastated the tourist industry, his former source of income. Enter Rim, an impetuous middle-class activist from Cairo who meets Mahmoud when a friend brings her to a horse show. The sparks that fly between them—and the clash of values that ensues—captures something of the excitement, the promise, but also the colossal complexity of the Egyptian revolution itself.

Director Biography
Born in Cairo in 1952, Yousry Nasrallah left for Lebanon in 1978, where he became a journalist for Arab-language newspaper AS-SAFIR. In 1987, he wrote and directed his first film,the award-winning Summer Thefts, regarded as a major work contributing to the renewal of Egyptian cinema.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, French American Cultural Society, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde

Director: Yousry Nasrallah
Principal Cast: Menna Chalaby, Bassem Samra, Nahed El Sebai, Salah Abdallah
Country: France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 122 minutes
Producer: Georges-Marc Benamou, Walid El-Kordy
Screenplay: Yousry Nasrallah, Omar Schama
Cinematographers: Samir Bahsan
Editors: Mona Rabei
Music: Tamer Karawan
Website: http://www.mk2pro.com/film-en/after-the-battle/?lang=en
Filmography: Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2009); The Aquarium (2008); The Gate of Sun (2004); The City (1999); Marcides (1993); Summer Thefts (1988)
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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