Festival of Arabic Music and Arts Presents…
Photocopy – Movie
Event Date: Oct 28, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Tickets: $20 (tax & service fees included)
This is a general admission event with no assigned seating!
This movie is brought to you in partnership with Toronto Arab Film
Directed By: Tamer El Ashry
Written By: Haitham Dabbour
Director of Photography: Mohammed Abdul Rauf
Art director: Ali Hossam Ali
Sound: Sameh Gamal
Stylist: Nahed Nasrallah
Starring: Mahmoud Hemida, Sherin Reda, Farah Youseif, Ali Tayeb, Ahmed Das
Producer: Safei Eldin Mahmoud
About the Movie
Mahmoud’s life is a ‘photocopy’ of millions of others. He worked as a data-entry typist in the same government job, never married, he lives a traditional life.
When he settles for early retirement, he buys a nearby Storefront and sets up: “Mahmoud’s photocopy.” Here, he makes photocopies and types up documents. One day, a student asks him to type up a report on the extinction of dinosaurs. Mahmoud can’t help but begin to see some strange parallels with the state of his own life. Driven by a desire to change the depressing reality that his own lifestyle is becoming extinct, he starts a journey that leads him to revolt against his traditional life.
About the director
Tamer Ashry is a director, producer, script-writer, and cinematographer with 13 years of experience working in film and television in Egypt and the Middle East. Ashy is the founder and CEO of BEE Media, one of the leading production companies in Egypt. His specialty is in documentary, fiction film, reality TV, and commercials. He is passionate about creating media that will have a social impact. His work has been screened at numerous international film festivals addressing issues such as sexual harassment, state violence (in The Morgue), daily life in Palestine (Pictures of Gaza), and the critically-acclaimed (Trials of Spring), documenting women’s fight for peace.
His films have also been featured on several international TV channels including PBS, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. He has collaborated with organizations such as the UN to create award-winning campaigns for human rights, gender equality, and child abuse. Most recently, Ashry was the producer for Nawara, which was awarded at the Dubai Film Festival, and he was assistant director
for The Blue Elephant, which was the number-one film in the 2015 Egyptian Box Office. Ashry holds an ‘excellence with honors’ BA from the faculty of Mass Communications. Photocopy is his first fiction feature film.
Awards & Recognitions
“Best Film” Tripoli Film Festival – Lebanon – April 2018
“Best Arabic Film” El Gouna Film Festival – September 2017
“Rencotres Internationales Des Cinémas Arabes D’Aflam” in Marseille – France – November 2017
Arabian Films Week in “New York” City, USA – November 2017
Haifa Independent Film Festival – Palestine – March 2018
Luxor African Film Festival
Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema
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