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Ali falls in love with a goat, whom he names Nada. Ibrahim works at a recording studio and starts to hear voices that frighten him. Ali yields to his mother’s wish that he visit a healer, even though he doesn’t believe he is psychologically unstable.

At the healer’s clinic, Ali meets Ibrahim. The healer diagnoses Ali and Ibrahim as “cursed” and prescribes a solution to break the spell; they must throw three “magic” stones in Egypt’s three water bodies. Ali, Ibrahim and Nada set off on an adventure that takes them to the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Nile in this touching tale of friendship, reconciliation, self-discovery and self-acceptance.

Egypt, UAE, France/ Fic/ 2016/ 97 min

Director: Sherif El Bendary

Producer: Mohamed Hefzy, Hossam Elouan

Scriptwriter: Ahmed Amer

Director of photography: Amr Farouk

Editor: Emad Maher

Music: Ahmed El Sawy

Cast: Ali Sobhi, Ahmed Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Aly, Nahed El Sebai


Sherif El Bendary

Sherif El Bendary (b. 1978) studied filmmaking at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo, and has taught at the institute since 2008. His early shorts RISE AND SHINE (2006, DIFF) and AT DAY’S END (2008, DIFF) have won 29 awards between them. His short CURFEW (2011) was part of the collective feature 18 DAYS at Cannes and he was at DIFF 2015 with DRY HOT SUMMERS