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Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim (Ali Mea'za)

DFI Cinema

Sherif Elbendary / Feature Narrative / Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Qatar / 2016 / 97 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic
Interests: Comedy, Drama
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.



Ali loves a goat called Nada. Ibrahim, a depressed sound engineer who hears voices he cannot decipher. Ali’s mother drags him to a healer, who gives Ali stones to throw into the water so that he will be healed. At the healer’s place, Ali meets Ibrahim, who has been given similar stones. In order to throw the stones into the sea, Ali, his beloved goat and Ibrahim embark on a journey along the shores of Egypt, and it turns into a voyage of friendship and self-discovery.

About the Director

Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. He graduated from the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo in 2007. His short films, ‘Rise & Shine, (2006) and ‘At Day’s End’ (2008), appeared in numerous film festivals and won many awards. Sherif’s ‘Curfew’ was part of the omnibus film ‘18 Days’, which screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2011, and his ‘Dry Hot Summers’ won the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014, and was in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2016. ‘Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim’ is Elbendary’s feature-length debut. He is currently preparing his second feature, ‘2 Rooms and a Parlor’.


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