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Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

Fall Grant 2012
Current project status: COMPLETED

Sherif El Bendary / Feature Narrative / Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Qatar / 2016 / 97 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Comedy, Drama


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.


Sherif Elbendary
Ibrahim El Batout, Ahmed Amer
Hossam Elouan, Titus Kreyenberg, Guillaume De Seille

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’.

Production Company Profile

Film Clinic was established by Mohamed Hefzy in 2005 as a film development and production company that produces narrative and documentary features, and also offers screenwriting workshops. While targeting general audiences in Egyptian, regional and international markets, the company has also developed a reputation for supporting young independent filmmakers, and for investing in innovative approaches to film that offer creative alternatives to Egyptian mainstream commercial cinema. Film Clinic has co-produced Egyptian, Arab and international features, and its productions have participated in more than 100 film festivals and won more than 50 awards at festivals including the Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai and Muscat International Film Festivals, the BFI London, Carthage, Montpellier, Oran and Sundance Film Festivals, and the Malmö Arab Film Festival, in addition to national Egyptian festivals.

Transit Films is an independent, Cairo-based production company established by producer Hossam Elouan. The company specialises in producing Egyptian and Arab art-house films that have the potential to break into the international film market. Transit Films focuses as well on fresh, new talent who can become a source of innovation both for the film industry as well as for alternative cinemas in Egypt. Transit Films recently came on board with Sherif Elbandary’s ‘Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim’ (2016), written by Ibrahim El Batout and Ahmed Amer; Hala Elkoussy’s ‘Cactus Flower’; and Khaled Hafez’s ‘All Time Idlers’.

Awards and Festival History


Hamburg FF 2017
Rotterdam Arab FF 2017
AFAC Film Week, September 2018 (Algeria)
16th Rencontres Cinématographiques de Béjaia 2018, AFAC Carte Blanche


Best Actor (Ali Sobhi), Dubai IFF 2016 (WP)
Best Feature Film Award, Malmo Arab FF 2017


  • Co-Producer

    Mohamed Hefzy

    Film Clinic
    +202 25010303

  • Main Contact

    Hossam Elouan

    Transit Films
    +201 605 287 32

  • Production Company

    Film Clinic

    +202 2795 2490

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