Film: Excuse my French (La Moakhza)
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Sep 13, 2015 6:30pm
Organized by: Netherlands-Flemish Institute Cairo (NVIC)
Venue: Netherlands-Flemish Institute Cairo (NVIC)
Address: 1 Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek

Amr Salama – Egypt – 2014 

Hany is 12 years old and only child from a well-off middle-class Christian family. He has a Mac computer, a Nintendo Wii and all the games he can find time for in between his busy studies at a British private school. When his father Abdullah suddenly passes away, Hany’s mother decides to economize and sends her son to a local public school. When a teacher makes the erroneous assumption that Hany must be Muslim like nearly all the rest of the students, he doesn’t object, hoping that he can avoid trouble by fitting in.

After ‘Asmaa’, a drama about a woman with aids, Amr Salama decided to make a comedy that humorously treats religious and class differences in Egyptian society. Due to the sensitive issues and the unflattering depictions of the national education system, the censorship commission refused Salama’s script three times. When ‘La moakhza’ was finally released in Egyptian cinemas, it reached the top of the box office right away.

With: Ahmed Helmy, Hani Adel, Kinda Allouch, Ahmed Dash
Duration: 99 minutes
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)