Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Hawi (Hawi)

Arab Film Competition

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Ibrahim El Batout / Feature Narrative / Egypt, Qatar / 2010 / 112 min / Color / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Social Issues
World Premiere
Rated: General Audiences. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


Shot in Alexandria using non-professional actors and an unpaid crew, Ibrahim El Batout's third feature continues the Egyptian filmmaker's obsession in contemplating the details of daily Egyptian life. Inspired by the alternative cinema of Goddard, Vertov and Kiarostami, the story follows the journey of Youssef, a prisoner released after five years of solitary confinement in order to fetch a sheath of important documents, with a number of seemingly unconnected subplots, concerning a group of aspiring songwriters, a satellite TV executive searching for a show host, an elderly juggler leading his sickly old horse though the city streets, and so on. As a result, what might have been a straight-ahead story with predictable scenes, becomes an organic study of a city populated by disparate, often desperate, characters, a closer view of so-called reality and the lives of everyday people.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Ibrahim El Batout
El Batout was born in Port-Said, Egypt and graduated from the American University in Cairo, majoring in physics. Since 1987, he has worked as a director, producer and cameraman, debuting as a feature film director with 2005's "Ithaki." His second film, "Eye of the Sun," won the Golden Bull at the 2008 Taormina Film Festival.


Ibrahim El Batout
Ibrahim El Batout
Ibrahim El Batout
Perry Mo'ataz
Director of Photography
Ibrahim El Batout
Production Designer
Emad Mabrouk
Massar Egbary Band
Hanan Youssef, Sherif El Dessouki, Mohamed El Sayed, Fady Iskandar, Rina Aref, Massar Egbary Band

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