SHARAF, based on Sonallah Ibrahim’s famous novel, is the story of a modern Candide in a dystopian Arab World.
He is one of the countless poor guys, who long for a better future.
When Sharaf kills a man in self defense and is put in jail, he has to wake up from his dreams of wealth and consumption. The microcosm of prison mirrors the complex situation of Arab societies living under dictatorship and poverty, dependent on an injust global economic system.
Sharaf decides to achieve his own social advancement behind prison bars. But he will have to pay a very high price for it.

WORLD PREMIERE: Red Sea International Film Festival 2021 – Main Competition


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Samir Nasr


Samir Nasr, Sonallah Ibrahim


Ahmed Al Munirawi, Khaled Houissa, Salha Nasraoui, Fadi Abi Samra

produced by

Wady Films, Les Contes Modernes, Teamwerk.die Filmproduktion, Soilfilms Media GmbH, ZoneArt Films