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All My Life (2008)

Toul omry (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 June 2008 (USA)
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For Rami, all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, as long as he keeps to himself. But when his longtime lover leaves him to marry a woman and his best friends drift away, ... See full summary »

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Maher Sabry

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Maher Sabry
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Cast

Credited cast:
Seham Saneya Adelsalam Seham Saneya Adelsalam ... TV actress three
Mehammed Amadeus Mehammed Amadeus ... Rami
Janaan Attia Janaan Attia ... Nurse Latifa
Ayman Ayman ... Walid
Munir Bayyari Munir Bayyari ... Hany
Travis Creston Travis Creston ... Tourist
Habeeb El-Deb Habeeb El-Deb ... Prosecutor
Youssef El-Shareif Youssef El-Shareif ... Ashraf
Hesham El-Tahawi Hesham El-Tahawi ... TV actor one
Sarah Enany Sarah Enany ... Nurse Safaa / Opera Singer
Hala Fauzi Hala Fauzi ... Belly Dancer
Julian Gonzalez Esparza Julian Gonzalez Esparza ... Ahmad
Jwana Jwana ... Dalia
Bassam Kassab Bassam Kassab ... Hatem
Ayman Kozman Ayman Kozman ... Policeman
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For Rami, all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, as long as he keeps to himself. But when his longtime lover leaves him to marry a woman and his best friends drift away, he comes face to face with the harsh realities of life as a gay man in Egypt. Against the backdrop of the choreographed crackdown on gay men and the notorious Queen Boat arrests of 2001, he plunges into a world of loveless friendships and spirals downwards to his ultimate downfall. Written by Anonymous

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We all build fences around ourselves to protect ourselves from pain

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Drama | Romance

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Israel | France | Egypt | Lebanon

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Arabic | English

Release Date:

22 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All My Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)
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Stereo (Stereo)

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Color (MiniDV)

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1.78 : 1
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The ex-Mufti (head of the clergy) of Egypt, Sheikh Nasr Fareed Wasel, issued a fatwa (a religious decree) in June 2008 asking to burn the movie, stating that "these films are the gateway to debauchery, to committing that forbidden by Allah and propagate deviant social behaviors." 'All My Life' is the first film to unapologetically tackle homosexual subjects in the Egyptian cinema. See more »

Quotes

Mark: I want to leave, and I want you to come with me.
Kareem: I can't just leave. This is my home. I love it, and...
Mark: And what?
Kareem: And I can't let those bigoted right-wing closed-minded people win. And if we abandon the country, the ship will sink.
Mark: Maybe you can do more good away from here. Where you're not all tied up and muted. You can't speak out, you can't act. If you do, you'll be thrown in prison. And then what good you'll be able to do?
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Banned In All Arabian Countries For Gay Sex & Male Frontal Nudity.
29 February 2016 | by bostonweraSee all my reviews

All My Life French: Toute ma vie), is a 2008 Egyptian film by Maher Sabry. It is noted as being the first film to handle the subject of male homosexuality and the status of homosexuals in Egypt.(citation needed) While a work of fiction, Sabry made efforts to use real-life influences from his own experiences to the 2001 arrests of the Cairo 52 to keep the portrayal of conditions for homosexuals in Egypt accurate.

he film's plot revolves around the life of Rami, a 26-year-old homosexual, his life in Cairo, and his experiences with his friends and neighbors. The film premiered at Frameline in San Francisco in June 2008.While previously in Egyptian film, gay characters had visibility in general in minor roles, as in The Bathhouse of Malatily (1973), Alexandria … Why? (1978), Mendiants et Orgueilleux (1991), Marcides (1993) and, recently, The Yacoubian Building (2007), All My Life was the first all-gay film to be released.(citation needed).

Sheikh Nasr Faryd Wasel, ex-Mufti of Egypt, called for the destruction of the film, stating "these films are the gateway to debauchery, to committing that forbidden by Allah and propagate deviant social behaviors". Though he expressed desire for the film to be suppressed and held from film festivals, it was screened at various film festivals around the world in such cities as San Francisco, New York, Athens, Melbourne, Sydney, Bangalore and Ljubljana.

Dr. Zeyn il-Abedyn, Egypt's Anti-AIDS Program Director, said that the film was "a painful blow to all our efforts to combat the spread of HIV." In an interview with Arabiya.net, he stated that "Unnatural sexual practices are second only to blood transfusions as probable causes for infection with this disease", which the Egyptian Underground Film society replied is a "clear implication that HIV/AIDS only infect male homosexuals." The EUFS continued, stating: "By implying this, he completely ignores scientific fact; statistics have shown that AIDS is also widespread among heterosexuals and children. Instead of raising public awareness about safe sex, such statements are misleading and create a false sense of security; they create a popular belief that HIV/AIDS only infects a certain class of people, leading to the illusion of safety which, in turn, leads to the spread of the disease."

Regarding responses of conservative Muslim figures, Maher Sabry said "I'm not surprised that this happened. It was expected, yet it's still painful to me, because it's an indication of just how backward we've become. We're now living in an age of cultural regression, an age where dissidents, presidential candidates and religious minorities are thrown into jail. We claim to be emulating Islamic civilization; but if the people who built that civilization were alive today, there would have been fatwas pronounced against them, and their books and other works would have been burned."

In 2011, All My Life earned the Audience Award in the category of Narrative Feature at the 7th FACE à FACE film festival. The festival is based in St Etienne, France, with the mission to promote positive attitudes towards homosexuality through art and Culture.


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