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Assal Eswed (2010)

A 30 years old Egyptian goes back to Egypt after living in America for 20 years, where he has a hard time coping with the difference, Specially after he loses his identity and all his money and becomes stuck in Egypt.


Khalid Marie (as Khaled Marei)


Khaled Diab


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Credited cast:
Ahmad Hilmi ... Masry Sayed El-Araby (as Ahmed Helmy)
Edward Edward ... Saeed
Amy Samir Ghanem Amy Samir Ghanem ... Merfat
Lotfy Labib ... Radi
Youssef Dawood Youssef Dawood ... Uncle Helal (as Youseff Daoud)
Gehan Anwar Gehan Anwar ... Ibtissam
Mohamed Shahin Mohamed Shahin ... Plane Friend
Hesham Ismail ... (as Hisham Ismail)
Dina Dina ... Cameo Appearance
Ahmed Rateb Ahmed Rateb ... Officer
Abdalah Mishrif Abdalah Mishrif
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaimaa Abdelkader Shaimaa Abdelkader
Hany El Sabagh Hany El Sabagh
Enaam Salousa Enaam Salousa


Masry Sayed El Araby (Ahmed Helmy) left Egypt and immigrated to America with his parents when he was ten years old, and twenty years later due to his desire for stability after the death of his parents.He faces many ironies resulting from different times and cultures where he holds an American passport, which makes everyone deals well with him till he exposed to an accident it loses his passport which lead to convert treat of everyone with him to contrast so he decides to rebel against this situation. Written by Waleed El Kady

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Release Date:

25 May 2010 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

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Personal Review of Asal Eswed
23 February 2016 | by raoufzdn553See all my reviews

We attended Asal Eswed at a Maadi movie house around June 2010. I will never forget that the large audience watched attentively, laughed unanimously and behaved in an unusually mature way for local cinema goers. The film addresses real issues in an honest and refreshing way and is very funny and poignant also. As it preceded the revolution by about six months, it was in my mind later on that this film was one of the first signs that we were looking at a time of change in Egypt, so badly needed.

My 95 year old mother stood and wept at the end of the movie and declared that whoever made this film deserved a prize. I have watched this film several times and never tire of it, it is a classic, I believe, very relevant to us Egyptians and deeply meaningful. The traffic scene is wonderfully evocative of Egypt, as are many cameo moments, for example with the cassette/GPS repair man. The moment when the Egyptian passport is catapulted out of a hotel window is inspirational !

The film expresses the deep longings and frustrations of Egyptians desiring a freer happier life for themselves. Thank you Ahmed Helmy for this superb sincere film.

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