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In an epic journey to the night that culminates in an awakening, a young filmmaker who fears political persecution writes an intimate and complex diary in time of losing his friend to death in prison.
Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
Moh'd Kassaby is an Egyptian film director, screenwriter and producer. His filmography includes his early 2017 short drama THE LAST BREATH, his 2019 short road movie INHABITANTS OF THE NILE, and EPILOGUE, a short documentary which he created through the Self-reference Cinema Workshop in 2020. He won the Best Short Film prize for his 2019 semi-autobiographical film, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED, at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, which was later screened at over 30 International Film Festivals. His upcoming short film project, IBN EL LEIL, has been developed in the Cinephilia Film Development Workroom and the Screenwriting Workshop at the El Gouna Film Festival by Film Independent. Kassaby co-founded Varphi Studio in 2022, an independent production house based in Alexandria. He recently wrapped up production on his fifth short film project as a director/producer, FLYING SALAMA, a coming-of-age short film about the enduring magic of friendship. The project has received a production grant from the 2nd edition of the Sunbird Stories Program, and it is Varphi Studio’s first production. His debut feature film project, AN ENDLESS NIGHT, a neo-noir film set in near future dystopian Cairo, is currently in development phase as it had its kick-off at the 6th edition of Lebanon's prestigious Beirut Cinema Platform. more...