A cured leper living in one of Egypt’s last remaining leper colonies decides to leave the only home he has ever known and takes off across the Egyptian desert to look for the family he once had.

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Beshay lives in the middle of nowhere among a handful of unfortunates forgotten by the outside world. He has built a comfortable life for himself selling reusable garbage. After the death of wife, he decides to leave the leper colony for the first time since he was abandoned there as a child, and embarks on a journey across Egypt in search for his hometown to find out why his father never kept his promise to return.
He is joined by his apprentice, a Nubian orphan nicknamed Obama, and his donkey Harby. Together, they travel through the labyrinth of Egypt for the first time in their lives. When they reach their destination, Beshay and Obama’s newly formed understanding of home, family and humanity is put to the test.

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Abu Bakr Shawky, Egypt, USA, Austria, 2018, 97 min. Arabic spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz.