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Brief synopsis

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 millions of poor guys, who long for a better future.
When he kills a man in self-defence 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 unjust 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.

Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Ahmed Al MunirawiSharaf [L]
Khaled HouissaOfficer Edko [SR]
Fadi Abi SamraDr. Ramzy Yacoub [SR]
Salha NasraouiSharaf's Mother [SR]

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Director of photographyDarja Pilz
Alexa Mini
Alexa Mini
1st assistant cameraPeter Heinzmann
Costume designerYosra Mzoughi
DirectorSamir Nasr
EditorHansjörg Weißbrich
GafferDennis Krombach
DoP: Darja Pilz
DoP: Darja Pilz
Makeup artist / hair stylistZeinep Ayachi
ComposerOliver Biehler
ProducerSilvana Santamaria
Co-producerSamir Nasr
Co-producerAdolf El Assal
Co-producerMonika Agler
Co-producerPatrice Nezan
Co-producerBilal Athimni
Production designerKhalil Khoudja
Prop masterSana Achich
Line producerSilvana Santamaria
Production managerBilal Athimni
Production managerCatalina Flórez
Assistant production managerTheresa Schätzle
ScreenwriterSamir Nasr
ScreenwriterSonallah Ibrahim
Literary sourceSonallah Ibrahim
1997 novel
1997 novel
Production sound mixerSkander Bouker
Sound re-recording mixerMarc Fragstein
Sound designerMarc Fragstein
Foley artistChristian Müller [5]

Distributing companies

CompanyComment
Barnsteiner-Film [de]
Germany (theatrical) 2023
Germany (theatrical) 2023
Wady Films
Benelux
Benelux

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
GripMaier Bros. GmbH
Lighting and UtilitiesMaier Bros. GmbH

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Samir Nasr2022Filmschau Baden-Württemberg [de]Feature FilmNominated

Festivals

YearCountryFestivalComment
2022GermanyHof International Film Festivalofficial selection
2022LuxembourgLuxembourg City Film FestivalMade in Luxembourg
2021Saudi ArabiaRed Sea International Film Festival

Cinema

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 26/01/2023
PremiereFriday, 10/12/2021Red Sea International Film Festival [sa]