Directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt/France, 2016, 97 min.). This documentary-style drama is set entirely in the back of a police truck in Egypt, where dozens of activists are held without food or water amid the 2013 protests following the ousting of president Mohamed Morsi, who had been democratically elected the year before in the wake of the protests that swept the country in 2011. Members of the Morsi-supporting Muslim Brotherhood share cramped quarters with secularist protestors, while a few journalists, children and elderly bystanders have been swept into the fray. Needless to say, tensions run high in the truck. Bitter disputes are captured with masterful camerawork, transporting the viewer to the center of the action for a harrowing but eye-opening experience. Clash was Egypt’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards and opened the Un Certain Regard section at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
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