Directed by A. B. Shawky (Egypt, 2018, 97 min.). Digital. Arabic with English subtitles.
Beshay, a Coptic man cured of leprosy, has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since his family abandoned him there as a child. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meager possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out and is quickly joined by Obama, a Nubian orphan. Together, they cross Egypt on a quest for a home and confront the world with all its sorrows, hardships, and moments of grace.
Yomeddine was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the François Chalais Prize. It was also selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.