Director Sherif Arafa
Tagline The person that made Palm Island... A divided state
El Gezeira ("The Island", Arabic: الجزيرة) is a 2007 action-thriller Egyptian film, starring Ahmed El Sakka, Mahmoud Yacine, Hend Sabri and Khaled Elsawy and directed by Sherif Arafa. In upper Egypt, a gang war for leadership leads to a massacre, killing the mother and wife of the young gang boss and most of his clan. He avenges them, and controls the whole island for trade in weapons and drugs, and makes illegal deals with the police.
A film about a community of Upper Egypt residents living in El Gezira (the Island). They have their own set of rules, ethics and traditions. But they also plant drugs and buy arms from Sudan. The officer in charge of the region turns a blind eye to these happenings, and in the beginning, the government takes no heed of the Island. At the start of the film, we witness the death of the old 'Kabir el Gezira' (the island's ruler), leaving the land to his son Mansour. The first half follows Mansour as he takes control of his land and must deal with a band of other drug lords who are greedy to take control of the island. The second half of the film deals with the political conflict. It follows the government's side of things (which finally decides to take action) at the same time as Mansour's side, as the two react to each other's threats and the conflict escalates
Awards and honors
Egypt's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category
ReferencesEl Gezeira Wikipedia
El Gezeira IMDb El Gezeira themoviedb.org