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Clash (Eshtebak)

Set entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a police van measuring eight metres square, director Mohamed Diab's harrowing drama explores tensions in Egypt in 2013 as pro-military supporters of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi clash in the streets with the Muslim Brotherhood, who have been elected to lead the government following the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime. Egyptian-American journalist Adam (Hany Adel) and his trusty photographer Zein (Mohamed El Sebaey) are the first prisoners to be thrown into the police van, and as the situation around the vehicle degenerates, they are joined by a cross-section of Egyptian society including 14-year-old A'isha (Mai El Ghaity), an innocent cop called Awad (Ahmed Abdel Hameed) and a family comprising Hossam (Tarek Abdel Aziz), his wife Nagwa (Nelly Karim) and their teenage son Fares (Ahmed Dash).