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a story of an orthopedic surgeon from Agami and how his close relationship to the sea, philosophy of life, firm principles and passion for woodwork led him to rediscover his true potential away from what most societies call success routes. On his journey he encounters kindred spirits who flock together in pursuit of happiness, freedom and self-expression.

  • Hani R. Eskander
  • Hani R. Eskander
  • Shahir Maged
    Key Cast
  • Floriane Kalz
    Key Cast
  • Ahmed Galal
    Key Cast
  • Hani R. Eskander
  • Ali Sedky
    Music Score
  • Gaser El Safty
    Music Score
  • Karim El Zanfally
    Music Score
  • Adham Zidan
    Sound Editor
  • Sherif Fathy
    Color Grading
  • Youssef Tayeh
  • Rami Zaghloul
  • Drifter Films
    Production Companies
  • The Cell
    Production Companies
  • The Projector
    Production Companies
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  • Genres:
    awareness, motivational
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p HD
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Director Biography - Hani R. Eskander

A passionate documentarian, photographer and actor; Hani R. Eskander worked professionally, in Egypt, as a first assistant director (1st AD) in numerous TV and online advertising campaigns for big brands and later on, post-revolution, he continued working as a 1st AD on TV shows such as "El Bernameg" hosted by Bassem Youssef that aired on “ONTV” and “CBC”, also "Amreeka Bel 3araby”, which he had a double-role as a 1st AD and post-production supervisor, that premiered on “OSN” and later on on “Al Nahar”. He was also the producer for "Ramadan Galak" that aired on “MBC Masr”. Aside from directing, Eskander works as a freelance camera operator. He has dabbled as a director of photography on some online webisodes. He has produced several one-man-show shorts for diverse online videos. This is his first documentary film under his new label Drifter Films. Despite several other documentaries he’s done… Eskander considers this to be his documentary-directing debut.

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Director Statement

I still believe in the power of films to inspire, provoke and make a change in the way one thinks and acts. With a no budget and guerilla approach to filmmaking... this film called for itself to be done. I was in Agami, a coastal city off Alexandria, shooting a documentary about the rise and fall of the city, when I met Shahir and found myself inclined to shooting him, his story and his philosophy on life.