Egyptians in USA travel in pursue of the American dream yet, they realize a different truth that entails economic, social, culture challenges, that they struggle to face while maintaining special social, cultural identity and pursing better chances of education lifestyle. And the differences between the first Egyptian generation who travelled to pursue something there and the second generation who was born and lived his whole life there.

  • Nadin Gamal Ismail
  • Nadin Gamal Ismail
  • Nadin Gamal Ismail
  • Ahmed Gamal Ismail
    Key Cast
  • sara said sobh
    Key Cast
  • Amr Hamdy
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    يا مصري
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Egypt, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - MSA University.
Director Biography - Nadin Gamal Ismail

"Hello, everyone! My name is Nadien, and I'm from the vibrant city of Cairo, Egypt. At the age of 21, I'm pursuing my passion for Mass Communication and Broadcasting at MSA University. I have always been fascinated by the power of media and its ability to connect people from all walks of life.

As a student in this field, I am constantly exploring the diverse aspects of mass communication, including journalism, radio, television, and digital media. I believe that effective communication plays a vital role in shaping society and empowering individuals to share their stories.

Throughout my academic journey, I have developed a strong foundation in media theory and practical skills. I've had the opportunity to engage in hands-on projects, honing my abilities in content creation, scriptwriting, video production, and editing. These experiences have not only expanded my knowledge but have also nurtured my creativity and critical thinking skills.

Outside of my studies, I am an avid learner and enjoy keeping up with the latest industry trends and technological advancements. I am always seeking new opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. By immersing myself in various media platforms, I aspire to become a versatile and well-rounded media professional.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am an active member of my community. I believe in using the power of media for positive change and have been involved in several social initiatives, leveraging the reach of broadcasting to raise awareness on important issues and promote social justice.

Looking ahead, I am excited about the endless possibilities that await me in the world of mass communication and broadcasting. I am eager to embark on a career that allows me to inform, entertain, and inspire audiences through captivating storytelling and engaging content. With dedication, determination, and a passion for making a difference, I am confident in my ability to contribute meaningfully to the ever-evolving field of media.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, and I can't wait to share my experiences and discoveries with all of you!"

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Director Statement

America has always promoted itself as having the great American dream that would make everyone's dreams come true. This dazzled many young Egyptians and families and encouraged them to emigrate to America, convinced that it is the way to achieve their dreams and live a comfortable life forever, just because of its strong economy and strong currency, and therefore there are many stories of Egyptians there because of each person’s pursuit of a different dream. What attracted me to tackle this idea was hearing stories from my family members and friends about people who immigrated to America and their lives there, and at that time my mind was opened to see the extent of the difference between the feelings and ideas of immigrants in America and between the Egyptians who wish to emigrate and the imaginary world that they draw for their lives in America without thinking about the social and cultural obstacles that may face them and the completely different life in America

The interesting thing was that I heard stories from Egyptians in America about the hard times they face, their sense of loneliness, and the difference of many feelings from their presence in Egypt, despite the success of some in realizing their dreams and their financial stability, and despite their constant attempts to create a society for Egyptians in America. The idea of settling in America forever was not part of their plans, unlike the second generation of Egyptians who were born in America and lived their entire lives in America and consider it as their mother country.

One of the things that I felt strongly about in Ya Masri is that I wanted to make a film that allows the audience to feel what I felt when I listened to the stories of immigrants in America and lived among them for a while, and saw how their social life, work, and relations with people in America proceeded, and the extent of the difference between the feelings of the first generation of immigrants at an old age and the second generation who was born there.

It was important for me to maintain the balance between their nostalgia for Egypt, their suffering in America and their successes and financial stability and their attempt to compensate for the feeling of alienation by having gatherings among them was something I dealt with a lot. The shifting tones between sadness and happiness, anxiety and homesickness were things I sought, trying to keep the film both deep and surprising.

To that end, I used all sorts of methods and found myself inventing things along the way. I tried to present that sense of homesickness, through the stories of the people and show some of their memories of the past. I also worked a lot on sounds and music and the interaction of these elements, and I saw that the idea of mixing the feelings of the immigrant generation to achieve a dream and the generation that was born in America is a better idea to present this movie. This was a real challenge and I hope the audience will find it satisfying and would be able to delve into the different stories and dreams.