The Island

The Island

Director: Sharif Arafah

Year: 2007

Plot: 'El Gezira' is 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. 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. 'El Gezira' is a multi-genre picture. It is a thematic film on Egyptian politics, but also a drama, romance, action and thriller.—Andrew Sidhom
Original Title: El-Gezirah
Director: Sharif Arafah
Writer: Mohamed Diab , Sharif Arafah
Producer: Amin El Masri , Mohamed Ramzy
Type: movie
Year: 2007
Genres: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Ahmed El Sakka , Saeed Al Saleh , Mahmoud Yassine , Hanan Youssef , Mahmoud Abdulmoghni , Ashraf Meslehi , Zeina , Asser Yassin , Yara Gubran , Nedal El Shafey , Ezzat Badran , Fayeq Azab , Lobna Mahmoud , Rafik Mohsen , Ashraf Saleh , Muhammad Abu Al Wafa , Ashraf Abdulfadhil , Ahmad El-Salakawi , Nasser Shahin , Osama Tolba , Abdulhameed Sanad , Hamdi Abbas , Mohamed Sherif Hassan , Muhammad Shirin , Ahmad Ibrahim , Muhammad Aman , Muhammad Abdulraziq , Seha Emad , Ahmad Haibah , Abdulrahim El-Tanir , Sayyed El-Tayyeb , Mohamed Mahmoud Ibrahim , Mohamed Ibrahim , Akmal El-Maaddawi , Muhammad El-Zumur , Ebrahim Mohamed , Hesham Ali , Ebrahem Okda , Muhyiddin Abdulmuhsen , Sumayyah El-Emam , Mahmood Rammah , Amr El-Masri , Islam Hamzah , Muhammad Abul-Shabab , Hamadah El-Gindi , Umar Kamel , Abdulnaser Abu-Bakr , Atef Said , Ahmad Husain Emarah , Muhammad Hasanain , Adham Subhi , Muhammad Abu-Isa , Anwar Hashem , Tamer Nasir , Hind Sabri , Basem Samrah , Khaled El-Sawi , Izzat Abu-Of , Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra
Runtimes: 92
Countries: Egypt
Languages: Arabic
Color Info: Color
Original Air Date: 18 Dec 2007 (Egypt)
Rating: 7.8
Votes: 3810
Year: 2007
Akas: Al Jazeera (Egypt, Arabic title) , El-Gezeira (Egypt, Arabic title) , El gezira (Egypt, Arabic title) , The Island (World-wide, English title) , The Island (United Kingdom)
Production Companies: Al-Nasr Films , El Massah Video Film , Oscar for Distribution and Movie Theatres
Distributors: Arab Company for Distribution , Nana Services
Cinematographer: Ayman Abou el Makarem
Producer: Amin El Masri , Mohamed Ramzy
Art Direction: Ahmed Bakhit
Certificates: Australia:MA15+
Composer: Omar Khairat
Editor: Dalia El Nasser
Sound Crew: Adam Daniel , Graham Daniel
Visual Effects: Mohamad Fouda
Miscellaneous Crew: Fares Abdel Kerim
Other Companies: Point1Post
Assistant Director: Ahmad Ala El-Dib , Khaled El Halafawy , Maryam Abu-Of , Omar Roshdy Hamed , Umar Fuad El-Muhandes , Khayri Farag , Ahmad El-Dib , Mayy Mahmood Sad , Muhammad Hasan Uka
Camera and Electrical Department: Volker Kreinacke , Ahmed Essa
Special Effects: Kevin Bitters , MagedEssam , Andrew McKenzie
Stunt Performer: Francois Grobbelaar , Dermot Brogan , Rami Refaat , Andrew McKenzie