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CLASH (2016)

  • year. 2016
  • country. EGYPT
  • run-time. 97min
  • rating. 15

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

Doors 7:00PM - Film 7:30PM

After the removal of Islamist President Morsi, a day of violent riots ensue, with dozens of demonstrators holding differing political and religious beliefs embedded in a police van. Can they overcome their vehement differences?

Set in 2013, after mass protests saw the ruling Muslim Brotherhood thrown out of power by the army, Clash takes place almost entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a police van as rival demonstrators find themselves trapped in stifling heat. Within this deceptively simple set-up, Mohamed Diab (following up the acclaimed CAIRO 678, which depicted female harassment in Egypt) tells a politically pulsing story with remarkable cinematic vim, pulling off the unusual feat of making a road movie about confinement. 

Mohamed Diab’s disturbing and technically daring thriller positions the viewer on the inside of an Egyptian police van in 2013 as post-revolution tensions boil over ****
— The Guardian
Complex and combustible... a compact thriller with real human consequences ****
— Little White Lies
A chastening picture of divisive separate political and religious agendas... the film’s sheer bravura is breathtaking ****
— Time Out