Desperate for intimacy, Ali follows his girlfriend’s suggestion that puts their relationship to the test. The plan unfolds unexpectedly when gender roles become blurred. Original Title Sahbety Year of production 2022 Length 17' Country Egypt Shooting Format Digital - 6K Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Dialogue Arabic DirectorKawthar Younis Producer Sandro Canaan Co-Producers Khaled Marei, Mohammed Alomda Production Company Kino, TRI Pictures Writers Ahmed Essam El Sayed, Kawthar Younis Cinematographer Seif Eldin Khaled Editor Khaled Marei Sound Designers Mohamed Salah, Rami Hussein Sound Mixing Mohamed Fawzy Production Designer Eman Elalby Costume Designer Yara Sameeh Digital Makeup Gehan Sobhey Khalil Colorist Gehan Sobhey Khalil, Fady Tharwat Make-up Artist Marina Osama Cast Marc Haggar, Ilham Safei El Din, Fadel El Garhi, Sonia Farid Website Facebook Festival selections Venezia 79 - Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, Orizzonti Short Films Competition 2022, Italy - World Premiere Cairo International Film Festival 2022, Egypt - Special Jury Award MedFilm Festival 2022, Italy Passaggi d’Autore: intrecci Mediterranei 2022, Italy Ningbo Short Film Festival 2022, China Cairo Shorts Film Festival 2022, Egypt - Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Best Actress Award, Best Actor Award Dublin International Film Festival 2023, Ireland Luxor African Film Festival 2023, Egypt
Director's Statement I belong in a society where couples are pushed to extreme measures to express their love for each other. Sahbety explores how gender constraints are shaping our perspective for our own identity. This film takes an up close look at a couple that are motivated by love and challenged by conventional gender norms through questioning: What if the tables were turned?