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The Shadow Lawyers
Samir Eshra

Born in Al Buhayrah (north of Egypt) in 1986. He graduated from the “Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University” and studied film directing at “The Academy of Arts and Technology of Cinema” in Cairo. Afterwards he worked as an assistant director in several films. He is an independent filmmaker whose short films toured international festivals. Samir Eshra currently works on a documentary entitled "The Shadow Lawyers" that accompanies three young lawyers defending human rights in Egypt after the revolution in 2011.

Country of origin: Egypt, Austria, Lebanon
2016 / Arabic / English subtitles / 78 min
Azeeza, Mostafa and Mohamed are Egyptian human rights lawyers whose activities aren't in the spotlight. Over a period of three years, "The Shadow Lawyers" provides an insight into their work and personal lives after the revolution. Although they are confronted constantly by resistance, they keep being spokespersons for unjustified accused.
Director: Samir Eshra
Producers: Ahmed Afifi& Daniela Praher
Production Companies: MisrAlarabia Film Production and Distribution & Daniela PraherFilmproduktion
Cinematographer: MostafaNour, Samir Eshra, Mohamed Karara
Editor: Ahmed Abdel Raouf
Protagonists: Aziza El Taweel, Mustafa Ghareeb, Mohammad Mahmoud