Hamdy is addicted to drugs and is married to Nashwa, a woman with a strong personality who claims to have no luck in life. Hamdy considers them to be bound by fate, regardless. They live in Karmooz, Alexandria, and are facing a dramatic financial situation while renovating their apartment.
Nashwa often reacts violently to Hamdy’s compulsive behavior by asking him to leave the house. But one way or the other, he always returns. Nashwa gives Hamdy an ultimatum: either he sobers up or she kicks him out for good.
The Last Man is an observational documentary about the life of this couple and their struggles in a society that seems to have no place for the likes of them.
Muhammad Salah started working as a street photographer in 2016. In 2017, he enrolled in Cinedelta, a documentary filmmaking program that allowed him to attend several workshops with national and international filmmakers. In 2018, he directed his first documentary film An Unaired Interview. The film was selected to several film festivals, including the 2019 Berlinale (Forum Expanded), FIDADOC Agadir 2019, Iran International Documentary Film Festival (Cinema Verité) 2019, SAAED Film Meeting Morocco 2020, and Gabes Cinema Fen 2020, where the film won a special mention in the short films section.
Mark Lotfy is an Alexandrian filmmaker, producer and writer. He established, with his fellows in 2005, the production company Fig Leaf Studios, and produced award winning and officially selected films in Egyptian and international festivals.
Lotfy’s work as a director explores the boundary between fictional narratives, documentary film, and new media art, and questions the everyday, contingent, and the virtual. As a writer, he co-authored the book Revolution in the Age of Social Media alongside other published papers and articles.
Through Fig Leaf Studios, Lotfy established Cinedelta Documentary Program/Lab with his fellows, where he continuously works on opening new potentials for independent cinema and art movement in Alexandria, Egypt and the MENA region, by talent incubation and technical exchange of expertise with international artists and organizations.
Producer’s Biography Rodrigo Brum
Rodrigo Brum is a Brazilian scholar and film producer based in Cairo, where he co-founded A Kiss in the Desert, a production company focused on the work of emerging Egyptian filmmakers. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an MFA in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Brum has taught philosophy and filmmaking in institutions in Brazil, the United States, Cape Verde, and Egypt, where he is currently a full-time faculty in the Film Program at the American University in Cairo (AUC).