Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives. We begin on an overcrowded bus line, dreaded by Fayza as a daily site of humiliation and anguish. Responding to a self-defense talk by Seba, whose own assault has driven her marriage apart, Fayza fights back—and soon has a police detective searching for her amid public panic. Meanwhile, Nelly, an aspiring comic, faces pressure from family to drop a lawsuit against her attacker. Mohamed Diab’s deftly braided narrative tells a gripping, timely social tale through its patchwork of interconnected lives and deeds.
“Perfectly timed to coincide with the massive protests that recently engulfed Egypt, Mohamed Diab’s ‘Cairo 678’ is a blunt but powerful portrait of three women of varying social backgrounds rebelling against the sexual harassment endemic to that country’s culture.” -Hollywood Reporter
“Cairo 678 is an important film — one all women should watch and all men should pay attention to.” -Huffington Post
“In his directorial debut, Mohamed Diab gives us a glimpse into the hearts and minds of three women from Cairo whose daily lives are affected by their traumatic experiences. From the initial incident to the lasting effects on their families and personal lives, the viewer follows them as they search for some kind of justice.” -Seattle IFF
‘Cairo 678’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Arabic with English subtitles.