Romany Saad

Egypt 2015, 78 min.


Spoken language: Arabic

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2016

Instead of going to school, Egyptian teenagers Abdallah, Bika and Sharon ride their tuk-tuk (a motorized cycle cab) to transport their passengers in the busy, sun-drenched streets of Cairo. That way, they make a living for their poor families. Despite their busy work schedule, the boys find time to have fun every now and then, like ordinary children.


Driving the small tuk-tuks through the bustling streets of the Egyptian capital is a dangerous undertaking. The boys are targeted by thieves, policemen and competing cab drivers. Corrupt officials are on their back, and street robbers try to steal their expensive tuk-tuks.

Their poor transport wages are spent on living expenses, which leaves them little pocket money. They occasionally earn enough to go gaming, but most of the time their hard-earned pounds serve to feed hungry family members. Nonetheless, the three friends seize every opportunity to have fun and play.

Humorous and touching portrait of three teenagers in post-revolutionary Egypt, where poverty is still rife and children are forced to grow up prematurely.

Official website: http://www.tuk-tukfilm.com



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Talkshows & debates

Tuk-Tuk: Q&A with director Romany Saad

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 21:15

After the film, Laila-Al Zwaini will do a Q&A with director Romany Saad.

Tuk-Tuk: Q&A with director Romany Saad

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 19:30

After the film, Dick Wittenberg will do a Q&A with director Romany Saad

Tuk-Tuk: Q&A with director Romany Saad

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 21:30

After the film, Rena Netjes will do a Q&A with director Romany Saad