‘abl ma ‘ansa

Before I Forget
A science-fiction story set in an indistinct coastal region, between land and sea, above and below water.
El Captain disappears, one of his disciples takes a journey in the ocean to cut off the internet cable, the water level is rising, an amphibian woman appears at the shore looking for her mother, and the memories of two women in a ward intertwine. Scientist Dr. Sharaf is trying to congregate all of them – the members of the secret society of amphibians – in an attempt to save the world.
by Mariam Mekiwi
with Ahmad Raafat Bassiouny, Lana Hana Ferara, Aly Salah, Dalal Beheiri, Azza El Gazzar, Mohamed Abdel Al
Egypt / Germany 2018 Arabic 31’ Colour


  • Ahmad Raafat Bassiouny (Dr. Sharaf Fakhr)
  • Lana Hana Ferara (Nadia)
  • Aly Salah (Yasser)
  • Dalal Beheiri (mother)
  • Azza El Gazzar (mother)
  • Mohamed Abdel Al (El Captain)


Director Mariam Mekiwi
Screenplay Mariam Mekiwi, Adam Mekiwi, Mohammad  Shawky Hassan
Cinematography Stephan Rosche
Editing Mariam Mekiwi, Vartan Avakian
Sound Design Louly Seif
Sound Stefan Bück
Production Design Anton von Bredow
Costumes Dalal Beheiri
Make-Up Kristina Sauvitina
Casting Mariam Mekiwi
Assistant Director Krisitina Sauvitina
Production Management Tobias el Lebeidy
Producers Louly Seif, Mariam Mekiwi

Produced by

Louly Seif

Mariam Mekiwi

Mariam Mekiwi, born in 1987 in Alexandria, Egypt, is a filmmaker based in Hamburg. ‘abl ma ‘ansa is her first film.


2018 ‘abl ma ‘ansa (Before I Forget)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018