SHARAF, based on Sonallah Ibrahim’s famous novel, is the story of a modern Candide in a dystopian Arab World.
He is one of the millions poor guys, who long for a better future.
When he kills a man in self defence he has to wake up from his dreams of wealth and consumption. The microcosm of prison mirrors the complex situation of Arab societies living under dictatorship and poverty, dependent on an injust global economic system.
Sharaf decides to achieve his own social advancement behind prison bars. But he will have to pay a very high price for it.



Feature fiction
100 min
– in post-production –

Writer & Director – Samir Nasr

Script writers – Sonallah Ibrahim & Samir Nasr


Producer – Silvana Santamaria

Production manager (Germany) – Catalina Florez

Production Company  Soilfilms Media GmbH (Germany)


In coproduction with


Film Clinic / Mohamed Hefzy (Egypt)

Zoneart Films SARL / Bilal Athimni (Tunisia)

Les Contes Modernes SAS / Patrice Nezan (France)

Teamwork.die Filmproduktion GmbH / Moritz Günter & Monica Agler (Germany)


Funded by 

Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg Fund (MBB) 

Film and Media Fund (MFG) Stuttgart

Fonds Images de la Francophonie (France)

International Sales agent M-appeal


In cooperation with 

Licam GmbH – Stuttgart

Maier Bros. GmbH – Köln