A journey into the enclosed world of two of cairo's mental hospitals, ZELAL draws us into the day-to-day life of "ordinary" madmen and women. The ﬁlm lays bare the shattered humanity of people abandoned without hope, left to stumble about in the backwash of life’s misfortunes. In the process, the viewer confronts his own demons, with the disturbing realization that the mentally ill are actually extensions of society’s madness.
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