Tom Hanks sends signed thank-you letter to CLASH's filmmaker Mohamed Diab

Published July 27th, 2016 - 10:15 GMT
Hanks called the film 'magnificent.' (Facebook)
Hanks called the film 'magnificent.' (Facebook)

You know you've made it as a filmmaker when one of Hollywood's greatest actors personally contacts you to praise your work.

Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab's 2016 film "Eshtebak" (CLASH) was highly praised by American actor Tom Hanks, who sent a signed letter to Diab thanking him for his "magnificent film and first-rate crew."

The full letter, shared by Diab on Facebook, read:

"Dear Mohamed Diab,

Few Americans see Egypt as being anything more than terrorists and pyramids.

Your film CLASH will go great lengths to enlighten many. Audiences will see that humanity is a fragile community, but we are all in "this" together. And, we will all come to pray for Egypt, in any way we know how.

Thank you for your magnificent film and the crew and cast that are first rate examples of what they do.

All good things, 

Tom Hanks"

This is considered a significant political and humanitarian statement by Hanks, who has recently released a film where he played the role of a salesman in Saudi Arabia.

Diab told his Facebook followers that he received a similar letter from British James bond star Daniel Craig.

Unlike many Egyptian films, Diab's CLASH tackles the 30 June protests, which led to the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi.

The film, which opened the "Un Certain Regard" category at the Cannes Film Festival in May, takes place in the back of a police vehicle, in which individuals representing opposing political views have been arrested amid protests following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi.

CLASH is the first Egyptian film to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 17 years.

Diab's film was also named as one of the 10 best films selected at the Cannes Film Festival this year by the Hollywood Reporter and Screen International.


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