Yousef is a successful cook, the son of immigrants, who grew up in Italy. After a long wait he manages to obtain the Italian citizenship, a few days after the attacks at Macerata. Yousef's certainties start to falter, leading him to a real identity crisis. When you find yourself faced with a choice that until recently would have been obvious, you will not know what to do.

Director Biography

Mohamed Hossameldin is an Italian–Egyptian director. He started his career as a camera operator at Sky and Mediaset. In 2011 he attended RUFA -Rome University of Fine Arts cinema course, and he graduated with honoursin 2014. In 2015 he directed the short movie “Sotto Terra”,selected, among other festivals, at Giffoni Film Festival and Festival del Cinema Europeo. The short film won several awards. In 2017 and 2018 he directed two short films, “Il Passo”and“Yousef”, both financed by MigrArti, a project of the Italian Ministry of Culture; they were both selected at Venice International Film Festival.“Yousef”,produced by Premiere Film and coproduced by Smile Vision, is the only italian short film selected in the international competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


Mohamed Hossameldin




Italian, English






14 min.

Roots of Acceptance

Sunday, 5 September 11:45 - 13:00 / Kijkhuis 1
75 min.

Also in this session

1. Le chant d'Ahmed
Foued Mansour, 30 min.
2. Yousef
Mohamed Hossameldin, 14 min.
3. Before I Forget
Razan Hassan, 11 min.