Excuse My French

Excuse My French

Available on Prime Video
Loosely based on the childhood experiences of director Amr Salama, this Egyptian film displays the religious and class prejudices evident within a public school. When Hany's father passes away his family can no longer afford to send him to an expensive private school. Hany is forced to enroll in a public school where he is unable to hide his privileged upbringing and faces ridicule from the other students. Additionally, Hany knows he is the only Christian in attendance, but when he is misunderstood in French class the predominantly Muslim student body believes Hany shares their views. He cloaks his Christianity for a time, but his mother eventually reveals their beliefs. This cinematic work faced censorship in Egypt, primarily due to its critique of Egyptian society. A controversial title upon its release, the film criticizes religious bias through the eyes of a child and does so without feeling heavy-handed.
Starring Hani Adel, Kinda Allouch, Ahmed Dash
Director Amr Salama