Telling the Story of Egypt's First Sumo Wrestler in Japan
Boody: The Sumo Pharaoh Releases in Zawya Cinemas on Sunday February 24MAD Solutions announced the release of the documentary Boody: The Sumo Pharaoh in Zawya Cinemas, Downtown, on Sunday, February 24, at 07:00 PM with the presence of its director Sarah Riad.
MAD Solutions has recently released official teaser trailer on its official Facebook page on this link:
Telling the story of Egypt's first professional Sumo wrestler in Japan, the film was part of several international film festivals and was selected for the Egyptian National Film Festival and Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival.
The film received the Best Feature Documentary at the Annual Copenhagen Film Festival (CPH: DOX), and was screened in several film festivals, including: Largo Film Awards, Switzerland, Ouchy Film Awards (OFA), Switzerland, Independent Days International Filmfest, Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent Film Awards, USA, Lisbon Film Festival, and Polish International Film Festival.
Boody: The Sumo Pharaoh tells the story of Boody, nicknamed Ōsunaarashi (Japanese for The Great Sandstorm), who is the first Egyptian sumo wrestler to make it to the professional Sumo world in Japan. The documentary follows Boody's story from his beginnings in a small Egyptian countryside village all the way to Tokyo as he becomes the very first Egyptian to become a professional Sumo wrestler. The film is directed by Sarah Riad and distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
Sarah Riad is an Egyptian-Japanese filmmaker. She majored in Media Studies at two different universities in Egypt and Japan, but she dropped out of both. The, she decided to begin her own journey of self-learning. She has been working as an independent filmmaker and writer since 2012 after training by working on many documentaries, TV shows and short films, as well as vlogging different events. In the end, she began writing and directing her first project.
Among her noteworthy projects is the short film El Film Da Haram, which caused quite the sensation in the Arab and Islamic region after it was released on YouTube in 2012, and it received more than 600 thousand views. It was also aired on one of the most popular television stations in Egypt twice. Sarah Riad also wrote and directed the short film Soulless in 2013, which was selected at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, Washington, USA, in 2014.