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Trapped: An Interview with Mohamed Maged

Director Biography

Mohamed Maged, Egyptian filmmaker, Co-Founder of DASH Group media & film production. An international award-winning creative and film director. One of the Notable Alumni of the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, and studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, USA. Achieved his Bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees in filmmaking and cinema studies from the Academy of Art in Egypt. Studied and worked in the art field, advertising, animation projects, TV commercials, and films, as a creative and film director, and participated in most of the hit campaigns, branding, and TV commercials in MENA over the past decade. Winning and being nominated for over 85 international and regional awards from different films and advertising festivals.

Director Statement

When you start a workshop in filmmaking for 5 days and find yourself having to create an idea and prepare everything for the film in 3 days and shoot in 3 hours, deliver on the next day, you will feel trapped. The film is talking about the feeling that can happen to every one of us, when you are in a situation in life and figure yourself trapped in the same place, at the same time, the same vacuum. you do not know why, and you do not know what to do in this maze ... you start to think are you punished for something you did in the past or for something you are doing now ... do you need help, or should you help someone to get out, or actually in all cases, you just help your self ... no one knows... Maybe it's just karma. it was a wonderful, terrifying, awesome, and exciting feeling when I started making my first film during this workshop, but at the same time from the first day, I was thinking about how to make a simple film with no dialogue, to be outdoor, can fit with anyone, and can be done with two actors max. I felt trapped as the film hero... going around to the same point, and from here I got the idea. when I finished the film I was never expecting that I could submit to festivals, but it was awesome to know that my short film what not exceed 3 minutes, has been accepted in many international film festivals and won some international awards. I feel honored and thankful to NYFA and all film festivals and am very excited that the film will reach many audiences and share a story from this life. Before I made this film, I remember seeing an Italian film, Cinema Paradiso. This film touched me, It challenged me, and still. I feel passionate about this film because it makes me feel that this is what I want to do in life, and hope I can give even a little bit of inspiration to others as this movie gave me.


when time is stopped, we feel like we are trapped.

Trapped in the same place, at the same time, the same gap.

we do not know why, we do not know what to do in this maze ... are we punished for something we did in the past or for something we are doing now.

when time stops, the past looks like the future, at this moment we wonder, are we need a helping hand, or if that's karma.

  • Mohamed Maged

  • Mohamed Maged

  • New York Film Academy

  • Mohamed Maged

  • Georges Bizet

  • Shivain Verma

  • Chantal Casutt

  • Jaclyn Perez

  • Project Type: Short, Student

  • Runtime: 2 minutes 43 seconds

  • Completion Date: September 15, 2018

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color


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