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Blessed Benefit

Presented by Paris-Sorbonne University and NYU Abu Dhabi

When / Monday, Oct 16 @ 7:30pm

Where / At Paris-Sorbonne AD

Directed by Mahmoud Al Massad

Ticket Information

Ticket bookings open on Wednesday, Oct 4 at 3pm

Film Runtime: 83 minutes   Followed by a Q&A with the director

Off The Stage :The Art of Storytelling: Finding Your Story and Making it a Film.

A 3-day workshop with Mahmoud Al Massad – Monday – Wednesday, Oct 16-18.

Click here to signup.

Ahmad, a construction worker gets tangled up in an unfortunate business deal leading him to prison. He meets fraudster Ibrahim, who ruins his last hope to prove his innocence. Ahmad is awakened by the realization that life in prison might be better than his life on the outside.


Mahmoud Al Massad received international acclaim for his work. In 2002, he was chosen as the Arab Ambassador of Culture. Much of his work is featured in curricula of film academies in Europe. His film RECYCLE won the World Best Cinematography Award at Sundance in 2008, screened at over 130 international film festivals. His latest film BLESSED BENEFIT premiered in 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival and won the NETPAC jury award for the Best Asian film as well as the best acting award at Warsaw Film Festival.