Born into a working-class Coptic family in the provincial town of Tanta, in Egypt's lush Nile Delta, Yusuf Tadrus is fascinated
from a young age by light and shadow, spending his time drawing, making toys out of discarded objects he finds in the alley,
and dreaming of becoming an artist and stepping into a broader world. As he grows into adulthood, he hones his talent, but
his ambitions are checked: by the responsibilities of family, marriage, and work; by his own lack of self-confidence, his
ambivalence, and at times his recklessness; and by society's expectations and prejudices. Adel Esmat provides an intimate
glimpse into Egyptian Christian life and, with sensitivity and honesty, tells of the struggles faced by an artist who seeks
to remain true to his calling.
Tales of Yusuf Tadrus is set in the Egyptian Delta town of Tanta, and tells the story
of a young Coptic artist from a humble background.