September 2010

Al-Ard aka The Earth (1969)

By |September 7th, 2010|

Youssef Chahine’s adaptation of Marxist writer `Abd al-Rahman al-Sharqawi’s 1953 novel, set in the 1930s, is an epic chronicle of life in a rural Egyptian village. The main plot concerns the unsuccessful attempts of the villagers to retain their access to water. Told that […]

Doaa al-Karawan (1959)

By |September 25th, 2009|

Adapted from a novella of the same title by Taha Husayn, The Nightingale’s Prayer tells the story of two poor orphaned sisters from the countryside. The first, sent to work as a servant, is seduced and raped by her master, […]