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THE MUMMY

Egypt, 1970 (MIFF 1971, Programme 37)

Director: Chadi Abdelsalam

Inspired by the discovery of the catacombs of Deir el Bahari in 1881, this film describes the final stages of the struggle between officials of the Cairo Department of Antiquities and a proud mountain tribe of Thebes.

Cairo officials become suspicious when artifacts of the Twenty-first Dynasty are discovered being sold on the black market, when no tombs from this era had been uncovered in the district. It is then revealed that, in fact, the tribe has for long been prospering from the practice of robbing the tombs hidden in the mountainsides. When the tribal chief dies, he hands down the secret of the tombs to his sons…

A mixture of East and West pervades throughout this message of social change put across within an adventure drama set in imposing surroundings around the Valley of the Kings. The message: Egypt must move away from its feudal past.

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