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ALEXANDRIA . . . WHY? (Youssef Chahine, 1978)
The story of Alexandria. . . Why? begins in 1942, at a time when Egypt found itself in a tense and highly precarious situation The Egyptians are hostile to the occupying British forces, Rommel's army… Read more

ATTACK, The (Ziad Doueiri, 2012)
"Taut, engrossing ... it's hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved." – Hollywood Reporter ... Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, MIFF 2005) stars as Amin, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon… Read more

COMING FORTH BY DAY (Hala Lotfy, 2012)
"Stands out for its extraordinary use of space and time, fully grasping the emptiness of lost lives." – Variety ... The debut fiction feature from documentary filmmaker Hala Lotfy, Coming Forth… Read more

CONTROL ROOM (Jehane Noujaim, 2004)
Control Room USA/EgyptControl Room goes behind the scenes of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arab television network, and Central Command, the US media village, during the recent US-led invasion of Iraq,… Read more

DESTINY (Youssef Chahine, 1997)
Veteran Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine ventures into twelfth century Andalusia to tell the tale of Avérroès, an influential Islamic philosopher. Religious fundamentalists protested against Avé… Read more

Dreams Within Reach (Atiat El-Abnoudi, )
Om Said got married at the age of 16. Now she has eight children. She has never left her village. She cannot read or write. Nevertheless, all important decisions for the family are taken by her. ... Read more

Horse of Mud (Atiat El-Abnoudi, 1972)
A little factory in Egypt. The people and their horses share everything—they suffer the heat, they work together, and at the end of the day, they bathe together in the Nile. ... Read more

Mukhtar the Sculptor (Wali Eldin Sameh, 1957)
In the village where the ancient sculptors came from, Mukhtar the sculptor was born. The film shows most of his work and traces how village life influenced him. ... Read more

Sad Song of Touha (Atiat El-Abnoudi, 1972)
A documentary about a group of street entertainers in Cairo, fire eaters, dancers, acrobats, who eke out a miserable living from bringing joy to the passers-by. ... Read more

SILENCE... WE’RE ROLLING (Youssef Chahine, 2001)
Malak is a famous singer and actress. After an onerous divorce, she falls for the charms of the smooth Lamei, who sees in Malak his chance to climb a few rungs up the social ladder. Her love changes … Read more

SON OF BABYLON (Mohamed Al-Daradji, 2010)
“Chases a poetic answer for the crimes of Saddam Hussein.” - Variety ... A son's search for his father and a mother's search for her son are the centrepiece for filmmaker Mohamed Al Daradji's exp… Read more

THE MUMMY (Chadi Abdelsalam, 1970)
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 mountai… Read more

The Puppets (Tewfik Saleh, 1959)
Puppets have been used from ancient times to tell history, stories and fables. This film gives an insight into the various working elements which comprise this branch of the arts. ... Read more

Though I Know the River Is Dry (Omar Robert Hamilton, 2013)
A Palestinian man is torn between his responsibility to his country and the chance for a better life for his family in America. The first independent, crowd-sourced film in the post-revolutionary Ara… Read more

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