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A busy producer of primarily local-interest cinema since the dawn of the sound era, Egypt has a long tradition of both populist genre cinema and lyrical (yet realistic) art-house fare.
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Cairo as Seen by ChahineThis concise masterpiece by famed Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine began as a commission by French television. Using his unique sense of artistic digression, Chahine transforms this portrait of a city into a self-portrait of a filmmaker. The film was banned in Egypt for its realistic portrayal of Cairo.Start your free trial to watch
Cairo StationIn this beautiful classic film from legendary director Youssef Chahine, Cairo’s main railroad station is used to represent all of Egyptian society. We see a community comprised of luggage carriers and soft-drink vendors living in abandoned train cars. A crippled newspaper dealer, Kinawi (played by Chahine himself), falls in...Start your free trial to watch
Umm KulthumShe had the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt and the audience of Elvis Presley. Born a peasant at the turn of the last century, legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum earned a position of great wealth and influence. She was a powerful symbol, first of the aspirations of her country, and...Start your free trial to watch
Veiled VoicesWomen across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. In director Brigid Maher’s insightful documentary film, VEILED VOICES, three influential women Islamic leaders are profiled along with their families and the communities in which they serve: Ghina Hammoud in Lebanon, Dr. Du’ad Saleh in Egypt and Huda...Start your free trial to watch