Youssef Chahine Retrospective

Between the 10th and 16th of September, Zawya is organizing a week long retrospective to honor the legacy of Arab Cinema’s renowned director Youssef Chahine. Arranged chronologically, seven of Chahine’s canonical films will be screened every evening at 6:30 pm. The event will feature special talks and discussions.


- Event Films -

| Egypt | 1972 | Arabic | English | 102 minutes
Arab melodrama draws on familial strife just as much as the melodramas of classical Hollywood and popular Indian cinema, and here Chahine, like Minnelli and Visconti, expands the family melodrama to e...

| Egypt | 1958 | Arabic | French | 73 minutes
"Chahine himself stars in this melodrama of poverty and sexual frustration that shocked Arab audiences in the 1950s. The filmmaker is remarkably effective as a crippled news vendor who lives alone in ...

Drama | Egypt | 1969 | Arabic | French | 130 minutes
One of Chahine’s most enduring classics, the Land details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood against a corrupt pasha interested only i...

| Egypt | 1978 | Arabic | French | 125 minutes
Alexandria, Why? Marked a radical, newly introspective turn in Chahine’s active career, a sharp departure from his Fifties musicals and melodramas and his later epics and political films. The first of...

| Egypt | 1986 | Arabic | 105 minutes
Based on the novel by Andree Chedid, the film explores a period in the British colonialized Egypt during the mid – twentieth century. In a poor Cairo neighborhood, Sadika is taking care of her bedridd...