Destiny / Al Massir

  • Type: Feature Film
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Date: 1997
  • Duration: 131 Minutes
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Production: Misr International Films, Ambert Blazan, Youssef Chahine, Gabril Khoury
  • Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
  • Starring: Nour Al Sharif, Laila Elui, Mahmoud Hemeida, Safiaa Al Emari, Mohamed Mounir, Khaled El Nabawy, Seif Abdel Rahman, Abdallah Mahmoud, Rogina, Hani Salama, Fares Rahouma
  • Sound: Gasser Khorshed
  • Cinematographer: Mohsen Nasr
  • Music: Kamal Al Taweel, Yehia Al Mougi
  • Set Design: Hamed Hemdan
  • Costume: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Camera: Yehia Abbas, Ahmed Abdel Aziz
Synopsis:

Alarmed by the rise of religious fundamentalism in Egypt in the 1990’s Chahine created an historic epic centered on the philosopher Ibn Rashd (known in the West as Averroes) and set in medieval Cordoba, Spain where – under Arab rule – a secular and multicultural society flourished. To make his point, Chahine concocts the story of a young Arab man lured away from his “decadent” lifestyle and indoctrinated into a fundamentalist sect. Though the film operates as a sincere and moving plea for tolerance and a timely warning against violent religious extremism, Chahine also provides plenty of spectacles, including a steamy romance and lots of song and dance. (Harvard Film Archive)