The Emigrant / Al Mohager

  • Release Date: 1994
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 124 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Egyptian French Co Production
  • Screenplay: Aymon Abou Al Makarim
  • Cast: Youssra, Mahmoud Hemeeda, Khaled El Nabawy, Saafia El Emari, Hanan Turk, Ahmed Bedeer, Seif Abdel Rahman, Ahmed Salama, Sayed Abdel Karim, Amr Abdel Galil, Sayed Ali Queyrat, Michel Piccoli
  • Cinematographer: Ramses Marzouk
  • Art direction: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Music: Mohamed Noah
  • Sound: Raefat Samir
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine, Rafik Al Saban, Ahmed Kassim, Khaled Youssef

Ram is intent on leaving his family to travel in search of knowledge and enlightenment. His interest in agriculture leads to new innovations that enable the cultivation of produce in the arid desert. The film was criticized for what appeared to be an allegorical reference to the Zionist colonization of Palestine, which Israeli propaganda celebrated in terms of its success in “making the desert bloom”. Considering Chahine’s fierce anti – Zionist and Pro – Palestinian politics the accusation was absurd. But still, the film created controversy with its depiction of a prophet, which according to Islam and to Al – Azhar’s religious rulings is forbidden. A lawyer charged screenings in Egyptian movie theaters and its distribution outside the country halted. The sixth – month court battle led to The Emigrant being banned from movie theaters, but not before it joined the ranks of the highest grossing Chahine films to date. KHOURI

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