Once Upon A Time… The Nile / El Nil Wal Haya

  • Release Date: 1968
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 105 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Cairo Film, Mousse Film
  • Screenplay: Sergio Armand, Mostafa Imama
  • Cast: Salah Zulfikar , Ijor Vladimirov , Emad Hamdy , Vladamir Ivanshof , Seif El Din , Yuri Kamouruf , Madiha Salem
  • Cinematography: Iskander Shilinkov, Shan Yulav
  • Art direction: Evenie Azfeed Afeelaf , Raouf Abdel Hamid
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Nadigeed Yourzina , Khayri We Felfel
  • Music: Aram Khatshatouryan
  • Sound: Sergio Metrafitsh
  • Subtitles: French
  • Scenario: Nicolai Figourouvsky, Abdel Rahman Al Sharkawi, Youssef Chahine

Renegotiating the representational paradigm of nationhood the film draws a heterogeneous picture of Egyptian society as well as Soviet workers as they embarked on the momentous dam enterprise. The films presents a vision of a nation deep rooted in unity as well as diversity. The films projection of a renewed imagining of the nation inadvertently acknowledges a new and nuanced understanding of its goals, political objectives, and how these impact the personal within it. (KHOURI)

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