The Sixth Day / Al Yom El Sades

  • Release Date: 1986
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 105 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Egyptian French Co Production, Lyric International Films
  • Screenplay: Iman Al Khoudry
  • Cast: Dalida, Mohsen Mohieddin, Shwekar, Hamdy Ahmed, Sanaa Yunis, Salah Al Saadani, Mohamed Mounir, Youssef Chahine, Abla Kamel, Hassen El Adl, Al Tifl Maher Essam
  • Cinematographer: Mohsen Nasr
  • Art direction: Tariq Salah Al Din
  • Editing: Luke Barneea
  • Costume design: Afyoun Saysinoudeel, Nahed Nasrallah
  • Music: Omar Khayrat
  • Sound: Terry Sebania
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine, Hassan Al Giryitli

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 bedridden husband, and later, her cholera infected grandson. She shares a subtle love relationship with the young Okka, who makes his living performing song and dance numbers with a monkey. His performances are based for the most part on sketches from Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s. Okka’s joyful and life-affirming spirit is a welcome challenge to the atmosphere of death that overwhelms the impoverished neighborhood; it is also the vehicle through which Sadika finds resiliency, love and social connection despite the isolation she suffers as her grandson’s caregiver.

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