Date Wine / Arack El Balah

  • Type: Feature Film
  • Directed by: Radwan El Kashef
  • Date: 1998
  • Duration: 110 Minutes
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Production: Misr International Films, Swiss Egyptian Co Production
  • Editor: Rachid Abdel Salam
  • Scenario: Radwan El Kashef
  • Starring: Sherihan, Abla Kamel, Hamdi Ahmed, Mohamed Nagati, Fayza Amseeb, Gamal Ismail, Seif Abdel Rahman, Manal Afifi, Abdallah Mahmoud, Madida El Sayed
  • Sound: Raaft Samir
  • Cinematographer: Tariq El Telmessani
  • Music: Yasser Abdel Rahman
  • Camera: Ismail Gamal

This Egyptian drama begins with a man approaching an abandoned fort in a dusty region of southern Egypt. He is greeted by an elderly woman who tells the tale of the deserted village: A convoy of masked bikers arrived one day, promising lives of luxury, the menfolk abandon the village to investigate the greener – grass on the proverbial ‘other side’. The womenfolk, those too old and those too young are left behind and as the years pass, only letters return, telling takes of loneliness and hard times. A young man Ahmed grows up under these surroundings and has to deal with being the man in charge. When several of the migrant workers return, frustrated by their failures in the outside world, everyone has to come to terms with the irreversible change in the community. The film is a symbolic parallel with mass Egyptian emigration during the 1970’s

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