Cairo… As Told By Chahine / Cairo Menawara Beahlaha

  • Type: Short Film
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Date: 1991
  • Duration: 23 Minutes
  • Subtitles: English
  • Production: Misr International Films, Al Markaz Al Kawmi Lel Cinema
  • Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Sound: Mohamed Kamal
  • Cinematographer: Tariq Al Tilmisani
  • Music: Mohamed Noah
  • Costume: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Camera: Samir Bahzan

Chahine mixes documentary and fiction to create a portrait of Egypt’s bustling capital and a major center of the Arab world. The view of Cairo that emerges is a chaotic jumble of poverty, overcrowding, opulence and surging religious intolerance that results in a kaleidoscopic image recalling silent era "cities symphonies" and Fellini's Roma. This concise masterpiece began as a commission by French TV for the news series Envoye Special. By filming Cairo with his unique sense of artistic digression, Chahine transformed this portrait of a city into the self-portrait of a filmmaker.

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