Chafika Wa Metwali

  • Release Date: 1978
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 178 Minutes
  • Directed by: Ali Badrakhan
  • Produced by: Misr International Films
  • Screenplay: Mahmoud Bakr
  • Cast: Soad Hosni, Ahmed Mazhar, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Zaki, Gameel Rateb, Malek Gamal, Younis Shalabi, Mahmoud El Gendi, Abdel Wares Asr, Shafik Galal, Naema El Saghira
  • Cinematographer: Abdel Halim Nasr
  • Editing: Said El Sheikh
  • Music: Fouad Al Thahiri
  • Sound: Andrea Zandels
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Salah Jaheen

Based on a folktale about brother and sister Shafika and Metwally. The story revolves around wayward the sister who escapes her petty existence in a small Upper Egyptian village and moves to the city. Shafika's poverty takes her to acquire a bad reputation as a belly dancer and unkept woman. Badrakhan gives the story an unconventional socio-political edge by setting it at the middle of the 19th century, when depraved Egyptian Pashas stopped at nothing to increase their wealth and influence.