The Land / El Ard

  • Release Date: 1969
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 130 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Al Mouasasa Al Misriya Lel Cinema
  • Screenplay: Mohsen Nasr, Mahmoud Bakr
  • Cast: Nagwa Ibrahim, Ezzat Al Alayli, Mahmoud El Meligy, Yehia Chahine, Hamdi Ahmed, Tawfiq El Dikn, Ali Al Sherif
  • Cinematography: Abdel Halim Nasr
  • Art direction: Salah Gaber
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Music: Ali Ismail
  • Sound: Nasri Abdel Nour, Hassan Al Touni
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Hassan Fouad

One of Chahine’s most enduring classics, the Land details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood against a corrupt pasha interested only in self – aggrandizement. Adapted by Chahine from a novel published shortly after the abolition of monarchy by Egypt’s 1952 revolution, the Land offers a full blooded narrative of political struggle and sweeping nationalist emotions and is a rallying cry for an Arab world demoralised by Israeli expansion in the 1960’s. HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

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