The Storm / Al Aassifa

  • Release Date: 2000
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 100 Minutes
  • Directed by: Khaled Youssef
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Ognon Pictures, Channel 7, Centre for Egyptian Broadcasting and Television
  • Screenplay: Ihab Mohamed Ali
  • Cast: Youssra, Hanan Turk, Hani Salama, Hisham Selim, Mohamed Nagati, Souad Nasr, Sami El Adl, Mohamed Lotfi, Magdi Idris, Ashraf Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Wafik, Seif Abdel Rahman, Abdallah Mahmoud, Ahmed Mokhtar
  • Cinematographer: Mohsen Nasr
  • Editing: Rabab Abdel Latif
  • Music: Kamal El Tawil
  • Sound: Ahmed Abdel Khalik
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Khaled Youssef
Synopsis:

An unusual perspective on the Gulf war, as a family is torn apart by conflicting personal and political allegiances. Hoda, a schoolteacher becomes a single mother after her husband, a victim of posttraumatic stress disorder leaves the family behind. Ten years later Hoda has raised her two sons, Aly and Nagy, to young adulthood, and has declined to remarry despite the presence of her supportive boyfriend Mahmoud. Nagy has fallen in love with Hayat, a student and political activist from a wealthy family, but her parents don’t want her to marry a man without a fortune of his own. As Nagy tries to save enough money to convince Hayat’s family he is a worthy husband, Aly decides to help by getting a job to make more money for the family; however, work is hard to come by in Egypt, so he moves to Iraq to take a position there. Once Aly has settled into his new life in Iraq, the war in the Gulf breaks out, and the two brothers discover to their horror that they're fighting in opposing armies. Aly comes home to swear allegiance to Egypt and join their forces, while Nagy, under the influence of Hayat, has thrown his support behind Iraq.

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