Alexandria, New York / Iskendereya New York

  • Release Date: 2004
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 128 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Gabriel And Marianne Khoury, Ambert Blazan, Egyptian French Co Production
  • Cast: Youssra, Mahmoud Hemeida, Lebleba, Hala Sidqui, Magda Al Khateeb, Youssra Al Luzy, Boushra, Ahmed Yehia, Alaa Hasabou, Youssra Selim, Rania Farag, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Neli Kareem, Sanaa Younis, Soad Nasr
  • Cinematographer: Ramses Marzouk
  • Art direction: Hamed Hemdan
  • Costume design: Mounia Fath Al Bab
  • Music: Yehia Al Mougi
  • Sound: Jerome Iyas
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef

Chahine reconsiders his ambiguous and contradictory relationship with the America he always professed to love. The film finds Chahine’s traditional alter ego Yehia in New York for a festival celebrating his cinema. There he runs into his presumed first love Ginger, whom he had met when they were nineteen years old studying theater at the Pasadena Playhouse. Back then, American cinema symbolised American dreams and ideals for Chahine, but fifty years on, these ideas have been replaced with bitterness and resentment. For this Arab filmmaker visiting the United States, any positive semblance of America’s image has been long shattered as he cites the Anti – Arab bias he claims now mars its foreign policies. He talks about its cinematic genius being replaced by formula filmmaking complemented by contempt for talent and creativity.

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