On Boys, Girls And The Veil / Sobbian We Beneit

  • Type: Documentary
  • Directed by: Yousri Nasrallah
  • Date: 1995
  • Duration: 72 Minutes
  • Subtitles: English
  • Production: Misr International Films, Ognon Pictures, Channel 7
  • Editor: Samir Bahzan
  • Scenario: Tamer Ezzat
  • Starring: Bassem Samra And Family, Khaled Youssef, Hisham Souliman, Nabila Sakr
  • Cinematographer: Samir Bahzan, Mohamed El Agami
  • Music: Various Musical Inserts

This documentary on contemporary attitudes to the wearing of the hijah (the veil) among Egypt's youth seems deceptively simple at first: the film follows Bessem Saura, a 24-year-old teacher and would-be actor, as he chats to friends, family and colleagues about their lives. However these relaxed discussions constantly throw up fragments of historical, social, and political information which gradually fit together to present an image of a non-fundamentalist Islamic society which undermines and challenges many of the assumptions too easily vocalised in the West. Not only that, but the interaction between the members of the Saura family provides a wonderfully engrossing central narrative.