The Water Bearer Is Dead / El Sakaa Maat

  • Release Date: 1977
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 143 Minutes
  • Directed by: Salah Abou Seif
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Tunisian Centre for Film and Development
  • Screenplay: El Kashbani El Touhami
  • Cast: Farid Shawki, Ezzat Al Alayli, Shwikar, Amina Rizk, Tahiya Karioka, Nahed Gabr, Balquisse, Hassan Hussien, Sherife Salahe Eldine
  • Cinematographer: Mahmoud Sabou
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Music: Fouad Zahiri
  • Sound: Nasr Abdel Nour
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Scenario: Mohsen Ziad

A powerful portrait of two men and the relationship that develops between them; One, the water bearer who has been mourning his wife for twenty years, the other, a mortician, who lives surrounded by death. The latter copes by trying to live each moment seeking the maximum pleasures life can give him. The encounter between these two opposites leads to a kind of synthesis that will affect them and their surrounding community. The story raises the question of whether need justifies theft. Is redistribution of wealth and property from the have to the have-nots, through stealing compatible with the divine scheme of justice, where all property belongs to God, and surplus is for the use of the needy?