The Sixth Day / Al Yom El Sades

  • Release Date: 1986
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 105 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Jean-Pierre Mahot
  • Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Hassan Al Gretly
  • Cast: Dalida, Mohsen Mohy El Deen, Shwekar, Hamdy Ahmed, Sanaa Younis, Salah El Saadany, Mohamed Mounir, Youssef Chahine, Abla Kamel, Hassan El Adl, Maher Essam
  • Cinematography: Mohsen Nasr
  • Art direction: Tarek Salah El Deen
  • Editing: Louk Barneea
  • Costume design: Yvone Saysinoudeel, Nahed Nasrallah
  • Music: Omar Khayrat
  • Sound: Terry Sebania
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Based on the novel by Andree Chedid, the film explores a period in British-colonialized Egypt during the mid-twentieth century. In a poor Cairo neighborhood, Sadika is taking care of her bedridden husband, and later, her cholera-infected grandson. She shares a subtle love relationship with the young Okka, who makes his living performing song and dance numbers with a monkey. Okka’s joyful and life-affirming spirit is a welcome challenge to the atmosphere of death that overwhelms the impoverished neighborhood; it is also the vehicle through which Sadika finds resiliency, love and social connection despite the isolation she suffers as her grandson’s caregiver.

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