Cairo, As Told By Chahine / Al Kahera Menawara Be Ahlaha

  • Release Date: 1991
  • Type: Short
  • Run time: 23 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Jean Mylonas
  • Cast: Youssef Chahine, Khaled El Nabawy, Khaled Youssef, Bassem Samra
  • Cinematography: Tarek El Telmessany
  • Editing: Rachida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Music: Mohamed Noah
  • Sound: Mohamed Kamal
  • Subtitles: English

Chahine mixes documentary and fiction to create a portrait of Egypt’s bustling capital and a major center of the Arab world. The view of Cairo that emerges is a chaotic jumble of contrasting poverty and opulence, overcrowdedness and surging religious intolerance that results in a kaleidoscopic image recalling silent era "cities symphonies" and Fellini's Roma. This concise masterpiece began as a commission by French TV for the news series Envoye Special. By filming Cairo with his unique sense of artistic digression, Chahine transformed this portrait of a city into the self-portrait of a filmmaker.

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