Beggars and Prouds / Chahatine Wa Nobalaa

  • Release Date: 1991
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 90 Minutes
  • Directed by: Asmaa El Bakry
  • Produced by: Marianne Khoury
  • Screenplay: Asmaa El Bakry
  • Cast: Salah El Saadany, Mahmoud El Gendy, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Ahmed Adam, Lola Mohamed, Ahdy Sadek, Lobna Wanas, Hanan Youssef, Laila Fares, Mohamed Heneidy, Maher Selim
  • Cinematography: Ramses Marzouk
  • Art direction: Onsy Abou Seif
  • Editing: Rachida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Gehan Abdel Latif
  • Music: Mostapha Nagy
  • Sound: Mostapha Ezzat
  • Subtitles: English, French

The setting is Cairo in June of 1945, during the last days of World War II. Gohar, a former university professor, encounters a young prostitute in an empty brothel and kills her in a moment of insanity. Assigned to the murder case, police inspector Nour El-Din stays on Gohar's trail hoping for a confrontation and confession of the crime. In this remarkable adaptation of the novel by Albert Cossery, both the detective and the criminal are faced with startling realizations as one closes in on the other.