Egyptian Film Series

The Nightingale's Prayer

Nominated for Best Film at the 1960 Berlin International Film Festival

Arabic with English Subtitles

Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm ~ FA 258

Join us for the last film in the Spring 2017 Egyptian Film Series:
         A compelling tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and rebellion
     Free and open to all in the Binghamton University community

Based on the novel by the influential Egyptian writer and acclaimed intellectual Taha Hussein, The Nightingale's Prayer (Doaa el-Karawan) presents a rare glimpse of 1950s Egypt as seen through the eyes of Amna, played by the first lady of the Arab silver screen, Faten Hamama. A compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, the film follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge against an offhand engineer who soiled her family's honor. A gripping portrait of a courageous young woman's rebellion against tradition and poverty, The Nightingale's Prayer is a masterpiece of world cinema.

The Yacoubian Building

An official selection in the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, 2006

Arabic with English subtitles

Friday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm ~ FA 258

“An eye-catching construction, the Yacoubian Building in Cairo was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Nowadays the veneer has cracked and the shine has dulled to reveal the truth underneath the façade. Through interwoven stories of a number of the residents, the film paints a portrait of corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo and creates a vibrant but socially critical picture of contemporary Egypt.”

At the time of its release, the most expensive Arabic-language film produced, based on the best-selling novel by Alaa Al-Aswany.

Open to the All in the Binghamton University Community.

 

Hasan wa-Murqus (Hassan and Marcus) (2008)

Starring Omar Sharif and Adel Emam

Arabic with English subtitles

Friday, February 10 @ 7:00 pm ~ FA 258

“When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif), and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Emam), are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts them into a witness protection program that requires them to disguise themselves as the Christian Marcus and a Muslim Sheikh Hassan el-Attar respectively. When, unwittingly, they move into the same building, a friendship blossoms that must, along with a romance between the protagonists' children, withstand the difficulties of prejudice and social persecution.” (IMDb)

Open to the Binghamton University Community

Sponsored by the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Last Updated: 4/27/17