New digital restoration by the World Cinema Project!
This highly regarded classic of Egyptian cinema is the only narrative film completed by Shadi Abdel Salam, who was better known as a costume designer on prominent period films like Youssef Chahine’s Saladin the Victorious. The plot centers on the dilemma of protagonist Wanis, who seeks an archaeologist’s help after learning that his tribe has participated for centuries in the common practice of grave-robbing. The film’s style and pacing emphasize the underlying theme of a national heritage in crisis.
Restored in 2009 by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna /L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Egyptian Film Center. Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, Qatar Museum Authority, and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Film description by Samirah Al-Kassim. (Dir.: Shadi Abdel Salam, Egypt, 1969, 103 min., DCP, Arabic with English subtitles)