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One of them was banned for 16 years.. 6 Movies You Should Watch On October 6th Anniversary

October each year, we immediately remember one of the greatest events in modern Egyptian history, the Glorious October War. We feel proud and proud of the great victories that our armed forces have presented. The Egyptian cinema comes with its films to remind us of the efforts made by the Egyptian soldier to defend our homeland against aggression. Not to mention the sacrifices made by our martyrs to restore our land with pride and dignity.

But looking at the films presented by Egyptian cinema about wars, we note that they dealt with the defeat of 67 and the war of attrition more than they discussed the victory of October 73. Critics believe that no single film in the history of Egyptian cinema has given that glorious memory its due, or the body of the reality of the political, social or military situation of that period.

Despite the keenness of Egyptian television and satellite channels to broadcast spy dramas and films at this time of the year, the viewer may get bored of watching the same films that are repeated annually. Who among us has not seen “The Road to Eilat”, “The Bullet Is Still in My Pocket”, “Raafat Al-Hajjan” or “Tears in Rude Eyes”, which are works that have become part of our cultural heritage that we exchange from generation to generation.

If you are annoyed by the lack of new films and want to see different works from the ones you used to follow every year, we present to you a list of 6 films that dealt with Intisar 6th of October, you may not have seen them before because they were banned from showing for a long time or did not get famous enough.

1- Sons of silence

The film reviewed the story of “Magdy”, a conscript in the Egyptian army, and his fiancée, “Nabila”, a journalist. Both are fighting a war of their own, with Magdy fighting against Egypt’s enemies on the frontline, while Nabila is at war with the editor-in-chief who was a former militant turned opportunist. The film highlighted the brave soldiers’ resistance to the enemy in defense of the homeland, and the struggle of “Magdy” and his friends inside a dark tunnel, which ended with their martyrdom on October 6. The film stars Mervat Amin, Madiha Kamel, Ahmed Zaki, Nour El Sherif and Mohamed Sobhi. It is written by Majid Toubia, and directed by Mohamed Radi. It was produced in 1974.

2- Life is too short

The film presented the story of the journalist “Nama”, who is heading to volunteer work in a hospital. There, she meets a group of soldiers who have dedicated themselves to serving the country. “Nama’a” is interested in solving their problems, and writes about their ambitions and hopes for the future. She travels to the front to raise the morale of the soldiers and encourage them. Until the October War began and many of those whom “Nama’s” knew and were attached to were martyred, sacrificing themselves and their blood for the liberation of the homeland. The film stars Magda, Nahed Al Sharif, Ahmed Mazhar and Ahmed Zaki. It is written by Youssef El Sebaei, and directed by Mohamed Radi. It was produced in 1978. The work was prevented from showing in the Arab countries during the rule of President Anwar Sadat, after the signing of the Camp David Accords and the boycott of Egypt by Arab countries after that.

3- Tales of the stranger.

The film tells the story of Abdel-Rahman Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman, who works in a press organization as a driver for the press car that delivers newspapers. He feels hopeless, resigned and depressed after the setback of 67. Until the October War comes and his feelings completely change and he rises to defend his homeland. One of the days of the war, he traveled to the Suez Governorate during its siege and disappeared completely, becoming missing. The government is looking for the mystery of the disappearance of Abdel Rahman and the press vehicle, and publishes his picture in the city of Suez, where its people knew him by different names, but they settled on the title of “Al-Gharib” because he is from Cairo and not from the sons of Suez. To discover that he passed away after he joined the people of Suez in their struggle in the October War, so that his sacrifice for the liberation of the homeland remains immortal in their minds. The film is based on the true story of a driver at Al-Ahram Press, “Abdulaziz Mahmoud”, who was martyred during the Suez siege. The film stars Hoda Sultan, Mahmoud El Gendy, Mohamed Mounir and Sherif Mounir. It was written by Jamal Al-Ghitani, screenplay and dialogue by Mohamed Helmy Hilal, and directed by Inaam Mohamed Ali. It was produced in 1992.

4- The Wall of Champions.

The film discussed the air operations launched by the Israeli air force on military and civilian targets inside Egyptian territory, the air defense forces’ response to this aggression, the development of the air defense forces, the construction of a missile wall, and the downing of the Israeli Kozra plane. It reviewed the social aspect of a group of soldiers and officers of the armed forces, including Lieutenant-Colonel “Jalal” who is trying to consummate the marriage of his lover despite the circumstances of the war, and the shawish “Megahid” who swears to take revenge on the murderers of his son in the Bahr al-Baqar school accident. The film stars a large group of artists, including Mahmoud Yassin, Farouk El-Fishawy and Khaled El-Nabawy. It is written by Ibrahim Rashad, and directed by Mohamed Radi. It was produced in 1999, but the film was banned from showing for 16 years, until it was shown for the first time in 2014 at the Cairo International Film Festival.

5- Battalion 418

The film discussed the Egyptian-Israeli conflict during the period between the setback of 67, through the period of the War of Attrition, and up to the October War. It reviewed the championships of the Egyptian Air Defense Forces, and the role of the 418th Battalion in repelling enemy attacks and protecting Port Said during the October War. The film stars Basma Maher, Sami Farhat, Mahmoud Fares, and Sherif El-Mallah. It is written by Ahmed Zayed and directed by Walid Sari. It was produced in 2015.

6- Sinai’s Lion

The film presented one of the heroics of the October 1973 war, through the story of the hero “Sayed Zakaria Khalil” who was serving in the parachute corps of the Egyptian armed forces, and who succeeded in stopping an entire Israeli battalion alone during the war after the martyrdom of the rest of the platoon to which he belonged. The film stars Noha Ismail, Amr Ramzy and Hamdi Al-Wazir. It is written by Adel Abdel Aal and directed by Hassan El-Sayed. It was produced in 2016.

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The last pharaoh who made the mummy and was cursed by Akhenaten. Anniversary of the death of director Shadi Abdel Salam

Shadi AbdulSala is one of the most prominent directors in the history of Egyptian cinema. He loved the Pharaonic civilization and was influenced by it, and his name was associated with many works that dealt with the ancient Egyptian civilization until he was called “The Pharaoh of Cinema” and “The Last Pharaoh.” With his only feature film, “The Mummy,” he managed to reach international status, as it was the first Egyptian movie to be shown in all countries of the world. The International Critics Association chose him in Vienna among the 100 most important international directors. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of his death, we present to you the most prominent stations in the life of the genius filmmaker Shadi Abdel Salam.

His Birth & Early Life

Shadi Muhammad Mahmoud Abd al-Salam al-Sabah was born on March 15, 1930, in Minya, into a family consisting of two brothers and one sister, and his father was a senior legal advisor. He grew up influenced by ancient Egyptian history and pharaonic antiquities, which constituted a historical reference in most of his works. He graduated from “Victoria College” School in Alexandria in 1948, then traveled to England to study theater arts in 1949. He also joined the College of Fine Arts in Cairo, graduating as an architect with distinction in 1955. After graduation, he worked as a professor at the Film Institute, Department of Clothing and Decoration, between 1963 and 1969. He also worked as director of the Documentary Film Center at the Ministry of Culture in 1970.

His film career

Despite obtaining an honors degree, Shadi Abdel Salam did not want to work as an architect and chose to work in cinema. The beginning came in 1957 when director Salah Abu Seif was asked to work with him. He began his film career with the movie “Al-Fittwah,” where he recorded the time taken to shoot scenes.

After that, he worked with Salah Abu Seif as an interior designer on the films The Empty Pillow, The Dead End, and I’m Free”. He also worked with the most famous directors at the time, such as Henri Barakat and Helmy Halim. In addition, he designed the decoration and the special clothes for a large number of films that were dominated by the historical character, including “Wa Islamiah, Cleopatra, Antar bin Shaddad, Almaz and Abdo Al-Hamouli, Sins, Shafiqa the Coptic, Raba’a Al-Adawiya, Been Al Kasserine, Princess of Arabs, Prince of shrewdness, lights of the city, Al-Nasir Salah Dine.”

In addition to designing the decor, Shadi Abdel Salam worked as an assistant director in several films, most of which were directed by foreign directors, as he participated in the Polish film “The Pharaoh” directed by Cavalero Fitch, the film “Islamah” directed by Andrew Marton, the Italian film “Civilization” directed by Roberto Roslin, and the American film “Cleopatra” directed by Josef Milankovitch.

After assuming the position of director of the Documentary Film Center at the Ministry of Culture, Shadi Abdel Salam directed some narrative and short films, including: “The Complaints of the Eloquent Farmer” in 1970, Horizons in 1972, Army of the Sun in 1974, Tutankhamun’s Chair in 1982, Al-Ahram and Before in 1984, and Ramses II in 1986.

A huge success for the movie The Mummy

In 1976, Shadi Abdel Salam wrote the movie “The Mummy,” which deals with the theft of Egyptian antiquities. His idea was inspired by the discovery of the Deir el-Bahari cache, which contained the mummies of Egypt’s greatest kings and pharaohs. However, the film did not come out until 1975, with great success. He won 16 international awards, including the “Georges Sadoul” award in Paris. It was also celebrated by international festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival. It was selected in third place in the list of the 100 best Egyptian films. The International Film Foundation, founded by the great American director Martin Scorsese, chose it as one of the most important films in the history of world cinema and restored the original version of the film after it was about to be damaged.

A pharaonic curse and an unfinished movie

In 1983, Shadi Abdel Salam was reading about Amarna, so he got the idea for the movie “Akhenaten,” which was supposed to deal with the story of the pharaonic king not only during his reign but also from the perspective of the previous era and the era that follows it. The director chose to star in the film, the artist Mohamed Sobhi and the artist Nadia Lotfi, and he began to implement one of his most important dreams and projects, which took many years to prepare because he stopped several times for various reasons, including rewriting the script of the film dozens of times before settling on the final version. Not to mention the huge budget required to produce the film, which amounted to half a million pounds, a huge amount in the seventies. Shadi Abdel Salam tried to collect it from Egypt and France, but he died at the time, and the film did not come out. Which made some talk about the curse of the pharaohs that hit the movie and caused it to stop.

His cancer and death

Shadi Abdel Salam suffered from bone cancer and traveled to Switzerland for a two-month treatment trip, during which he underwent many surgeries, before leaving our world on October 8, 1986, at the age of 56 years.

Shadi Abdel Salam Museum

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina established a museum for Shadi Abdel Salam’s holdings, which was opened on March 15, 2005, to celebrate his diamond jubilee. The museum contains some of his personal belongings, his office furniture, and his private library, as well as a set of paintings of decorative and clothing designs for his works, several movie clips taken from the films in which he participated or directed, in addition to the medals, awards and certificates he obtained during his life and after his death.

Attached to the museum is the “Afaaq” hall, in which he displays daily the films he directed and the films in which he participated as a clothing and decor designer, as well as some of the television interviews he conducted, and some films and programs that tackled his life and work.

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On his 60th birthday… 8 films in which Amr Diab participated

Singer Amr Diab took it upon himself to advance the Arabic song, achieving the difficult equation and making himself a special place in the world of music over nearly 40 years of continuous work, which reaped its fruits by being on the throne of singing until he became the first Arab singer to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

During his long career, Amr Diab was keen to participate in many cinematic and dramatic works, to be among his artistic balance. But because singing is his first and last goal, he decided to leave acting in 1993 and devoted himself to songs and music.

On the occasion of the “Plateau’s” celebration of his 60th birthday, we have collected for you in the following lines the most prominent cinematic and dramatic works in which Amr Diab participated since his inception in the art world until now.

Arabian Nights Show

The star Sherihan played a major role in Amr Diab’s entry into the acting field, as she was excited about him and decided to include him in her team in her famous “One Thousand and One Nights,” written by Taher Abu Fasha and directed by Fahmy Abdel Hamid. Where they participated together in providing artistic sketches that combined singing and dancing. The number of episodes in which Sherihan used Amr Diab was 5 episodes over the 1985 and 1986 seasons, which are: “The Psychiatrist,” “The Doll of the Festival” and “Read the News” and “The absent argument is with him” and “The astrologers lie even if they are true.”

River springs series

The series “The River Springs,” in which Amr Diab participated in 1986, is his first dramatic experience. He participated with big stars, including the artist Shukri Sarhan, Salah El-Saadani, Madiha Kamel, and the artist Tahia Karioka. Amr Diab played the character of a young man named “Hossam,” and he also sang the beginning and the end chords. The series was written by Tharwat Abaza and directed by Adel Sadek. 

Evening TV Show “Unbelievable”

Also, in 1986, Amr Diab participated in a famous television soiree entitled “unbelievable” with the artist Khairiya Ahmed, the artist Hassan Abdeen and the artist Abdel Rahman Abu Zahra, written by Youssef Auf and directed by Alawia Zaki. In the show events and songs, he reviewed the suffering of students and parents in high school. He also presented a group of educational songs entitled “Ambia” and “Bilharzia.”

Sorry, there is no solution

In 1987, Amr Diab presented the series “Sorry, there is no solution,” He played the character “Mahmoud,” the son of artist Salah El-Saadani and artist Safaa El-Sabaa, who discovered that his father is married to another master and has 3 other sons. The series was written by Helmy Salem and directed by Adel Sadek. After that, Amr Diab released an album of the same title, which included a group of songs that he presented during the episodes of the series.

The Two Prisoners movie

Amr Diab first appeared on the cinema screen in 1988 through the movie “The Two Prisoners” with Ilham Shaheen and the artist Samah Anwar, written by Raja Youssef and directed by Ahmed Al-Nahhas. In the film, Amr Diab presented the role of “Ali,” a singer in a nightclub who marries the poor girl “Zainab” and forces her to dance. However, after she suffers from pneumonia, he abandons her and looks for someone else.

Demons Movie

The most important cinematic work in which Amr Diab participated was in 1990, the movie “The Orcs” with the artist Madiha Kamel, written by Magda Khairallah and directed by Hossam El-Din Mostafa. The film dealt with the issue of street children, and Amr Diab appeared during the events of the film with his true personality, as he rescues the little girl “Baliyah” who is being exploited by the “Al-Kata” gang in criminal acts such as theft and drug distribution. During the film’s events, Amr Diab presented songs, including songs from previous albums, “Shoukna” and “Mayal.”

Ice Cream in Gleem movie

Amr Diab’s most famous movie is “Ice Cream in Glim,” which he presented in 1992, with actress Simon, artist Ashraf Abdel Baqi and artist Hussein El Imam. The film was written by Medhat El-Adl and directed by Khairy Bishara. The film tells the story of “Saif,” the unknown young singer who seeks to prove his talent for singing. He travels from Alexandria to Cairo in search of an opportunity to realize his dream. Together with his friends, the poet “Noor” and the composer “Zaryab,” he composes youth songs, and “Saif” sings them with his band members in the streets, public parks, and on the seashore, to achieve great success. After that, Amr Diab released an album that included the songs he presented in the movie, under the same name

Laughter, play, hard work, and love

Amr Diab’s last work was in 1993, the movie “Laughter, Play, Find and Love” in front of Omar Sharif and the artist Yousra, written and directed by Tarek Al-Telmisani. In the movie, he presented the role of the reckless young man “Adham,” who fails in his studies and gets to know a night girl and decides to marry her, so he enters into disputes with his rich father, who rejects their marriage and tries to keep him away from her.

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On World Teachers’ Day… How did the teacher’s character appear in Egyptian cinema?

The world celebrates Teacher’s Day on October 5 of each year to pay tribute to teachers’ important role in building society. No one denies the great position that the teacher enjoys, as he contributes to raising a new, conscious, and educated generation, who grows up on good human values and principles, and grows up capable of innovation, development of society and contributing to its renaissance.

It was natural for Egyptian cinema to present the character of the teacher in its films, but a good observer of cinema notes that most of these films are of a comic character, as the character of the teacher is presented in a satirical comic image that has been engraved in the minds of viewers for many years, despite the appearance of some films that tried Overcoming this phenomenon and resisting it, and the teacher’s image was fair, providing an exceptional image of the educator of the virtuous generations.

Many actors excelled in embodying the character of the teacher with various characters and styles, which the audience attached to and loved, and he kept repeating the most famous sentences that came on their tongue for many years. Therefore, we will review with you in this article the best who have performed this role with great success.

Cotton candy 1949

The artist, Najib Al-Rihani, presented one of the most famous models of the teacher in Egyptian cinema, through the character of Professor “Hamam” in the movie “Ghazl Al Banat”. He is a poor teacher who teaches Arabic to “Laila”, the spoiled, wealthy daughter of the Pasha, played by the artist Laila Murad. During the events of the film, the abuse of the teacher’s character continued, starting with his accusation of stealing a golden bracelet, passing through the funny pranks that the girl and her friends carried out in her teacher to ridicule him. Until the professor falls in love with his student and saves her from falling into the clutches of a reckless young man.

Theach me love 1957

The movie “Teach Me Love” presented the story of Professor “Sami”, played by the artist Saad Abdel Wahab. He joins work in a girls’ school as a music teacher, and falls in love with his romantic student “Nawal”, played by the artist Iman. However, he is ashamed to tell her about his feelings, especially when he discovers that His best friend, Mamdouh, has proposed to her, so Sami decides to stay away from her and suppress his love in his heart. Nawal discovers her teacher’s feelings by chance and tells him that she does not love Mamdouh, but Sami refuses to confess his love to her so as not to lose his friend. Mamdouh overhears their conversation and decides to sacrifice his fiancée for his friend’s sake, when he is sure of Nawal’s love for him.

Love Street 1959

The stereotype of the love story between the poor professor and the spoiled rich student is repeated through the character “Abdul Moneim Sabry” presented by the artist Abdel Halim Hafez in the movie “Love Street”. Where we find a young singer who enlists to work as a music teacher, and is forced to disguise himself as an old man with a mustache and a false beard, which becomes the object of ridicule among the girls. “Karima” or the artist Sabah enters a challenge with “Mervat” or the artist Munira Sonbol, on which of them can shave the teacher’s mustache and beard before the other. The teacher and the student fall in love when Karima discovers his true age. But “Moneim” cut his relationship with her after discovering the bet between the two girls, but “Karim” insisted on helping him by presenting him in a big concert at the opera.

Ambassador Aziza 1961

One of the positive images that Egyptian cinema presented to the teacher was included in the movie “Al-Safira Aziza”, where the artist Abdel Moneim Ibrahim starred in the role of Professor “Hakam”, an Arabic language teacher who masters classical Arabic and only speaks it. It is the character that he presented in more than one form in other films such as “The Olive Branch” and “Ismail Yassin in the Fleet”. As for Shukri Sarhan, he played in the same film the role of “Ahmed”, a young teacher who rejects injustice and fights evil, and stands next to his wife “Aziza”, whose brother “Abbas” seized her inheritance, and tries to reconcile between them, but “Abbas” quarrels with him and beats him, but that “Ahmed” eventually manages to return the right to its owner.

The olive branch 1964

The movie “Olive Branch” included the story of love and fatal jealousy that brought together Professor “Abdo” presented by artist Ahmed Mazhar, who falls in love with “Atiyat”, the most beautiful girl in the school, despite his objection to her reckless behavior and rumors that linked her with his colleague, Professor “Gamal”. . After a long hesitation, Abdo proposed to Attiyat. But the past kept chasing him, and he began to doubt the continuation of his wife’s relationship with Professor “Gamal”, so he turned her life into hell, until she left him and decided to return to her family’s home. Abdo decided to kill Gamal after he felt that he was the reason for ruining his life, only to discover that Gamal had never had a relationship with Attiyat, and that his admiration for her was merely an admiration for an outstanding student. “Gamal” told him that he loved his cousin and could not marry her because he was impotent as a result of being injured in an accident. So, “Abdo” was reassured, and the doubt removed from his heart, and he returned to his wife apologizing.

Hooligans School 1973

Filmmakers in Egypt took advantage of the overwhelming success of the play “The School of the Unruly”, and presented the same idea in a movie in which the artist Mervat Amin played the role of the young professor “Afaf Salem” who is in charge of a classroom of five riotous students who cause many problems because of their recklessness and moral corruption. Ms. Afaf begins to deal with the students in a different way from the previous teachers, until she succeeded in disciplining and controlling them, and gained their trust after giving each of them an opportunity to develop his talent, and was able to make them study their lessons. The artist Samir Ghanem also presented in the film the character of Professor “Allam Al-Malwani”, a teacher with a weak personality that the students made a constant subject of ridicule.

The Last Gentleman 1984

A very ideal picture of teachers presented by the artist Nour El Sherif in his movie “The Last Gentleman”, where he appeared in the character of “Ferjani”, a teacher in a school in Upper Egypt, who is assigned to supervise students on a school trip to visit the zoo in Cairo. During the trip, the student “Nesma” disappears. Fergani is not satisfied with reporting the police, and shows the human side of the teacher’s personality, so he begins a journey to search for her on his own because of his sense of responsibility towards her. The girl’s family struggles with a large family in Upper Egypt, who think they kidnapped her, until Ferjani finds that a woman named Soraya, played by the artist Bossi, has kidnapped Nesma from the zoo, because she suffers from a psychological complex after losing her daughter. The police monitor Soraya’s whereabouts, and the virtuous educator can retrieve the girl and return her safely to her family.

Suicide of a High School Teacher 1989

In the movie “Suicide of a High School Teacher”, the artist Hussein Fahmy embodied a different image of the teacher, reviewing the human side of his life. We meet “Ibrahim”, a poor teacher who suffers and his wife “benefits” him from the high cost of living, yet he proposes to marry a second wife in the hope of having children. Indeed, he marries his neighbor “Hosnia” who is pregnant with him, but he is surprised by the pregnancy of his first wife as well, so the situation turns and Ibrahim finds himself the father of five children. Pressure increases on “Ibrahim” and the situation becomes more difficult for him due to the openness policies, and he ends up committing suicide in the Nile waters.

The egg and the stone 1990

During the events of the movie “The Egg and the Stone”, Ahmed Zaki played the role of “Mustata Al-Ta’zi”, a philosophy teacher who is referred to an investigation on charges of communism as a result of his invitation to students to follow the policy of dismissal, which cost him the loss of his job. “Mustata” lives in an apartment on the roof of a building in Tahrir Square, only to find that he has turned into a charlatan for those in need to help them, and finds it an easy and quick opportunity to earn money, so he used his intelligence and his study of philosophy to solve their problems. Mustata comes close to senior statesmen and became wealthy, completely forgetting the theory of dispensation, taking advantage of human weakness and their fear of the unknown, which pushes them to accept illusion to overcome their fears.

The Headmaster 2000

The film “The Headmasster” dealt with the issue of teaching in a sarcastic manner, showing different models of teachers, most notably the artist Hanan Al-Taweel in the role of “Mays Inshirah”, an English language teacher who utters the words in front of the students in a comic way. As well as Professor Zakaria Al-Dardiri, played by the artist Youssef Eid, a mathematics teacher who was hired by the school as a temporary teacher of the French language, until it brings a new teacher, and he spends the class time outside the classroom, avoiding the students. We also find Professor “Hussein” or the artist Hisham Selim, a science teacher who helps the principal “Salah al-Din” in improving the level of students and confronting the control of the school agent. He is assigned to supervise the school until Salah gets high school and is ready for the job of headmaster.

Ramadan Mubarak Abul Alamein Hamouda 2008

In the movie “Ramadan Mabrouk Abu Al-Alamein Hamouda”, the artist Mohamed Ramadan discussed the problems of education in Egypt, the most important of which is the problem of private lessons. That is through Mr. Ramadan, a puritan Arabic language teacher, who moves from the countryside to Cairo to teach in a luxurious school that brings together the sons of senior officials. “Ramadan” suffers from being a subject for ridicule among students, as they carry out a series of sarcastic and insulting pranks. Ramadan seeks to get closer to the students who do not care about their educational future, and discovers that they all fall in love with a famous singer, and when he tries to keep her out of their way, he falls in love with her.

Black Honey 2010

Once again, the Egyptian cinema deliberately distorts the character of the teacher and presents it in a sarcastic manner. Actress Amy Samir Ghanem presented the role of the English language teacher in the movie “Assoul Aswad”, in which she embodied the character of “Abla Mervat”, who cannot pronounce words properly, and thus children learn the English language. In a wrong way, throughout the film, she is mocked at her low educational level by the artist Ahmed Helmy, who played the role of “Masri Al-Arabi”, the young Egyptian immigrant to America who speaks fluent English.

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Family disputes, sexual desires, and an unknown future. This is how Egyptian cinema portrayed adolescence

Egyptian cinema has always been interested in embodying the reality we live in. It has been keen to express its viewers of all ages, personalities, and orientations. So it had to make what is known as teen movies. They are films whose authors were inspired by the world of young people, their different lifestyles, and their behaviors in the evaluation stage. As reflected in the movie, the image of the teenager was bold, free of forgery, and closer to the memories of each of us about the adolescence stage. Who among us has not gone through that dangerous stage, and how much fun it is always to watch films that we feel we belong to and expect their events because we have faced the same before.

Although these films are usually aimed at young moviegoers and target their special interests, parents should also make sure that they watch these types of films to open a window into the world of their children. Moreover, it is an excellent way to understand and internalize their feelings, thoughts, and challenges to help discover the right and appropriate way to connect with them in one of the most difficult stages of their lives. Below, we present a group of the most prominent Egyptian films that discussed adolescent issues and shed light on their needs.


The film touched on several important issues, including pregnancy outside marriage, the differentiation of treatment between son and daughter, and forcing a girl to marry. This is through the story of three teenage girls, each of whom suffers from different problems with her family. The first suffers from the reactionary mentality of her mother, which allows her young son to do what he wants while imposing strict restrictions on the daughter, even refusing to marry her to the young man she loves and insisting on her marriage to her cousin. The second girl loves her stepfather’s son and gets pregnant without marriage. When his father finds out about the matter, he expels his son from the house and forces the girl to have an abortion, causing her death. As for the latter, she is a girl who lives in a liberal family that gives her absolute freedom to do what she wants. However, she takes advantage of her freedom in the wrong way, befriends many young people, and runs away from school to spend her time with them until she feels that she is living incorrectly. Hence, she stops her liberal behavior and commits to her studies while waiting for the right husband. The film stars Magda and Rushdi Abaza. It was written by Ali Al-Zarqani and directed by Ahmed Diaa El-Din.

Little Teen 1966

The film tells the story of a high school student who suffers from her father’s harsh treatment and the strict control he imposes on her, preventing her from studying. It highlights the reckless and hasty decisions that teens make without carefully considering their consequences. The girl resorts to searching for a suitable groom to get rid of her father’s control, and her choice falls on her married neighbor, who treats her as if she were his daughter. And when he wakes up, the girl claims that he assaulted her until she forces him to marry her. She later claims she is pregnant and tells her father, who rushes to kill his neighbor but injures his daughter. Finally, in the hospital, the girl realizes the ugliness of what she did and confesses the truth. The film stars Nelly and Ahmed Mazhar. It was written by Ismail Al-Qadi and directed by Mahmoud Zulfikar.

The Virgin and The Grey Hair 1983

The film’s events revolve around the intense romantic feelings of adolescents, their understanding of those feelings, and their ability to deal with them wisely, through the story of a couple who decided to adopt a girl because the wife is unable to bear children. The girl grows up until she reaches adolescence and discovers that she has been adopted. She begins to act reckless and immoral. Her feelings towards her father change from a paternal love to passionate love, and she falls in love with him. She even kissed him lustfully, so he pushed her away and slapped her in the face. The girl then retracted her actions and married a young man of her age after realizing that her feelings were a fleeting teenager. The film stars Sherihan, Nabila Obeida and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz. It is written by Ihsan Abdel Quddous, a screenplay and dialogue by Kawthar Haikal and directed by Hussein Kamal.

Film Thaqafi 2000

The film presented one of the most important problems experienced by young people and adolescents in Egypt, which is the pent-up sexual desires caused by the difficulty of marriage these days due to the economic conditions. It tells the story of three friends who have completed their university studies, suffer from unemployment and poor financial situation, and are moved by their pent-up sexual desire because of their inability to marry. Hence, they resort to escape from their reality by watching pornographic films. After they obtained a videotape of one of those films, their journey begins in an attempt to find a video device and a suitable place to watch. They go through many situations and paradoxes in a comic framework, only to discover that the videotape is recorded in the People’s Assembly session. In addition, it discusses providing the opportunity for youth to work. The film stars Ahmed Rizk, Ahmed Eid, and Fathi Abdel Wahab. It was written and directed by Mohamed Amin.

Diary of a Teenager 2001

The film sheds light on the romantic feelings of teenagers and their aspiration for love stories. It also touched on other issues such as sexual relations outside marriage, rape, and abortion. The film presented the story of a teenage girl in high school who dreams of falling into a romantic love story in the manner of Antonio and Cleopatra. She meets a handsome young man who is morally liberated. She falls in love with him and becomes involved in a sexual relationship after promising her to marry. However, the girl’s friend feels jealousy and hatred towards her, so she takes a picture of her with her lover and blackmails her through a young man who rapes the girl. The film stars Hend Sabry, Ahmed Ezz, Mohamed Ragab, and Shams. It is a story directed by Enas Al Degheidy and a script and dialogue by Abdel Hai Adeeb.

Girls’ Secrets 2001

The film touched on one of the most serious issues in adolescence, which is sexual desire. However, it also sheds light on several other issues, including female genital mutilation, abortion, and domestic violence. And that is through the story of a teenage girl who fell in love with her neighbor. Their feelings overcame them until they had a sexual relationship that resulted in the girl’s pregnancy. Finally, after nine months in which the girl hid her pregnancy, she gave birth to her daughter at her aunt’s house, who rushed her to the hospital in a state of astonishment and disbelief from the whole family and a feeling of embarrassment and fear of scandal on the part of her parents. The film’s events dealt with the girl’s upbringing in a strict family, which made her a frightened child suffering from repression and emotional deprivation and unable to communicate with her family.

In contrast, another model represented by her cousin, who grew up in a moderate and more understanding family, made her a confident child and frank with her family. Maya Shiha, Sherif Ramzy, Ezzat Abu Auf, Dalal Abdel Aziz, and Sawsan Badr. It is written by Azza Shalaby and directed by Magdy Ahmed Ali.

Free Time 2006

Another important issue of youth and adolescents raised by the film is the exploitation of the free time they have in abundance, which ends up wasting time on things that are often not useful. And that is by presenting the stories of a large and diverse group of university youth who varied between wealth and poverty, emancipation and religiosity, but were brought together by rough ideas, rebellion against reality, and enthusiasm to try everything new. So that young people fall into a closed circle between their religious commitment and interest in their studies and their future. Hence, their desire to run wild, experiment with drugs and sexual relations. This situation was expressed with all accuracy by the movie’s song “Binlyf fi Dwyer” and its brilliantly directed body in the end scene when the heroes rode the roller-coaster game in the Amusement park. The film stars Ahmed Hatem, Karim Kassem, Amr Abed, Randa El Behairy, and Safa Taj El-Din. It is written by Amr Gamal and Mahmoud Mohamed and directed by Mohamed Mostafa.

Magic 2007

The film discussed the idea of class differences between rich and poor families and their impact on adolescent children, their way of thinking, and their problems. And that is through four friends from different classes, three of them from a poor class, each seeks to achieve great wealth to improve their standard of living, so they commit fraud and deception. As for the fourth, who is from a rich family and seeks to befriend her because of his loneliness, joins them in the thefts as a kind of adventure and breaks boredom and monotony. The film chronicles the many problems these young people fall into because of their young age and moral corruption. The film stars Ahmed Hatem, Amr Abed, Karim Kassem, and Farah Youssef. It is written by Mohamed Hassan and directed by Mohamed Mostafa.

EUC 2011

The film dealt with the journey of a group of high school students who failed to achieve a high score and therefore were unable to enter the university, so they decided to establish their own fake university so that they would not face a wave of anger from their families because of this failure. Young people are surprised by the desire of many other students to enter the university, thinking that it is true. Still, because of their adolescence and not thinking about their future, they did not care that there were no professors to teach and no accredited curriculum. As events unfold, the reality of the fictitious university becomes clear and is subject to the Ministry of Higher Education. Students discover many negatives in the education system in Egypt. The film stars Karim Kassem, Amr Abed, and Mohamed Salam. It was written by Omar Gamal and directed by Akram Farid.

Mickey’s Family 2011

The film revolves around a middle-class Egyptian family, consisting of a father, mother, grandmother, and five children of different ages, the oldest of whom is a newly graduated first lieutenant and the youngest in elementary school. Children suffer from their own teenage problems, which lead them to lie to their parents and deceive them in various ways. Because of the parents’ ignorance of this lie, they apply for the ideal family competition. As the events go on, it becomes clear that the family with all its members is far from ideal, including the father and mother. They decided to pay a financial bribe to the head of the jury so that their family would win the title of the ideal family. The film stars Lebleba, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Amr Abed, and Hassan Harb. It was written by Omar Gamal and directed by Akram Farid.

Fourth-generation 2015

The film tells the story of four teenage friends who fail in high school and get into trouble frequently, and each of them suffers from different family problems. The friends find themselves chased by the police on charges of joining a terrorist group and attempting to assassinate the Minister of the Interior. In addition, they are pursued by a drug dealer who thinks they stole him. In a comic context, the four teenagers seek to get out of this predicament, and the events of the film end with proving their innocence. The film stars Ahmed Malik, Mark Hajjar, Khaled Anwar, and Ali Ismail. It was written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Ahmed Nader Galal.

High school girls 2020

The film reviewed the world of girls, their lifestyle, and behavior through the story of five teenage girls in high school, each of whom begins to search for herself amid various family problems and circumstances, and they fall into different troubles and crises. The film also sheds light on social media and its impact on adolescents, in terms of their being affected by the outside community and changing their beliefs, not accepting themselves and their circumstances, and seeking to change them in any way, even if by lying and deception. The film stars Jamila Awad, Hanadi Muhanna, Mayan Al-Sayed, Huda Al-Mufti, and May Al-Gheity. It is written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mahmoud Kamel.

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Ahmed Zaki and Youssef Chahine are the most prominent figures who presented it in Egyptian cinema… So why are biographical films absent from Egyptian cinema?

There are many genres presented by filmmakers in Egypt. We find show films, comedies, historical and romantic, even horror and fantasy, which Egyptian cinema did not neglect. But a good observer of cinema in Egypt notes a pattern of genres that have been subjected to marginalization and neglect. They are rather absent from cinema in our country, which is biographical films.

Despite our long history full of important and influential personalities who can be presented in hundreds of films, in honor of their achievements and contributions to society and the country in various fields, and for their memory to remain immortal in the minds of viewers. However, most producers have refrained from presenting that type of film because you may easily fail and expose them to the loss for being a thorny field. This is due to several reasons, including, for example, the families of these personalities, which may impose restrictions on production, and are keen to play the role of watchdog and accountant for work events. It is also due to production reasons. For example, these films may require shooting in locations that are not permitted unless security clearances are obtained. In addition, the profits of these films may not cover their high production costs because they are not very popular with the Egyptian audience.

However, some film experiences broke that rule and dealt with the biography of a group of prominent and influential personalities. In the following article, we review with you a group of the most important of those cinematic experiences.

Abu Zaid Al-Hilali 1947

The film tells the story of the knight “Abu Zaid al-Hilali”, the prince of Bani Hilal and the commander of the Arab armies. The story begins when his mother, “the honorable Khadra”, saw a powerful crow and wished God to give her a child of his strength, even if he was of the same color. Her wish was granted for Abu Zaid Al-Hilali to come with black skin, which made his father, “Rizk Al-Hilali” accuse his wife of treason and expel her from the tribe, so she resorted to the tribe of Bani Zahlan. “Abu Zaid” grows up to become a guerrilla knight, and a war erupts between the tribes of Bani Hilal and Bani Zahlan. “Abu Zaid” fights his father, Rizk, which makes the mother recognize his son’s true lineage. When the two meet on the battlefield, “Rizk” feels something about “Abu Zeid”, so he recognizes him as his son, and restores respect to his mother, whom he accused of adultry. “Abu Zaid” returns to the “Bani Hilal” tribe and fights in their ranks.

Khalid ibn al-Walid 1958

The film reviewed the life story of the companion Khalid bin Al-Waleed, whom the Prophet called the “Striking Sword of God”. The film tackles his journey since he was a polytheist and fighting the Islamic call, to the extent that he was the reason for the defeat of Muslims in the Battle of Uhud. Until God has lead him to convert to Islam after the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, where he became one of the strongest and most intelligent leaders of the Islamic armies. Khalid bin Al-Walid was known to have participated in the apostasy wars, where he was fighting the apostates from Islam, the most famous of which was Musaylimah the Liar, who claimed to be a prophet. The film also touched on participation in the fight and defeat of the Persians and the Romans, and the conquest of Iraq and the Levant.

Jamila 1958

The film traces the story of the struggle of the Algerian girl, Jamila Bou Harid, who joined the Algerian Liberation Front in the struggle against French colonialism when she was twenty years old. Jamila participates in many commando operations, until she is arrested after being shot in the shoulder. Jamila is tortured by Colonel Bejar until she confesses the names of the fedayeen and their hiding places, but she bravely endures all kinds of torture and refuses to betray her homeland. One of the fedayeen manages to smuggle documents condemning the torture of “Gamila” and sends them to Egypt for broadcast so that the world learns about the case of “Gamila”, forcing the French to hold a mock trial and sentence her to death. But after the United Nations Human Rights Committee met, after receiving millions of cables of denunciation from all over the world, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, and after Algeria’s independence in 1962, Jamila was released from prison and assumed the presidency of the Algerian Women’s Union.

Antar Ibn Shaddad 1961

The film deals with the life story of the brave knight and pre-Islamic poet “Antar bin Shaddad”, who was fathered by “Shaddad”, the prince of Bani Abs, from his slave-girl “Zubaydah” and refused to recognize him, so he became a slave serving his father. Antar falls in love with his cousin, Abla, who refuses to marry his daughter to a black slave, and tries to disable him by asking for a large dowry of 1,000 camels from the “King Al-Nu’man” she-camels. Antar travels to a faraway country to obtain Abla’s dowry, after facing hardships and horrors. And he returns years later to find his girlfriend almost marrying his rival. The two wrestle and Antar wins and marries Abla.

Shafiqa the Coptic 1962

The film tells the story of the life of “Shafiqa the Coptic”, the most famous Egyptian dancer in the nineteenth century. She was famous for dancing in front of the elite of the pashas, ministers and senior statesmen. Shafiqa is forced to leave her child, Aziz, in her mother’s care, after her father disavowed her, expelled her from the house and prevented her from seeing her son. Aziz grew up and fell in love with Souad, the daughter of Asaad Fahmy Pasha, the prime minister, who was Shafiqa’s lover. When “Aziz” proposed to his girlfriend, her father refused, insulted him and expelled him from his home. Shafiqa wanted to avenge her son, so she exposed Asaad in front of his wife and insulted him, so he punished her by issuing an arrest warrant for her son. Shafiqa resorted to alcohol and drugs, lost her money in gambling and sold her palace, when the news of her son’s death in detention as a result of torture reached her. However, he was alive and managed to escape from the prison and returned to his grandmother’s house to find “Shafiqa” who had no one to turn to after her condition deteriorated except for her mother, and “Shafiqa” dies in the arms of her son, who finally learned from his grandmother that “Shafiqa” is his mother.

Nasser Salahuddin 1963

The film presented the life story of the commander “Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi” who succeeded in uniting the ranks of the Arab armies to liberate Jerusalem from the Crusader occupation, in what was known historically as the Battle of Hattin. Despite the signing of a peace treaty, “Renaud de Chatillon”, the leader of the Crusader army, attacked and slaughtered the pilgrims going to Mecca, so Saladin decides to take revenge on him, defeating him and taking him as a captive. His wife, Virginia, begins assembling the kings and princes of Europe to liberate Jerusalem under the leadership of “Richard the Lionheart”, King of England, and with the participation of “Philip Augustus”, King of France, and “Conrad” King of Jerusalem, to carry out the Third Crusade. Saladin manages to defeat the Crusaders, and amid many conspiracies and intrigues, Richard discovers the betrayal of all his allies who tried to kill him, so he surrenders and signs a truce with Saladin, and Jerusalem remains under the rule of Muslims.

Sayed Darwish 1966

The film tells the life story of the singer and composer “Sayed Darwish”, nicknamed the People’s Artist, from his birth in Alexandria in 1892, until his sudden death on September 10, 1923, at the age of 31. Through his move to Cairo and his love story for the dancer “Galila”, which he loved deeply and became a source of inspiration for him. The film also reviews his national participation during the events of the 1919 revolution. In addition to the most important stations in his life and his most important tunes and songs, which made him the first composer in Egypt. It is worth mentioning that Sayed Darwish’s most famous melodies are the national anthem “My Country, My Country” written by Sheikh Yunus Al-Qadi and redistributed by the musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab. It has been the national anthem of Egypt since 1989 to this day.

Shaima: The Prophet’s sister 1972

The film manifests the life story of “Al-Shayma bint Al-Harith,” the sister of the Prophet Muhammad during breastfeeding, as she is the daughter of “Halima Al-Saadia,” the Prophet’s nurse. With the spread of the Islamic call, the entire “Shayma” family believes in our master Muhammad, except for her husband, “Bejad,” who ally with the enemies of Islam against our master Muhammad and colludes with the Jews and Abu Jahl. Bejad is injured during the conquest of Mecca, and his hostility to Islam increases. Hence, the Prophet orders his blood to be shed. Shayma goes to the Messenger, asking for forgiveness for her husband, so the Messenger responds to her request. Pejad climbs to the top of the mountain and declares his conversion to Islam.

Badia Masabni 1975

The film chronicles the life story of the Lebanese actress and dancer, “Badia’a Masabni,” nicknamed the Dean of Belly Dancing. The film’s events occur at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. The film relied on the flashback method. It begins with “Badi’ah” in old age. She gives advice to a girl who wants to work as a dancer and tells her story and the situation she has reached due to her dancing profession. Badia Masabni relives her life since childhood, reviewing her rape in Lebanon at the age of seven, her emigration to Egypt and how she entered the field of art, then the story of her marriage to the artist Najib Al-Rihani, and their divorce despite the strong love story that brought them together. In addition, she was betrayed by her nephew. He sought to thwart and bankrupt her casino, an academy of arts from which the biggest art stars of the time graduated. Taxes seized it and sold it to the dancer “Baba Ezz El-Din.” Then the film covers Badia’s escape from Egypt to her native Lebanon, and her death alone on July 23, 1974, at the age of 82.

Rise to the Abyss 1978

The film presented a true story from the Egyptian intelligence files of a traitorous spy named “Heba Selim,” whose name was changed in the film to “Abla Kamel.” The events occur after the setback of 67, where “Abla” suffers from her permanent differences with her family. She also entered into an affair with a wealthy young man who evaded her by traveling abroad, which made her not hesitate to accept a mission to study literature at Sorbonne University. However, she decided not to return to Egypt. Abla gets to know her university colleague, Madeleine and enters into a gay relationship with her. Madeleine introduced her to the Israeli intelligence officer, Edmond, who was able to recruit her. She told him many military secrets that enabled Israel to hit the Egyptian missile sites. “Abla” was also able to recruit “Sabri Abdel Moneim,” an engineer in the armed forces. Officer “Khaled Selim” took over the detection of the spy, and took advantage of her father’s presence in Tunisia, and managed, in agreement with Tunisian intelligence, to lure her into visiting her father after claiming his illness. Khaled lured her to board a plane bound for Egypt at the airport, where she was arrested and sentenced to death. “Sabri” was also arrested and tried militarily, where he was executed by firing squad.

Alexandria why 1978

This film is the first in a series of films Director Youssef Chahine addressed his biography, followed by Egyptian, Alexandria violin and violin, and Alexandria – New York. All of these films provided glimpses of Youssef Chahine in different stages of his life. The aim was to focus on the events he witnessed over the years of his life, which he was influenced by and contributed to forming his awareness and view of things, using the pseudonym “Yahya.” The film presented the story of “Yahya” in his youth, as he is a Christian student at Victoria School in Alexandria, loves acting and dreams of traveling to America. The film also dealt with scenes from social and political life in Alexandria during World War II, reviewing the story of a group of young people who want to resist the British occupation.

Sultana Al Tarab 1979

The film dealt with the life story of the artist “Munira Al-Mahdia”, nicknamed Sultana Al-Tarab. She is the first woman to stand on stage in the Arab world, and she is also the first Arab singer to record music records with her voice. The events begin with “Zakia Mansour”, which is the original name of “Munira al-Mahdiyya”, as she was a simple peasant working with her sister in the land of the Pasha, “Midhat Nour al-Din”. Zakia marries the pasha’s son, Mohsen, in an accident. Al-Safarji, “Shalabi”, the only witness against the husband, gave the child to the Pasha’s wife and told her the truth, so she raised her as an adopted child and named her “Afaf”, while Shalabi told her mother that the child had died. Zakia travels to Cairo and sings professionally with Shafiqa the Coptic, and changes her name to Munira al-Mahdiyya. The Pasha starts attending her concerts, and when he makes sure that Afaf is his granddaughter, he tells Zakia that her daughter is alive and asks her for forgivness.

Naji Al-Ali 1992

The film sheds light on the life story of the Palestinian cartoonist “Naji Al-Ali” from his childhood until his death at the age of 50. The events of the film begin after the assassination that he was exposed to in London on August 29, 1987, then the events return in a flash way to see the stations that “Naji Al-Ali” went through, which began with his emigration with his family to Lebanon after the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and then his work in Kuwait, Then he returned to Lebanon again during the period of the Lebanese Civil War. The film also reviews his most prominent political positions, as he used his satirical caricatures to express the issues of the Palestinian people and reject the Zionist occupation.

The spy Hikmat Fahmy 1994

The film tells the story of actress and dancer Hikmat Fahmy, nicknamed Sultana El Gharam, who worked as a spy for Germany against the Allies during the Second World War, thinking that she was helping Egypt get rid of the British occupation. Where the German officer “Hans Eppler”, who claimed to be an Egyptian named “Hussein Jaafar”, asked Hikmat, who was the mistress of the English general “William Samson”, to spy on the English forces. Although she initially refused, a group of patriotic Egyptian officers asked her to join them to serve Egypt by agreeing to the German offer. She was able to lure the largest English leaders to obtain secret information from them. She was also able to steal the war plan from General Samson, who felt the danger of the matter and was able to arrest Ebler, who confessed to Hikmat. Samson arrested her and tortured her to confess to her colleagues. However, she endured torture and refused to confess, so he decided to execute her. During the execution of the sentence, Egyptian officers and a group of fedayeen were able to rescue Hikmat.

Nasser 56 1996

The film discusses an important period of the rule of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the period of the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956. Which was announced to be nationalized as a means of financing the project to build the High Dam, after America, Britain and the World Bank withdrew the offer of financing the project suddenly, and the result of this insurance was the tripartite aggression against Egypt. The film reviewed Gamal Abdel Nasser’s relationship with the ministers and the Revolutionary Command Council, and also dealt with aspects of his personal life and his relationship with his father, wife and children.

Destiny 1997

The film tells the story of the philosopher “Averroes “. its events take place in Andalusia in the twelfth century, specifically during the rule of the Caliph “Abu Jaafar al-Mansur”. The film reviews the struggle of “Averroes “, who calls for diligence, with the political authority represented by the caliph, who was a friend to him and became hostile to him, and with the extremist religious authority represented by Sheikh “Riyad” who calls for imitating the predecessor, a conflict that results in the burning of Averroes’ books

Sadat’s Days 2001

The film presented the life story of the former President of the Republic, “Mohamed Anwar Sadat”. The film begins with his assumption of the presidency after the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970, then returns to the past through a flashback to review his role in resisting the British occupation, and his cooperation with German intelligence during the Second World War, passing through his imprisonment and his dismissal from the army, before returning to it Once again, he joins the Free Officers Organization and participates in the July 23 Revolution. The film also records important historical events such as the evacuation of the British from Egypt, the assumption of the presidency by “Abdel Nasser”, the nationalization of the Suez Canal, the tripartite aggression, and the 1967 war, as well as the revolution of correction following the death of “Abdel Nasser”. The film highlighted Sadat’s surprise visit to Jerusalem, his speech in the Israeli Knesset, and the signing of the peace treaty at Camp David. The events of the film end with the assassination of “Sadat” in 1981, during a military parade on the occasion of the October anniversary. The film was not limited to the political aspect of Sadat’s life, as it also dealt with the social aspect of his life by monitoring the strong love relationship that brought him together with his second wife, Mrs. Jihan El-Sadat.

Halim 2006

The film deals with the life story of the artist “Abdul Halim Hafez”, nicknamed “The Dark Nightingale”. The idea of the film is a talk show on Egyptian radio between Abdel Halim and a journalist called Ramzy. Through this dialogue, “Abdul Halim” recalls the various stages of his life through a flashback. To tell the suffering he faced at the beginning of his life and his journey to stardom. He reviewed his relationship with the musician of generations, “Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab”, and the competition between him and the planet of the East “Umm Kulthum”, as well as his relationship with his fellow poets, composers and journalists, including “Kamal Al-Taweel”, “Mohammed Al-Mouji”, “Salah Jahin” and the two brothers “Mustafa and Ali Amin”. The film also deals with Abdel Halim’s political relations, his relationship with the July 23 revolution and its leaders, the shock of the 67 setback, and the joy of the October 73 victory. The film did not overlook the emotional life of Nightingale and his unfinished love story, then the story of his illness and death on March 30, 1977 at the age of 47, while he was at King’s College Hospital in London for treatment. It is worth noting that the movie “Halim” was shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Al-Fagoumi 2011

The film chronicles the life story of the great poet “Ahmed Fouad Negm”, nicknamed Al-Fagoumi. With the names of the real personalities changed for legal reasons, the poet’s name becomes “Adham Fouad Nasr”. The events begin in 1959, when “Ahmed Fouad Negm” was a simple worker in the mechanical transport workshops, and soon enters the prison and gets acquainted with a group of communists. The film sheds light on the struggle of “Ahmed Fouad Negm” in fighting the British occupation of Egypt, and his opposition to the policies of the rulers after the 1952 revolution, in addition to the repression and persecution he was subjected to, and his multiple arrests. The film also deals with his relationship with a lifelong friend, “Sheikh Imam Issa”, with whom he began a journey of housing, struggle, and joint imprisonment. As well as his relationship with his two wives, “Safinaz Kazem” and “Azza Balbaa”. The film concludes with the January 25 revolution, which was foretold by “Al-Fagoumi” thirty years ago.


Stealing or adaptation?!.. Egyptian films you would never guess were taken from foreign films (Part 2)

In this article, we will continue to review with you the most prominent Egyptian films quoted from foreign films. You can refer to the previous part here:

Naama Bay 2007

Naama Bay is based on the 1991 American movie Sleeping With The Enemy. The story of the two films revolves around a woman suffering from persecution by her husband. Hence, she decides to run away from him, but he finds her, with a slight difference at the end of the film. in self-defense. While in the Egyptian version, starring Ghada Adel, the husband is the one who breaks his death and is arrested in the end. The events revolve around “Jana,” who lives in Greece with her husband, the businessman “Shaher,” who is sick with jealousy and love of possession and suffers from his bad treatment of her and his control over her. One night, the couple goes on a cruise when a severe storm hits, and Shaher drowns in the sea. Jana is relieved and travels to Sharm El-Sheikh, where she gets to know Omar and develops a romantic relationship. However, Jana feels the presence of her husband around her, so she asks a friend of hers to obtain his death certificate, only to discover that Shaher is alive and is wanted in 4 countries. Meanwhile, Shaher goes to retrieve Jana, only to be arrested.

Morgan Ahmed Morgan 2007

Marjan Ahmed Morgan is an adaptation of the 1986 American movie Back To School. The Egyptian version of the movie starring Adel Imam, who plays the role of “Morgan,” the millionaire businessman, who can buy everything he wants with his money, but he discovers that not obtaining a university degree has caused his children embarrassment and a feeling of inferiority, so the father decides to enroll in the same university where his children study. The personality of a businessman who always seeks financial gain dominates “Morgan,” as he participates in many activities and concludes deals for investment projects on the university campus. To begin a long series of comical paradoxes between “Morgan” and his colleagues and university professors. In the American version, the businessman was upset when his son wanted to leave the university, so the father tries to convince him of the importance of university studies, especially since he was denied it before, and seeks to encourage him by entering the same university.

Cheif Omar Harb 2008

Cheif Omar Harb’s movie is based on the 1997 American movie The Devil’s Advocate. The events of the foreign version revolve around a young lawyer who has not lost a case in which he worked and receives a proposal to work in the largest law firm. He accepts the job and becomes rich, only to discover that the institution’s owner is the devil. In the Egyptian version, we find Khaled, a young man who works in a gambling casino and seeks to raise money to achieve his dreams. Still, he collides with President Omar Harb, who controls everything related to the casino to serve his personal interests, and controls the employees and gamblers alike. Khaled is surprised by his manager’s extraordinary abilities, such as his ability to control the roulette game, only to discover that he is dealing with the devil. It is worth noting that the film stars Khaled Saleh and Hani Salama.

Sorry for the inconvenience 2008

Sorry for the inconvenience is based on the 2001 American movie A Beautiful Mind 2001. The two versions are similar in that the two heroes, Russell Crowe and Ahmed Helmy, suffer from schizophrenia, accompanied by auditory and visual hallucinations and paranoia or paranoia. The hero of the foreign version thinks that he is being chased by Russian agents, which leads him to write letters to the FBI and several government agencies, informing them of foreign plots against the state. As for “Hassan,” the hero of the Egyptian version, who works as an aviation engineer, he believes that he is subjected to conspiracy and persecution from those around him, so he begins to write to the President of the Republic, complaining about this persecution, and telling him the idea of the project he came up with to rationalize and develop aircraft fuel consumption.

Take off 2009

Take Off is based on the 2000 American movie Bedazzled. The main idea of the two films revolves around the exploitation of the seven wishes that the jinn offer to a person. We find Ahmed Makki, who played the role of “Bahej” in the Egyptian version, the shy vet who falls in love with a beautiful girl named “Laila.” Still, he does not know how to express his feelings. Finally, on his lonely birthday, the demon appears to him, “Mared.” It offers him assistance through seven different attempts in time and place, in which “Bahij” manages to change his personality so that he can make “Layla” in love with him. But all attempts fail, and he discovers in the end that his true personality resembles the character of “Layla” and impresses her, so he can win her love and marry her.

My love is sleeping 2008

My Love Is Sleeping is an adaptation of the 2001 American movie Shallow Hal. The two films are similar to the point of identicalness, as the film discussed the story of a fat girl who sees a young man at the top of grace and beauty due to a magic trick. In the Egyptian version, we find “Nesma,” played by Mai Ezz El-Din, a young girl who faces a lot of harassment because of her excess weight and always fails in her attempts to associate with men. Hence, her close friend tries to help her through magic and sorcery and puts a bottom work in the juice to make “Nesma” She looks graceful and beautiful in the eyes of a young man named “Waseem.” Still, the paradox occurs when another young man named “Ramez” drinks the juice. His role is played by Khaled Abul-Naga, who falls in love with “Nesma” after he finds in her the specifications of the girl of his dreams, but with the demise of the impact of the work shocking “Ramez” in the true form of Nesma, and avoids marrying her because he believes that she deceived him. Still, he discovers the truth and makes sure of his love for her because of her spirit and kindness of heart, not her outward appearance, so he feels remorse and returns to her and proposes to her.

Congrats 2009

Congrats is based on the 1993 American movie Groundhog Day. The main events of the two films revolve around the myth of Sisyphus, a fictional idea of a siege in a single time loop, in which a person repeatedly lives on the same day. The hero of the Egyptian version of the movie “Ahmed Galal” is a selfish young man who does not feel others, even the closest people to him. He wakes up on the morning of his wedding day to go through multiple situations, and the day ends with his death in the middle of the night. Ahmed wakes up from sleep the next day, thinking that what he saw was just a nightmare, but he finds himself living the same events as the day repeats itself with slightly different details. Ahmed discovers that he is trapped on this day and cannot escape from it, and every day ends differently. With the passage of time and the repetition of the day, Ahmed can notice things that he had not previously seen due to his selfishness. The film ends with the complete change of Ahmed’s personality. He transformed from a person who only cares about himself to cares about others, even sacrificing himself to save his family from death. It is worth mentioning that the film starring Ahmed Helmy.

Sameer, Shaheer, and Bahir 2010

Samir, Shaheer and Bahir is based on the 1985 American movie Back To The Future. The idea of the two works is completely identical in terms of the idea and events. Only we find the teenage hero in the foreign version has been replaced by three half-sisters in the Egyptian version, where their father met 3 girls and married them on the same night, and each of them became pregnant with a boy, “Samir”, “Shaheer” and “Bahir”. The brothers discover a mysterious device and when they try to turn it on they are transported back in time to the 1970s, only to find themselves on the day their father married their mothers. Samir, Shahir and Bahir seek to spoil their father’s relationship with his other wives so that he will not have his sisters in the future. In a comic paradox, every mother falls in love with her son because of the similarity of their personalities. The three discover that any change in the past will affect all of their futures, and together they seek to marry their father to the three wives.  The film stars Ahmed Fahmy, Hisham Maged and Sheko.

Son of the consul 2010

The film, Son of the Consul, is based on the 2003 American movie Matchstick Men. The two films are similar to the extent of congruence in the idea and events, with a slight difference in that in the foreign version, the hero meets Nicolas Cage, who works as a professional con artist, a young girl who impersonates his daughter and soon participates with him in fraud. As for the Egyptian version, we find the hero Khaled Saleh or “the Consul” opposite Ahmed Al-Sakka, who claims to be his son “Essam”, while in fact he is “Nasser”, the son of “Fathi Al-Sammak”, his partner in the monument, who was deceived by the “consul” and hid his share of gold Stolen in their last operation. Nasir decided to deceive him in order to know the location of the gold to get his father’s share.

Dawlat Security 2011

Dawlat Security film adapted from the American movie The Pacifier, which was produced in 2005. The two films dealt with the story of an officer who takes on the task of protecting an important figure, only to find himself mired in children’s comedic problems. We watch Hamada Hilal play the role of the star Van Diesel from the foreign version, and he presents the role of State Security Officer “Hossam Al-Farshouti”, who is assigned the task of protecting the family of the United Nations Ambassador, “Dawlat Al-Manduwa”. In a comic context, he finds himself embroiled in the problems of the five sons, and “Hossam” falls victim to several hot pranks carried out by the children. So he was able to gain their trust, and succeeded in solving their problems and correcting their behavior.

Break and come back 2011

A break and back movie based on the 2001 American movie Memento. The story revolves around the protagonist suffering from dissociative amnesia and resorting to writing the events he is going through on his body so that he can remember them and be able to discover the killer of his wife. As for the Egyptian version of the work, starring Karim Abdel Aziz, who plays the role of “Arabi”, the taxi driver whose wife died and left him a young child named “Hassan”. Businessman Khairy Mansour, the grandfather of the child, tries to obtain custody of him after his mother’s death, but the court rules that the father is entitled to immunity. “Arabi” decides to travel with his son on a short vacation to celebrate the court ruling. On the way, the car breaks down and he is subjected to a mysterious attack by three people who kidnap his son from him. “Arabi” is hit in the head, and after he is transferred to the hospital, he discovers that he has a rare form of temporary amnesia. He remembers new events only for a short period of time, not exceeding 5 seconds, while he remembers well before the accident. Events escalate into a comedic drama amid Arabi’s attempts to recover his son and his memory. In the end, he discovers that the one who planned the kidnapping is his close friend, hoping to get a ransom from a rich grandfather.

Game Over 2012

The movie is based on the 2005 American movie Monster-In-Law. Starring Jennifer Lopez, who plays her role in the Egyptian version, the artist Mai Ezz El-Din, where she presents the character “Nada”, who works as a waitress in a hotel, and falls in love with “Amr”, who proposes to her and takes her to meet his mother, the domineering broadcaster “Liqaa”, who refuses their marriage because The great social difference between them, and she tries in various ways to separate her son and his fiancée and destroy their relationship, and considers “Nada” an enemy to her and treats her badly, and begins to carry out hot pranks in it with the aim of thwarting this marriage, so that the girl responds to her mother-in-law with more heated pranks, and the events of the film end with a happy ending where They finally reconcile and get married.

Cousins 2012

The Cousins is based on the 2002 American movie The Hot Chick. The events of the two films revolve in the scope of a comedy-fantasy about the idea of transforming a girl into the body of a man, while retaining the mind and feelings of the female. While the Egyptian version presented the same idea with an intense dose, three girls, “Shawq”, “Shahanda” and “Shayma”, who live with their grandmother in the family palace, become infected with an eternal curse that affects everyone who tries to sell it. After “Shawq” persuaded her cousins to sell the palace, and they tricked their grandmother into signing the sale contract, they all turned into men the next morning. In the midst of the comic situations they were exposed to, the girls try to break the curse and return to their normal bodies by restoring the palace, but the buyer refuses to return to the sale, so they resort to deceiving him and making him sign a contract to give up the palace. The film stars Ahmed Fahmy, Hisham Maged and Sheko.

Over my dead body 2013

On My Body is a movie based on the 2005 American movie Just Like Heaven. But instead of the female lead in the foreign version of the film, she was replaced by a male lead, with Ahmed Helmy replacing Reese Witherspoon in the Egyptian version. The events revolve around an interior designer named “Raouf” who is skeptical, strict and loves control. Raouf is exposed to a car accident and falls into a coma, and is taken to the hospital, but his soul remains stuck between life and death, and discovers his ability to see people while no one sees him. his mistakes.

Rouh’s Beauty of 2014

The film Rouh’s Beauty is based on the Italian film Malèna, which was produced in 2000. It stars Monica Bellucci, who played her role in the Egyptian version, Haifa Wehbe. The film was completely transferred from the Italian version after its Egyptianization, so we find a perfect match in the events of the two films, so that the promotional poster for them is exactly the same. The film tells the story of “Rouh”, a wife who lives in a popular neighborhood with her mother-in-law, who is traveling abroad. She faces many problems from the region’s residents, as she is coveted by her neighbors of men, who each want to make her fall into a forbidden relationship, while “Rouh” tries in every way to preserve her honor. Events escalate as a group of men storm the house of “Rouh” after she became alone due to the death of her mother-in-law, as one of them raped her, so “Rouh” decided to leave the neighborhood and escape to an unknown fate.

Official Marriage 2014

The film Official Marriage is based on the 1985 American movie This Means War. The two films tell the story of two friends working in a security division who discover that they fall in love with the same girl, and each seeks to win her over by plotting hot pranks for the other. Yasmine Abdelaziz plays the role of “Berry El Salamouni”, a young woman who was abandoned by her fiancé for another girl, so she decides to quickly find a groom to marry before him. By chance, Berry meets Adam Jalal, played by Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, and Saif Salah, played by Hassan Al-Raddad, two good friends who work as state security officers. Berry begins dating the two without knowing their friendship, when Adam and Seif discover that they are dating the same girl, and the situation ignites between them and they fight to determine who will win her in the end.

World War III 2014

The Third World War film is based on the American film series Night at the Museum, which began production in 2006. The main idea of the two films revolves around the resurrection of statues in a museum at midnight. The presence of the hero of the foreign version in the museum was due to his work as a night guard, while Ahmed Fahmy, the hero of the Egyptian version, decided to enter the museum to retrieve the football he was playing with his friends and entered the museum by mistake. Khamis is shocked and terrified when he finds wax statues of the most famous historical and artistic figures such as Muhammad Ali, Ahmed Orabi, Amon, Umm Kulthum, and Bob Marley, who suddenly came to life because of an ancient Pharaonic spell. To begin a series of comic events between “Khamis” and the living statues, especially after the former director of the museum seized the Book of Spells to awaken a group of statues of evil characters such as Rhea, Sakina, Napoleon Bonaparte, Hitler and Holaku, from their desire to control the world.

Rizk’s Sons 2015

Rizk’s Sons is based on two American films, The Usual Suspects, produced in 1995, and Four Brothers, which was produced in 2005. The events of the Egyptian version revolve around 4 brothers, “Rida”, “Rabie”, “Ragab” and “Ramadan” who live in the world of crime after the death of their parents. Things worsened during one of the criminal operations, which resulted in “Ramadan” losing his eye, so the older brother “Rida” decided to stop the crime, while his brothers refused, so he left them and left to marry and do an honorable job. Rabea and Rajab caused a large drug shipment to teacher “Saqr” to fall into the hands of the police, so he detained their younger brother, “Ramadan” and demanded that they return the goods or their value, so they had to resort to their brother “Rida” who thought of a demonic trick to recover his brother and take revenge on the officer. who kept the drugs for himself, as well as facilitating the arrest of the teacher “Saqr”.

Blue Elephant 2015

The Blue Elephant is based on the 2007 American film The Tattooist. The plot of the foreign film revolves around a young man learning the art of tattooing, and while studying tattoo designs in different races, he stole an old tattoo tool and because of it unintentionally released an angry, evil spirit that targets all the people the hero tattooed. In the Egyptian version, the hero, “Yahya Rashid” or Karim Abdel Aziz, tries to help his friend “Sharif al-Kurdi” or Khaled al-Sawy, who is accused of killing his pregnant wife after raping her. After his wife tattooed an artist named “Deja”, who uses magic spells in her drawings to help her clients. However, things got out of her control due to the mighty power of the Genie “Nael”.

The Suit 2018

The Suit is based on the 2014 American movie Let’s Be Cops. The two films revolve around two failed young men who decide to go to a party disguised as policemen, which puts them in big trouble. In the Egyptian version, we meet “Hamada” or Akram Hosni, who failed in the Faculty of Law and then was dismissed from the Police College to join the Faculty of Physical Education. and “Walid” or Tamer Hosny, who spent 15 years at the Faculty of Applied Arts. The two decide to go to classmate Reem’s party and disguise themselves as cops, thinking it’s a masquerade party. When everyone thought they were real officers, they were treated with great respect and admiration, which made Walid go too far and set up a police ambush in front of Reem’s house. “Hamada” and “Walid” get involved with international terrorist “Marcos”, and they get into many problems, until they were able to arrest him with the help of the police, who rewarded them for helping them arrest a dangerous criminal, and then arrested them on charges of impersonating police officers.


Stealing or quoting?!.. Egyptian films you would never guess were taken from foreign films (Part 1)

Since its inception, a good observer of Egyptian cinema notes that it used to quote most of its films from foreign films, as filmmakers reproduce foreign films after adding the Egyptian spirit to them, in line with the nature, customs, and traditions of Arab society. So let’s be surprised by hundreds of films adapted, some of which were successfully Egyptianized and witnessed great success, while others failed miserably.

While the makers of the adaptations justify this as similarity of ideas, the citations are evident in some of the works to the extent that they match the basic idea of the film, the execution of the scenes, the dialogue between the heroes, and may even reach the movie poster as well. Thus, we find that the majority of the owners of the quoted works refuse to refer in their works to the original source of the idea as it is supposed from a literary point of view, but rather deliberately ignore that, hoping that no one will notice this similarity, which does not respect the mentality of the viewer, who may see that refraining from mentioning that the film is quoted is Complete theft crime.

Although the audience and critics do not reject the adaptation in its entirety, they object to the reproduction of scenes and dialogue. This matter is closer to facilitation, public theft, and abuse of intellectual property rights, for which there is no justification other than the intellectual bankruptcy and creative poverty of authors and screenwriters. In this article, we will review with you the most prominent Egyptian films quoted from foreign films.

A day in my life 1961

One Day of My Life is based on the 1953 American movie Roman Holiday. The two films discussed the story of a journalist who wants to conduct a dialogue with an important figure while meeting another simple girl and helping her, not knowing that she is the same famous character. While that character in the foreign version was a princess, she toured several European cities until she reached Rome. In the Egyptian version, we find her the daughter of a businessman coming from Switzerland after an absence of 5 years. “Nadia” flees from the airport after learning of her stepmother’s desire to marry her. “Salah” meets the journalist and his friend “Younes,” the photographer, and spends the night with them. The feelings of love grow between “Nadia” and “Salah”, who discovers in the morning that she is the daughter of the fugitive millionaire, who commissioned him the editor-in-chief wrote a press report about it. It is worth noting that the film stars Zubeida Tharwat, Abdel Haim Hafez and Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi.

Thieves but cute 1968

Thieves but Cute, based on the 1955 American movie The Lady Killers. The two films revolve around a gang trying to steal a house by entering it from another house. We meet Ahmed Mazhar and Adel Imam, or the thieves “Hamed” and “Ismail” who want to rob a jewelry store by digging in the floor of the apartment above the shop, in which a young couple lives. However, they meet “Madame Chucho”, the annoying neighbor who thinks they are the brother of the owner of the apartment, and there are many funny situations between them, before the police can arrest the thief while stealing the jewels.

The pursuit for a scandal 1973

The movie the pursuit for a scandal is an adaptation of the American movie Guide for The Married Man that was produced in 1967 The general theme of the two films is similar in that a person who turns to a polyamorous friend for advice gets into a lot of trouble. Where Adel Imam presented the story of the engineer “Magdy” who came from Upper Egypt to Cairo to receive a new job, and works to implement his father’s advice to search for a beautiful wife to improve the family line. Magdy turns to his friend Sami, who has long experience in female relations, to help him reach the heart of Hanan, the beautiful girl he saw in the club. In a comic context, “Sami” gives his advice to his friend and supports it with previous experiences of his friends, so “Magdy” falls into many embarrassing situations.

The world of children 1976

The world of children is an adaptation of the American Movie Yours, Mine and Ours that was produced in 1968 The idea of the two films revolves around a man and a woman who each have a large number of children from previous marriages, who fall in love with each other amid their suffering from the children’s differences. In the Egyptian version, we find the hero “Helmy Abdel-Qadir”, a widowed petroleum engineer with eight children, played by Rushdy Abaza, and “Samia”, the widow and mother of six children, played by Samira Ahmed. The two meet by chance and fall in love and decide to marry, and the couple moves with the children to live in one house, to meet many funny problems due to the large number of children and the differences between them .

Take care of your neighbors 1979

The movie Keep Take Care of Your Neighbors is based on the American movie “Bare Foot in The Park”, which was produced in 1967. The two films share the main theme of the problems that a newlywed young man and girl have with their eccentric neighbors. So we meet the young lawyer, “Ahmed al-Qabouri”, who recently married his bride, “Nawal Mokhtar”, and she rented a furnished apartment. The husband collides with many problems with his neighbors because of their interference in his marital life, and their exploitation of his apartment in unexpected ways. The wife begins to neglect her home and her husband, which affects his work greatly, and in the end the husband makes a decisive decision to cut his relations with the neighbors. It is reported that the Egyptian version of the film starring Leblba, Adel Imam and Fouad Al-Mohandes .

Hamada and Tutu gang 1982

The movie Hamada and Toto gang is based on the American movie “Fun with Dick and Jane”, which was produced in 1977. The two films review the story of a couple who together form a gang of theft, after they face financial hardship as a result of the husband being fired from work. Where the hero of the Egyptian version, Adel Imam or “Hamada”, loses his job, after his manager “Hassan Balbaa” stole his idea for a new project to develop the company and attributed it to himself. “Hamada” and his wife “Toto” or Lebleba, succeed in establishing their own company and become major businessmen, and decide to take revenge on the manager and steal him, until the arrest of the couple after several months.

Five door 1983

Five Doors is based on the 1963 American movie Irma La Deuce. The two films take place in a neighborhood famous for practicing prostitution, where a police officer falls in love with one of the girls of the night. Where Adel Imam, who presents the character of the officer “Mansour”, tries to resist corruption and immoral acts, he is caught after setting up an accusation against him, which causes him to be dismissed from his job. Mansour has a love affair with the night girl, Taraji, who is forced by her son’s illness to work in prostitution after her husband’s death. “Abbas”, the pimp and thug with whom Taraji works, gets angry about her relationship with “Mansour”, so he enters into a long conflict with him and kidnaps Taraji’s son to pressure her to return to work with him.

Tit for tat 1984

Tit for tat is based on the 1961 American movie Lover Come Back. The two films review the competition and fierce conflict between a young man and a girl who work in the field of advertising. We meet “Salah” and “Maisa”, who work in two competing advertising agencies, and each seeks to win advertising campaigns in his own way. While the heroine insists on legitimate competition, the hero resorts to illegal methods such as alcohol and the exploitation of women. Salah gets involved in an advertising campaign for a fake product called “Al Fankoush”, then uses Dr. Ayoub to manufacture this product to market. At a time when Maisa seeks to prove that he is a swindler, the two heroes meet by chance and Salah introduces himself as Dr. Ayoub. Maysa falls in love with him, and wakes up one day to find herself married to him and discovers that he is her rival at work. It is worth noting that the film stars Mervat Amin Adel Imam.

Farewell my friend 1986

Farewell, my friend, is an adaptation of the French-Italian movie Borsellino, which was produced in 1970. The film, in its foreign and Egyptian versions, highlighted the strong friendship that brought together the two heroes of the film, as they work together in a simple business, but they collide with major businessmen. Where “Marzouk”, played by Adel Imam, and “Barakat”, played by Saeed Saleh, began to trade watermelons in partnership with “Duck”, whom the two friends fall in love with, and “Marzouk” gives up his love to take into account the feelings of his friend who proposed to her, and one night Wedding “Barakat” is killed by one of the competing merchants, so Marzouk avenges the death of his friend, by killing the competing merchant and his gang members.

Devil’s Island 1990

Devil’s Island is based on the 1984 American movie Wet Gold. Both films dealt with the story of a girl who goes on a journey to find a treasure of gold submerged in the sea. Where “Fatima” finds a map showing the location of the sunken ship near Devil’s Island in Horchata, and she agrees with her neighbor to finance the search trip in return for part of the treasure. And she resorts to “Jalal” to train them to dive until they extract the gold. She confesses to him the story of the sinking ship and the treasure inside. Once they succeed in reaching the place of gold, a gang chases them to get the treasure. It forces them to extract all the gold, and when the gang kills them, “Jalal” manages to blow up the boat sank gold for the second time. It is reported that the film stars Yusra, Adel Imam, Ahmed Ratib, and Mostafa Metwally.

The Emperor 1990

The Emperor is based on the 1983 American movie Scarface. The two films review the journey of a young man’s rise in the world of drugs. The Egyptian version succeeded greatly in presenting the idea in an Egyptian way, staring Ahmed Zaki, who played the role of Al Pacino from the foreign version, where the events revolve around the young “Zeinhom” who escapes from Upper Egypt to Cairo in search of a livelihood He gets involved in the world of drug trade until he becomes the largest dealer in the market after getting rid of the drug dealer he used to work for at the beginning. After that, Zeinhom falls into the trap of addiction and begins to get rid of everyone who stands in his way, even killing his best friend because he suspects his wife is cheating on him.

Shams Al-Zanati 1991

Shams El-Zanati is based on the 1960 American movie The Magnificent Seven. It is in turn adapted from the Japanese movie Seven Samurai, which was released in 1954. The film presented the story of an oasis village under attack by an armed gang led by Marshal Borai. Sheikh “Atman,” the sheik of the tribe, travels to Cairo to buy weapons to confront the gang, and he hires a person named “Shams Al-Zanati” to help him defend the village. Shams Al-Zanati gathers six of his old friends to help the villagers, but as a result of the betrayal of one of the villagers, Marshal Borai overpowers them, seizes their weapons, and expels them. On their way back to Cairo, they succeed in stealing a car loaded with weapons, so they return to the village to continue the battle. Five of them are martyred, but they win in the end, and the town gets rid of the armed gang and its leader. The film stars Sawsan Badr, Adel Imam and Mahmoud Hamida.

A Message to the Governor 1998

A message to the Governor is based on the 1993 French film Les Visiteurs. The main idea of the two films revolves around time travel. The difference between them is that the one who transported the hero to the future in the foreign version was a flying saucer. In contrast, in the Egyptian version, a magician lives in the cave that the hero Adel Imam entered, who presents the character “Harfoush bin Barquq al-Rakdar” to hide from the soldiers of the Fraser campaign. “Harfoush” moves from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century, when he suffers a cultural shock and fails to deal with the changes of the era, especially after he is arrested and placed in a mental hospital. And she smuggled him.

The following memo has just come through.

 “The following memo has just come through” is based on the 1994 American movie I Love Trouble. The two films presented the story of the professional competition and struggle between two journalists. And the Egyptian version of the film starring Hanan Turk and Mohamed Henedy, and they play the role of journalist “Nader Seif El-Din” and journalist “Effat El-Sherbiny.” They work for a satellite channel and discover a dangerous secret behind a dairy factory owned by a famous businessman. The factory sells milk containing raw materials. Carcinogenic; Nader and Effat leave their differences aside and vow to reveal the truth to the public. Instead, they are exposed to a series of dramatic events.

Prince of Darkness 2002

The Prince of Darkness is based on the 1992 American movie Scent of a Woman. The two films share the general theme of a former soldier who lost his sight while serving the country. The military pilot, Saeed Al-Masry, lost his sight in the October war. Still, he refuses to admit his helplessness because of his love for life and passion for adventure. Saeed lives in a home for the blind, has a loving and respectful relationship with his fellow blind people, and strives to make them happy and teach them the meaning of optimism and love of life. The Egyptian film dealt with its idea in a satirical comedy framework. At the same time, the American version presented it tragically and dramatically. It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian version of the film starring Leblba, Adel Imam, and Fouad Al-Mohandes.

A groom from a security agency 2004

Based on the American movie “Father of The Bride, ” a groom from a security agency,” produced in 1991. In a comic framework, the two films review the story of a father who is very attached to his only daughter and his reaction when his daughter grows up and wants to marry. In the Egyptian version, Adel Imam presented the character of “Khattab al-Najari,” the father who is jealous of his only daughter, “Habiba,” and rejects all the men who propose to her, until the daughter fell in love with Major “Tariq Abdel Jalil,” who works in an important security agency. Then, the father begins to put obstacles in front of the groom to disrupt the marriage, which takes place under heavy security. Even after the wedding is completed, the father tries to keep the husband away from his wife so that he can take possession of his daughter, so he seeks to transfer “Tariq” from Cairo to Aswan, but “Habiba” decides to leave her father and travel from her husband.

Tito 2004

The movie “Tito” is adapted from the French movie Lèon: The Professional, produced in 1994. It tells the story of a professional gangster who decided to leave his life of crime, become a good human being and find the girl of his dreams. The hero of the Egyptian version is Ahmed El-Sakka, who plays the role of “Taher Abdel-Hay Suleiman” or “Tito,” who is a street child and has been stealing from his childhood, which led to him entering the reformatory. After his release, he worked for a person impersonating the name “Ramzi.” At the same time, he is a corrupt police officer named “Refaat.” diabetes.” After making a fortune, Tito decides to start a new life away from crime and theft. He meets a young businessman, Faris, to become friends and open a restaurant together. Fares gets to know Fares’s cousin, Nour, an expert on street children’s issues, and they fall in love. Ramsey returns to ask Tito for the last operation to get rid of a rival officer who wants to trap him. Still, Tito refuses to participate, so the corrupt policeman decides to destroy his life in all ways, even plotting a cunning ploy to kill him for fear of exposure.

Seventh sense...2005

The Seventh Sense is based on the 2000 American movie What Women Want. The two films deal with the idea of being able to listen to the ideas of others, and while the hero of the foreign version, Mel Gibson, exploited his ability to understand the nature of women and their inner desires so that he could promote their own advertising products, the hero of the Egyptian version, Ahmed El-Fishawy, exploited his ability to excel in the sport of kung fu, and to overcome his opponents, As well as getting close to the girl I love. And that is through the character of “Yahya Al-Masry,” the introverted young man who seeks to achieve fame by defeating the world champion in kung fu. Still, in return, he loses his family, friends, and girlfriend. Hence, he decides to give up that ability in exchange for restoring his normal life.

Shall we dance 2006

The movie Shall We Dance is based on the American movie Shall We Dance, produced in 2004. However, in the Egyptian version, the events were changed for Yousra to play the role of artist Richard Gere. The story revolves around a middle-aged woman named “Salwa” who suffers from apathy and monotony in her married life and lacks a sense of happiness. Still, she finds in learning to dance an outlet that helps her overcome life’s adversities. Still, she faces a problem in society’s acceptance of this matter, especially her husband, who doubted her behavior and accused her of adultery and divorced her, to finally discover his wife’s sincerity, so he learns to dance and participates with her in a competition, and returns her to his infallibility after dancing restores happiness in their lives.

The Tourbini 2007

The Emperor is based on the 1988 American movie Scarface. The two films tell the story of two brothers, one of whom has autism, while the other seeks to obtain his inheritance.  Where Ahmed Rizk plays the role of “Mohsen,” a young man with autism, whose older brother, “Karim” or Sherif Mounir, covets to obtain his share of their father’s inheritance after his death to pay off his accumulated debts by filing a lawsuit to obtain the wills of his brother, so he seeks to prove His autism makes his brother unable to manage his money on his own, so he can sell his share of his father’s farm. However, “Karim” makes up for his mistake, especially after he gets close to his brother and enters his innocent world, so he retracts the sale of the land, sells all his property to pay off the debts, and asks his brother to live together on the farm and use it to grow orange trees that Mohsen loves.

Drug addict looking at drugs with desire

Between addiction and dealing Films that shed light on the world of drugs

Drugs represent great harm that threatens our society, so Egyptian cinema presented many films that revolved around gangs, drug dealers, and addiction to reduce this phenomenon and find an appropriate solution. But, unfortunately, some voices have accused such films of helping spread the phenomenon of addiction and causing some young people and adolescents to resort to drinking drugs in search of false pleasure, the effects of which last for a few hours, while the damages extend for years. In the following lines, we will review with you a group of the most prominent films that discussed the drug trade and what happens to its users.

Samara 1956

The dancer Samara works in the drug trade with her husband, Sultan. While the police are trying to trap them, they insert officer Fouad Hussein in their midst as the fugitive criminal Sayed Abu Shafa. Feelings of love develop between Samara and the officer, and when she discovers the truth about him and accuses him of cheating on her, he assures her that he loves her and wants to marry her after her husband’s arrest. The police chase Sultan, but he manages to escape and return to his home to die, but before his death, he shoots, injures Samara, and dies in front of the officer she loved. The film stars Tahia Karioka, Mohsen Sarhan and Mahmoud Ismail. It was written by Mahmoud Ismail and directed by Hassan El Seifi.

Oh Mercy from God 1976

Naima, a young lawyer, lives with her mother, a butcher’s teacher, in the Al-Madbah neighborhood. Master “Zaki Kidra” was bringing drugs from outside into the camels’ guts. Officer Ahmed Fahmy seeks to gather the information that will enable him to arrest a drug dealer in the area. Still, he collides with Naima, who prevents him from using force to extract the information. The officer and “Naima” fall in love and decide to marry. Yet, his aristocratic mother refuses because of the social difference. The officer goes to the place where the drugs are hidden and is surprised by “Umm Naima,” who is the gang leader. She had decided to repent and liquidate the gang and end her relationship with drugs. Still, time did not help her, and she was arrested. When “Naima” discovers the truth about her mother, she claims that she is the gang leader, especially after her mother suffers from aphasia. The film stars Sana Gameel, Suheir Al Morshedy, Hussein Fahmy, and Adel Adham. It is written by Mohamed Othman and directed by Hossam El-Din Mostafa.

Shame 1982

The spice shop trader Hajj “Abdel-Tawab” secretly deals in drugs with the help of his eldest son “Kamal.” Abdel-Tawab sells all his possessions and takes out a loan from the bank to collect one million pounds in a new drug deal. Unfortunately, Abdel-Tawab and his assistants died in an accident before receiving the shipment. Kamal takes his father’s place and seeks to complete the deal, and is forced to tell his family the truth about his father’s drug trade. Kamal asks his two brothers, “Shukri” and “Adel,” to help him receive the shipment from the sea and store it in cans inside the saline water until it is sold and paid for. Fearing poverty, the two brothers agree, but when the drugs are retrieved from the plates, they discover they have stored them the wrong way, as the saltwater dissolved the metal and the drugs sank. This led to the suicide of “Shukri” and the injury of “Adel” to madness, amidst “Kamal” crying out in grief over the loss of his life. The film stars Nour El Sherif, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Hussein Fahmy. It was written by Mahmoud Abu Zeid, and directed by Ali Abdel Khaleq.

The Addict 1983

Engineer Khaled suffers a car accident, in which he loses his wife and son. The husband narrowly escapes death but is hospitalized for a long time. As a result of his physical pain resulting from the accident and psychological pain due to his feeling of guilt about losing his family, “Khaled” is treated with morphine injections, which he was addicted to. When the hospital stopped his treatment, he fled to buy morphine. Khaled is caught inside a drug den, and Dr. Ahmed Halim treats him at his psychiatric hospital. The doctor’s daughter, Leila, insists on helping to treat Khaled as an old friend despite her father’s disapproval.

Meanwhile, a love story develops between them. After Khaled recovers from addiction, Leila takes him on a trip to the same place that reminds him of his wife, son, and the old accident so that he can face reality, overcome his sense of guilt, and move on with his life again. The film is starring Ahmed Zaki and Najwa Ibrahim and is written and directed by Youssef Francis.

Getting High 1985

Salah Abu al-Azm works in a government company after obtaining a doctorate in sciences. As for his younger brother, Jamal Abu al-Azm, he failed in his studies and became a popular singer, and became addicted to drugs as he dealt in them. Salah tries to convince his brother to quit drugs by making a mixture of herbs that are not harmful to health, similar in color, shape and smell to cannabis. Gamal and his friends are fooled by the hashish they admire, only to be surprised that it is not real. Gamal took advantage of his brother’s need for money and persuaded him to provide a national service to people by protecting them from drug harm by selling his own mixture. The drug dealer, “Salim Al-Bahz”, discovered the truth of the mixture, but he was able to turn it into drugs by grinding it with hallucinogenic pills. Jamal” about drugs, to turn the verse between the two brothers. The film stars Yahya El Fakharani, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, and Jamil Ratib. It was written by Mahmoud Abu Zeid, and directed by Ali Abdel Khaleq.

The tiger and the beauty 1987

Wahid a police officer is assigned to infiltrate the drug dealer Abdo Al-Nash’s gang. When he discovers that “Yasmine”, the daughter of “Al-Qamash”, has been missing for many years, he uses “Naima” and her son, “Tamer” to impersonate “Yasmine” and presents Wahid as her husband. Al-Kamash is deceived, but his sister Adalat doubts the matter, discovers the truth, and decides to take revenge on Wahid by planting drugs for him in coffee until he becomes addicted. Al-Qamash” plotted an accident to kill them, but they miraculously survived, and “Waheed” disappears until he recovers from his addiction. Because of Al-Qamash’s belief that Wahid died in the accident, he carried out the smuggling operation with confidence, until Wahid appeared and caught the gang in flagrante delicto. The film stars Adel Imam, Athar Al-Hakim, Anwar Ismail, and Aida Abdel Aziz. It is written by Ibrahim Al-Mougi, and directed by Sami Seif.

The Emperor 1990

Young man “Zeinhom” flees from Upper Egypt to Cairo in search of a job, and gets involved in the world of drug dealing with his friend “Ibrahim”. Zeinhom grows up in the drug trade to become the most dominant dealer in the market after getting rid of his first drug dealer. Zeinhom falls into the trap of addiction and begins to get rid of everyone who stands in his way, even killing his best friend, because he suspects his wife is cheating on him. The film stars Ahmed Zaki, Mahmoud Hamida and Raghda. It is written by Fayez Ghaly, and directed by Tariq Al-Arian.

The Wasted 1991

The police discover the body of a young man named “Samir”, whose body was found by his wife, “Esaad”, in the Nile, while the night girl “Nadia Bijou” confirmed to the police that he was her lover. She admitted that she and a group of others were the cause of what happened to “Samir”, as they gathered together to smoke hashish in a raft on the Nile, and as a kind of entertainment they suggest that each of them tells his story with drugs and what led him to this path. And when it was Samir’s turn, he refused to take hashish, so they gave him a heroin ticket until he lost consciousness, and because they were under the influence of drugs, they threw him in the Nile until he overpowered by water, but they killed him. The film stars Laila Elwy, Mahmoud Hamida, Hassan Hosni, and Najah El Mogy. It is written by Wahid Hamid and directed by Hussein Kamal.

Land of Fear 2000

Officer “Yahya Al-Manqawi” is assigned a dangerous mission called “Land of Fear”. He is asked to plunge into the world of drug dealing to become a real criminal, collecting all the secrets and details in classified reports and mailing them. Under the plan, he is formally dismissed from the police force and imprisoned for bribery. To secure him, an official document is signed by the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Justice stating that Yahya is on an official mission and absolves him of any crime he may commit, and the documents are deposited in a bank. Yahya plunges for years into the world of crime and drug dealing, only to discover that the officer who assigned him to the mission has died, and that the reports he has been sending for years have reached the wrong person. “Yahya” suffers from the conflict between his old and new life, and because of the police’s tightening of the siege around him and their efforts to arrest him, he reveals his mission to his rival, the officer “Omar Al-Asyouti” who refuses to believe him and insists on arresting him. The film stars Ahmed Zaki, Mahmoud Hamida and Raghda. It is written and directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed.

Al Jazeera 2007

Ali Hefny summons his son, Mansour, to become the chief of the island and take over the drug trade after him. Because of this, enmity arises between the largest families of the island. Mansour marries Faika, the daughter of Al-Rahima, despite his love for Karima, the daughter of Al-Najaiha, who attacked Ali Al-Hafni’s condolences and killed Mansour’s mother and his wife, who gave her baby to Karima, fearing for his life. Mansour continues the drug trade and travels to Sudan to buy an arms deal. All this in agreement with the police officer “Rushdi”, who facilitated the sale of drugs and weapons to him, in exchange for handing over the terrorists hiding on the island. Mansour avenges Al-Najaiha and regains his son from Karima. He declares his control of the island, but is arrested after the Ministry of Interior sends a new officer named Tariq, who could not agree with Mansour. The film stars Ahmed El-Sakka, Hend Sabry, Khaled El-Sawy and Mahmoud Abdel-Mughni. It is written by Mohamed Diab, and directed by Sherif Arafa.

Replacement 2009

Destiny separated the twin brothers “Nabil” and “Fares” when they were young. The first was adopted by the dancer “Qamar” and raised with her in nightclubs and drugs. He has a relationship with the addicted girl “May”, the daughter of drug dealer “Ezzat Al-Hinawi”, who is pregnant with him and is trying to abort the fetus. As for “Fares”, the family of officer “Mohsen” adopted him and raised him well until he graduated from the Police College, and was assigned to arrest the drug gang. Meanwhile, Nabil distributes drugs with Ezzat’s assistant, Khadash, and accidentally kills his brother’s wife. When Khadash discovers the similarities between the two brothers, he tries to switch them so he can use the officer’s power to pass the drug deal. Meanwhile, Faris manages to save Mai from death and keeps the fetus. The conflict between the police and the drug gang takes place and Nabil is killed. Fares decides to impersonate Nabil and claims Faris’s death, because he is the only witness in the case. He marries “May” and attributes the child to him as a “noble” so that his nephew does not live without a father. The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Menna Shalaby, and Mohamed Lotfy. It is written by Mohamed Diab and directed by Ahmed Alaa.

Dealer 2010

Animosity arose between Youssef Al-Sheikh and Ali Al-Halawani since childhood, as they compete for the love of Samah, who agreed to marry Ali and traveled with him to Ukraine. While “Youssef” deals in drugs and is arrested, and after his release from prison he travels to Turkey and continues to trade drugs and discovers a new way to smuggle them without being detected by the police dogs. “Youssef” travels with the goods to Ukraine, and meets “Samah” by chance to find her addicted to drugs, and she worked as a dancer in a nightclub after Ali divorced her and took their son Mustafa from her, and he became a major arms and drug dealer. Youssef marries Samah and gets pregnant with him. He seeks revenge on Ali by getting close to his partner, Bertlev, who discovered Ali’s deception and kidnapped his son Mustafa to control him. And after “Ali” is sure that his end is near, he gives his son “Mustafa” to “Youssef” to take care of him. Youssef returns to Samah, who died during childbirth, so he takes the newborn and Mustafa and returns to Egypt. The film stars Ahmed El-Sakka, Khaled El-Nabawy, and Mai Selim. The film was written by Medhat Al-Adl, and directed by Ahmed Saleh.

Al Maslaha 2012

The officer “Yahya Abu Al-Ezz” is killed by the reckless young man “Suleiman Al-Muslimi”. Officer Hamza Abul-Ezz requests his transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration, hoping to catch the killer and avenge his brother. Salem Al-Muslimi, a drug dealer, smuggles his brother Suleiman after he is sentenced to death. Hamza monitors Salem until he is arrested while receiving the new drug shipment, but discovers that drug supplier Ammar has been able to monitor the officers’ wireless devices, so he deceives them by using newer devices to exchange real information, while he uses the old devices to deceive Ammar. To reveal the cache of drugs and the whereabouts of “Solomon”. Salem rushes to get his brother out of the hideout, but he falls into the ambush set by Hamza, and gets caught in the act. Hamza kills Suleiman. The film ends with the drug dealer and the police officer being prosecuted, the first for drug trafficking, and the second for trespassing in the performance of his job for personal reasons. The film stars Ahmed El Sakka and Ahmed Ezz. It is written by Wael Abdullah, and directed by Sandra Nashaat.

Blue Elephant 2014

The psychiatrist “Yahya Rashid” left his job at Abbasiya Hospital, and became addicted to drugs and alcohol after he lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. After 5 years, he is called to work in the ward of patients arrested for criminal offenses. There, he is surprised by the involvement of his old friend and classmate “Sharif Al-Kurdi” in the murder of his pregnant wife after raping her. He is asked to submit a medical report on the mental state of the accused. During his case study, “Sharif” takes blue elephant pills, which contain the narcotic substance MTM, and gets lost in another world, and discovers with time that a jinn named “Nael” is wearing “Sharif” and controlling his actions. In this imaginary world, which he cannot enter without the drug, “Yahya” learns more about the history of this genie and the way to overcome it, and eventually manages to get it out of Sharif’s body. The film stars Karim Abdel Aziz, Khaled El Sawy and Nelly Karim. It is written by Ahmed Murad, and directed by Marwan Hamed.

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Most notably, the Fourth Pyramid… Egyptian films that shed light on piracy and electronic intrusion

The crimes of electronic piracy and network penetration have recently become more common, especially after technology has become more dominant in the features of our lives than ever before. The reliance on electronic means for storing and exchanging information has increased more than the old traditional methods. Thus, hackers have become more capable of penetrating computers and websites and stealing individuals’ personal data. What is more dangerous is the evolution of electronic piracy from a mere hobby to a job that aims to achieve material or political gains. They use advanced technologies to steal the data of dignitaries and institutions, seizing bank balances, threatening the vital facilities of the state, and revealing military secrets, causing a new type of war between nations; the technological wars.

International cinema realized the danger of piracy early on and found it a rich material that could be exploited in the film industry. So it presented dozens of cinematic and dramatic works that revolve around hacking. On the contrary, the Egyptian cinema’s balance of this type of crime was very poor. It dealt with cyber crimes in only one film produced in 2016, which is the movie “The Fourth Pyramid.” However, filmmakers have corrected this situation and were keen to discuss this crime in one way or another by presenting two new films recently shown in cinemas. Those films dealt with the danger of electronic piracy in our current era. They drew attention to the need to produce new and powerful films that reflect the magnitude of this issue on individuals and societies. Today, we review with you the three Egyptian films that dealt with piracy and electronic penetration.

The Fourth Pyramid 2016

It is the first Egyptian film to touch on this theme. It tackles the secrets of the world of hackers. The events revolve around “Youssef Hajjaj,” a student at the Faculty of Engineering who works as a taxi driver to help his mother after his father’s death. He is a young man who is fond of computers and technology. He began to use his passion to monitor the phone of his colleague “Nada,” the daughter of businessman “Salem El-Shafei,” whom he loves and wishes to marry, were it not for the great financial difference between them. So, he stalks her phone to be next to her in any crisis she faces. Youssef’s passion for technology began to turn into an obsession with electronic hacking and hacking of other people’s accounts, and he decided to use this obsession to take revenge on the bad guys and criminals. The turning point in Yusuf’s life was when his mother died due to greed and exploitation of a private hospital that refused to receive and treat her before paying a large amount of money as insurance. So, Youssef decided to hack the hospital owner’s bank account and transferred his 25 million pounds to charities’ bank accounts, causing his bankruptcy. “Youssef” uses the proxy “The Fourth Pyramid” and continues to hack the accounts of corrupt people. Finally, he hacked the account of an arms dealer, causing great damage to the arms mafia abroad, which reached his location and sent one of its men to get rid of him. So he kidnapped “Nada” after escaping his apartment. At the same time, the police are trying to track down the “Fourth Pyramid” with the help of a young man who works in a telecommunications company. After a long struggle, Youssef succeeded in saving Nada. He was surprised by the people’s sympathy. Still, the police stormed his house and confiscated his equipment, so he decided to stop working and disappeared among the people.

The film stars Ahmed Hatem, Tara Emad, Merihan Hussein, and Bayoumi Fouad. It is the first part of a series of films directed and authored by Peter Mimi under the title “The Underdogs,” which takes place in a common world, integrating some events and characters.

Al Arif 2021

The filmmakers tried to draw attention to electronic wars and piracy, given the sensitivity of this issue, especially after technology controlled all the details of our daily lives. Piracy operations may break the highest intelligence systems to control some countries, facilitate terrorist operations, and smuggle weapons or drugs. The film’s events revolve around Younis, an information security expert known to the security services as “Al-Arif” and working for the Egyptian intelligence. Then he is called again after the country was exposed to an international hacking operation to help arrest the terrorist and global hacker “Radi.” By utilizing his abilities to access information through technology and piracy. A long series of chases begin between Younes and Radi, who seeks to eliminate a feud due to their old enmity.

The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Ahmed Fahmy, Mahmoud Hemida and Carmen Bsaibes. The movie’s distinctive publicity attracted the audience. The lead characters used an innovative trick to promote the work by deluding their followers that their “Facebook” accounts had been hacked.

Musa 2021

The idea of hacking or piracy may not be the main driver in the business. Still, it did play a significant role in the events after the appearance of one of the surprise characters. The film is a science fiction movie about an introverted young man with a weak built, “Yahya Saleh Al-Khayat,” who has suffered from loneliness and bullying since he was a child. So he decides to take advantage of his academic excellence in the College of Engineering and invent a robot with supernatural capabilities to become his friend. He calls it “” Mousa.” However, things get out of hand when Yahya begins using the robot to take revenge on his father’s killers and the people. They bullied him in an attempt to change the world and rid him of evildoers. The confrontation begins between “Mousa” and Dr. “Fares Nassar,” a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, who is trying to prevent “Yahya” from continuing with his project. However, he supports “Yahya,” the lead character in cyberpiracy. Finally, “Youssef Hajjaj” from the movie “The Fourth Pyramid” makes an appearance. He performs a huge electronic penetration operation with a large group of hackers.

The film stars Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Iyad Nassar, Asmaa Abu al-Yazid, and several guests of honor, most notably Ahmed Hatem, Amir Karara, Ahmed Al-Awadi, and Dhafer Al-Abidin. It is the second part of the series of films “The Underdogs,” which joins the movie “The Fourth Pyramid” starring Ahmed Hatem. Another work, “The Angel of Death,” starring Amir Karara, is expected to be shown in 2022.