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.