1986. Egypt. Ali Badrakhan. 120 min.
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1986. Egypt. Directed by Ali Badrakhan. With Souad Hosny, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Yousra. In this adaptation of episodes from Mahfouz’s 1977 novel The Harafish, a weak-willed man accidentally kills one of the gangsters to whom local merchants pay protection money. The resulting adulation goes to his head, as he profits during a famine and takes a second wife from a higher class. The film begins in 1887, but it draws unmistakable parallels with Egypt under more recent regimes. In Arabic; English and French subtitles. 120 min.