SAFAR Film Festival 2018: The Land

18 September '18 at 8:20 pm

THE LAND / El Ard + Q&A with curator Joseph Fahim and writer Ahdaf Soueif

Youssef Chahine | Egypt | 1969 | 130 min

World Premiere of the Restored Version

This 1969 masterpiece – voted 4th in Dubai Film Festival’s 2013 greatest Arab movies poll – is Egyptian film maker Youssef Chahine’s most beloved work in his home nation: a 1930s-set rural saga about a group of farmers attempting to save their land from feudal control. Adapted from Abderrahman Charkawi’s novel of the same name, the film was conceived as a reaction to the 1967 defeat to Israel. Both a passionate paean to peasant life and an examination of nationhood, individualism and masculinity, The Land remains an enduring classic.



Cine Lumiere, The Institut Francais

17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT


Arab British Centre