Egypt Film List

Title: Duʻāʾ al-karawān (2004)  
Format: DVD, Region 1, NTSC
Language: Arabic, with optional English or French subtitles.
Run Time:  126 min.
Description: This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor. [The Nightingale's Prayer is] a gripping portrait of a courageous young woman's rebellion against tradition and poverty.
Genre: Drama

Title: AL-MUHĀJIR (1994)  
Format: DVD, region 1
Language: Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time: 123 min.
Description: Retelling of the epic biblical story of Joseph, son of Jacob, from the Egyptian perspective. Ram (the Joseph character) is sold into slavery by his envious brothers, but his wit and resourcefulness help him rise in the court of Thebes.
Genre: Drama

Title: L’autre = The other (1999)  
Format: DVD, regiona 1, NTSC
Language: Arabic and English, with English subtitles.
Run Time: 101 min.
Description: A love story between Adam, the son of a corrupt, domineering female industrialist, and Hanane, a beautiful but impoverished newspaper reporter. Unfortunately, Adam's mother Margaret is possessive to the point of violence and will stop at nothing to get rid of Hanane. In her efforts to control her son, Margaret bribes her daughter-in-law's brother, a fanatical thug who belongs to a fundamentalist terrorist cult, to lure Hanane into a deadly trap.
Genre: Drama

Title: A MAN IN OUR HOUSE (1961)  
Format: DVD
Language: Arabic, with English and French subtitles.
Description: Set prior to the 1952 revolution, a member of an underground resistance group seeks refuge from the political police with a civil servant and his family.
Genre: Drama

Title: SEPTEMBER 11 (2002)  
Format: DVD
Language: Dialogue in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Sign Language, with English subtitles.
Run Time:  129 Min.
Description: 11 filmmakers from different countries each contributed 1 short film of 11 minutes, 9 seconds and 1 frame long, as a reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Genre: Documentary

Title: BANĀT AL-YAWM (1957)  
Format: DVD
Language: Arabic with optional English or French subtitles.
Run Time: 115 min. 
Description: Two sisters, Salwá and Laylá, meet two friends Fatḥī (Ramzī) and Khālid (Ḥāfiẓ). Fatḥī really likes Salwá, but Salwá falls in love with Khālid. Khālid, on the other hand, respects that his friend likes Salwá and ignores his feelings for her. Believing that Laylá is similar to her sister, Khālid proposes to marry her instead. Fatḥī tried to forget his love for Salwá by having an affair with Laylá's divorced friend. Khālid realizes that there are too many differences between himself and Laylá, and he discovers that he truly loves Salwá.
Genre: Drama

Title: Al qods fee yom akhar = Jerusalem, another day (2002)  
Format: DVD
Language: Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time:  86 min.
Description: When Rana is faced with an ultimatum--choose a husband from a list of eligible, respectable men or leave for Egypt--she goes searching for a lover of her own choosing. Moving across checkpoints to the West Bank, finding a wedding dress in a war zone, and settling family differences all in just ten hours, Rana finds ... In Jerusalem, love has many roadblocks.
Genre: Drama

Title: MENDIANTS ET ORGUEILLEUX (1991)  
Format: DVD
Language: Arabic dialogue, with English subtitles; credits in French.
Run Time: 92 Min.
Description: The investigation of the murder of a prostitute by a former university professor during a moment of insanity, set at the end of World War II in Cairo, Egypt.
Genre: Drama

Title: DRIVING AN ARAB STREET  (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time:  39 min.
Description: Takes the viewer on a journey along the "Arab street," a monolithic term pundits use to describe Arab sentiment, to find out what people are actually saying about the West and America. The film follows Egyptian taxi drivers as they navigate the streets of Cairo and the drivers share their diverse perspectives on American and Egyptian society, culture, politics, and the relationship between these two civilizations.
Genre: Documentary

TitleMUSLIMS (2003)
Format: DVD
Language: Closed captioned.
Run Time:  120 min.
Description: Looks at what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century. Filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria and the United States, this program explores the influence of culture and politics on religion, looks at the political forces at work among Muslims around the world, emphasizes Islam's kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and examines the diverse interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people.
Genre: Documentary

Title: ASRĀR AL-BANĀT (2001)  
Format: DVD
Run Time
Description: "Graphic portrayal of society's struggle to balance tradition and modernity in modern-day Egypt. Tells the story of sixteen-year-old Yasmeen, whose out-of-wedlock pregnancy sparks tragic consequences. The film articulates the many questions on the minds of most Egyptians and Muslims around the world: Should women abide by Islam's stringent dress code? How can parents screen out unwanted Western influences? Should Egyptian schools teach sex education? Should teen-age boys and girls socialize?”
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Ḥanākīsh = The quick bucks (1986)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC, stereo
Language: Arabic; subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 100 min.
Description: In this thriller Taher returns from exile with a plan to use his two sons to help recover a fortune that was hidden in the villa he used to live in.
Genre: Drama

Title: Alām ʻumrinā = Dreams of our lives (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic, subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 108 min.
Description: A group of friends pack their bags and go to help one of their own revive her father’s tourist business on Egypt’s east coast. When they run up against a greedy businessman’s plan to acquire the business’ land and add it to his expanding properties, will they surrender or will they stand up for their dream?
Genre: Drama

Title: Dam al-ghazāl = Deer’s blood (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 108 min.
Description: This drama portrays the changes wrought in a poor neighborhood when one of its members becomes the leader of a fanatical religious group, seeking revenge.
Genre: Drama

Title: ālat ubb = State of love (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: n Arabic, subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 104 min.
Description: Two brothers, Yusuf and Sayf, are raised in different countries and cultures after their father emigrates to France taking Sayf with him while his wife stays behind with Yusuf. When Sayf returns to Egypt, he tries to help his brother move forward in his singing career until their lives get interrupted by unpredicted events.
Genre: Drama

Title: arīm Karīm = Karim’s harem (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic, with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 113 min.
Description: Believing him unfaithful, Karim’s wife leaves him and goes home to her mother. When he tries to use his female friends from college to talk her into coming back to him, things naturally go hilariously wrong.
Genre: Drama

Titlearf āriq = Zarf Tarek (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic; subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 111 min.
Description: Tarek, who works customer service for a mobile phone company, is pressured by a businessman into giving out information about a girl called Sarah. Then using an assumed name he makes Sarah’s acquaintance, and they fall in love. Even though Tarek knows he should come clean, he keeps holding off until the businessman spills the beans about Tarek’s true identity.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-aāyā = The victims (1975)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic, subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 102 min.
Description: When an inmate in a girls prison accuses Dr. Essmat, the staff psychologist, of molesting her, he finds his job imperiled.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Mutʻah wa-al-ʻadhāb = Lust & torture (1971)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic, subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 101 min.
Description: Everyone is looking for happiness and love, especially our heroines, but they meet three young men who are looking for exactly the same thing. When one of the girls proves to be kleptomaniac, though, things go bad quickly.
Genre: Drama

Title: Makān lil-ubb = Place for love (1977)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 85 min.
Description: Salwa, a beautiful young girl, is married to a businessman as old as her father. Medhat is a young man married to an elderly woman. Both believed that money would bring them serenity and happiness but they eventually realize that serenity and happiness are achieved only through peace of mind, by living with someone who truly loves you.
Genre: Drama

Title: ʻAlī sibāyasī = Ali spicy (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic; subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 116 min.
Description: Ali wants to be a famous singer, but his father wants him to be a doctor. Which will he choose?
Genre: Drama

TitleWījā = Ouija (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 114 min.
Description: A group of friends travel to Sharm El Sheikh for a holiday and decide to play Ouija, a fortune-telling game, unleashing events that create a turning point for the members of the group.
Genre: Drama

Title: ʻAlá bāb al-wazīr (1982)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic with English and French subtitles.
Run Time: 123 min
Description: A romantic comedy featuring the famous comedian Adel Emam in one of his masterpieces. Kamal and Noura are two young university students who fell in love but are faced with the financial prejudice of the community around them and the objection of their families to this relation. Kamal is the son of a poor court clerk, while Noura is the only daughter of a wealthy butcher. From this point on, the story moves forward as the community prejudice is broken down in front of their love.
Genre: Drama

Title: Dars Khuūī = Khososy’s lesson (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 109 min.
Description: When Khososy inadvertantly gets involved in a demonstration against British colonial rule in the 1940’s he becomes a national hero--and a wanted man--so he decides to leave his family and flee the country. Unfortunately the ship he takes passage on gets trapped in the Bermuda Triangle, and when he escapes he finds himself in 2005.
Genre: Drama

Title: Qishah yābā = Cool man (2005)
Format: : DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 101 min.
Description: The film is about two close friends, Omar and Khaled who attend the same university. Omar is a poor young man but he has a very nice and pure voice and he dreams to be a famous singer. Khaled is an art director who struggles to prove his worth and talents through the university theater. When Omar’s efforts to achieve fame break down, he decides to leave all his morale and principles behind in order to make it as a famous singer.
Genre: Drama

Title: Farān, mulāzim adam (2005)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 107 min.
Description: This black comedy is about Farhan who emigrates from upper Egypt to Cairo hoping to find the better life he always dreamt of. Somehow, it doesn’t turn out the way he’d planned. When he meets Fotna, though, they fall in love and he forgets about how cruel life has treated him.
Genre: Drama

Title: Muāmī khulʻ (2002)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 112 min.
Description: Due to a new divorce law in Egypt, a young lawyer becomes specialized in divorcing women from their husbands. This gets him into very funny situations and a lot of trouble.
Genre: Drama

Title: Aḥlá al-awqāt = Best of times (2004)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 114 min.
Description: A young woman finds herself awkwardly living with her step-father after her mother’s tragic death. She longs for her happy childhood days and decides to search for her father. This quest reunites her with two childhood firends. Through this unlikely reunion, we are given an insight into the lives of three very different women in contemporary society, presented by the young and talented Hala Khalili in her directional debut.
Genre: Drama

TitleThartharah fawq al-Nīl (2004)
Format: DVD, region 1, NTSC
Language: In Arabic, with optional English or French subtitles.
Run Time: 115 min.
Description: A group of hedonistic middle-aged friends gather eatch night on a luxurious houseboat for dancing, love-making and smoking hashish. When a young news reporter visits the houseboat to write a story on the group, she is outraged to learn the tragic depths of their social alienation
Genre: Drama

Title: Damī-- wa-dumūʻī-- wa-ibtisāmatī (1973)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 120 min.
Description: Dramatic work about a young woman called "Nāhid" who lives with her parents and her younger brother. She meets a young man called "ʻIṣām" and falls in love him but when a very rich businessman called "Salīm" proposes marriage to her, she accepts to help her family financially. After her divorce her life becomes a series of ups and downs.
Genre:  Drama

Title: āyaʻ bar = Beah Bum (2004)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 112 min.
Description: This comedy is about a young man, who like many young Egyptians, is going through the day to day struggle of being unemployed. He manages to get by with odd jobs here and there until he falls in love with a conservative girl who inspires him to build a more stable life.
Genre: Drama

Title: Danānīr (1940)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: Set during the time of the Arabian Nights around the singer Dananeer who has a divine voice who’s taken from the simple Bedouin desert life to the decadence and intrigues of the palaces. The songs performed in this film are regarded by critics as one of the highlights in her singing career.
Genre: Drama

TitleIsmāʻīl Yāsīn arazān = Ismail Yassin Tarzan (1958)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 96 min.
Description: Comedy about a millionaire’s son who is lost in the jungle and is raised by Cheetah the guerilla. Even funnier things happen when he is found and taken back to the modern city life.
Genre: Drama

Title: Malikāt al-raq al-sharqī = Legends of belly dance (1947-1976) (2004)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: In Arabic with English titles to each movie clip.
Run Time: 65 min.
Description: Excerpts from 16 films of famous belly dances over the period from 1947-1976.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Jawāz bi-qarār jumhūrī (2002)
Format: DVD (PAL)
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 108 min.
Description: A romantic comedy about a couple (one rich, one poor) who decides to invite the president to their wedding. But when they break up, the government tries to reunite them.
Genre: Drama

Title: ʻAllimnī al-ubb = Teach me love (2004)
Format: DVD, all regions, NTSC
Language: Arabic dialogue with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 94 min.
Description: A romantic musical about the love story of hatem and his beautiful fiancee Madiha, who’s having mixed feelings towards him. On the one hand, she desperately wants to marry him while on the other, she suspects that he is having an affair with the belly dancer Oussa, whom he met through his friend Montasser. Oussa is very interested in Hatem but her complicated family situation stands in the way. The story reaches a happy ending with the wedding of Hatem and madiha, while Oussa dances at the celebration.
Genre: Drama

TitleFī baytinā rajul = A man in our house (1961)
Format: DVD ; NTSC (Region 1) ;
Language: In Arabic, with English and French subtitles.
Run Time: 159 min.
Description: Set prior to the 1952 revolution, a member of an underground resistance group seeks refuge from the political police with a civil servant and his family.
Genre: Drama

Titleimah (1947)
Format: DVD PAL; all regions
Language: Dialogue in Arabic, with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 126 min.
Description: A moral drama starring the Diva of the Middle East Om Kalthoum in one of her performances as an actress.
Genre: Drama

Title: ʻAfrītah hānim (1950)
Format: DVD PAL; all regions
Language: In Arabic
Run Time: 79 min.
Description: A classic musical comedy starring the great Arab singer and actor Farid Al Atrache and the marvelous belly dancer Samia Gamal in some of their most beautiful dances and songs together
Genre: Drama

Titleal-Jūʻ = The hunger (1991)
Format: DVD PAL; all regions
Language: In Arabic, with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 120 min.
Description: A cinematic masterpiece produced by the revolutionary 60s generation inspired by the folk hero myths of Nobel Prize Laureat Naguib Mahfouz. The film shows the rise of the people’s hero and his fast corruption through power. Set in 1887 it clearly analyses the present.
Genre: Drama

TitleShahateen wa nubalaa = Mendiants et orgueilleux (1991)
Format: VHS; (NTSC)
Language: Arabic dialogue, with English subtitles; credits in French.
Run Time: 92 min.
Description: The investigation of the murder of a prostitute by a former university professor during a moment of insanity, set at the end of World War II in Cairo, Egypt.
Genre: Drama

Title: Shāṭiʾ al-gharām = Shore of love (1950)
Format: DVD PAL; all regions
Language: In Arabic; with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 105 min.
Description: Leila Morad one of the Orient’s divas stars in this classic musical romance as a poor girl who marries a wealthy young man while others try to break them apart.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ayyām wa-layālī = Days and nights (1955)
Format: DVD PAL; all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English or French subtitles.
Run Time: 106  min.
Description: This timeless musical romance is about Abdel Halim who falls in love with the beautiful Iman but problems arise when he takes the blame for an accident his brother caused.
Genre: Drama

Titleal-Kull ʻāwiz yaḥibb = Everybody wants to fall in love (1975)
Format: DVD, NTSC all zones,
Language: In Arabic, with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 100 min.
Description: This popular hilarious comedy is about Ahmed who invents ingenious ways to see his sweetheart Leila and is constantly threatened by her vicious cousin.
Genre: Drama

Title: Uḥibbuka anta (1949)
Format: DVD (PAL), all regions
Language: In Arabic; with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 115 min.
Description: This romantic musical comedy stars the great Arab singer and actor Farid Al Atrache and the beautiful Samia Gamal in one of their funniest films featuring many of their famous songs and dances.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ziʾāb lā taʾkul al-laḥm (1973)
Format: DVD; all regions
Language: In Arabic; optional subtitles in English or French.
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: After witnessing massacres and refugee flights around the world, left wing intellectual reporter Anouar S. deliberately becomes a killer.
Genre: Drama

TitleImraʾah sayyiʾat al-sumʻah (1973)
Format: DVD (PAL); all regions
Language: in Arabic, with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 103 min.
Description: One of the best films of the liberated 70’s in Egypt. A wife has to have a relationship with her husband’s boss so he can get ahead in his career…
Genre: Drama

TitleBaʻīdan ʻan al-arḍ = Away from Earth (1976)
Format: DVD (PAL); all regions
Language: In Arabic, with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 100 min.
Description: This award-winning romantic film is based on a daring story by the controversial writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous. Nawal leaves her life behind after a bitter divorce to spend some time recuperating with her brother in Tunisia. Little did she know that she would meet Mahmoud on her boat trip heading to Tunisia. The two instantly become emotionally involved but as it turns out Mahmoud has a past life as well.
Genre: Drama

Title: Biʾr al-ḥirmān = Insatiable (1969)
Format: DVD (PAL); all regions
Language: In Arabic, with English and French subtitles
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: Based on a true story this classic film revolves around a beautiful girl who has two personalities - a promiscuous one and a shy one.
Genre: Drama
Title: Bayt al-ashbāḥ (2002) 
Format: DVD (PAL); all regions
Language: in Arabic, with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 88 min.
Description: A hilarious comedy film where Ismail and his relatives will get a lot of money if he can spend a month in a haunted house
Genre: Drama

Title: Gharām wa-intiqām (1944)
Format: DVD (PAL); all regions.
Language: In Arabic with optional English or French subtitles
Run Time: 159 min.
Description: A woman (Asmahān) takes revenge on the man she thinks killed her husband, but falls in love with him in the process. Asmahan died in a car accident during shooting, requiring the filmmakers to change the ending.
Genre: Drama

Title: Asrār al-banāt = A girl’s secrets (2001)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: Subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: Graphic portrayal of society’s struggle to balance tradition and modernity in modern-day Egypt. Tells the story of sixteen-year-old Yasmeen, whose out-of-wedlock pregnancy sparks tragic consequences. The film articulates the many questions on the minds of most Egyptians and Muslims around the world: Should women abide by Islam’s stringent dress code? How can parents screen out unwanted Western influences? Should Egyptian schools teach sex education? Should teen-age boys and girls socialize?
Genre: Drama

TitleAfrīkānū = Africano (2001)
Format: DVD ; NTSC all regions
Language: in Arabic with optional subtitles in English and Frence
Run Time: 105 min.
Description: This blockbuster was one of the summer’s bigest hits. Shot on location in South Africa, it mixed adventure, comedy, romance and music.
Genre: Drama

Title: Living with the past (2001)
Format:  VHS format.
Language: English and Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 56 min.
Description: A filmic portrayal of the Darb-al-Ahmar neighborhood of Cairo, one of the few remaining intact medieval cities. Here efforts are underway not only to rescue endangered monuments but also to improve the standard of living of the affected communities.
Genre: Documentary

Title: al-Baḥr biyiḍḥak līh = Sea laughter (1995)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 157 min.
Description: The story takes place in Alexandria around Hassan, a hard working employee who never gets the praise or promotion he deserves. He suddenly decides to make some major changes in his life; so he abandons his wife, quits his job, roams around the streets searching for his self-esteem and for things he hasn’t done before. So he marries 4 new women but eventually divorces them; when he meets Naaima, he finds in marrying her all the stability and security he ever wanted. Having received his first baby from Naaima, he refuses to go back to his former life.
Genre: Drama
Title: al-Ruṣāṣah lā tazāl fī jaybī = The bullet  (1974)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 121 min.
Description: In this allegorical film, Fatma, who symbolizes Egypt, is degraded and humiliated following the Six Day War in 1967. Her cousin, Muhammad, then takes revenge on her tormentors, helping her to regain her dignity.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ayna ʻaqlī = Where’s my mind? (1974)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 109 min.
Description: A masterpiece for the late writer "Ihsan Abdel Kodous" about Aida and Tawfik, both suffering from a past experience. Tawfik started to drive Aida crazy after she told him about her love story with her ex-fiance Sherif who died and to whom she lost her virginity. Suddenly Tawfik, with an Eastern mentality, turns on Aida trying to regain his lost pride. When Aida calls Dr. Zohdy, the psychiatrist, in an attempt to cure Tawfik, Dr. Zohdy finds out that Tawfik is suffering from a dreadful sexual encounter he had as a child.  
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Baʻḍ yadhhabu lil-maʾdhūn marratayn = Some marriages don’t last (1978)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 111
Description: Dr. Mamdouh’s wife is jealous, even though he’s faithful. His brother’s wife neglects her husband. How is it that their cousin Ezzat seems to have a happy marriage?
Genre: Drama

Titleal-Wisādah al-khālīyah = The empty pillow (1957)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 128 min.
Description: Two young college students, Salah and Samihah, fall in love and when their families don’t support them they find marry others with tragic results. Salah realizes after it is too late that he loves his dying wife. Takes place in the protected society of 1950s Egypt.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Kumsāriyāt al-fātināt (1957)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 93 min.
Description: This comedy is about three unemployed girlfriends looking for work even if it was strictly limited to men. When they apply to work as bus conductors in public buses, they were hardly accepted; serving in a man’s job, they got harassed from the passengers besides facing challenges from other male coworkers. Finally the male and female bus conductors get along and decide to get married.
Genre: Drama

Title: Wā Islāmāh = Oh Islam! (1961)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 112 min.
Description: A historical work on the Tatarian leader Aqṭāy who was chasing Salāmah the consular of the killed Sulṭan. Salamāh escaped with Jihād the princess who was the inheritor of the throne and prince Maḥmūd. He sold them as a slave to protect them from the Tatars. They reached Egypt. Jihād worked as a slave girl at the palace of Shajarat al-Durr the queen of Egypt. Maḥmūd was the leader of Mamelukes. Salāmah met both of them finally. They loved each other. In the meantime there were many plots concerning the throne of Egypt. Tatars tried to attack the country but Maḥmūd gathered the people to defend Egypt and Jihād was beside him.
Genre: Drama

Title:al-Liʻb maʻa al-kibār = The big game (1991)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 100 min.
Description: Hassan is a poor university graduate looking for work. When he visits his friend Ali who works for the telephone company, he accidentally finds out about high-level government corruption and crime. Hassan decides to call a top police officer and report the activity before it takes place, pretending that he foresaw it all in a dream. Hassand and Ali continue this game until they get trapped.
Genre: Drama

Title: Akhar kadbah = The last lie (1950)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 116 min.
Description: Samir, a singer, finds himself caught between his jealous wife, Samira, and another dancer, Kiki. When Kiki gives Samir a necklace to have fixed and Samira mistakes it as a gift for her, things get even more tense.
Genre: Drama

Title: Suʾāl fī al-ḥubb = Love question (1975)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 118 min.
Description: The film displays some stories about the love relations between different couples, stories that can take place in real life. Fathy, married to Nawal , a working wife who decides not to have children and gives great deal of her attention to her work. Fathy’s brother, Mamdouh married to Mona and they both live a happy life with their child although he secretly cheats on her. While their friend Moustafa is married to their sister Mahasen who doesn’t care about anything as long as her husband is fulfilling her fancy needs. When the troubles go high between the couples and divorce is raised, they all think wisely and get back together. But an important love question is raised "Can love be the same between couples after marriage?"
Genre: Drama

Title: Arab diaries (2000)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic and French with English subtitles.
Run Time: 130 min.
Description: Five-part documentary series about contemporary life across the Arab world, with a focus on women’s stories. [Pt. 1] Birth: the story of a Palestinian woman caught up in a cycle of pregnancies because of social pressure to produce a male child, and two other stories of babies, one in need, the other absent, in Syria and Iraq. [Pt. 2] Youth: four young women striving for independence and empowerment in Algeria, Egypt, and Lebanon. [Pt. 3] Love and marriage: the stories of people confronting obstacles to their personal relationships and happiness in Algeria and Lebanon. [Pt. 4] Work: explores the hopes and aspirations of Arab men and women as embodied in the dreams and realities of flying. [Pt. 5] Home, or Maids in my family: a Moroccan woman confronts her liberal bourgeois family and their servants about the relationship between them
Genre: Documentary

Title: al-Mudmin = The addict (1983)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 134 min.
Description: Dramatic work about "Khālid" who lost his wife and son in an accident but he didn’t hurt. He thought that he was responsible for his wife and son death. He addicted drugs. He moved to doctor Aḥmad’s hospital who had an old friendship with Khālid to take cure. Doctor Aḥmad’s daughter called doctor "Laylá". She took care of Khālid but he couldn’t stop addiction so he escaped from the hospital to find drugs. Laylá could return Khālid again to the hospital. Day by day Khālid and Laylá loved each other and got married.
Genre: Drama
Title: ʻAwdat akhṭar rajul fī al-ʻālam = The return of Mr. X (1972)
Format: DVD NTSC, region 1.
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 86 min.
Description: Mr. X, the world’s most dangerous gangster, is in Cairo to steal a maharaja’s diamond, but Moftah and Mervat are determined to stop him.
Genre: Drama
Title: Azwāj ṭāʾishūn = Reckless husbands (1976)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 98 min.
Description: Two husbands suffer the neglect of their wives and try to cope in their own way with a problem that is common in modern society
Genre: Drama

Title: Iḥnā butūʻ al-utūbīs = we are the bus people (1979)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 139 min.
Description: This comedy starring Egyptian comedian Adel Imam is about two people who get mistaken for political dissidents and get sent to prison to be tortured until they confess their plan to overthrow the regime. A political black comedy about the Nasserite era directed by Hussein Kamal and supposedly based on a true story.
Genre: Drama

Title: Uqtulnī min faḍlak = Please kill me (1965)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 107 min.
Description: A great comedy featuring two prominent symbols of Arab comedy "Foad al Mohandes" and "Shouykar". The film is about Mamdouh and Amina, a couple who are about to get married. After Mamdouh has been diagnosed by his doctor to be seriously ill and only got a very few days to live, he decided to break up with Amina and deliberately end his life. During his attempt to commit suicide and while he was being robbed, he strikes an un-breakable deal with his robber to kill him. When Mamdouh receives some good news, he tries to break up the deal and get through with his life, but will his robber agree to break up the deal?
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Masājīn al-thalāthah = The 3 prisoners (1968)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 114 min.
Description: After their escape from prison, three convicts pursue unfinished business before being captured and returned to serve out their terms.
Genre: Drama

Title: Malik al-bitrūl = King of petroleum (1962)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 94 min.
Description: A film starring Ismail Yassin as Hassonah, as a veterinarian who decides to move to the country-side to practice his field of study and live on his property. When he meets Salwa, the daughter of Abdel Mota’al Pasha, a rich land-lord, and proposes to marry her, he faced her father’s greed when he asked him to give away his piece of land in return for letting him marry his daughter. But when Hassonah refuses to make this deal, the Pasha announces the engagement of his daughter to his nephew and sends his workers to dig for petroleum in Hassonah’s land. When finally they find petroleum in Hassonah’s land and he becomes rich, the Pasha happily accepts that he marries his daughter.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ḥasan wa-Mārīkā = Hassan & Marika (1959)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 84 min.
Description: A very funny adventure starring the fabulous comedian Ismail Yassinas Hassan and his love to Marika, a daughter of a Greek barber. While Hassan’s friend Fahlawy is also in love with Marika, both friends are trying to gain her love by all means possible. When Hassan and Fahlawy both disguised to be able to see Marika, her father uncovers their trick and reports Hassan to the police. As Hassan goes to jail, new surprises are revealed that turns the whole story upside down.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ibn Ḥamīdū (1957)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 134 min.
Description: A notable film in the history of comedy. The film tells the story of Hassan & Ebn Hamido, two undercover police detectives who arrive in a city near Suez to work as fishermen in an attempt to solve the puzzle of a major drug smuggling case. During their stay Hassan & Ebn Hamido meet and fall in love with the daughters of the head fisherman. The story continues as Hassan & Ebn Hamido successfully catch the drug smuggling gang and happily marry the fisherman’s daughters.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Karnak = El karnak (1975)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 143 min.
Description: Dramatic work about social and political life in Egypt after the revolution in 1952. In the first scene we see the 6th of October victory. Many people hurried to donate their blood. "Ismāʻīl" was a doctor and when he heard the news of war he hurried to the hospital to do his duty. He tried to enter the hospital but the guards prevented him because he hadn’t a premission. He saw "Zaynab" who was a doctor and asked her to help him. Through flashback the events started when "Ismāʻīl", "Zaynab" and "Ḥilmī" were student in the Faculty of Medicine. they liked to talk about politics and ideologies in the Coffee Shop. One night the police arrested many people included Ismāʻīl, Ḥilmī and Zaynab and put them in the concentration camp. they saw a lot of persecutions there.
Genre: Drama

Title: Amīrah ḥubbī anā = My lovely Amira (1974)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 220 min.
Description: One of the classics in modern Egyptian cinema, featuring a large group of stars, including the Arab screen Cinderella "Soad Hosny." The film tells the story of an active and energetic young girl, Amira, who gets hired in a government office. She becomes stuck in the routine and overall mood of depression that everyone in the office is suffering from, especially her boss, who falls in love with her. Being already married, Amira’s boss convinces her to keep their marriage secret, but eventually the secret is revealed.
Genre:  Drama

Title: Ḥallāq al-sayyidāt  = Women’s barber (1960)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 89 min.
Description: A comic work. The events showed that three friends Zīzū, Tirmis and ʻAwkal finished their military service. Zīzū decided to open a hairdresser shop for men, ladies and animals. Tirmis assisted him. He went to Ashjān a lady asked him to shave her dog. He met there her friends Hoda and Ilham. Hoda convinced Ilhām who was just divorced to marry Zīzū for a while to revenge from her husband and then later return back and marry her husband again. They married and she told everybody that Zīzū was a rich man. She opend for him a new hairdresser shop in a hotel. Zīzū became famous and Ilhām loved him in the time they should divorce. In that day Hoda told them that she married Ilhām’s husband and she planned all that. After all of that Ilhām decided to continue her marriage with Zīzū who loved.
Genre: Drama

Title: Bidūn zawāj afḍal (1978)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 117 min.
Description: A film about two love stories, both leading to a happy ending. When the love between Iman and Salah goes bad and they break up, with a broken heart she decides to move out of the city with her brother Hossam, who meets a famous actress and decides to marry her. Meanwhile Iman finds everlasting love with Sherif and decides to marry him.
Genre: Drama

Title: Imbirāṭūriyat mīm = M empire (1972)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 113 min.
Description: One of the best loved Egyptian films. On the surface it is an enjoyable family drama, but below the surface it is a political call for liberalism and democracy during Sadat’s era.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Jarīmah al-ḍāḥikah  = Funny crime (1963)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 94 min.
Description: A thrilling comedy about Medhat, the screen director, who has been induced by his mother to seek revenge for his father’s death by killing Al Doksh but he opposes the concept of revenge and later on he marries Laila. When Medhat’s uncle Abul Seba’a tells Medhat that Salman Al Doksh is out of jail and is looking for him to kill him, Medhat awaits his opponent and shoots the first person who sneaks into his house thinking it was Salman.
Genre: Drama

Title: Iskanderiya kaman wa kaman = Alexandria encore et toujours (1989)
Format: DVD
Language: In Arabic, with English subtitles.
Run Time: 105 min.
Description: Yehia joins a hunger protest which has brought together the entire Eqyptian filmmaking industry. As the strikers increase their demands, Yehia becomes increasingly attracted to Amir, a young actor whose film career he launched. Soon, however, Yehia’s obsession is replaced by his infatuation with Nadia, the lovely ingenue he has decided to cast in his next film.
Genre: Drama

Title: Iskanderiya--leh? = Alexandrie--pourquoi? = Alexandria--why? (1979)
Format: DVD
Language: In Arabic, with English subtitles.
Run Time: 133 min.
Description: 18-year-old Yehia retreats from the poverty, death and suffering all around him in World War II Egypt and dreams of one day becoming a Hollywood filmmaker. But after he falls in love and discovers the harsh truths behind the European occupation of his country, Yehia reassesses his identity and allegiances.
Genre: Drama

Title: Hadduta misrija = La mémoire (1982)
Format: DVD
Language: In Arabic, with English subtitles.
Run Time:  127 min.
Description: Yehia, now a famous Egyptian director, becomes ill with a heart condition that requires surgery. During the operation, a child embodying his conscience accuses him of betraying his ideals. A trial ensues, in which various witnesses testify about "the defendant." Yehia is forced to confront hidden feelings involving his life, work and country. The child conscience loses the trial, and a redundant organ is expelled from Yehia’s body. Will he survive the ordeal?
Genre:  Drama

Title: al-Hurūb = The escape (1991)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 122 min.
Description: Action drama about Montasser who after spending a couple of years in prison on a false charge, comes out to seek revenge from the man who framed him, and the woman who lured his wife into the world of prostitution. After killing them, he escaped to his home town, while some corrupt high-ranking officers try to track him down in attempt to cover up their failure in another highly publicized case and divert the public opinion away from it, but that turns Montasser into a hero defending his honor. Meanwhile, his childhood friend Salem, a police officer was assigned to arrest him. He tries to fight corruption in the police department to save his friend.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ḍiḥk wa-liʻb wa-jadd wa-ḥubb = Laughter, games, seriousness and love (1993)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 111 min.
Description: Adham is the son of a high ranking corrupt intelligence officer. He is lost but finds solace in the arms of a prostitute which he decides to marry. An intimate humane analysis of these turbulent times and some fine acting from Omar Sharif, Yousra and singer Amr Diab.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Rāʻī wa-al-nisāʾ = The shepherd and the women (1991)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with subtitles in English and French
Run Time: 102 min.
Description: The film tells the story of Wafaa whose husband Kamel died in prison leaving her alone with her only daughter Salma and her sister-in-law Azza who all live together in an abandoned and isolated desert house. One day they have an unexpected visit from Hassan, Kamel’s friend at prison, who knew everything about each one of them from his friend before he died. When Hassan offered to stay at their house to help them with all the tough house work, they did not know what their restrained emotions and jealousy would lead to.
Genre: Drama

Title: Al abwab al moghlaka = Les portes fermées (1999)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 105 min.
Description: Set during the Gulf War, this film tells the story of Mohamad, a highly impressionable young man who embraces fundamentalist ideas as a way of dealing with the confusion of adolescence and sexual awakening.
Genre: Drama

Title: Naguib Mahfouz: the passage of the century (1999)
Format: VHS
Language: English; French and Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 50 min.
Description: Interview with the Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, supplemented by interviews with other Arab intellectuals, readings from the author’s works, and glimpses of everyday life in Cairo, a city Mahfouz has left only three times in his life and the subject of much of his writing.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Nasser 56 (1996)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic and English with English subtitles
Run Time: 150 min.
Description: Film about the 1956 nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Genre: Drama

Title: Umm Kulthūm: a voice like Egypt (1996)
Format: VHS
Language: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Run Time: 67 min.
Description: Documentary about the singer Umm Kulthūm, born a peasant at the turn of the century, who became a powerful symbol of the aspirations of her country. Based on the book: "The voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic song, and Egyptian society in the twentieth century" by Virginia Danielson.
Genre: Documentary

Title: A veiled revolution (1982)
Format: VHS
Language: English narration with Arabic and French dialogue
Run Time: 27 min.
Description: Egyptian women were the first Arab women to march in political demonstrations (1919), the first to take off their veils publicly (1923), and the first to receive free secular education (1924). But today, the educated granddaughters of those early Arab feminists are returning to Islamic dress, complete with full face veils and gloves. A veiled revolution considers possible reasons for this turn back to tradition--the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, the rejection of Western values--as Egyptian women speak out.
Genre: Documentary

Title: The price of change (1982)
Format: HVS
Language: Arabic with English subtitles; English narration.
Run Time: 26 min.
Description: Shows that modern Egyptian women have more choices today in family planning, education and careers. But for the poor and uneducated, the new status often creates double responsibilities at home and at work.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Covered (1995)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 25 min.
Description: Examines the reasons behind the increased tendency for Islamic women in Cairo, Egypt, to wear the headscarf called the hejab, or to veil their faces completely. Discusses religious, social, and economic factors.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Tales from Arab Detroit (1995)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 45 min.
Description: A film about storytelling and music in the culture of an immigrant community (Detroit, Michigan) that takes as its point of departure the performance of the Banī Hilāl epic by a story-teller from Egypt. Traditional music and dance to hip-hop to rap are featured here as the largest Arab community in North America blends the old with the new.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Ḍidda al-ḥukūmah (1994)
Format: VHS
Language: In Arabic
Run Time: 118 min.
Description: Dramatic work on a lawyer called "Muṣṭafá" who was a bad person and drunker. After a while a train crashed a bus school and many students were killed and injuries. One of students who were injuried was "Muṣṭafá’s son". His name was "Sayf". the Lawyer sued the government to pay compensations to students families. In the end Muṣṭafá tried to make this case as a public opinion case and asked the judge to recall minister of education and minister of transportation and forced them to resign.
Genre: Drama

Title: Mosque (1992)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 28 min.
Description: This program, filmed in Cairo, Egypt, introduces a mosque and Muslims and shows that believers in Islam are not the fanatics that the media reports frequently portray.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Aḥlām Hind wa Kāmīlah = Dreams of Hind and Camilia (1989)
Format: VHS
Language: In Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 110 min.
Description: Two young women struggle to survive between the harsh working conditions in Cairo slums and their abusive or worthless husbands and boyfriends.
Genre: Drama

Title: Al-Arājūz (1989)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time: 123 min.
Description: An aging puppet master loves to entertain, with the purpose of conveying the message of justice for all. He struggles to save money to send his beloved son, Bahloul, to the university in Cairo. When Bahloul leaves the small village for the Cairo he turns into a heartless businessman setting up a confrontation between father and son, idealism and opportunism.
Genre: Drama

Title: The singing sheik (1991)
Format: VHS
Language: In Arabic with English subtitles and narration
Run Time: 12 min.
Description: Sheikh Imam Mohammad Ahmad Eissa is famous throughout the Arab world for his folk songs indicting the ruling classes. Considered the voice of the oppressed, he is banned from state television and radio, and has been imprisoned numerous times. With scenes of Egyptian street life set to his often caustic musical criticisms of his native Egypt’s upper classes, the Sheikh’s message is that "If a beautiful thing is suppressed today, it will rise tomorrow.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Hidden faces (1990)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and Egyptian with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 min.
Description:  Originally intended as a film about internationally renowned feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi, Hidden Faces develops into a fascinating portrayal of Egyptian women’s lives in Muslim society. In this collaborative documentary, Safaa Fathay, a young Egyptian woman living in Paris, returns home to interview the famed writer and activist, but becomes disillusioned with her. Illuminated by passages from El Saadawi’s work, the film follows Fathay’s journey to her family home and discovers similar complex frictions between modernity and tradition. Her mother₂s decision to return to the veil after twenty years and her cousins’ clitoridectomies reveal a disturbing renewal of fundamentalism. This absorbing documentary broaches the contradictions of feminism in a Muslim environment; a startling, unforgettable picture of contemporary women in the Arab world.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Wedad  = Widād (1936)
Format: DVD
Language: In Arabic with sub-titles in English and French
Run Time: 99 min.
Description: The biggest production of its time. Wedad is a romantic tale set to the background of the Arabian Nights about a merchant who has to sell the slave he is in love with when he loses all his money. But their love has to conquer in the end and the two lovers will be united. A musical classic starring the diva of the Arab World Om Kolthoum in her first acting role.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Bayah wa-al-ajar = Hocus pocus (1990)
Format:  DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 100 min.
Description: Mustafa’s live is turned upside down when he has to take an apartment whose last tenaىt was a sorcerer.
Genre: Drama

Title: ʻAfrītat Ismāʻīl Yassin = Ismail Yassin’s phantom (1954)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English and French subtitles.
Run Time: 101 min.
Description: When Ismail’s wife is murdered, her ghost comes back to keep him from falling in love with another girl.
Genre: Drama

Title: 24 sāʻat ubb (1974)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English and French subtitles.
Run Time: 91 min.
Description: In this comedy three navy officers on a 24 hour pass go home to their wives, but since their wives doubt their loyalty instead of being welcomed they are ignored. Later on the wives are shown to be wrong and they forgive their husbands--who get another 24 hours vacation.
Genre: Drama

Title: Wadāʻan yā gharāmī = Farewell my love (1951)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English and French subtitles.
Run Time: 111 min.
Description: Two young lovers plan to marry, but when he is called up into the army, they lose touch with one another. Later the girl marries an officer that her former fiance is also assigned to.
Genre: Drama

Title: ʻArīs marātī = My wife’s bridegroom (1959)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 101 min
Description: Confusion and hilarity follow when happily married Loula and Soma’a get jobs at a fashion agency that requires all its employees to be single.
Genre: Drama

Title: al-Ashrār = The bad guys (1970)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 98 min.
Description: Arafat, a currency smuggler, fights to regain a shipment stolen by his two partners, Hatem and Diaa. Who will win in the end?
Genre: Drama

Title: Kalimat sharaf (1972)
Format: DVD NTSC, all regions
Language: In Arabic with optional English and French subtitles
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: A thriller about a prisoner who gives his word of honor to come back to prison if he is let free for one day.
Genre: Drama

Title: El saqqa mat = Le porteur d’eau ... est mort (1977)
Format: VHS
Language: In Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time: 100 min.
Description: Friendship develops between two men with contradictory world-views. One, a water-bearer whose wife died twenty years earlier, spends his days remembering her and mourning her loss. The other, a mortician, spends his life in the pursuit of worldly pleasures because he believes that death will end all enjoyment.
Genre: Drama

Title: Al-Nasir Salah al-Din = Saladin (1963)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 145 min.
Description: Pan-Arabian classic that commemorates the reclamation of the Suez Canal. In the 12th century, Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, unites Arabs across North Africa and Western Asia against the crusading Christians. After defeating Richard the Lionhearted ... Saladin pledges that Arab Jerusalem will remain open to all pilgrims, whatever their religion.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ah̥lām s̥aghyrá = Little dreams (1993)
Format:  VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 81 min.
Description: The story of Ghareeb, a 13-year-old boy whose father died a heroic death in the 1956 Suez Canal crisis when Ghareeb was still an infant. He now lives with his mother in Suez during the period leading up to the outbreak of the 1967 war between Egypt and Israel. When his mother marries the pompous print shop owner, Ghareeb joins the local resistance.
Genre: Drama

Title: Arak el-balah = La sueur des palmiers = Date wine (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 110  min.
Description: When all the able men of a small Egyptian village leave in search of wealth, young Ahmed stays behind. Now the women see him as the man of the village, a role he rejects and does his best to avoid.
Genre: Drama

Title: Marcides = Mercedes  (1993)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 109 min.
Description: After being institutionalized by his mother for trying to donate his fortune to the Egyptian Communist Party, young Noubi emerges from the hospital to find a Cairo different from the one he knew before. When his uncle asks him to aid in the search for his cousin, Gamal, he descends into the city’s dark underworld of corruption and darkness. His search eventually leads him to find happiness and a people he can call “family.”
Genre: Drama

Title: Sariqāt ṣaïfïh = Vols d’ été (1988)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 102 min.
Description: An autobiographical film that focuses on an aristocratic landowning family. The personal narratives of two sisters and two sons intertwine with larger historical events of Egypt from the early 1960s when Nasser’s nationalization decrees were announced, to 1982, when Iran and Iraq were poised at the brink of war.
Genre: Drama

Title: Bab el hadid = Cairo Station (1958)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 76 min.
Description: A smoldering tale of life among the poor who live in Cairo’s railroad station
Genre: Drama

Title: Al-ʻuṣfūr = Le moineau (1973)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 110 min.
Description: Set shortly before and during the Six Day War in June 1967 [and the resignation of Nasser], the film follows a young police officer stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt whose inhabitants suffer from the harassment of a corrupt businessman ... [and] a journalist who is investigating the theft of weapons and machinery by high officials.
Genre: Drama

Title: Al-Ard (1969)
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Run Time: 130 min.
Description: In a small village in Egypt peasants encounter problems in getting enough water to irrigate their fields and struggle against the local landowner, who decides to appropriate part of their land to build a road to his new estate.
Genre: Drama