Egypt 1969 130'
Director: Youssef Chahine
Script: Hassan Fuad, Abderrahman Charkawi
Camera: Abdelhalim Nasr
Sound: John Knight
Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
Music: Ali Ismail
With: Hamdy Ahmed, Yehia Chahine, Ezzat El Alaili, Tewfik El Dekn, Ali El Scherif, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Salah El-Saadany, Nagwa Ibrahim
One of Chahine's most enduring classics, AL ARD details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood against a corrupt pasha interested only in self-aggrandizement. Adapted by Chahine from a novel published shortly after the abolition of the monarchy by Egypt's 1952 revolution, The Land offers a full-blooded narrative of political struggle and sweeping nationalist emotions and is a rallying cry for an Arab world demoralized by Israeli expansion in the late 1960s.