Al Ard - La terre

Youssef ChahineEgypt – 1969

Youssef Chahine’s adaptation of Marxist writer Abd al-Rahman al-Sharqawi’s 1953 novel, set in the 1930s, is an epic chronicle of life in a rural Egyptian village. The main plot concerns the unsuccessful attempts of the villagers to retain their access to water. Told that they can only irrigate their land a few days a month, several of the villagers are arrested for overwatering. Although the outside threat originally seems to unite the villagers, divisions resurface, and one of them is bought off by the local bey, representative of the ruling class in general.

Original Title Al Ard - La terre
German Title Die Erde
French Title La terre
Other Titles La terra - The Land
Directed by Youssef Chahine
Country Egypt
Available Formats DVD, DCP
Screenplay Hassan Fuad, Abderrahman Charkawi (Roman)
Film Editing Rashida Abdel Salam
Soundtrack Ali Ismail
Cinematography Abdelhalim Nasr
Sound John Knight
Runtime 130 Min.
Language Arabisch/d/f
Hamdy Ahmed Mohammad Effendi
Yehia Chahine Hassuna
Ezzat El Alaili Abd El-Hadi
Tewfik El Dekn Khedr
Ali El Scherif Diab
Mahmoud El-Meliguy Mohamed Abu Swelam
Salah El-Saadany Elwani
Nagwa Ibrahim Wassifa

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