Escape the cold, get a cup of Egyptian tea, and cozy up in the atmospheric Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute for classic Egyptian films on Wednesday nights in January and February. A notable scholar introduces each film to provide context and how the film was received by critics and the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. All films are shown in Arabic with English subtitles.
Come early to visit the galleries and join our pre-screening programs: Hot tea and Egyptian sweets are served at 5:15pm, and film introduction starts at 5:45pm. Screening begins at 6:00pm.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (1958. 1h 35min. Directed by Youssef Chahine.)
Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. While she treats Kinawi in a sympathetic way and jokes with him about a possible relationship, She is in love with Abu Sri', a strong and respected porter at the station who is struggling to unionize his fellow workers to combat their boss' exploitative and abusive treatment.
Introduction by Dr. Noha Forster
Free. Registration recommended.
Co-sponsored by the Consulate of Egypt in Chicago, the Oriental Institute, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Chicago.