Film Screening at NYUAD: Bab el Hadid (Cairo Station)
NYU Abu Dhabi will be screening Youssef Chahine's classic Bab el Hadid (Cairo Station) on Saturday, 7th April at 7pm. This screening is part of series called Journeys in Film History, a collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. It's a free screening, but you need to RSVP here.
I cannot recommend this enough, so if you've not watched this film before, a fan of cinema and live in Abu Dhabi, please don't miss this. I wrote a short piece about this film last year, you can read it here.
Highly controversial for its bleak depiction of Egyptian society, Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station marked the director's movement to more socially conscious stories about the urban poor and dispossessed.
Chahine plays the cripple Kenaoui and is joined by Egyptian cinema stars Hind Rustum and Farid Chaouqi, performing as people who live in and around a train station but are never afforded the luxury of travel.
Cairo Station highlights ways that Chahine's films are cosmopolitan while maintaining a strong sense of Egyptian identity.