For the Love of Film - In search of classic Arab science fiction films

 رحلة إلى القمر / Rihla Ila Al Qamar / Journey to the Moon (Egypt, 1959)

رحلة إلى القمر / Rihla Ila Al Qamar / Journey to the Moon (Egypt, 1959)

This post is part of For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon 2015 which started on 13th May and will go on till 17th May 2015. 

The aim of the blogathon is to raise funds for the National Film Preservation Foundation (an independent, nonprofit organization created to rescue endangered films) to support restoring a specific film each year. 

This year's film is Cupid in Quarantine. You can read more about it here. If this is of interest to you, please donate as little or as much as you can by clicking on the "Donate Here" button at the end of this post. 

Here's my first post for the blogathon:


In search of classic Arab science fiction films
 

When science fiction was announced as the theme for this year's Film Preservation Blogathon, it made me want to research sci-fi films from the Arab world, especially old films. I've seen lots of old Arabic language films, especially from Egypt, genres including dramas, comedies and musicals, but I don't recall seeing any sci-fi films. 

A quick search online in Arabic and in English lead me to a handful of titles, but I am still trying to find more. For now, I will share some of the titles and film posters I found. I will write about one of the films (or two, if time permits) in my next post. 
 

من أين لك هذا / Min Ayn Laka Haza / Where did you get this?
(Egypt, 1952)

صوت من الماضي / Sawt Min Al Madi / Voice from the Past
(Egypt, 1956) 

رحلة إلى القمر / Rihla Ila Al Qamar / Journey to the Moon
(Egypt, 1959) 

غوار لاعب الكرة / Ghawar La'ib Al Kura / Ghawar the Football Player
(Syria, 1972) 

خطيئة ملاك / Khatee'at Malak / Sins of an Angel
(Egypt, 1979) 

You can read all the participating posts in the host blogs listed below:

Ferdy on Film on 13-14 May
This Island Rod on 15-16 May
Wonders in the Dark  on 17 May