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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nour El-Sherif ...
Averroes (as Nour El Cherif)
Hani Salama ...
Abdellah
Laila Eloui
Mahmoud Hemida ...
Al Mansour, The Caliph (as Mahmoud Hemeida)
Safia El Emari ...
Averroes' Wife (as Safia El Emary)
Mohamed Mounir ...
The Bard
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Nasser, The Crown Prince (as Khaled El Nabaoui)
Seif El Dine ...
The Caliph's Brother (as Seif Abdel Rahman)
Abdalla Mahmoud ...
Borhan
Rogena ...
Salma (as Régina)
Ahmed Fouad Selim ...
Cheikh Riad
Magdi Idris ...
Emir of the Sect
Ahmed Moukhtar ...
Bard
Sherifa Maher ...
Manuella's Mother
Rayek Azzab ...
El Razi
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The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are not liked by everyone. The caliph's political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students. Written by Anonymous

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According to an interview actor Nour El-Sherif stated that the role of Ibn Roshd was supposed to be played by director Youssef Chahine himself, but Nour told him that he was not suitable for the role. See more »

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Caliph's brother: Thoughts have wings. No one can prevent them from flying.
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Entertaining, compelling
22 September 2014 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine biopic of Arab philosopher Averroes (who lived in Andalusia during the 1100s) is surprisingly compelling, with fine production values, including a lavish color cinematography (this was a co production with France that won awards at the Cannes film festival in 1997). Averroes (played by Nour el Sheriff) is seen in the movie, avant la lettre, as a wise champion of rationality and against fundamentalism. Aside having to fight the intrigue of fundamentalists, he has to do some optical experiments and also has to deal with family problems, a misguided caliph, and Christian troops eager to attack Andalusia. The movie also includes ridiculous but charming musical interludes reminiscent of Indian movies.


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