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Destiny (1997)

Al-massir (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Averroes (as Nour El Cherif)
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Abdellah
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)
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The Caliph's Brother (as Seif Abdel Rahman)
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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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Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »

Quotes

Caliph's brother: Thoughts have wings. No one can prevent them from flying.
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Alli sotak
Performed by Mohamed Mounir
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A masterpiece of the modern Egyptian movie making
24 January 1999 | by (Cairo Egypt) – See all my reviews

The movie is simply great. So beautiful, so entertaining, so well-made. As beautiful as I had expected from yousef shaheen, the director, as a leader of the modern Egyptian movie making. The ideal declared by the film is a throbbing hot one. Liberal thought and freedom from all pre-made and superimposed thought is a subject that I never saw treated in such an open manner, especially in a conservative society like the Egyptian one. The Camera playing, the lighting modules, the music, the positioning of the right song in the right situation are all points that count on the director's side. The scene where the Khaleefa says: "I'm the Andalus" with him being zoomed out to appear dotted in the centre of the screen, is one scene that I don't think will forget. The actors choice was also very successful. If you have never seen an Egyptian film before, this is a good one to start with.


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