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Date Wine (1998)

Arak el-balah (original title)
This film is an exploration of what happens to places in general, and people in particular, once the menfolk abandon an Egyptian village to investigate the greener-grass on the proverbial '... See full summary »

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Hamdy Ahmed
Fayza Amasaib
Abla Kamel
Abdalla Mahmoud
Mohamed Nagati
Sherihan
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This film is an exploration of what happens to places in general, and people in particular, once the menfolk abandon an Egyptian village to investigate the greener-grass on the proverbial 'other side'. The womenfolk, those too old and those too young are left behind... and as the years pass, only letters return, telling tales of loneliness and hard-times. A young man, Ahmed, grows-up under these surroundings and has to deal with being the de-facto man-in-charge; when several of the migrant workers return one day, everyone has to come to terms with things being forever changed. Written by Len Massaar

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What happens when the palm trees leave their home?

This movie ranks high among great movies of all times, selecting a small village in the far south of Egypt, Radwan El-Kashef speaks his message to humanity. Mastering his tools, this director plays on the chords of your heart and the strings of your mind.


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