The Best Of Egyptian Cinema

Sherif Awad, a​ ​film critic and curator based in Cairo, highlights ten of the best Egyptian films of all time.


Al-Azema (The Will, 1939)

Director: Kamal Selim

The romantic drama paints a vivid picture of the economic crisis that ravaged Egypt in the 1930s. A young couple, Mohamed and Fatima, played by Hussein Sedky and Fatma Roshdy, fall in love and get married. Their newlywed bliss, however, is cut short when Mohamed loses his job and is forced to work as a fabric salesman without telling his wife. Some of their neighbors then scheme to get Fatima to see her husband at his new job.

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