Artikelnummer 5229

THE SPARROW (Al-asfour) (1972) * with switchable English subtitles *

Youssef Chahine Writer: Youssef Chahine Stars: Salah Kabil, Ali El Scherif, Mahmoud El-Meliguy

Set during 1967's Six-Day War between Israel and the United Arab Republic, the film follows a young policeman trying to unearth government corruption. The task isn't made any easier looking after his father and half-brother, a journalist and soldier trying to affect change on the homefront while dealing with corruption on his own. The film was a reaction to the defeat at the hands of the Israelis a mere five years before. Its nuanced message proclaims that the Arabs were doomed to lose even before a shot was fired, because internal corruption and rot undermined the people's ability to prevail.

DVD-R is in Arabic with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 106 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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