In Memoriam: Youssef Chahine

The great, probably greatest, Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine died two days ago in Egypt.  He made his first film in 1950 and was known for launching the film career of another Egyptian film great, Omar Sharif.

You can read coverage of his work and his death at AFP, Time Magazine, BBC, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera English.

–L.L. Wynn

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2 Responses to In Memoriam: Youssef Chahine

  1. llwynn says:

    Al-Ahram has published something on Youssef Chahine’s life and work: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/908/cu2.htm

  2. Noor Hammad says:

    Another tragedy this week with Mahmoud Darwish passing away in Texas after unsuccessful heart surgery. May he rest in peace.

    —————–

    I Come From There

    by Mahmoud Darwish

    I come from there and I have memories
    Born as mortals are, I have a mother
    And a house with many windows,
    I have brothers, friends,
    And a prison cell with a cold window.
    Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
    I have my own view,
    And an extra blade of grass.
    Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
    And the bounty of birds,
    And the immortal olive tree.
    I walked this land before the swords
    Turned its living body into a laden table.

    I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother,
    When the sky weeps for her mother.
    And I weep to make myself known
    To a returning cloud.
    I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood,
    So that I could break the rule.
    I learnt all the words and broke them up,
    To make a single word: Homeland….

    ——————–

    Noor Hammad

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