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Cairo Station
1958, Youssef Chahine, 77 minutes.

In this beautiful classic film from legendary director Youssef Chahine, Cairo's main railroad station is used to represent all of Egyptian society. We see a community comprised of luggage carriers and soft-drink vendors living in abandoned train cars.

A crippled newspaper dealer, Kinawi (played by Chahine himself), falls in love with the beautiful but indifferent Hanuma (Hind Rostom), a lemonade seller who only has eyes for the handsome Abu Sri'. Swept away by his obsessive desire, Kinawi kidnaps the object of his passion, with terrible consequences.

Chahine received international recognition when this masterpiece of sexuality, repression, madness and violence among society's marginalized played at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Golden Bear in 1958.

*The Cairo Station 50th Anniversary Special Edition DVD includes Chahine's 24-minute documentary portrait of Cairo, Cairo as Seen by Chahine, made for French television in 1991.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact info@arabfilm.com for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or info@arabfilm.com for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

 
Feature Film:
• Adrift on the Nile Hussein Kamal, 1971, 115 minutes,
• Afrita Hanem (The Genie Lady) Henri Barakat, 1950, 111 minutes,
• Citizen, a Detective and a Thief, A Daoud Abdel Sayed, 2001, 135 minutes,
• Days and Nights Henri Barakat, 1955, 102 minutes,
• Dunia — Kiss Me Not On the Eyes Jocelyne Saab, 2006, 108 minutes,
• Egyptian Cinema Classics Collection 1 Various, 1947-1971, Five Film Collection,
• Egyptian Cinema Classics Collection 2 Henri Barakat, Naizi Mostafa, Atef Salem, 1937 - 1963, 534 minutes [5 film collection],
• Everything Is Fine Niazi Mostafa, 1937, 98 minutes,
• Fatma Ahmed Badrakhan, 1947, 126 minutes,
• Glass and a Cigarette, A Niazi Mostafa, 1955, 112 minutes,
• Man In Our House, A Henri Barakat, 1961, 153 minutes,
• Mother of the Bride Atef Salem, 1963, 102 minutes,
• Nasser 56 Mohamed Fadel, 1996, 142 minutes,
• Nightingale's Prayer, The Henri Barakat, 1959, 119 minutes,
• Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story Yousry Nasrallah, 2009, 134 minutes,
• Struggle on the Nile Atef Salem, 1959, 120 minutes,
• Terrorism & Kebab Sherif Arafa, 1993, 105 minutes,
• Wolves Don't Eat Meat [aka. Kuwait Connection] Samir A. Khouri, 1973, 101 minutes,
Documentary:
• Days of Democracy Ateyyat El-Abnoudy, 1996, 70 minutes,
• Driving an Arab Street Arthur Hurley, 2002, 39 minutes,
• Egyptian Sons Tania Kamal-Eldin, 2014, 30 minutes,
• Fabulous Samia Gamal, The Various, 2003, 84 minutes,
• Lemon Tree, The (1993) Viola Shafik, 1993, 29 minutes,
• Mother of Light and Her Daughters, The Viola Shafik, 1999, 54 minutes,
• Planting of Girls, The Viola Shafik, 1999, 37 minutes,
• Take Off From the Sand Wageh George, 1996, 60 minutes,
• Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt Michal Goldman, 1996, 67 minutes,
• Veiled Voices Brigid Maher, 2009, 59 minutes,
Short Film:
• Sheikha Stories Brigid Maher, 2009, 36 minutes,
• Three by Ateyyat El Abnoudy: Horse of Mud / Sad Song of Touha / The Sandwich Ateyyat El Abnoudy, 1971-1975, 36 minutes,
Books:
• Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity Viola Shafik—author, 2007, 255 pages,
• Youssef Chahine Ibrahim Fawal—author, 2001, 208 pages,

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