Chahine in Focus

A scene from Chahine's most famous and arguably best film, the 1958 Bab El Hadeed (Cairo Station)The American University in Cairo has been hosting a week of Youssef Chahine films (mostly at the new campus,  which is why we've just found out about it). They will be showing Eskinderia...Leih? (Alexandria...Why?) on March 14 and El Youm El Sadis (The Sixth Day) on March 15. Also, the lovely documentary El-Qahira Minawwara bi-Ahlaha (Cairo Illuminated by Its People, titled in English: Cairo as Seen by Chahine) will be showing at the Downtown campus on Tuesday March 16 at 7pm. I saw this years ago and thought it was great (I was told it's never broadcast on Egyptian TV because its depiction of Cairo's crowds and streets is considered unflattering). The screenings are all leading up to the launch of a new book on Chahine's oeuvre, The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema.

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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.