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3 films with Mahmoud Yassine to discover or rediscover

The legendary actor of the golden age of Egyptian cinema passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Stricken by Alzheimer's disease, he had not appeared in the cinema since 2012, but he leaves behind many works, engraved in the memories of everyone in the Middle East and film lovers around the world. To honor him, KAWA suggests 3 films to discover or rediscover!

Nahnu La Nazraa Al-Shok, 1970



It is undeniably the film that allowed the star to break through. It tells the story of a young woman suffering torment and cruelty at the hands of her mother-in-law after the death of her mother. A family drama in which the protagonist finds refuge with another, more loving family. But her worries don’t stop there, quite the contrary.


Shey min el khouf, (Something out of Fear),1969



We take the same ones and start again. Finally not quite since this film was released the year before, but Yassine was also, for this project, directed by Hussein Kamal. The story is based on the short story of the same name by Tharwat Abaza, and takes place in an Egyptian village. A tyrant reigns over the villagers there, and he is put to the test when a public act of defiance is perpetrated by Fu’ada, the object of his affection.


The Bullet is Still in My Pocket, 1974



Based on a story by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, the film deals with the 1973 war and depicts an Egyptian society in crisis. It follows the adventures of soldier Mohammad (Mahmoud Yassin) as he returns to his village, defeated after the 1967 war, to be greeted with contempt and derision. The girl he loves has been raped by a high-ranking civil servant (played by Youssef Chaban) and Mohammad decides to avenge her by killing the civil servant; he finds an outlet for his frustration when the 1973 war breaks out.