Al-mummia (1969) AKA The Mummy / The Night of Counting the Years

This under-seen Egyptian classic, set in 1881 on the eve of British colonial rule, is based on a true story: An Upper Egyptian clan had been robbing mummies and selling the artifacts on the black market. The film casts this story in terms of the search for an authentic, lost Egyptian national identity, but the conflict between city and country suggests unresolved questions, making it an ambiguous, unsettling reflection on the price of identity. 

Director: Shadi Abdel Salam. AKA The Mummy / The Night of Counting the Years / 
Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Nadia Lutfi, Ahmad Anan, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Abdelazim Abdelhack, Abdelmonen Aboulfoutouh, Shafik Nour El Din. المومياء

1972/3 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo


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