Faten Hamama in Al Haram
|Directed by||Henry Barakat|
|Written by||Youssef Idriss
Saad al-Din Wahbah
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
March 11, 1974 (USA)
Al Haram listen (help·info) (Arabic: الحرام, English: The Sin) is a classical 1965 Egyptian drama film directed by Henry Barakat. The film stars Faten Hamama, Zaki Rostom, and Abdullah Gaith and is based on a novel by the same title by Yūsuf Idrīs. The film was nominated for the Prix International award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival. It was also chosen as one of the best Egyptian film productions in the Egyptian cinema centennial. A survey by Al-Fonoon magazine in 1984 chose it as one of the best ten films in the history of Egyptian cinema.
Azizah, a poor peasant, portrays worker oppression in this somber social drama. She gets savagely raped by a guard when she goes into the fields to gather potatoes. She does not reveal what had happened to her husband who is suffering from an illness. She conceals the pregnancy and throttles the baby after it is born. She also dies soon thereafter. The migrant workers rally around her memory as she becomes a martyr to the cause of the struggling peasants.
The newspaper Le Monde wrote: "we have been attracted to this movie due to the true picture that reflects the suffering of this village, the picture is not about a problem for one individual, it’s about the reflection of everything surrounding her, from people to culture."
- "Festival de Cannes: Al Haram". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
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