Following the initial screening of 'Ahl El-Qema' in the programme, Zawya Cinema will host a post-show panel discussion featuring the Egyptian filmmaker Aly Badrakhan.
Downtown Cairo’s Zawya Cinema is set to honour the legacy of Egyptian filmmaker Aly Badrakhan through its latest retrospective programme, scheduled to run from December 2 to 26, according to a report by Cairo Scene.
Entitled ‘Aly Badrakhan Retrospective,’ the programme is dedicated to showcasing the prolific career of Badrakhan and his significant impact on the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema. The lineup will feature a curated selection of five classic films directed by Badrakhan, all starring the iconic Soad Hosny – his former wife, muse, and the Cinderella of Egyptian cinema. The highlighted films include Al-Karnak, Al-Gou, Ahl El-Qema, Shafiqa W Metwali, and El-Hob Alazi Kan.
Aly Badrakhan embarked on his cinematic journey after graduating from the Higher Institute of Cinema and completing an internship at Italy’s Cinecita. His debut feature film, El-Hob Alazi Kan, was released in 1973, followed by El Karnak, a collaboration with the renowned literary figure and Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. Badrakhan’s cinematic journey concluded with El Raghba in 2002, featuring a stellar cast including Elham Shahein, Nadia Al Gendy, Yaser Galal, and Salah Abdallah.
The retrospective programme will culminate in a special event after the screening of Ahl El-Qema, where Zawya will host Aly Badrakhan himself for a post-show panel discussion. Moderated by filmmaker and writer Bassam Mortada, the discussion promises insights into Badrakhan’s distinguished career and the cinematic gems presented during the retrospective.
Tickets for the ‘Aly Badrakhan Retrospective’ can be obtained at the venue and online through Zawya’s official website.