Asafir El-Nil  (2010) Sparrows of the Nile

6.3
  • Movie
  • Egypt
  • 120 minutes
  • Released
    • Egypt
    • All Ages

A young man leaves his rural origins in search of self-actualization. He moves into a poor neighborhood where he faces contradictions between the principles that he was raised upon back in his...Read more parochial town and the ways of life in the big city. Despite this internal conflict, he falls in love with a girl in his neighborhood. Although their natures are fundamentally different, they are brought together by the challenges that come with facing a pernicious illness.

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A young man leaves his rural origins in search of self-actualization. He moves into a poor neighborhood where he faces contradictions between the principles that he was raised upon...Read more back in his parochial town and the ways of life in the big city. Despite this internal conflict, he falls in love with a girl in his neighborhood. Although their natures are fundamentally different, they are brought together by the challenges that come with facing a pernicious illness.

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    • Egypt
    • All Ages
    • elCinema.com
    • Adults Only (18+)



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Birds of the Nile - Fell when they tried to make everyone happy

This title is an adaptation of Ibrahim Aslan’s story by the same name wherein he discusses the issues affecting the poor and marginalized cohorts of society that reside in Cairo’s suburbs. Ibrahim presents his story through the perspective of A’bd Al Raheem who has moved to Cairo leaving behind his rural origins. The production’s director and screenwriter, Magdy Ahmed Ali, was not in his best form when working on this title as he did not succeed in conveying the essence of the story. Moreover,...Read more he has added several sexually explicit scenes, hoping that that would make the title a commercial success – a hope which appears to have been in vain. Nevertheless, Fathy A’bd Al Wahab’s performance was admirable – an effort which has earned him the award for “Best Actor” at the Cairo International Film Festival. A’beer Sabry’s performance in the film was adequate – albeit unoriginal. Dalal A’bd Al Aziz has indeed excelled in a performing a very challenging role – a feat which will surely be remembered as one of the highlights of her cinema career. All-in-all, the title did not receive much praise from audiences. Many of those who watched the film have described it as lackluster. Critics have been more divided in their opinions with Ussama El Shazly at elcinema.com noting that the director has failed simply because he had invested too much effort in trying to accommodate everyone’s tastes. Magda Kheir Allah at “Al Wafd” newspaper took the criticism one step further by declaring that the director has betrayed the essence of the story.

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