Le Moineau

Feature film / Egypt / 105' / 35mm couleur / Directors' Fortnight 1973

Set shortly before and during the Six Day War in June 1967, The Sparrow follows a young police officer stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt whose inhabitants suffer from the harassment of a corrupt businessman. The officer crosses paths with a journalist who is investigating what appears to be a scandal involving the theft of weapons and machinery by high officials. Using the protagonist Bahiya's house as a meeting place, the police officer and the journalist come together to uncover this circle of black marketers. During the inquiries, however, war breaks out and Nasser announces his resignation. A seminal film, The Sparrow is often cited as the first film in Arab Cinema dealing with the predominant theme of defeat.

Loufti el Kholi et Youssef Chahine
Mustapha Imam
Salah Kabil, Ali El Scherif, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Seif El Dine, Myriam Fakhr Eddine, Habiba, Mohsena Tewfik

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