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Naguib Mahfouz: The Passage of the Century
A Film by Francka Mouloudi
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film stillIn 1988, Naguib Mahfouz, "who, through works rich in nuance—now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous—has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind," was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the first and is still the only Arab Nobel Laureate for Literature.

At the end of the 20th century Mahfouz granted filmmaker Francka Mouloudi rare access to make this revealing documentary with and about him. At the age of 88, half-blind, hard of hearing, and crippled by a recent assassination attempt, Mahfouz is remarkably lively, witty and lucid.

Author of the acclaimed Cairo Trilogy, The Harafish, Arabian Nights and Days and many other novels and collections of short stories, Mahfouz weaves the threads of his life together with his view of society, his childhood, his discovery of literature (Egyptian and Western), the city of Cairo (which he left only three times in his life), Islamic fundamentalism, the evolution of Egypt, the role of women, and the future of civilization.

"Recommended! A fascinating look at one of the giants of modern Arab literature."—Educational Media Reviews Online

"[Mahfouz] is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola and a Jules Romains."—Edward Said, London Review of Books

"More than just a portrait, [the film] intelligently crystallizes the doubts and developments of the Egyptian society today."—Télérama

"A very beautiful portrait."—Le Figaro

2005 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference
2002 African Literature Association Film Festival
2001 Middle East Studies Association FilmFest
2000 Carthage Film Festival
2000 Haifa Film Festival
2000 FIPATEL Film Festival

49 minutes / Color
Arabic / English subtitles
Release: 2001
Copyright: 1999

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Egypt, Literature, Middle East

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