Every Friday, ArabLit suggests a new classic film-book combination, until we run out of steam about 20 weeks in:
This week, it’s Adrift on the Nile (1971), based on the 1966 novel by Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz. According to film critic Hessen Hossam, the movie answers three questions: “What’s the importance of cinema?” “What’s the big fuss about a black-and-white downer of a film?” and “How significant is a bunch of chitchat on the Nile?”
Directed by Hussein Kamal and adapted to the screen by Mamdouh al-Laithy, the film was seen as critical of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government and was scuttled off stage. It remains banned in several countries, according to Omar al-Qattan, writing in The Guardian.
You can watch the film with English subtitles:
Previous Friday films:
A Nightingale’s Prayer, based on a novel by Taha Hussein.
Kit Kat, based on the novel The Heron by Ibrahim Aslan, available in translation by Elliott Colla.
The Egyptian Citizen, based on Yusuf al-Qa’id’s award-winning novel War in the Land of Egypt