Alexandria... Why?

  • Alexandrie, pourquoi ?
Type : Fiction
Original title : Iskanderija… Lih?
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1978
Format : Feature
Running time : 130 (in minutes)

"Alexandria, Why?" marked a radical, newly introspective turn in Chahine's active career, a sharp departure from his Fifties musicals and melodramas and his later epics and political films. The first of Chahine's four film semi-autobiography, entitled "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," "Alexandria, Why?" focuses on a precocious adolescent whose dreams and colorful attempts to become an actor unfold against the vivid backdrop of Alexandria during World War II. A rich ensemble cast inspires Chahine's young thespian hero with a wealth of dramatic subplots-at turns hilarious and touching-about wartime life. The autobiographical nature and nostalgic flavor of "Alexandria, Why?" make it one of Chahine's most accessible works, a charming and entertaining film that also delivers a potently subversive and impassioned anti-war message.

Directed by Youssef Chahine.

With Naglaa Fathi, Farid Shawki, Ezzat el-Alaili

Egypt 1978, 35mm, color, 130 min. Arabic with English subtitles



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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