Azouz, a janitor in Cairo Music Conservatoire, has a simple world, never troubled by the least dream. His little world is limited to the Sa’ada alley (the Alley of Happiness) where he lives with his wife Mabrouka since more than fifteen years, and to the coffee shop in the neighbourhood where he meets friends who respect his knowledge of reading and writing, as well as his gentle manners. —Mnet
Asma el Bakry was born in Cairo to an aristocratic and community-oriented family. Her maternal grandfather, Sakakini Pasha, is known to have established the Sakakini quarter in El Zaher district in Cairo, the Roman Catholic Patriarchate in Faggala and the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Old Cairo. She moved to Alexandria, however, as a young girl with her mother and brother, where she received her education in the renowned French school, Notre Dame de Sion and Lycée, and then earned a BA in French literature from the University of Alexandria in 1970.
Though El Bakry’s mother rarely allowed her to go to the cinema as she believed that reading books was more important for cultivating her children, El Bakry’s love for cinema surfaced as early as schooldays. She was so fascinated by the few films she was allowed to watch that she reproduced parodies of those films; she would cast her friends at school in the different roles and then play the role of the director herself.
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