This film is an exploration of what happens to places in general, and people in particular, once the menfolk abandon an Egyptian village to investigate the greener-grass on the proverbial ‘other side’. The womenfolk, those too old and those too young are left behind… and as the years pass, only letters return, telling tales of loneliness and hard-times.—imdb
El-Kashef was born on 6 August 1952, barely two weeks after the July Revolution. He was active in the student movement and was repeatedly imprisoned for his dissident politics, the reason why he graduated from Cairo University’s Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, in 1978, some years after his contemporaries.
El-Kashef went on to the Higher Institute of Cinema from which he graduated in 1984, and in the next two years made his mark with three short films: Al- Janoubiya (The Southern Woman, his 1984 graduation project); Al-Warsha (The Workshop, 1985) and Hayat Ba’ie Mutajawil (Life of a Salesman, 1986). By the time El-Kashef married Azza Kamel — with whom he had two children, a girl, Aida, in 1990, and a boy, Mustafa, in 1997 — his career was underway.
During the 1970s El-Kashef stood out as a lone voice from the Egyptian south, unique in as much as the profound desire to examine the deepest recesses of national consciousness never conflicted with his loyalty to… read more