Al Haram About this sound listen (help·info) (Arabic: الحرام, English: The Sin) is a classical 1965 Egyptian drama film directed by Henry Barakat. The film stars Faten Hamama, Zaki Rostom, and Abdallah Gheith and is based on a novel by the same title by Yūsuf Idrīs. The film was nominated for the Prix International award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival. It was also chosen as one of the best Egyptian film productions in the Egyptian Cinema centennial. A survey by Al-Fonoon magazine in 1984 chose it as one of the best ten films in the history of Egyptian cinema.
Azizah, a poor peasant, portrays worker oppression in this somber social drama. She gets savagely raped by a guard when she goes into the fields to gather potatoes. She does not reveal what had happened to her husband who is suffering from an illness. She conceals the pregnancy and throttles the baby after it is born. She also dies soon thereafter. The migrant workers rally around her memory as she becomes a martyr to the cause of the struggling peasants. —wikipedia
Henri Barakat was born in 1914 in Shubra, the popular Coptic Christian- dominated area of north Cairo. He loved going to the cinema and theatre as well as reading classical 19th-century novels during his law studies at King Fuad I University in Cairo. He graduated in 1935. Barakat always paid fierce attention to details. In 1935, by pointing out many technical errors, the young graduate made himself unpopular with the crew and star cast in his first job, assisting his older brother as he edited the film Antar Effendi; it was a fiasco both at the box office and with critics. The experience induced him to go to Paris to study cinema.
Here he learnt his trade by attending the shooting of many French films and going to the cinema – sometimes four times a day – in order to write a critical study of what he saw. He returned to Cairo when the Second World War broke out, and soon started on his first film, Ashareed (“The Vagabond”, 1942), based on a story by Chekhov. It was a box-office… read more