Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Conqueror of Darkness (1978)

Conqueror of Darkness [qaher al-zullam] (1978) - (Mahmoud Yassine) Egyptian film poster

This is a poster for a film biography of Taha Husayn, designed by Gasour and Anis. The film was directed by Atef Salem based on a story by Kamal al-Malakh with screenplay and dialogue by D. Rafiq al-Saban, Samir Abdel Azeem and Moussa Sabry; cinematography was by Ibrahim Saleh. Plot summary: Taha Husayn was born in poverty in upper Egypt in the province of Al-Mina. He became blind because of the poverty and ignorance that were prevalent in society, but he learned how to overcome the problems of blindness, how to compensate for it with hearing, how to succeed with books and even how to get admitted to Al-Azhar University and succeed with his studies there despite the problems. He later became a candidate for literature studies in the city of Montpelier France while he was on a government mission there. He went there with his brother who looked after him and helped him deal with adverse circumstances. He met his lifetime French friend Susan, who helped him with reading. Love developed between them while he was studying for his doctorate and they married after he received his diploma. In Cairo Taha Husayn was appointed professor and then dean at a university. He then became minister of education and waged an intellectual struggle with the people in the government to make education as free as air and water for all people.

Cast and Crew: Atef Salem, Hamdy Ahmed, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Taha Husayn, Mahmoud Yassine, Yehia El-Fakharany, Abdel Alim Khattab, Ibrahim Saleh, Yolande Folliot, Kamal al-Malakh, D. Rafiq al-Saban, Samir Abdel Azeem, Moussa Sabry, Ibrahim Saleh, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Salama Elias, Farouk Youssef, Hussein El-Sherbini, Abdel Ghani Al-Nagdi, Fakry Azer, Nader Nour, Adib Tarablos, Mohammad al-Shourbagy, Adawy Gheith, Mahmoud Rashad, Sayed Madbouli, Rafiq Fahmy, Abdel Moneim al-Nemr, Ahmed Omar

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