"Cairo Station, his twelfth, was the first great movie made by an African." - Mark Cousins - Prospect Magzine 2006.
With the introduction of our world cinema segment, we aim to highlight the work of filmmakers from across the globe who we feel may have gone overlooked. Starting with Youssef Chahine's 1958 masterpiece Cairo Station. This will be followed by a Q&A with Film Critic John Maguire
Cairo Station - Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. While she treats Kinawi in a sympathetic way and jokes with him about a possible relationship, She is actually in love with Abu Sri’, a strong and respected porter at the station who is struggling to unionize his fellow workers to combat their boss’ exploitative and abusive treatment.
John Maguire is a film critic, journalist and broadcaster who writes a weekly column for the Sunday Business Post newspaper. John was a founding member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle in 2001. Married with two young children, he lives in DublinFind Out More
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