Al Awama Rakam Sabeen (1982)

Run Time - 131 min.  |   Countries - Egypt  |  
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When a young documentary director is filming the harsh conditions for workers at a cotton factory, he is approached by one of the laborers with news about a scandal. Intrigued, he invites the worker to his houseboat -- shared by his female companion, a journalist -- and the two listen to the man's story. The full seriousness of his information is brought home when the unfortunate worker is killed after he leaves the houseboat. Now the young director, his lover, and some of their best friends have to make the difficult decision of whether to keep silent and stay alive, or to expose the factory for what it is and possibly be killed as a result. This is Egyptian director Khairy Beshara's second film after (Bloody Destinies, 1980), which also focused on socio-political problems. Unlike the earlier film, Awama Rakam Sabeen does have some unusually frank sexual scenes for Egyptian cinema.

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director, factory, journalism, laborer, life-choices, murder, scandal, worker