Birds of Darkness (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Satire  |   Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - Egypt  |  
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This outwardly light Egyptian comedy contains serious undertones that sternly condemn the corrupt politics and religious extremism that filmmaker Sherif Arafa believes is destroying his country. Attorney for the downtrodden Fathi Nofal Imam is a no-nonsense, canny man with a taste for booze and fallen women. The story centers on his representation of Samira, a woman up on prostitution charges whom Imam defends. His opponent is the fundamentalist Islamic lawyer Ali and both of them face an equally Islamic judge. Despite these formidable obstacles, the clever Imam is able to work the crooked justice system and use religion to free Samira.

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against-the-system, corruption, Judicial-system, lawyer, prostitute/prostitution