Synopsis by Mark Deming
Among service employees, cab drivers have a unique inclination toward freely expressing their opinions to their customers, and filmmaker Arthur Hurley has made unusual use of this phenomenon in this documentary. "The Arab street" is a phrase commentators use to describe the consensus of opinion in the Arab world, but Hurley offers a more literal interpretation of the term in Driving an Arab Street -- he accompanied a number of taxi drivers in Cairo as they made their rounds, and they sound off on a variety of social and political issues which offer a unique perspective on the broad diversity of views held by working-class Arabs. A short subject running 39 minutes, Driving an Arab Street was released theatrically in the United States in tandem with another documentary on Arab political thinking, Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said.
cab-driver, social-classes, working-class