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Alexandria... Why? 12 rating

A boisterous and brilliant autobiographical reflection set during the Second World War.

Drama 1978 131 mins

Director: Youssef Chahine



During the Second World War, teenage Yehia dreams of studying cinema while his quirky family, living atop a theatre, endure air raids by playing backgammon and eating ice cream. The first instalment of Chahine’s semi-autobiographical trilogy interweaves the personal with the philosophical and a critique of Western imperialism.