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The Land 12 rating

Chahine’s ode to the earth is considered his masterwork.

Drama 1969 134 mins

Director: Youssef Chahine



In 1930s Egypt, farmers of a rural village form a collective when they lose access to water for their crops. Opening with the text ‘We will water it with our blood / it is the reason we exist’, The Land is a powerful ode to the earth, which builds towards an unforgettable closing scene – one of the landmark moments in Egyptian cinematic history.

Restored by Misr International Films.