Film, Fantasy

Time Out says

Its occasional dramatic longueurs notwithstanding, Chahine's film about the 12th century Moorish philosopher Averroës is a brave, engrossing attack on Islamic fundamentalist dogma and oppression. Averroës and his followers are shown as free-thinking liberals, the Caliph (who ordered his work burnt) a mere political pawn, but secondary to the narrative itself is the glorious, stirring (and generically traditional) use of song and dance - frowned on by the philosopher's enemies - as an energising, liberating force which embodies Chahine's notion that 'thought has wings'. Common sense and sensuality merge in the intelligent script and vibrant, colourful mise en scène to often exhilarating effect.


Release details

135 mins

Cast and crew

Youssef Chahine
Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
Nour El-Cherif
Laila Eloui
Mahmoud Hemeida
Safia El-Amary
Mohamed Mounir