Reading Across Campus and the Cinematopia Film Club screen film inspired by novels of Naguib Mahfouz
Reading Across Campus and the Cinematopia student film club screened the 1986 Egyptian film The Hunger. Inspired by the novels of Naguib Mahfouz, The Hunger tells the story of one man’s rise to power in his Cairo neighborhood, and his subsequent corruption and demise.
Like many of Mahfouz’s novels, the film deals with broad social themes of economic inequality and political instability, as well as the personal complexities of individual human beings. Directed by Aly Badrakhan, and starring Soad Hosny, Yousra, and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, The Hunger
is presented in the original Arabic (with English subtitles).
Dr. Kristin Rozzell Murray
, Assistant Professor of English, offered a brief introduction to the film.
“The Hunger provides an opportunity to think about the dominant themes of Mahfouz’s work beyond the pages of this year’s Reading Across Campus text. It is also an opportunity to consider Mahfouz’s influence on modern Egyptian culture, and especially Egyptian cinema
,” explains Dr. Micah Robins
, Assistant Professor of English at AUD.