Political Intervention and the Struggle for National Unity and Liberation

Malek Khouri

in The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163548
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970153 | DOI:
Political Intervention and the Struggle for National Unity and Liberation

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Arab's cinematic first serious attempt to tackle the issue of the anticolonial struggle came in 1958 by way of a film that told the story of a real-life Algerian resistance fighter who had been caught by the French army. Jamila came on the heels of the Egyptian victory which saw the retreat of the trilateral forces of Britain, France, and Israel that had attacked Egypt in the aftermath of the Nasser government's decision to nationalize the Suez Canal in 1956. Jamila reflected the grass roots sentiments in the region and informed its preoccupation with issues of national liberation. Algerian resistance against French colonialism was widely supported by the Nasser government and enjoyed popular support across the Arab world.

Keywords: Jamilia; Suez Canal; national liberation; colonialism; Nasser

Chapter.  7647 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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