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Bab el shams (2004)

In the beginning was Palestine, and the story of Younes (Orwa Nyrabia) began, known as Abou Salem, known as the Man, said to be the father of Ibrahim, fighting the English from the age of ... See full synopsis »


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Hiam Abbass ... Um Youness
Hussein Abou Seada Hussein Abou Seada ... Colonel Mehdi
Fady Abou-Samra Fady Abou-Samra ... Dr. Amgad
Mohamad Akil Mohamad Akil ... Responsable OLP
Ahmad Al Ahmad Ahmad Al Ahmad ... Adnan
Darina Al Joundi ... Femme fantôme (as Darina El Joundi)
Vivianne Antonios Vivianne Antonios ... Epouse de Sameh
Muhtaseb Aref Muhtaseb Aref ... Sheikh Ibrahim
Gérard Avedissian Gérard Avedissian ... Barman
Antoine Balabane Antoine Balabane ... Georges
Béatrice Dalle ... Catherine
Maher Essam Maher Essam ... Selim
Hanane Hajj Ali Hanane Hajj Ali ... Zeinab
Mohamed Hedaki Mohamed Hedaki ... Abou Essaf
Talal Jurdi Talal Jurdi ... Tortionnaire (as Talal Jordy)


In the beginning was Palestine, and the story of Younes (Orwa Nyrabia) began, known as Abou Salem, known as the Man, said to be the father of Ibrahim, fighting the English from the age of 16, still fighting, but retrenched in the Lebanon, illegal in his own country ; the story of Nahila (Rim Turki) also began, married to him when she was twelve, breast-feeding their first child, born during the villagers' exhausting trek towards the North, fleeing their burning homes, Nahila whom he met secretly in a cave in Bab El Chams, in Galilee. Again it is the story of Doctor Khalil (Bassel Khayat), abandoned by his mother in the shambles of the refugee camps, who, in Beirut, rescued Younes in a deep coma, lulling him with the tragic story of his people ; and yet again it is that of Chams (Hala Omran) whom Khalil loved and was executed by his companions in arms. Fifty years of history full of suffering, hope and love.

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France | Egypt | Morocco | Denmark | Belgium


Arabic | English | French

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19 January 2005 (Egypt) See more »

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Amazing epic, a must see
9 May 2005 | by rlasheenSee all my reviews

This a very beautiful and very personal account of a story of a nation. Nasrallah did a great job. The dialog, imagery, costumes, acting are superb, touching and very human. Filmography is very good, excellent director of photography.

The fact that it contains two parts is a very subtle distinction between how two generations view the nakbah.

Life in pre-nakbah Palestine is both idyllic and realistic, the depiction life afterwards is very expressive.

The film is a tour de force and emotionally charged.

Two thumbs up!

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