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Encyclopedia > Tharthara Fawq Al Neel
Thartharah fawqa al-Nīl
(Adrift on the Nile)
Directed by Hussein Kamal
Starring Mervat Amin, Ahmed Ramzi, Adel Adham, Suhair Ramzi, Nermat Mokhtar, Emad Hamadi
Music by Ali Ismail
Cinematography Mostapha Emam
Editing by Rashida Abdel Salam
Release date(s) 1971
Language Arabic
IMDb profile

Thartharah fawqa al-Nīl (Arabic: ثرثرة فوق النيل) (Adrift on the Nile) is a film based on the novel by Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz. Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... Winners of the Nobel Prize are scientists, writers and peacemakers who have been awarded in their field of endeavour, and who are known collectively as either Nobel laureates or Nobel Prize winners. ... Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic: ‎, ) (December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was an Egyptian novelist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. ...


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Al-hashish is forbidden while alcohol isn't? Why? Both are bad for the health? Both are intoxicating?

The film addresses the decadence of Egyptian society during the Gamal Abdel Nasser era. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Functional group of an alcohol molecule. ... Young people interacting within an ethnically diverse society. ... This article is about the former president of Egypt. ...

It tells the story of a simple Egyptian worker, Anis (played by Emad Hamadi), who can't tolerate the hypocrisy of the Egyptian government and the illiteracy of the Egyptian public and decides to hide from all the problems in the country by simply taking shisha, a popular smoking habit in Egypt, to escape from reality. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

Anis (who used to work as a teacher) meets with an old student, Ragab (actor Ahmed Ramzi), by chance. Ragab invites him to the small boat in the Nile. And Anis discovers soon enough that he isn't the only person who smokes shisha but a bunch of other elite , middle class and low class people are all on the boat. He soon discovers that everyone is smoking to forget the reality and hypocrisy of Egyptian life. The Nile (Arabic: ‎, translit: , Ancient Egyptian iteru, Coptic piaro or phiaro) is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river, though not the most voluminous, in the world. ... Look up elite, élite in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... A social class is, at its most basic, a group of people that have similar social status. ...

At the end of the movie, Anis decides to stop smoking shisha and so stop taking drugs. But soon he is left alone in the street as a crazy person not because he was actually crazy but because you can't wake up a lot of people who are stoned which is almost everyone in egypt.

Spoilers end here.

Political background

The film was released during the era of Anwar Al Sadat the former President of Egypt, winner of Nobel Peace Prize, and was taken quickly from the market because the film was seen as a criticism of the Gamal Abdel Nasser socialism period, and the oppression of artistic films during Nasser's time when it was forbidden to make any film unless the rich were clearly portrayed critically while the poor had to be shown sympathetically. Anwar al-Sadat didn't want to upset the Egyptian people, some of whom still loved and respected Nasser. Field Marshal Mohammed Anwar Al Sadat (Arabic: محمد أنورالسادات Muhammad Anwar as-Sādāt) was an Egyptian soldier and politician who served as the third President of Egypt from October 15, 1970 until his assassination on October 6, 1981. ... Lester B. Pearson after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequested by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. ... This article is about the former president of Egypt. ... Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control. ... Gamal Abdel Nasser (Arabic: جمال عبد الناصر) Gamal Abdel Nasser (January 15, 1918 - September 28, 1970) was the second President of Egypt after Muhammad Naguib and is considered one of the most important Arab leaders in history. ... Field Marshal Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat (محمد أنورالسادات in Arabic) (December 25, 1918 – October 6, 1981) was an Egyptian soldier and politician, who served as the third President of Egypt from October 15, 1970 until his assassination on October 6, 1981. ...

Even though the film might seem to be about drug problems it's actually a politically controversial movie. The film was produced in 1971, and was unsuccessful financially due to excessive banning that happened not only in the Middle East but also in the west (mainly Europe). It only gained acclaim 35 years later. And even though the world is now more open it's still forbidden in many countries especially oppressed countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... For alternate uses, see Number 35. ...

It was very carefully made by writer Naguib Mahfouz and director Hussein Kamal. It's a heartfelt film where everyone is affected by the hypocrisy of Nasser`s regime. Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic: ‎, ) (December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was an Egyptian novelist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. ... Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid (Arabic: حسين كامل) (died February 23, 1996) was the son-in-law of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. ...

The film is now distributed by Founoon and is subtitled in French and English.

Works of Naguib Mahfouz
Old Egypt | Whisper of Madness | Mockery of the Fates | Rhadopis of Nubia | The Struggle of Tyba | Modern Cairo | Khan al-Khalili |Midaq Alley | The Mirage | The Beginning and The End | Cairo Trilogy | Palace Walk | Palace of Desire | Sugar Street | Children of Gebelawi | The Thief and the Dogs | Quail and Autumn | God's World | Zaabalawi | The Search | The Beggar | Adrift on the Nile | Miramar | The Pub of the Black Cat | Chitchat on the nile | A story without a beginning or an ending | The Honeymoon | Mirrors | Love under the rain | The Crime | al-Karnak | Respected Sir | The Harafish | Love above the Pyramid Plateau | The Devil Preaches | Love and the Veil | Arabian Nights and Days | Wedding Song | One hour remains | The Journey of Ibn Fattouma | Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth | The Day the Leader was Killed | Fountain and Tomb | Dreams of the Rehabilitation Period | The Seventh Heaven
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