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  • Actors: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Laila Eloui, Mahmoud Hemida, Safia El Emari
  • Directors: Youssef Chahine
  • Writers: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
  • Producers: Gabriel Khoury, Humbert Balsan
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Arabic, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 17, 2001
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000031VPJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Released in 1997 A powerful, upbeat allegory from one of Egypt's most esteemed directors, Youssef Chahine. Ostensibly the true tale of revolutionary Muslim philosopher Averroes who lived in 12th-century Spain when Arabs ruled Anadulsia, it parallels the story of Chahine's own experiences with Islamic fundamentalists when he released his 1994 film L'Emigre because it dared depict a sacred Muslim prophet.

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This film is of great quality; the cinematography, the soundtrack, the acting, the scenario, everything.
Mona El-Zayyat
While the film lacks good lighting and the accent is egyptian, the struggle between secular and ultra orthodox is a story that deserves to be examined thoroughly.
dean Hamdan
The irony of history is that at the time, the Muslim world was the educated world and Christian Europe was very backward and illiterate.
Jaroslav Melgr

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By no on August 14, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The film by egyptian director Youssef Chahine "Destiny" , recalls the story of Averoes the writer and scientist and takes place partly in Andalusia. I recommend you to see this film on the Free minded writer in an age when Europe was living under religious inquisition, and Andalusia torn between political rivalry between religious and political intolerance.The film is a strong message against religious intolerance and Chahine is very courageous in his statements. The film was prized in Caan and did well at the box office. Sure it does have its shortcomings due to lack of financial help. The special effects were made in Paris Studio's, but on the whole the film is a spleandor for the eyes and ears. However beyond its political statement the film is also a hommage to Hollywoods golden Age Cinema, which influenced Chahines generation, in that it is at the sametime a Musical, a Peplum ( that is swords and sandles movie) and also a Comedy at times.I highly reccomend this film to westerners who can rediscover Egyptian cinema and one of its best directors.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dean Hamdan on May 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Like many a philosopher before and after him Avveros(Ibn Rushd) was the subject of ridicule by the ignorant and fanatic alike. Youssef Chahine deserves a great deal of credit for having the courage to make this film. While the film lacks good lighting and the accent is egyptian, the struggle between secular and ultra orthodox is a story that deserves to be examined thoroughly. The film set in 12th century Andalusia(Spain) could just as well be set in any modern day society (not just Muslim societies). The film would be a lot more impressive if it was dubbed in English. The dialogue is quite immpressive when Avveros presents his arguments. I hope that the film will be dubbed because it has a lot to say and I intend to use it in my teaching at the University. Thank you Mr. Chahine. I wish you would make more films about the other greats like Alhaytham( Alhazen),Ibn Sina and Ibn Khaldoun. Perhaps funding for these projects could be secured from educational and artistic foundations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Dickson on November 15, 2009
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Youssef Chahine's "Destiny" or "Al-Massir" is a film that really deserves a wider audience in North America. It is a fun, adventurous, and well-acted film. Its subject is the important twelfth century Arab philosopher Ibn Rushd (or Averroes as he was known in Europe). The movie takes place in the romantic setting of medieval Arab Spain, the enchanted land of al-Andalus. The film is a commentary on the dangers of corrupt governments and religious fanaticism, and hence somewhat of a commentary of Chahine's Egypt of the 1990s. As a testament to the film's passionate message of intellectual freedom, as well as its very good production and direction, it won the prestigious 50th Anniversary Palme D'or Prize at Cannes in 1997. Though an Arabic film, it is available with French and English subtitles.

The star of the film, Nour El Cherif, does an excellent job of portraying Ibn Rushd, who was a brilliant judge and commentator of Aristotle, faced with issues of government, religion, and family. The film has elements of a musical, in that at certain points the characters break into song and dance. This is not overdone however, and mostly adds to the film's sense of fun, right alongside the very important issues it deals with.

As Ibn Rushd's reconciliation of faith and reason would be deeply influential in Europe, helping to foster such developments as the Renaissance, the film is important as it shows the interrelationship between Europe and the Arab world, between Christianity and Islam. It also shows how ideas transcend borders, and highlights some of the universal values we all share regardless of culture.

Overall, a very, very good film that serves well as a Friday night movie, or a film for the classroom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nawafe@hotmail.com on March 7, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
What a great Movie. Youseef put all of his effort to come up with this Unparallel movie. I personlly look forword to see what is his new? He is the best Director in the middle east..no doupt about that. Don't hisitate..go ahead and buy it..you won't regret it..!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Idrissa on January 22, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a moving and beautifully filmed tale of a war, the unending war between skeptical reason and religious fanaticism, with its dire political consequences. The setting is medieval Andalusia, but could also well be some contemporary Arab and Muslim country. One of Chahine's major aims is clearly to satirize the lust for power clothed in a religious robe that is a thorny issue in these quarters today. But the movie is chiefly about the relations between rational wisdom and a disquieting world, about music (some rousing numbers, and all the music is beautiful and shiny), about love. The movie should also appeal to a gay audience: Chahine is gay, as his brand of soft and "ladish" eroticism shows it very well. All in all, a highly "watchable", entertaining and thought-provoking piece of art that I cheerfully recommend.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mona El-Zayyat on January 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Once again, Chahine outdoes himself. This film is of great quality; the cinematography, the soundtrack, the acting, the scenario, everything. The stories of great Arab/Muslim persons are often forgotton. Chahine reminds us of IbnRushd the great philosopher and of the true essence of Islam that is based on love of life. It is a witty and powerful criticism of religious fanatics who destroy the image of a religion of which the very name means peace. The only bad thing about this film is the scene where 'Laila Elwee' dances the flamenco. But, her acting elswhere is genuine. I would love to see more movies by this world famous director on Amazon.com.
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