Eye of The Sun: Respectable attmept at combining documentary and fiction

September 13, 2009 at 12:27 am (Weekly Posts) (, , , , )

Having heard of the film Ein Shams (Eye of The Sun) and censoring it from being screened in Egyptian cinemas, the first thing that jumped onto my head was the too much mentioning of the government. Having the opportunity to watch it, in fact, added to my list of the insightful and unforgettable experiences. As I am interested in filming and shooting videos, I enjoyed watching the director’s, Ibrahim El Batout, input and vision as a camera-person and a contributer in the script writing process. The film is a combination between the documentary and fiction styles. It has the element of fiction writing, and that is the characters that seem connected like a net and the plot, and an element of documentary filmmaking, and that is the voice-over that appeared at the beginning of the film and at the end.
The film tells the story of a girl called Shams who lives in the relatively poor neighborhood in Cairo Ain Shams (Eye of The Sun) and who dreams of visiting Downtown. After her father, who is a taxi driver discovers that has leukemia, he starts to making her dream come true. Along this main plot of the film, other issues arise such as the reasons that might have led with Shams to be diagnosed with leukemia. The birds’ infection with the Avian Flu, the Cow Madness, and the polluted air are few. They also happen to be related to the war in Iraq where the booby-traps remaining after Iraq’s war on Kuwait have turned into depleted uranium whose one of the main dangers is causing cancer.
The film has put me in an admiration state where the director added some touches. Of the scenes that had such touches is the scene where Shams’s father was complaining to senate candidate about the conditions that made his daughter have such a disease as leukemia and as the candidate starts answering, the music goes higher to go over and cover what he was saying. It was beautiful of the director to deliver a state like this in such simplicity.
The song, inspired by the great Egyptian musician, Sayyed Darwish, went over the titres was well-adapted to suite the condition that film was trying to reflect.

Here is a link to the trailer of the film:

And the song:


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