Closed Doors, The

Closed Doors, The

$24.99 — $495.00

$19.99 — $495.00

Winner! Best Screenplay, Best Actress
– International Thessaloniki Film Fest

Winner! First Prize
– Bahrain Film Fest

Winner! Grand Prix
– Montpellier Film Fest

“Reveals a finely balanced portrait of various social classes caught in a swirl of religious, cultural and personal fixations, done with remarkable sympathy, sensitivity and control.” — Deborah Young, Variety

Directed by Youssef Chahine’s longtime assistant, The Closed Doors touches on several taboos in contemporary Egyptian society, examining their social and political implications. Set during the Gulf War, it tells the story of Mohamad, a highly impressionable young man who embraces fundamentalist ideas as a way of dealing with the confusion of adolescence and sexual awakening. This powerful first feature by one of Egypt’s most promising young directors tackles complex themes like oppression, jealousy, virtue, the love ideal and violence in an uncompromising way.

Rental Information:
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This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Atef Hetata
105 minutes
Arabic with English subtitles