The Naksa’s New Cinema: New Cinema Group, “Manifesto of New Cinema in Egypt” (1968)

  • Kay Dickinson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema book series (PASTARCI)


This chapter incorporates the New Cinema Group’s “Manifesto of New Cinema in Egypt” (1968). This manifesto is one of many responses to the cataclysmic defeat of Arab military forces in the Six-Day War with Israel (1967), known in Arabic as the naksa (setback). The chapter positions this manifesto within the broader contemporary climate of post-war self-examination that dedicated its energies to weighing up what to retain and change of the revolutionary policies brought about by President Nasser’s government since independence in 1952. The impact of an expansion of public education upon cinema is assessed, along with Egypt’s position within the global economy. The New Cinema Group were supported by Egypt’s nationalized film industry, which was soon returned to the private sphere in the early 1970s. This chapter comprises a spotlight analysis of The Sparrow (Youssef Chahine, 1972).


Six-Day War Naksa New Cinema Group Gamal Abdel Nasser Egyptian cinema 


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  • Kay Dickinson
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  1. 1.Mel Hoppenheim School of CinemaConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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