Production info

The Complaints of the Eloquent Peasant
شكاوي الفلاح الفصيح
Egypt, 1970

Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam (شادي عبدالسلام)

The peasant Khun-anup and his donkey stumble upon the lands of the noble Rensi. When the donkey nibbles at some corn, the peasant is accused of theft and his goods and donkey are confiscated. The peasant petitions his case with such eloquence of speech that he is eventually summoned by the pharaoh himself who wishes to hear him speak. The pharaoh realises the peasant has been wronged but delays judgement so as to he can hear more of his eloquence. The peasant makes a total of nine petitions until finally, his goods are returned.

Based on the original ancient Egyptian story of the "Eloquent Peasant" preserved on four late Middle Kingdom papyrus manuscripts. The film was restored in 2010 by the World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Cineteca di Bologna from the original 35mm camera and sound negatives preserved at the Egyptian Film Center in Giza. The restored version is occasionally shown at film festivals.


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