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Egypt, Algeria, 1979, 133mins, Cert.TBC
Showtimes and location

Film description

As a young woman Rashida Abdel Salam had acting aspirations but "I couldn’t be an actress because I can’t roll my R’s properly, so I found out about editing." Throughout a career spanning over four decades, Abdel Salam has edited films by some of the most celebrated Egyptian directors, including Youssef Chahine.

A deeply personal film that draws on Chahine’s own childhood, set in 1942, Alexandria... Why? tells the story of Yehia, a teenager obsessed with Hollywood cinema, and who dreams of studying filmmaking in America. A rich and kaleidoscopic portrait of war-torn Egypt and its inhabitants struggling to find love and happiness.

Showing as part of Leeds International Film Festival

With over 300 screenings held across 16 days, one of the UK's biggest film festivals returns for its 33rd year!
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Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


All scheduled screenings have now passed.