''Genesis: The Creation and the Flood''

Genesis: The Creation and the Flood
Based on Book of Genesis
by unknown
Directed by Ermanno Olmi
Starring Annabi Abdelialil
Omero Antonutti
Sabir Aziz
Haddou Zoubida
B. Haddan Mohammed
Country of origin Italy
Running time 1hr 41min
Original release
  • September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16) (Italy)

Genesis: The Creation and the Flood (also called Genesi: La creazione e il diluvio in Italy or The Bible: Genesis in Australia) is a 1994 television film shot in Morocco, directed by an Italian film director, renowned Ermanno Olmi.[1] It is based on the Book of Genesis, first book of the Hebrew Bible, where creation of the world and Great Flood are described.[2]

This film utilizes a cast of native Bedouins. Text of Genesis is read by a narrator, who at times appears as an elderly desert nomad telling the story to his extended Bedouin family.

Modern clips of warfare and destruction are used to illustrate some Old Testament pronouncements about the evils practiced by mankind.[3] The script fairly accurately follows the first nine chapters of Genesis, with a few added portions, like excerpts from the Song of Songs, Leviticus 26, and Psalm 50.[4]


The story begins with the creation of the world. This is told by an old desert shepherd, whose grandson is very young and curious.

Oldman also mentioned first couple of human beings, Adam and Eve, their sin and temptation by the snake, which led to their banishment from the Garden of Eden.

The story continues with the first crime committed by mankind: Adamʻs son Cain murdered his brother Abel.

Genealogy of Cain and genealogy of Seth are also given.

Mankindʻs corruption was great on the Earth. God felt regret for making humans, but there was a man called Noah.

All these events are told through the clear and simple words of an old nomad shepherd.



  1. Ermanno Olmi by Charles Owens. Page 137.
  2. Gian Piero Brunetta: The History of Italian Cinema
  3. The Bible - Genesis
  4. Bible: Genesis: Product Details
  5. Annabi Abdelialil

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