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Atteyat Al-Abnoudy

Sad Song of Touha (Ughniyat Touha al-Hazina)

Courtisane: Out of the Shadows 12' - 1972 - Dialogue: Arabic - Format: 16mm
Director: Atteyat Al-Abnoudy
In many ways the sister film to Horse of Mud, Al-Abnoudy’s second film, her graduation film at the Film School in Cairo, is a portrait of Cairo’s street performers.
Thu 21 Oct
16:30
KASKCinema
Subtitles: English
“I don’t want to make films because of some beautiful subject or because there’s something fascinating me in the colours or anything like that. We always tend to see lovely houses and lovely hills, the decor and other fantastic things before us on the screen. But the poor people and the working class are not on the screen, when they have the right to be. When I talked to the young belly-dancer in Sad Song of Touha, for instance, she said she really would like to be a dancer in a cabaret, because she always goes to the cinema and sees these belly-dancers and beautiful girls. She said, ‘I would like to see myself on the screen.’ So I said, ‘why not!’”

In many ways the sister film to Horse of Mud, Al-Abnoudy’s second film, her graduation film at the Film School in Cairo, is a portrait of Cairo’s street performers. The artistry of this community of fire-eaters, child contortionists, and other performers is captured through the lens of Al-Abnoudy’s unobtrusive camera, accompanied by the spare and haunting narration provided by poet Abdel Rahman Al-Abnoudy.

Film prints courtesy of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.

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Credits

Director

Atteyat Al-Abnoudy

More information

Dialogue

Arabic

Subtitles

English

Countries of production

Egypt

Year

1972

Technical Specs

Format
16mm

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