Egypt, a Love Song

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2022
  • 75 min.
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Egypt, a Love Song

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2022
  • 75 min.

Synopsis

Souad Zaki was a famous Jewish Arabic singer in 1940s Egypt, starred in films alongside Umm Kulthum and became famous all over the Arab world. She married to a renowned Muslim musician – Mohamed Elakkad, with whom she had a son. After Mohammed abandoned her with their child, Souad fled to Israel, where she was consigned to live a poor life. Souad’s granddaughter, Iris Zaki, brings her tempestuous story to life in a sweeping project that crosses cultures, religions and cinematic form - marrying scripted period scenes and rare archival materials with an intimate father-daughter documentary journey, exploring a family’s complex identity.

Credits

Director(s)

Iris Zaki

Producer(s)

Ronen Machlis-Balzam, Iris Zaki, Hila Guy, Asaf Galay, Peter Hutchison

Cinematography

Avner Shahaf

Editor

Nili Feller

Cast

Nur Fibak, Rivka Bacher

Original Language

Arabic, Hebrew, English

Subtitles

Hebrew, English

Sound Designer

Shahaf Wagshall

Costume Designer

Rona Doron

Production Designer

Avshalom Smolarchik

Line Producer

Adi Sela

Produced with the help of

KAN 11 – Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, The Cultural Administration, The Israel Film Council, Jewish Story Partners

Broadcaster

KAN 11

Festival Highlights

Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel , Documentary Competition , 2022

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