Fiche Film
COURT Métrage | 1971
Three by Ateyyat El Abnoudy – Sad Song of Touha
Titre original : Ogniet Touha El Hazinah
Pays concerné : Égypte
Durée : 12 minutes
Genre : société
Type : documentaire


Sur plusieurs aspects, le film soeur de HORSE OF MUD, ce second film de El Abnoudy est un fascinant portrait des artistes qui hantent les rues du Caire.

Réalisatrice : Atteyat al Abnoudi

1971, Egypte, Documentaire, 12mins, NB


Sad Song of Touha
In many ways the sister film to HORSE OF MUD, El Abnoudy’s second film is a fascinating portrait of Cairo’s street performers.
In a typically unobtrusive manner, the filmmaker has successfully captured the essence and unique quality of this subculture unified as much by their talents as their marginal social stature. Through the haunting images of tiny child contortionists and seasoned fire-eaters this tightly knit community and its secrets unfold with the cinematic qualities of a dream. It is clear that SAD SONG OF TOUHA is an homage to the artistry, showmanship and wonder of Cairo’s streets.

1971, Egypt, Documentary, 12mins, Black & White

Dir.: Atteyat al Abnoudi
Her promotional film made at the Cairo Institute of Film.

Video includes two other shorts: Horse of Mud and The Sandwich.

Short Film

Ateyyat El Abnoudy


12 minutes

Arabic with English Subtitles

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD on 16mm and video for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

Winner: French Critics Prize, Grenoble – 1973



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