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.
Ateyyat El Abnoudy
Arabic with English Subtitles
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Winner: French Critics Prize, Grenoble - 1973