The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni
(اختفاءات سعاد حسني الثلاث)(2011)

  • January 22, 2020 | 8:00 PM - 9:10 PM | Wednesday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Alternative titles: اختفاءات سعاد حسني الثلاث ; Les trois disparitions de Soad Hosni
Directed by: Rania Stephan
Runtime: 70 minutes
Country: Lebanon, France
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Rating: NC16

This video chronicles 3 disappearances within Arabic culture, through Egyptian actress Soad Hosni’s career. 1st disappearance: Hosni herself, who committed suicide in 2001, surviving only in the video’s decaying VHS sources. Unfolding in three acts, the video mirrors the representational stages of this former Arabic film star: first, as an innocent song-and-dance girl; second, a desirable and complex woman. This trajectory evinces increasing sexual liberation, erased from history by the region’s recent rulers and enemies―2nd disappearance: the overturning of views on feminine sexuality, depicted by the violent subjugation of Hosni’s characters’ in the last act. Between these lies the 3rd disappearance of certain Arabic cinemas through neglect, seemingly inevitable yet, as this video’s existence proves, still in question.


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