Women’s Chitchat

Women’s Chitchat (Dardashah nisāʼīyah)
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Hala Galal | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 55 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2006 | Rating: NR

This film studies the evolution of Egyptian society from the early 20th century to today, focusing on the status of women as experienced by several generations within the same family. The women discuss the inter-generational changes that have affected fashion, politics and courtship as well as society’s role for women in general. The achievements made by past leaders of the Egyptian women’s rights movement are also highlighted. By using old home movies, photographs and the verbal experiences of women young and old, WOMEN’S CHITCHAT provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Egyptian women over the past one hundred years.

Available for free streaming online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.6

When a Woman Sings (Indamā tughannī al-marʼah)

When a Woman Sings (Indamā tughannī al-marʼah)
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Mustafa Hasnaoui | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 52 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2003 | Rating: NR

When a woman sings is volume seven in the Women Pioneers collection, a film series exploring the impact that a number of remarkable women have made on the Arab world in a variety of fields throughout the early part of the twentieth century. The film examines the impact singers Umm Kulthum and Mounira El-Mahdeya had on Egyptian politics and society during the first half of the 20th century. Through classic film clips, interviews with musicians and scholars, and taped interviews with the two singers themselves, we learn just how far-reaching their influence was.

Dumūʻ al-Shaykhāt; Le Blues des Shikhates

Dumūʻ al-Shaykhāt; Le Blues des Shikhates
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Ali Essafi | Language: Arabic, English, English Subtitles | Length: 52 minutes | Country: Morocco | Year: 2004 | Rating: NR

The female Moroccan musicians known as sheikhates sing about the realities of life — about the land, nature, wars, mountains, crises and, of course, they sing about love. In short, their music represents the heritage of Morocco. Director Ali Essafi offers a marvelous portrait of the daily lives of these regional folk singers, exploring how their music has evolved over the years — along with society’s acceptance of the women who perform this music in public.