Heiny Srour

  • Heiny Srour – The Singing Sheikh (1991)

    1991-2000DocumentaryEgyptHeiny SrourShort Film

    Sheikh Imam or Imam Mohammad Ahmad Eissa, born in 1918, is known in the Arab world for his songs critical of the ruling class. Considered the voice of the oppressed, he was banned from state television and radio, and was imprisoned many times, including in 1974 during the visit of President Nixon.Read More »

  • Heiny Srour – Saat el Fahrir Dakkat, Barra ya Isti Mar AKA The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived (1974)

    1971-1980DocumentaryHeiny SrourUnited KingdomWar

    In the late 60s, Dhofar rose up against the British-backed Sultanate of Oman, in a democratic, feminist guerrilla movement. Heiny Srour and her team crossed 500 miles of desert and mountains by foot, under bombardment by the British Royal Air Force, to reach the conflict zone and capture this rare record of a now mostly-forgotten war. The People’s Liberation Army — barefoot, without rank or salary — freed a third of the territory, while undertaking a vast program of social reforms and infrastructure projects — schools, farms, hospitals, and roads were built, while illiterate teenage shepherdesses became more forceful feminists than Simone de Beauvoir or Germaine Greer, and 8-year-old school children learned to practice democracy with more maturity than so many adults. A still-topical portrait of a liberated society and an exploration of the role of oil in U.S. and British involvement in the Middle East, The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived was the first film by an Arab woman to screen at Cannes, where it was nominated for four awards. (Film Forum)Read More »

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