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Take Off From the Sand
Take Off From the Sand


Wageh George


60 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles
    "My father's omnipotence was suffocating. I learned to fly because I love to be free." —Lotfia El-Nadi

In this fascinating documentary, director Wageh George recounts the life of Lotfia El-Nadi, born in 1907 and living in Switzerland at the time this film was made. At the age of 26, El-Nadi traded in her veil for a pair of pilots' goggles and became the first Egyptian woman to fly a plane.

Through this portrait of one remarkable individual, the filmmaker shows how Egyptian women fought for years to obtain equal rights in a patriarchal culture and nation—rights still seriously threatened today.

Sadly, Lotfia El-Nadi passed away at the age of 95 six years after Take Off From the Sand was completed.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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