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Nightingale's Prayer, The
[Doa al Karawan]

Feature Film

Henri Barakat


119 minutes

Written by:
Henri Barakat and Youssef Gohar

Arabic with English or French subtitles


Nominated for a Golden Bear, 1960 Berlin International Film Festival

Ordering Information
Available for online sale
Available for online sale

Based on the novel by the great Egyptian novelist Taha Hussein, The Nightingale's Prayer stars the first lady of the Arab silver screen, Faten Hamama. This compelling tale of love and betrayal is set in the upper Egyptian countryside and follows the story of Amna (Hamama) as she plots her revenge on the engineer (Ahmed Mazhar) who destroyed her family's honor.

A gripping portrait of a courageous young woman's rebellion against tradition and poverty, this film is an undiscovered masterpiece of world cinema.

DVD Special Features

  • Digitally remastered picture and sound
  • English and French subtitles
  • Scene access
  • Rare original trailer
  • Filmographies

    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.

    Rental Information
    This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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