Archive Fever! 5.0
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (Ikhtifa’aatSoad Hosni el-Thalaathat)
dir. Rania Stephan, Lebanon/UAE, 2011, digital video, Arabic w/ English subtitles, 70 min.
A rapturous elegy to a rich and versatile era of film production in Egypt, constructed from the work of one of its most revered stars, Soad Hosni, who from the 1960s into the 1990s embodied the modern Arab woman in all her complexity and paradoxes. Stephan’s montage of footage from VHS tapes, DVDs, and VCDs poetically rewrites a golden period of Egyptian cinema and evokes an enduring symbol of modern Arab womanhood.