Magazine article Screen International

Tunisian Director Nacer Khemir Plots Docudrama about Andalucian Princess

Magazine article Screen International

Tunisian Director Nacer Khemir Plots Docudrama about Andalucian Princess

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Wallada bint al-Mustakfi is said to be first woman in Europe to set up a literary salon.

Tunisian filmmaker and artist Nacer Khemir is gearing up to direct a docudrama about Andalucian princess Wallada bint al-Mustakfi, thought to be the first woman in Europe to set up a literary salon.

Whispering Sands

The daughter of one of the last Umayyad caliphs, Wallada was an accomplished poet and intellectual who shocked 11th century Cordoba by refusing to wear a veil.

“I’ve interviewed scholars who say she was the first European woman to have this idea of bringing together writers, musicians and philosophers in a salon,” said Khemir, who is attending Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for the world premiere of his latest film Whispering Sands. …

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