Hidden Faces
TitleHidden Faces
DirectorKim Loginotto
CountryUK
Year1996
Duration52mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionSafaa Fathay is a young Egyptian expatriate living in Paris who has grown well accustomed to the freedoms of modern European life. She is also, like many feminists, drawn to the writings of Egyptian activist Nawal el Saadawi, so Fathay returns to her native country to interview this international legend. Their meeting was supposed to be the subject of Hidden Faces, but Fathay finds herself surprised and disillusioned by el Saadawi's peculiar brand of Muslim/ Arab feminism. The young woman travels to her family home, and there she encounters the same abiding conflict between progressive modernism and the fierce traditions of fundamentalism.