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30.11

Watani Al Akbar (My Greater Homeland)

The film Watani Al Akbar by Van Eyck participant Urok Shirhan  was launched on ibraaz.com, the online critical forum on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East.

Shirhan's Watani Al Akbar (My Greater Homeland) is a ventriloquist intervention in the 1960 operetta ‘Al Watan Al Akbar’ (‘The Greater Homeland’). Originally composed by Mohammad Abdel Wahab and sung by leading Arab singers of the time, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Fayza Kamel, Shadia, Warda and Nagat. It is considered to be the anthem of Pan Arabism as advocated by Gamal Abdel Nasser, then president of Egypt. In this video, Urok Shirhan takes on the voices of the operetta’s protagonists.

To watch the video: http://www.ibraaz.org/projects/120

The interview with Urok Shirhan on 'Image Appropriation', can be viewed here: http://www.ibraaz.org/interviews/177

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