File Photo – Nehad Saliha
CAIRO – 3 January 2018: Egyptian documentary film “Khafeef El-Rouh” (Gentle Soul) will screen at Teatro Eskindria on Saturday.
Directed by Amr Qabil, the film shows important stages of prominent critic and author Nehad Saliha’s career. The film screening is organized on the occasion of Saliha’s first death anniversary. Saliha passed away in 2017, at the age of 72.
Born in 1945, Saliha started her academic career in 1966, after that she got PhD degrees in Drama from British and American universities.
Known as “Sayedet El-Naqd” (Criticism’s Lady), Saliha did not spare any efforts in supporting the Egyptian theater and encouraging rising talents to continue their theatre career.
She also helped to establish many independent theatrical troupes, and founded the first independent theater.
One of her major critical contributions is represented in the analysis of Egyptian plays from a modern critical perspective, and widening Egyptian theatrical trends. she was the first Egyptian critic who followed the cinematic analytic approach for criticizing theatrical performances.
She released a number of remarkable books such as “Al-Tayarat El-Masrahiya El-Moaa’sra” (Modern Theatrical Tendencies), “El-MasrahWalFekr” (Theater and Thought), and “Adwaa’ Ala El-Masrah El-Englezy” (Lights on the English Theater).
Due to her iconic theatrical contributions, she was honored by different countries such as Syria, Morocco, and Kuwait.
She got married to “Shaikh El-Motargmeen” (Translators Master) Mohamed Enani who enriched the Arabic library with his iconic translations of English literature, he is widely known for translating Shakespeare’s plays. Last year, Enani introduced a full translation of a whole sonnet of Shakespeare.
The 10th edition of the Egyptian National Theatre Festival was named after the late Saliha in her honors of her great contributions to theater. The festival took place on Thursday, July 13 at the Cairo Opera House.
The late veteran theatre critic Nehad Selaiha was a renowned Egyptian theatre critic and academic who was highly recognized by all the theatre makers. She wrote many books and articles in both Arabic and English language pertaining theatre theories, theatre criticism and translations of plays and critiques.