Egypt, a Love Song

Jerusalem Film Festival

Souad Zaki was a famous Jewish Arabic singer in 1940s Egypt, starred in films alongside Umm Kulthum and became famous all over the Arab world. She married to a renowned Muslim musician – Mohamed Elakkad, with whom she had a son. After Mohammed abandoned her with their child, Souad fled to Israel, where she was consigned to live a poor life. Souad’s granddaughter, Iris Zaki, brings her tempestuous story to life in a sweeping project that crosses cultures, religions and cinematic form - marrying scripted period scenes and rare archival materials with an intimate father-daughter documentary journey, exploring a family’s complex identity.

Director: Iris Zaki

Producer: Ronen Machlis-Balzam, Iris Zaki, Hila Guy, Asaf Galay, Peter Hutchison


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Production Company: Metaphor
Duration: 74 min.
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
Subtitles: Hebrew, English
Unavailable Territories: Israel, Sweden

Festivals & Awards

  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2023
    Documentary Competition

Involved Broadcasters

Kan - Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation, UR

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Israel Ministry of Culture and Sports, The Israeli Film Council, Jewish Story Partners

World Sales



Art / Music / Culture, Creative Documentary, Drama Documentary, Family Story, Human Interest / Social Issues, Personal Stories, Social Issues, Women Stories