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Loving Wallada

Fall Grants 2018 - Post-Production Stage

Nacer Khemir / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, Qatar / 2019 / 95 min / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Documentary, History, Art/Literature


Wallada, the only child of one of the last Umayyad caliphs, al-Mustakfi murdered in 1025, asserted herself throughout the 11th century as both a poetess and a free woman. The first European woman to hold a literary salon, she surrounded herself with the artistic and the cultured elite of Cordoba of the time. The film is both the portrait of this century, with its contrasts that saw both Ibn Hazm, author of ‘Tawk al-Hamama’, a manuscript on love and lovers, and the rise of the Andalusian poetry and chant, passing through the influence of Ziryab’s school on music, fashion, fragrance and the formation of a refined elite that eventually spread all over al-Andalus and beyond. The film also tells Wallada and the great poet Ibn Zaydun’s unhappy love story, while evocating the civil war and the fall of the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus.


Nacer Khemir
Nacer Khemir
Nacer Khemir
Production Company
Wallada Productions
Production Company
Wallada Production

About the Director

Through cinema, painting and sculpture, not to mention calligraphy, writing and storytelling, Nacer Khemir has thrown bridges between two shores, between the North and the South, the East and the West. His literary work comprises a dozen publications, and his production is still growing. His artistic work was the occasion of many exhibitions, at the Georges Pompidou Center, and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He is also writer and producer of many films which won several international awards at festivals all around the world, and has been honoured several times for his artistic work.


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    Nacer Khemir

    Wallada Production

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