Last Update 0:25
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Djamila Bouhired: Youssef Chahine cannot be replaced

Many mourn Youssef Chahine on his third death anniversary including Algerian activist Djamila Bouhired

MENA, Wednesday 27 Jul 2011
Jameela Bouhreid and Youssef Chahine
Jameela Bouhreid and Youssef Chahine
Views: 3622
Views: 3622

In a celebration of the passing of 49 years since the Algerian Independence at the Egyptian Embassy in Algeria yesterday 26 July, the activist Djamila Bouhired, who was there with members of the National Liberation Front (FLN), said that the famous Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine cannot be replaced.

Chahine, whose death anniversary is today, made a film about Bouhired in 1958 with the Egyptian actress Magda playing her role.

Bouhired added that Magda managed to portray her character and her struggle against French colonialism well.

“I have sent a letter of condolences to his family upon his death expressing sorrow at the loss of such an important director,” Bouhired said.  

Bouhired was born in 1935 in Algiers and was the only girl among seven boys. She joined the FLN in 1954 at the age of twenty.

She was one of the first volunteers to plant bombs in French settlements. When she got captured in 1957 after being hit by a bullet in her shoulder, she was sentenced to death. However, the sentence caused an uproar worldwide, and was thus reduced to a life-sentence. She was released upon Algeria’s independence and married her French lawyer.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.