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documentary A Footnote in Ballet History? A film by Hisham Abdel Khalek

A film by Hisham Abdel Khalek

A Footnote in Ballet History? A film by Hisham Abdel Khalek


In the 1960s, the so-called "Bolshoï Five"—Magda Saleh, Diane Hakak, Aleya Abdel Razek, Wadoud Faizy, and Maya Selim—made ballet history, laying the groundwork for the beginning of Egyptian ballet. In this ground-breaking documentary, Hisham Abdel Khalek tells their story, interviewing them and their colleagues Reda Sheta, Nadia Habib, Yehia Abdeltawwab, and Safwat Gerges in New York, Chicago, and Cairo. We also follow Magda Saleh as she becomes the Cairo Ballet School's first doyenne and the first director of the new Cairo Opera.

Photo: © So Freakantastik / H&O Productions LLC


  • Magda Saleh
  • Diane Hakak
  • Aleya Abdel Razek
  • Wadoud Falzy
  • Maya Selim


  • Directed by:
    • Hisham Abdel Khalek
  • Production date: 2016
  • Duration: 1 h 52 min
  • Production: © So Freakantastik, H&O Productions LLC
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR
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