Naima Akef (1955) نعيمة عاكف

Naima Akef and the flute playing giant. A scene from the 1955 film ‘Bahr al Gharam’ (Sea of Love بحر الغرام) which starred Naima Akef, Youssef Wehbi and Rushdi Abaza.  The film was directed by Hussein Fawzi who later became Akef’s husband and directed her in over a dozen films until they divorced in 1958.
Trivia: the Arabic word ‘bahr’ meaning sea (or harbour) which is used in the title of this movie can also be found in the name of the Middle Eastern country, Bahrain. Bahrain means ‘two seas’ though there’s endless argument about exactly which two seas.   The word Bahrain breaks down as bahr (sea) +ain (the form of the word for ‘two’ used at the end of a plural noun).

 

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