Samiha Tawfik (1957) سميحة توفيق

Samiha Tawfik (1928-2010) is the main dancer in this scene from the 1957 film  ‘Hayat Ghaneya’ . The film’s title is translated as either ‘Life of a Prostitute’ or sometimes ‘A Rich Life’ (‘rich’ as in varied). The film stars Berlanti Abdel Hamid as Houria, a girl who runs away from home to escape her abusive stepmother.  She attempts suicide but is saved by Salah (Mahmoud el Meliji). Salah turns out to be a trafficker who forces her to work as a nightclub dancer. In this scene Berlanti is one of the back-up dancers to Samiha Tawfik.

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