This scene features Alexandria born dancer and actress Hayatim and is from the 1982 Egyptian film “Al Aqwyaa” (The Mighty or The Strongest الأقوياء). This is a drama with an all-star cast including Madiha Yousri, Ezzat El Alaily and Naglaa Fathi. The film also starred Rushdi Abaza who had been married to both Taheya Karioka and Samia Gamal. Rushdi Abaza died in 1980 during filming of this production and his remaining lines were spoken by well known Egyptian actor Salah Nazmi who’s never seen onscreen.
Well, as you know, I’m a big fan of Egyptian dancer and actress Hayatim. Born as Suhair Hassan in Alexandria, Egypt in 1950, Hayatim first made her name as a dancer at weddings and parties. She moved to Cairo and became a very popular dancer eventually moving into movies. She’s appeared in numerous Egyptian films, initially as a bellydancer who did a bit of acting and later as an actress who did a bit of dancing. She was married for some years to Egyptian actor Mohamed Khairy.
Hayatim was a terrific dancer in her heyday, despite the eye searing ‘special effects’ that often featured in her videos. She was featured in a series of Egyptian bellydance VHS tapes that introduced many Westerners to famous Egyptian dancers such as Nagwa Fouad and Soheir Zaki. Hayatim oozes confidence but not the in-your-face aggressive confidence that we see from some of today’s dancers. Hayatim’s style is relaxed and fluid and she doesn’t attempt to beat the music to death.
Alexandria born Hayatim first made her name as a dancer. She has appeared in numerous Egyptian movies, initially as a bellydancer who did a bit of acting but later as an actress who did a bit of dancing. She was married for some years to Egyptian actor Mohamed Khairy.
Hayatim was a terrific dancer in her heyday, despite the sometimes eye searing ‘special effects’ that often featured in her videos. Hayatim oozes confidence and assurance but its not an ‘in-your-face’ aggression that we see from some of today’s dancers. Hayatem’s style is relaxed and fluid and she doesn’t attempt to beat the music to death.
She was featured in a series of Egyptian bellydance VHS tapes that introduced many Western dancers to famous Egyptian dancers such as Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Mona al Said and Hala al Safy.
This is Egyptian dancer Hayatim performing in a scene from the 1989 movie ‘Al Wohoush al Saghera’ (الوحوش الصغيرة Little Monsters). The movie starred actor Farouk el Feshawi and Soheir Ramzy who’s the woman in white who briefly dances with Hayatim.
This is Hayatem dancing in a scene from the 1980 Egyptian film ‘El Banat Ayza Eh’ (What Girls Want). In this film she plays a bellydancer named Azza. The actor with Hayatem in this scene is Mahmoud Abdel Aziz playing Kamal who’s a serial womaniser.
Triva: In other versions of this film there’s a dance scene with her on stage with Ahmed Adaweya at a nightclub, but unfortunately that scene’s been cut from the tv version 😦
Egyptian bellydancer Hayatem dances and sings while Sayed Zayan watches her in a scene from the 1984 film ‘Tabonat Hamza’ ( طابونة حمزة). The film also starred Younes Shalaby, Wahed Seif, Essad Youniss and Nagwa Fouad.
Alexandrian born dancer and actress Hayatem in a nightclub scene from ‘Intabihu Ayyuha Al Sada’ (Beware, Gentlemen) which starred Mahmoud Yassin, Hussein Fahmi, Nahed Sharif and Kareem Abdul Aziz. Filmed in 1978 but not released until 1980, the movie tells the story of an engaged couple who’re looking for a flat (apartment) in Cairo. Jalal’s a university professor and Ayda is his fiancée. By chance they meet Antar who used to remove the rubbish from the local mosque but who’s now wealthy. Ayda’s mother considers Antar to be a better match for her daughter as he is rich, unlike the professor. Over the course of the film she persuades her daughter to ditch the professor and marry Antar. In the final scene Antar and his new bride, the professor’s former fiancée, leave their wedding reception at a nightclub in Pyramid Road and they’re confronted by the professor. In this scene we see that the professor has lost not only his fiancée but also his sanity. To quote Relli Shechter “His professorship at Cairo University and the five philosophy books he has written are of no use when he needs to buy an apartment.”
*Relli Shechter ‘Consumerism and Its Malcontents in the Emergence of Egyptian Market Society’ Published in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, April 2009