If you’re lucky enough to be in London 13-18 September for the 2018 SAFAR Festival, then surely you’ll want to attend the short film program, which is set to include a Q&A with curator Joseph Fahim. This #WITMonth, we look at one of the short-story writers whose work inspired a film, Hadiya Hussein:
The four shorts, all based on short stories, are:
LILI | Marwan Hamed | 2001 | Egypt | 40 min
HER MAN | Ayten Amin | 2006 | Egypt | 10 min
I | Al Al Anssari | 2012 | Qatar | 17 min
A MAN IN A CUP | Yahya Alabdallah | 2006 | Jordan | 5 min
The first, “Lili,” is based on the wonderful 1954 short story “Did You Have to Turn on the Lights, Li-li?” by the great Egyptian writer Youssef Idris. “Her Man” adapts a short story by Egyptian-English writer Ahdaf Soueif, while “I” is a new take on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-tale Heart.”
The last, the short-short “A Man in a Cup,” is an adapation of a short story by Iraqi writer Hadiya Hussein of the same name. If you won’t be in London, you can watch it online.
In a 2013 interview, she said of her writing:
At the very beginning of my literary path, I thought I might become a major poet, especially after I won first prize among the schools in Baghdad. But later, my readings interests widened and varied, and the novel and story became my top priorities.
Few of Hussein’s stories have been translated into English. But “Man in a Cup” has been translated to film:
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