Salwa The Girl Who Talked To Cows / Salwa Al Fata Al Saghira Alati Tokallem Alabkar

  • Release Date: 1972
  • Type: Short
  • Run time: 19 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Misr International Films
  • Screenplay: Youssef Chahine
  • Cast: Seif El Deen, Galal Eissa, Hamdy Ahmed
  • Cinematography: Abdel Aziz Fahmy
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Music: Ali Ismail
  • Sound: Nasry Abdel Noor
  • Subtitles: English
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine

Two years after the Suez war of 1956, and four years after the beginning of the Algerian war of independence, Chahine makes his first explicitly political film. Jamila, the Algerian is the fact - based story of a woman who casts off her complacency and joins the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) in its fight for Algeria’s independence. Bigeard, a French officer who heads operations against the FLN network, eventually catches Jamila Bouhired, she is tortured but refuses to talk. When French and worldwide public opinion awakens, the French lawyer Verges comes to her defense in what degenerates into a show trial.