Ali Weld Essoltane

In the second episode, Saida El Khadhra (the well-known dancer and choreographer) narrates the adventures of Ali, the son of a Sultan, who sets off on an adventure and is cautioned by his father to be aware of the dangerous ogress. Terrified, Ali is then kidnapped by this very ogress who ends up falling in love with him and holds him captive. The story of Ali Weld Essoltane is full of elements and symbols that contribute to both establishing and upholding social norms
27 May 2021
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Inkyfada Podcast
Hazar Abidi
Saida Elkhadhra
Editing, mixing and sound design
Oussema Gaidi
Rehab Hazgui
Editorial Support
Bochra Triki
Atelier Glibett

As Ali, the Sultan's son, feels that he is becoming a man, he announces to his father that he is setting off on an adventure. Just before his departure, the Sultan cautions him that one of the camels will be giving birth to an ogress, whose throat Ali will have to slit. The adventure turns into a tale filled with everything from horror and magic, horsemen and banquets, to love and power dynamics.

Narrated by the well-known dancer Saida Al Khadhra, this tale is the legacy of a dying female oral tradition. 

With the help of both history professor Mohamed Tlili, and art critic and immaterial heritage specialist Haikel Hazgui, Hazar Abidi questions and deconstructs the tale of Ali Weld Essoltane. She attempts to trace the origins and examines the symbolism (primarily the fantasy of abundance and the primitive fears with which the tale is imbued), as well as deconstructs the portrayal of a woman in love. 

Ija Ya Zmen

Ija Ya Zmen is a series of Tunisian tales narrated by the well-known dancer and choreographer Saïda El Khadhra, with commentary by Hazar Abidi. These tales, part of a disappearing oral tradition, have been collected by the Inkyfada podcast team in order to preserve them and offer a sociological, anthropological, feminist and alternative reading.

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