Wadaa, the sultan's daughter, discovers that as a result of a secret scheme, her brothers ran away when she was born. In order to reunite her family, she sets off in search of them.
This quest soon turns into a tumultuous odyssey, a journey of self-discovery in which she faces many obstacles: crossing both desert and snow, enduring misery and fatigue, and encountering magic, snakes and power dynamics.
Dancer and choreographer Saida El Khadhra recounts the adventures of Wadaa. This story, which stems from a dying female, oral tradition, was passed on to her by her grandmother, whom she herself transmitted to her son.
With the help of history professor Mohamed Tlili, archaeologist Amine Ayari, and anthropologist Nada Maatallah, Hazar Abidi challenges these norms, whilst analysing and deconstructing the tale of Wadaa.
In order to do so, she attempts to retrace the origins of this particular tale and discuss the various issues that arise. For instance, she analyses the meaning and symbolism of antagonistic characters in folk tales, in addition to their gendered, classist and racialist dimensions.
Hazar also takes a look at hush-hush family cultures, and the common theme of a self-discovering journey within storytelling.
Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab. Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert. Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience. Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process. In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity. These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand. Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.