Safaa Fathy
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Safaa Fathy
Safaa Fathy
Native name
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Born(1958-07-17)July 17, 1958

Safaa Fathy is an Egyptian poet, documentary filmmaker, playwright, and essayist. She is best known for her film Derrida's Elsewhere, a documentary which focuses on the life and concepts of controversial philosopher Jacques Derrida.

Early life and career

Fathy was born in Minya, Upper Egypt on July 17, 1958. She studied English literature in Cairo. Fathy participated in the student movement while in Egypt but later left the country and settled in Paris in 1981. In 1987, she was an assistant director at the Deutsches Theater located in East Berlin. Fathy worked with Heiner Muller in 1990.[1] She completed her doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne in 1993;[2] her thesis was on Bertolt Brecht. Before becoming a filmmaker, Fathy worked as a stage director.[1]

Currently she serves as director of programme at the International College of Philosophy in Paris.[2]



  • Revolution, a wall we cross, collection in Arabic
  • A name to the sea
  • Al Haschiche (ISBN 9789689246138, a book of poetry accompanied by film-poem, Hidden Valley) bilingual Spanish-French, Ediciones sin nombre, Mexico
  • ...où ne pas naître, bilingual collection in Arabic and French
  • Little Wooden Dolls

In collective volumes

  • Ma langue est mon territoire, Collection Folies d'encre, Eden, Paris
  • Anthology of Contemporary Arab Women Poets[3]

Selected filmography



  • Nom à la mer, film-poem, text Safaa Fathy, read by Jacques Derrida
  • Silence, short fiction, Mention spéciale du Jury, Rencontres de Digne-les-Bains 1997, prime à la qualité CNC
  • Doisneau


Ordalie ; Terreur (2004, ISBN 9782872823796)


  • Tourner les mots with Jacques Derrida[4]

Essays and other writings

On philosophy and politics

On poetry, theatre, cinema

  • hôra/Luz y desierto. Revelación de lo oscuro (Spanish, 2010)
  • Hisser les voiles: Odyssée féminine à travers la Méditerranée. Microfisuras, 1999*
  • Dissidences et dissonances. Cartographie d'une poésie égyptienne. Almadraba (revue), Seville. 1998
  • Exil, in Pour Rushdie, La Découverte, Paris. 1993


  1. ^ a b Hillauer, Rebecca (2005). Encyclopedia of Arab women filmmakers. Cairo, Egypt: American University in Cairo Press. pp. 72-80. ISBN 9789774162688.
  2. ^ a b "Safaa Fathy". Safaa Fathy. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Handal, Nathalie (2001). The poetry of Arab women : a contemporary anthology. New York: Interlink Books. ISBN 9781566563741.
  4. ^ Derrida, Jacques; Fathy, Safaa (2000). Tourner les mots : au bord d'un film. Paris. ISBN 9782718605401.

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