The Nightingale's Prayer

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The Nightingale's Prayer
DVD cover
Directed byHenry Barakat
Produced byBarakat Film
Written byTaha Hussein (novel)
Youssef Gohar
Henry Barakat
StarringFaten Hamama
Ahmed Mazhar
Music byAndrè Ryder
CinematographyWahid Farid
Release date
  • 1959 (1959)
Running time
126 minutes

The Nightingale's Prayer (Arabic: دعاء الكروان‎, translit. Doaa al-Karawan About this soundlisten ) is a classical 1959 Egyptian drama film directed by Henry Barakat and based on a novel by the prominent writer Taha Hussein. It stars Faten Hamama and Ahmed Mazhar.

In 1996, during the Egyptian Cinema centennial, this film was selected one of the best 150 Egyptian film productions. It received an award of recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1] It was also entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


Amna is a young woman that witnesses the death of her older sister by her uncle, who had abandoned her family and left them with no support. She understands from her mother that her sister deserves to die because she dishonors the family. Amna doesn't agree. She believes that her uncle should be blamed for their conditions. She seeks revenge from the engineer who swayed her sister and lied to her thus causing her death. Amna moves to his house to work as a maid and tries to poison him several times, but all her plans fail. She discovers it's impossible to kill him. This engineer starts to approach her, but she resists him, which makes him even more attracted to her.

The poor girl thought that by not resisting him anymore and pretending to love him, she would be able to destroy his life. What she didn't expect was that she herself would fall in love with him. She plans to dig a hole and trick him into falling in it. She tries to but fails and both fall in the hole. She faces him with the truth, and reveals who she is. She decides to leave him as she knows that her plan fails. Her uncle finds out what she had done and decides to kill her because she has ruined the family's reputation. As she steps out of the engineer's house, she sees her uncle and immediately realizes that he has bad intentions, but the engineer sees him too, and takes the bullet in his back to protect her and save her life.


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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ " Awards for Doaa al-Karawan". Retrieved 2010-01-15.


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