By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, April 18, 2013
AlArabiya English published a news story on Thursday 18 claiming that the Syrian actress,Suzan Skaf, is the first Arab woman to have her hair cut for a role in a film.
Entitled “Syrian actress becomes first Arab to shave head for role”, the article identifies the Syrian actress along with many Hollywood actresses who have shaved their heads to fit into their acting roles, in total ignorance of the Moroccan actress.
The hair cut of the Syrian actress has gone viral on social media and many Arab websites talked about her as being the first Arab to courageously shave her hair completely to fit in a new TV series entitled “Ha’irat,” (Confused)
But Al Arabiya’s account is missing an important fact. In fact the Syrian actor has been preceded in doing by another Arab actor, the Moroccan Jalila Tlamsani.
Best Actress in Tangier Film Festival and in the Mediterranean Film Festival in Alexandria, shaved her hair completely to meet the requirements for her role in Androman, Blood and Coal by Moroccan director Azlarab Alaoui.
In MBC “Women Show” April 8, 2012 episode, Tlamsani said that the idea of a female artist to cut her hair for a role is far from Morocco and the Arab world environment, an experience never done by any female Arab artist before. She confirmed that the public sympathizes with it and was very impressive by her performance.
Androman (2012) is about a modest, rural family making a living through charcoal trade in a remote and isolated part in the Middle Atlas called “Boulemane”. Not having a son, the father, Oshn, whose name means wolf in Tamazigh, forced his mute daughter Jalila Tlamsani in the role of Androman to live as a boy in order to preserve his family’s land, which may go with the wind in the absence of a male heir in the family.
Apparently Al Arabiya has noticed the inaccuracy of their account, as the news story is no longer available on their website. The channel’s original has story has been republished by the Egyptian website Al Bawaba.