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Shadows of a Leader: Qaddafi's Female Bodyguards (2004)

The documentary investigates the phenomenon of Qaddafi's elite female bodyguard corps and the tensions these women embody: tensions between Islam, modernisation in a nomadic society, a militarist feminism and an urban dictatorship.

Director:

Rania Ajami

Writer:

Rania Ajami
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Cast overview:
Rania Ajami ... Herself - Narrator
Muammar Gadaffi ... Himself - Dictator, Libya (archive footage)
Fatima Elalem Fatima Elalem ... Herself - Revolutionary Guard
Muammer Ben Saed Muammer Ben Saed ... Himself - Bodyguard
Fathiya Tabishat Fathiya Tabishat ... Herself - Revolutionary Guard (as Colonel Fathiya Tabishat)
Hosni Ben Saed Hosni Ben Saed ... Himself - Bodyguard
Marlin El-Mahalli Marlin El-Mahalli ... Herself - Journalist & Teacher
Sabria Harikat Sabria Harikat ... Herself - Revolutionary Guard
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Ms. Ajami's ambitious documentary takes a fascinating look inside one of the Mid-East's most unusual military units, Libya's elite female military corps assigned to guard the country's supreme leader, Mohmmar Qaddafi. The film examines how these women embody the tension between Islam and modernization in a nomadic society, between feminism and an old-style dictatorship. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary

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Country:

UK | USA | Libya

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

April 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tripoli, Libya

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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