Culture/ Death of talented artist, Mujahida Farida Saboundji: Late laid to rest

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ALGIERS- The remains of the late actress, Farida Saboundji was buried, on Saturday, at the El-Alia cemetery in Algiers, in the presence of political figures and a number of artists.

Were present at the funeral, the Advisor in charge of external relations Abdelhafid Allahoum, the Minister of Mujahideen and Rights-holders, Laïd Rebiga, the representative of the Minister of Culture and Arts, Missoum Laaroussi as well as several artists.

In his funeral oration, the Minister of Mujahideen and Rights Holders, Laïd Rebiga paid tribute to the mujahida Farida Saboundji, a loss for Algerian art.

“This great lady who drank from the same sources as the pioneers of the Algerian national movement following an early awareness of the reality of the occupation, was part of the first generation of the glorious war of liberation from 1955. She also experienced the horrors of prison in 1957. Saboundji belongs to the generation that contributed to the liberation of Algeria and the recovery of its sovereignty,” said the same official.

For their part, the artists hailed the “long and rich artistic career of the missing icon”, which will undoubtedly leave “a great void on the Algerian artistic scene. An actress who rubbed shoulders with the big names in Algerian theater and cinema, and witnessed the most important stages of Algerian art” they expressed to APS.

Artist Farida Saboundji, one of the outstanding figures of the Algerian cinema , died Saturday at the age of 92, according to the Ministry of Culture and Arts.

Born in 1930, Farida Saboundji, is one of the most appreciated and famous actresses for her singular performances, combining gestures and words and especially her “Algerian” accent in her many roles of “Iron Lady” which she embodies admirably.

With a long career of 50 years dedicated to the theater and the small screen, the actress, who began her artistic career at the age of 13 in radio theatre, has several performances to her credit alongside great actors, including Ahmed Ayad (Rouiched) or Mohamed Touri.

In 2017, Farida Saboundji was decorated with the Medal of the Order of National Merit at the rank of “Djadir”.

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