This morning, the able film and theater actor Haj Ismail Mohamed Al-Saghir died in the United States of America at the age of 89, after a rich artistic journey, according to the president of the cinematic artistic association “Adwaa”.
Mr. Rabia Omar indicated that the deceased Algerian theater and art died in the United States of America while visiting his family residing there, as he was unable to return to his homeland.
Veteran artist Haj Ismail is considered among the first artists who established the first foundations of the fourth art in Algeria. He was born in 1932 in Constantine, and his beginnings were with the amateurs of the “Alf Leila Wa Leila” theatrical group, such as El Amoushi and Sharif Shoaib.
The deceased, along with Tawfiq Khaznadar, performed a play entitled “Predatory Birds” in the fifties and was appointed in 1972 as director of the Constantine Theater for a period of 06 months. After his resignation, he gave radio classes and participated in Algerian films and several cultural and artistic activities.
In 1978, he returned to Constantine and was appointed again as the director of its theater, where he remained for 16 years. During this period, he participated in the play “The Rejection”, which he directed in 1982, in addition to the play “La Rock” in 1983 and other plays.
During his management of the Constantine Theater, he worked on its administrative reorganization and participated in the collective writing of plays.
On the other hand, the able artist Haj Ismail Mohamed al-Saghir participated in several films such as “The Battle of Algiers” by Italian director Giulio Pontecorvo, “The Wind of the Euras,” “The Chronicles of Years,” “The Last Picture” by Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, and “Patrol towards the East” by the late Ammar. Askari, “The Adventures of a Hero” by Merzak Allwash, “Suicide” by Mustafa Badi’, “Scream of a Stone” by Boukermouh, and “November Children” by Moussa Haddad.
He also created the plays “Life is Just a Dream” by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, “Red Roses for Me”, which was adapted by Allal Moheb from a script by Chen O Kazi, and “Ivan Ivanovic” by Nazim Hikmet and directed by Mustafa Kateb, “The Guns of Mother Karar” by Bertolt Brecht. And other artwork.