Wardia Hamitouche

Wardia HamitoucheVery little is known about the biography of the late Wardia (or Ouardia). It is a sad reflection of the indifference with which we treat our artists, and Wardia was a great artist. I don’t think there is a single Algerian face Wardia didn’t bring a smile to. Larger than life is what comes to mind when speaking of her, a genereous lady, with a great natural talent. When I was a kid, I used to call her Khalti Wardia (Auntie Wardia), I remember that initially, I found her very loud and the roles she acted in her movies seemed quite scandaleous to me. But I grew to be fond of her because I felt that she was simply spontaneous and authentic. Funny too, hilarious actually. Wardia seemed like a lady whose only mission in life was to bring a smile to people’s faces. Except that it felt genuinely spontaneous, she was at ease in all her roles. She acted in a number of films but sadly, her cinematographic career wasn’t as long as it could have been had death not taken her prematurely.

Wardia acted in a number of films including:

  • De Hollywood à Tamanrasset (1991), a film by Mahmoud Zemmouri. This film addresses the impact of the advent of satellite TV on Algerian society in a comic fantasy style.
  • Taxi El Makhfi (Clandestin) (1989), a film by Ben Omar Bakhti. This film explores the difficulties of everyday life in Algeria through a journey undertaken by 9 people on their way from Bousaada to Algiers. Wardia played the role of a middle aged woman who deals in the black market with things sent to her by her daughter who emigrated to France. She has a mentally disabled son who accompanies her in the journey to carry her heavy suitcases full of stuff destined for sale.

She also featured in these films:

In addition, Wardia acted in a number of TV shows. Here are some clips which show Wardia in a variety of her works in the cinema and television:

A compilation of clips from the archives of the ENTV, chosen by the ENTV in a hommage to Wardia:

A clip from the film Khoud Maatak Allah, featuring Wardia and starring the unforgettable Mustapha El Anka:


2 thoughts on “Wardia Hamitouche

  1. Oh no! not Nostalgia again! just kidding. I was quite mature and I liked her. She was genuine and entertaining. I take this opportunity to say that I am a bit cautious not to fall often in the nostalgia mood. Apart for remembrance of great figures I truly believe that it sometimes paralyses the person looking back at the past especially when that past looks seemingly and quite often better than the present with the corollary that the future is bleak. Think about it! The best is yet to come… hopefully.

  2. It wasn’t really nostalgia – they showed the film Clandestin on telly last Friday and it reminded me of the late Wardia so I decided to post about her in Noteworthy Algerians lol

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