Article from Federico Wardal

Al-Kamilah: The Legend Who Unites the East and the West 

by Count Federico Wardal 

Light skinned man stands next to a brown female horse with a saddle and a bridle. He's got a tan colored hat and white collared shirt and jeans. He's in front of a lawn and a fence and a bush with pink flowers.


The story of Shah Malika Al-Kamilah, a purebred Arabian filly (Golden Cross Egyptian-Arabian-Spanish) is now a legend across the planet. 

In California (USA) it happens that, following an injection, the filly Al-Kamila breaks her spine and is destined to die. Hon. Esq. Angela Alioto, a leading lawyer in the USA and an internationally popular public figure for her humanitarian actions, against the advice of any surgeon in the world, has the surgery performed on Al-Kamilah’s paralyzed spine at UC Davis. 

The hope of saving Al-Kamila was almost zero. 

Then, Angela Alioto spreads a blessed and beneficial ointment on Al-Kamilah’s paws. 

Al-Kamilah begins to move his paws and wins the love and care of all his doctors, and many friends and the “AL-KAMILAH” case explodes on social media. 

The filly improves, but must undergo a second operation to remove the nails and cement that contributed to the strengthening of the spine. 

It’s another delicate operation. 

Angela Alioto’s nervousness was strong, but she spreads the blessed ointment on Al-Kamilah’s paws again. 

Gian-Paolo Veronese, Angela’s youngest son, who has always been close to Al-Kamilah, strongly hopes that everything goes well and so does Fabio Giotta, founder of the best-known cultural and artistic café in the USA: “Il caffè Trieste” in SF.

Gian-Paolo Veronese, a light skinned man in all black and a baseball cap, stands next to an older woman with big curly dark hair and a poncho with people on it. They're out in a field with horses and grass and trees.

Then there are hours of trepidation during Al-Kamilah’s second surgery and finally the medical verdict: Al-Kamila is safe! Social media worldwide is exploding with messages of happiness and great honor and commendations to UC Davis!  Messages of congratulations arrive from all over the USA, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

In Italy, the most authoritative official newspaper “Il Corriere della Sera” publishes on its front page the news that Al-Kamilah is safe. Samantha Ferro, a famous Italian-American journalist in SF, is happy about it.

In Egypt, The Times International puts the Al-Kamilah story on the front page.

Of course all this makes Sheikh Hamad Ali Al-Thani happy, under his direction, Al Shaqab Stud became one of the most important and influential breeding programs in the world.

At this point there is another piece of great news: the famous director Christopher A. Salvador directs a docu-film: “Al-Kamilah, the miracle filly” and the super star Joe Mantegna is commenting on the film! Angela Alioto, in the film, expresses her irresistible human energy, imbued with universal love. It’s a film of the highest quality, which certainly deserves one or more Academy Awards in 2025.

Angela Alioto, who has big curly red hair and reading glasses and is wearing a top with horses and riders on it, presents a cake with a photo of the horse Al-Khamilah.

The film, which will be shown in private VIP viewing in SF on June 21, at the Vogue Theatre, will participate in the major international festivals and hopefully also in the Al-Gouna International Film Festival, founded by the Sawiris brothers and directed by Marianne Khoury. Khoury is the niece of late great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine. Certainly a film directed so grandly by Christopher A. Salvador, H.R.H. might like it very much.

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is the chairperson of the Doha Film Institute (DFI), which she founded in 2010. The institute partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to produce several annual iterations of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. A fabulous sculpture of Al-Kamilah by Mario Chiodo will be unveiled in SF on June 21st and a book by Angela Alioto on Al-Kamilah is being published. 

Thanks again to UC Davis for the courage and skill that saved a life and for the first time in the world performed an operation on the spine of a filly: “Al-Kamilah” who now runs like the wind!

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