'When Arabs danced'


This projection is followed by a discussion with Farah Bakkali, oriental dancer, protagonist of the film.

Documentary of Jawad Rhalib (2018) – 84 min.

Subtitled in Dutch

In Egypt in the year 1955, people were still dancing. Sensually, even. Today dancing in the Middle-East is often an act of rebellion against repressive regimes and closed cultures. In this documentary, filmmaker Jawad Rhalib starts from a personal story – his mother was a belly dancer – to remind us of the importance of dance and music in Arab cultures. With humor and determination he takes us from the past to the present, mixing archive footage, dance scenes and testimonials from artists.