When Arabs Danced

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Showings

St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sun, Sep 29 2:10 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Members:$10.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$10.00
Senior (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Tags:Arts
Culture & Society
Dance
Documentary
LGBTQ
Music
Performance
Religion
Theater
Release Year:2018
Runtime:84 min
Country/Region:Morocco
France
Egypt
Iran
Belgium
Language:Arabic
French
Dutch
English
Website:Official Website
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/261041487
Cast/Crew
Director:Jawad Rhalib

Description

This new work by director Jawad Rhalib shines a light on aspects of Arab culture that western and Middle Eastern mainstream media alike seem to have forgotten: its love for dance, music, literature, philosophy, and science. These aspects have always been an integral part of the great texture of Arab identity. Dealing with episodes as diverse as Gamel Abdel Nasser’s mockery in the ’50s of the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal of requiring all Egyptian women to wear the hijab, a stage adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s controversial book Submission, and attempts to address the issue of gender identity throughout the Middle East, the film explores the state of freedom, creativity, and tolerance in Arab societies.

Jawad Rhalib was born in 1965 in Morocco to Belgian Moroccan parents. He was originally a journalist before he began making films in 1997. As an author and a director, Rhalib has oriented his work toward social realism. He wrote and directed short films and feature-length documentaries, such as El Ejido, the Law of Profit (2006), The Damned of the Sea (2008), and The Turtle’s Song (2013), garnering awards at several international film festivals.


Twin Cities Arab Film Festival

Mizna and MSP Film Society present the 14th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, screening more than thirty contemporary films from Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as those from local Arab filmmakers.

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