When Arabs Danced
- BAM 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11217 United States (map)
Writer/director/journalist Jawad Rhalib has created a stirring testament to the power of art especially as it exists in the Muslim world. Starting with his feelings about his mother’s belly dancing, full of female sensuality, he explores the effects of the fundamentalist Islam view on the arts in general, labeling them sinful. Interweaving rehearsals, conversations, performances, and archival footage, the documentary investigation explores Muslim identity, harmful stereotypes, and the rich and beautiful tradition of dance and music found across the Arab world.
Director: Jawad Rhalib
Jacob Burns Film Center Screening: Friday, September 20 - 5:15PM
BAM Screening: Saturday, September 28 - 2PM
RT: 90 mins