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The Screen Guide

In traditional Arabic cultures, belly dance (raks sharqui) is widely enjoyed, but strictly contained. Samia Mikhail, a Lebanese filmmaker and raks sharqui teacher, explores the sexual politics of the dance both from a contemporary western and oriental perspective. She examines what it is that Australian women see in the dance, and questions why her community here remains locked into social attitudes which belong to another time and another part of the world.

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Crew

Director
Samia Mikhail
Writers
Samia Mikhail
Producer
Sharyn Prentice
Executive Producers
Geoff Barnes

Production Details

Production Completion
1996
Genre
Art and culture
Production Company
Flaming Star Films Pty Ltd