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Rakasa by Rubin, Iris

Rakasa (Arabic: a degrading name for belly dancer) explores the lives of three women, two of them Jewish, the other a Muslim, who have devoted their lives to belly dancing. Alongside the joy and fame their performances provide, and in contrast to the heartwarming applause of their audiences, the dancers also confront, on a daily basis, persistent disrespect, disdain, and sometimes radical objections to their profession and attendant lifestyle. Rakasa presents the lives of these three women fighting for the liberty to dance and for the simple joy it brings them. The film reveals a sumptuous world of colour, poetry, music and rhythm; a sensual and gloriously feminine world, from which emerges a powerful statement of feminist insistence, at once charming, complex and defiant.
Director
Rubin, Iris
Copyright Holder
Beeld voor Beeld
Writer
Rakasa
Duration
73 min.
Year of release
2006
Language
Arabic, Hebrew
Country of production
103

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