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|Total Video Length||22 minutes|
|Performance Time||1:49 minutes (8%)|
|Documentary/Interviews Time||19:32 minutes (89%)|
|Amount Of "Other"||1:19 minutes (6%)|
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|Cost Per Minute Of Documentary & Performing Time||$1.87|
|Cost For "Other"||$2.39|
The primary focus of this film is to provide a personalized look at bulimia--how it affected the life of one woman, and how she came to recover from it. Although it does address how belly dancing played a role in her recovery, this film is really about bulimia, not about belly dancing.
This film begins with a shot of Katherine Bruce Laing seated at a table with a beautiful meal in front of her. It's touching to watch the tears come to her eyes as she reminisces about how the bulimia all started. The structure comes across as an interview in which you don't hear the interviewer's questions, only her responses. She goes on to talk about what it was like to hate her stomach so much that sometimes she would punch herself in the belly out of rage. Katherine discusses the treatments (both psychological and physical) that she pursued for restoring herself to health.
When Katherine reaches the point in her story where her friend Sabine Fell entered her life, the camera alternates between the two of them as they take turns telling of how they met the relationship that developed between them. It was Sabine who came up with the idea to take belly dancing classes and dragged Katherine along with her.
Tahia Sassine, Katherine's belly dance teacher, talks about the experience of having Katherine as a student. She discusses how she found out about Katherine's eating disorder, and how she reacted. As a belly dance teacher myself, I could really relate to many of Tahia's statements, particularly regarding how she hadn't ever had any training in helping students deal with such issues and wasn't sure how best to proceed.
The video culminates with Katherine talking about the experience of her first recital: how it felt to bare her belly, frame it with glittery substances, and do a dance in front of friends and family. She talks about the moment of revelation when she felt empowered by the experience of performing, and how that helped her take the final steps in healing her body image.
This video is a documentary that explores what it was like for Katherine Bruce Laing to battle with bulimia. If you're looking for a video that will teach you something about dance technique or thrill you with stunning performances, then this is the wrong one for you. There is no information about dance technique, and the performance scene at the end is brief. But if you're interested in the psychological benefits of Oriental dance, then you'll definitely want to add this one to your collection.
I encountered the Filmakers Library video catalog when searching the web for sites that had information about the healing benefits of belly dance. Upon discovering Belly -- Overcoming Bulimia in the listings, I invited them to send me a copy to review for my web site, which they did.
I have never had any interaction with any of the individuals featured on the video (Katherine, Sabine, or Tahia), and my correspondence with Filmakers Library has been strictly on the level of my obtaining information from them to use in this review.
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