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Documentary Videos Related to
Middle Eastern Dance, Music, & Culture

 

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Table of Contents

 

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Dance

These videos are listed in alphabetical order by title of video.

Poll Only? Full Review? Cover Image Producer or Director Title Comments
X   American Bellydancer Miles Copeland American Bellydancer About the beginnings of the Bellydance Superstars dance company.
  X BD-TV1 Roxalot Belly Dance Television, Volume 1 Video magazine about belly dancing.
  X BD-TV2 Roxalot Belly Dance Television, Volume 2 Video magazine about belly dancing.
  X Bellydance Live Keti Sharif Bellydance Live, Part 3 - Folkloric Dance Explores the genre of Egyptian folkloric dance.
X   Bellydancers of Cairo Natasha Senkovich Bellydancers of Cairo  
X   Cairo Unveiled National Geographic Cairo Unveiled  
X     Elle Empire Crazed: The Bellydance A look at the personalities drawn to belly dance.
X   Dances of Ecstasy Michelle Mahrer & Nicole Ma Dances of Ecstasy Examines movement meditation traditions.
X   Dances of Egypt Aisha Ali Dances of Egypt  
X   Dances of North Africa Aisha Ali Dances of North Africa  
  X The Enchanted Dance Estelle Asmodelle Enchanted Dance Dance in ancient Egypt.
 

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  Morocco Folk Dances of Egypt, Nubia, & the Sudan Morocco's #6 video.
  X Gypsy Fire Amaya Gypsy Fire! Explores possible connections between Arabic dance and flamenco.
  X Rare Glimpses Ibrahim "Bobby" Farrah Rare Glimpses  
X   San Francisco Baladi Fat Chance Belly Dance San Francisco Baladi  
  X Tribal Style Cortney Armitage Tribal Style - Becoming a Belly Dancer Celebrates the friendships that form in the belly dance community.

 

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Middle Eastern Music

These videos are listed in alphabetical order by title.

Poll Only? Full Review? Cover Image Producer or Director Title Comments
X   Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul Fatih Akin Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul  
X     Smithsonian Folkways JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance, Middle East and Africa I, Volume 16, Turkey / Iran / Iraq / Lebanon / Qatar  
  X JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance Volume 17 Smithsonian Folkways JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance, Middle East and Africa II, Volume 17, Egypt / Tunisia / Morocco / Mali / Cameroon / Zaire / Tanzania  
X     Smithsonian Folkways JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance, Middle East and Africa III, Volume 18, Chad / Cameroon  
X   JVC Anthology of World Music and Dance, Volume 19 Smithsonian Folkways JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance, Middle East and Africa IV, Volume 19, Ivory Coast / Botswana / Republic of South Africa  
X   Latcho Drom Tony Gatlif Latcho Drom  
X   Life Story of Fairouz EMI Arabia Life Story of Fairouz  
  X Music of the Middle East State University of New York in Binghampton Music of the Middle East  
X   Romany Trail 1 Jeremy Marre Romany Trail, Part 1: Gypsy Music Into Africa  
X   Romany Trail 2 Jeremy Marre Romany Trail, Part 2: Gypsy Music Into Europe  
X   Umm Kulthum - A Voice Like Egypt Michal Goldman Umm Kulthum - A Voice Like Egypt  
X   We Loved Each Other So Much Jack Janssen We Loved Each Other So Much  

 

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Middle Eastern Culture

These videos are listed in alphabetical order by video title. See also the above section on music-related documentaries.

Poll Only? Full Review? Cover Image Producer or Director Title Comments
X   Bellydancers of Cairo Natasha Senkovich Bellydancers of Cairo  
X   Cairo Unveiled National Geographic Cairo Unveiled  
X     Tania Kamal-Eldin Covered: The Hejab in Cairo, Egypt  
X   Inanna Diane Wolkstein Inanna Dramatic recitation of the Sumerian myth of Inanna's descent to the underworld.
  X Palestinian Costumes Palestinian Heritage Foundation Palestinian Costumes & Embroidery: A Precious Legacy Introduction to the elaborate traditional Palestinian embroidered dresses.
X   Saving Egyptian Sayed Badreya Saving Egyptian Film Classics One man's quest to preserve Egypt's silver screen legacy.
X   Secret Egypt Mystic Fire Video Secret Egypt Narrated by Gabrielle Roth. Examines ritual and dance in modern-day Egypt.

 

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East Meets West

These videos are listed in alphabetical order by title of video.

Poll Only? Full Review? Cover Image Producer or Director Title Comments
  X Belly   Belly: Overcoming Bulimia  
X   Expo: Magic of the White City Mark Bussler Expo: Magic of the White City About the Columbia Exposition of Chicago in 1893
X     Tania Kamal-Eldin Hollywood Harems How Hollywood portrays Middle Eastern women
X   It's Burlesque A&E Entertainment It's Burlesque Traces the history of the entertainment form known as burlesque
X   Mata Hari A&E Entertainment Mata Hari: The Seductive Spy Biography of Mata Hari
X   Reel Bad Arabs Jack Shaheen Reel Bad Arabs Based on Shaheen's book of the same title
X   Thoth Sarah Kernochan Thoth About a performance artist inspired by ancient Egypt

 

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