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American Bellydancer (2005)

American Bellydancer is an 88 minute documentary ostensibly about the history, extreme proliferation, feminism and misogyny of the ancient art form known today as Bellydancing. But it is ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Brandeis
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Credited cast:
Ansuya Ansuya
Rachel Brice Rachel Brice
Amar Gamal Amar Gamal
Jillina Jillina
Kaeshi Kaeshi
Suhaila Salimpour Suhaila Salimpour
Sonia Sonia

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American Bellydancer is an 88 minute documentary ostensibly about the history, extreme proliferation, feminism and misogyny of the ancient art form known today as Bellydancing. But it is also about tension between America and the Middle East, the dreams of young girls, the dialectic between art and politics and one man's attempt to reinvent his well-known turf in a failing music industry. With numerous tangents, the film takes a journey with Miles Copeland, former manager of the Police and Sting and founder of IRS Records, which was largely responsible for much of the new wave music of the 80's. His father, who was largely responsible for the creation of the CIA, brought his family to live in Syria where Miles first encountered a very different culture. It made sense that after IRS Records and Sting, Miles represented some of the biggest musical acts in the Mideast. American Bellydancer tracks his effort to bring this music deeper into American culture, in spite of our "issues" with ... Written by Jonathan Brandeis

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bali, Indonesia See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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