The International Festival of Films on Art - 38th edition from March 17 to 29, 2020

Au temps où les Arabes dansaient

Belgium | 2018 | 84 min
Arabic, Farsi, French, English | Subtitles in French
Cinematography: François Schmitt
Editing: Deconinck Stijn
Script: Jawad Rhalib
Sound: Pierre Castin
Director: Jawad Rhalib


Presented in Quebec City at the MNBAQ
Presented with the support of the Délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles au Quebec

Quebec Premiere

An enlightening look at the battles waged by women and artists in societies plagued with fundamentalism. The film explores Arab-Muslim culture and its historically rich world of literature, cinema, dance, and music, focusing on Egypt under the Nasser government from the 1950s through the 1970s. When Arabs Danced is a deep reflection on the complex future of multicultural Western societies. Based on director Jawad Rhalib's own childhood memories, archival footage documenting the golden age of Middle Eastern dance, and contemporary interviews with cultural figures, the film is a vibrant plea for liberty.

This film will also be presented in Montreal on March 19th and 28th.


Jawad Rhalib

Filmography | Les Hirondelles de l’Amour (2016) ; Insoumise (2016) ; 7, rue de la Folie (2014) ; Le Chant des Tortues (2013) ; Les Damnées de la Mer (2008) ; El Ejido, la Loi du Profit (2006)

Screenings playing this movie