Dunia - Kiss Me on the Eyes

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Dunia - Kiss Me on the Eyes

by Jocelyne Saab




Director: Jocelyne Saab

Script: Jocelyne Saab

Cinematographer: Jacques Bouquin

Editing: Claude Reznik

Sound: Fawzi Thabet

Music: Jean-Pierre Mas, Patrick Legoni

Cast: Mohamed Mounir, Hanan Turk, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Aida Riad, Sawsan Badr, Walid Aouni, Rabih Kayrouz

Production: Collection d’Artistes, CDP, Le Cinématographe

Mathilde Rouxel

Year: 2005

Screening: 2020, 2009

35 mm, Colour, 105 min, 
OV Arabic with French Subtitles

Dunia studies Sufi poetry and oriental dance in Cairo. She is in search of her identity and aspires to become a professional dancer. During a competitive examination, she meets Dr Beshir, a handsome Sufi scholar andman of letters. With him, she discovers the sensual words of the ecstatic. Sufi poetry; in his arms she experiences sensual pleasures.Yet, she has to confront the tradition which forbade her physical pleasure, in order to free her body and be able to dance with her soul.
“I wanted to make a graceful portrayal of the Orient in order to restoreits true position to Western eyes. Today, these two cultures, two civilisations, confront each other by lack of knowledge, they hurt each other and seldom consider sharing out or to dialogue, which indeed would be fruit ful for all.” Jocelyne Saab
The film is not a satirical tract, strictly speaking, but a nonviolent revolution, invoking the need for dialogue in societies which have forgotten how to use it. In bringing up the taboos of excision and the banfor pornography in “The Arabian Nights” in Egypt, this film caused the female director great trouble, going as far as death threats.

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