Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dunia - دنيا

Kiss me not on the eyes (Dunia - دنيا) was quite a special movie. First of all, it's an Egyptian movie (if we judge it by the cast, the subject, the location), yet the story, the direction was done by the Lebanese prominent director Jocelyne Saab.
It deals with the issues of females circumcision in Egypt. To do this the director, with a pretty nice cast, made up a story involving love, dance, poetry... all mixed up together into an unusual good sensual Egyptian movie.
The reception of the movie in Egypt was rather disappointing with all the censoring going there, although the film was trying to tackle the circumcision issue from a relative distance so it would be accepted by the Egyptian community.
Jocelyne Saab had been absent from the middle-eastern movies industry scene for about a decade before this movie was revealed. Waiting was surely worth it, her latest is a short named "Broken bridges" or "الجسور المدمرة" about the Israeli indiscriminate aggressive war on the Lebanon. We're waiting for her latest long feature.

Trailer for "Dunia"


nadia said...

Lebanon seems to have a much healthier male:female director ratio than we do.

Have you seen this?

Anonymous said...

ana 7derto lal film "donia" bs bsara7a ma a3jabni abadan ,mumel

Lebanese said...

@anonymous: It's sad to hear this, especially when I see people enjoy Hollywood films even if those, in most cases, are content free and rely on superficial storyline (decorated with over expensive visuals and such). But when it comes to films with real content behind, the film becomes boring in a straightforward manner.
@nadia: I guess you're right about the ratio thing (even if it's not 50/50). And thanx for the link.