Au temps où les arabes dansaient (Morocco,France,Egypt,Iran,Belgium)

When Arabs Danced

Au temps où les arabes dansaient

  • Jaouad Rhalib


In the wake of the terror shockwave provoked by Daesh’s islamo-fascism, director Jawad Rhalib questions the many facets of Arab culture that have sadly been forgotten by western and middle-eastern media alike; its love for dancing and music, but also for literature, philosophy, and science. These aspects, though, willingly ignored by both racists and religious zealots and fundamentalists, have always been an integral part of the great texture of the Arab identity. Through some humorous clips of president Nasser’s public speeches addressing the Muslim Brotherhood about imposing on all Egyptian women the obligation of the hijab, the complexities behind a stage adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s controversial book Submission and the many issues of gender identity in Arab societies, the film explores how islamic fascism has suffocated the freedom, creativity and all progressive values of the Arab society. When Arabs Danced is a reminder of what can still be (done) as it joyfully explores multi-layered complexities looking for a better tomorrow.
Giona A. Nazzaro
Section:  Grand Angle
Length: 84'
Country: Morocco, France, Egypt, Iran, Belgium
Year: 2018
Language(s): French, English, Dutch, Arabic
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2018
VdR award(s) : Sesterce d'argent Prix du Public Ville de Nyon, Meilleur film de la section Grand Angle VdR2018


Nourdin Rhaleb  (R&R Productions)
Bart Maes  (Zonderling)
Jawad Rhalib  (R&R Productions)

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Language(s):  French, English, Dutch, Arabic
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Monday 16 April
  • 20:30
Théâtre de Grand-Champ, Gland

Followed by a discussion

  • Wednesday 18 April
  • 16:30
Théâtre de Marens

Followed by a discussion

  • Saturday 21 April
  • 18:00
Grande Salle (Salle Communale)

Rediffusion du Prix du Public 2018, meilleur film de la section Grand Angle | Replay of the Audience Award 2018, best film of the Grand Angle section