Declared by King Farouk
as "the national dancer of Egypt" in 1949, Samia Gamal is one of the
world's most famous belly dancers. Born in 1924 in the small Egyptian town of
Wana, Samia Gamal moved to cairo when she was a few months old. It was there
that she met Badia Masabni, who invited her to join her dance company. As a
soloist, Samia developed an improvisational style that incorporated techniques
from both ballet and Latin dances. Her real-life romance with actor Farid Al
Atrache thrilled her fans who saw the couple together in such films as I Love
You in 1949 and Afrita Hanem in 1950. Still dancing at the age of sixty, Samia
Gamal's charismatic film performances helped the art of belly dancing gain worldwide
recognition. Now for the first time, audiences can delight in Gamal's sensual
and unique style that combines Arab and Western dance traditions in this collection
featuring some of her most celebrated performances ever recorded on film.
DVD Special Features:
Dual Layer Format
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