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by Jocelyne Saab


Student in Sufi poetry and oriental dance in Cairo, Dunia is trying to find herself and become a professional dancer. At a contest, she meets Beshir, an illustrious Sufi thinker and man of letters. With him, she enjoys the pleasure of words in her research on ecstasy in Sufi poetry, and in his arms discovers the pleasure of sensation. But she has to deal with his traditions, which have ruined his ability to feel pleasure, in order to free his body and dance with his soul.

original title: Dunia
country: France, Lebanon, Egypt
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Jocelyne Saab
film run: 110'
release date: FR 06/09/2006
screenplay: Jocelyne Saab
cast: Hanan Turk, Mohamed Mounir, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Aida Riad, Sawsan Badr, Nashwa Al Arabi, Walid Aouni
cinematography by: Jacques Bouquin
film editing: Claude Reznik
art director: Jocelyne Saab
costumes designer: Rabih Kayrouz
music: Patrick Leygonie, Jean-Pierre Mas
producer: Jocelyne Saab, Catherine Dussart
production: CDP - Catherine Dussart Productions, Collection d'artistes (LB), Le cinématographe (EG)
backing: Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Fond Francophone de Production Audiovisuelle du Sud, Agence Intergouvernementale de le Francophonie, CIRTEF, The Ford Foundation, Ministere de la culture Liban, TV5 - 2M Television Marocaine, Fond Suisse Vision Sud-Est
distributor: Clair Obscur (FR)

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