The graceful curve of a woman's neck. The seductive jangle of bent gold bracelets sliding onto an arm. Welcome to the world of Dunia, a student of poetry and belly dancing, whose artistic expression is inhibited because she cannot experience desire. Mentored by the ardent public intellectual Dr. Beshir (played by Egyptian superstar singer Mohammad Mounir), Dunia begins an all-consuming search for ecstasy in poetry, dance, and music–taking us into the world of women in a society that both fetishizes and oppresses female sexuality. Ultimately, Dunia must confront the traditions that have destroyed her capacity for pleasure before she can experience it.

Miranda Youssef - Sundance Film Festival
 

The story unfolds in Egypt, the moment "The Thousand and one Night" are prohibited for accusations of pornography. The film references poetry, dance and music that are at the root of the Arab nation, and that precedes its states.
  It is a coming of age story, an affirmation of identity, of the place the individual and his values hold in a society of pre-modernity.
These are experiences shared across the Arab world, and across its social strata. The film's dramatic highpoint is centered on Female Genital Mutilation, in as much of an effort to denounce it literally,
as well as use it as a platform to refer to the notion of a cultural and intellectual excision.
FGM is an African reality and drama, that is practiced in two Arab countries only: Egypt and Sudan.
 
 
Women Desire Pleasure Dance Music Politics