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I Saved My Belly Dancer

Publication: Reorient | Posted: Feb 23, 2016

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I Saved My Belly Dancer #XVII (detail;courtesy the artist, Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels, and The Third Line)

I Saved My Belly Dancer #XVII (detail;courtesy the artist, Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels, and The Third Line)

The 10-minute short, I Saved My Belly Dancer, marks a return to film for the Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil. His first foray into the realm of the moving image was 2010’s You Never Left, again starring Rahim alongside the French actress Fanny Ardant; but Nabil originally became known for his distinctive, meticulously hand-coloured silver gelatine print photographs recalling the glamour of the Egyptian film industry of the 40s and 50s. His films possess the same aesthetic: each frame is bathed in the muted, creamy hues of aged photographs. Whether moving or still, Nabil’s images are truly born when they are injected with the palette of the past.

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