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Samia Forever - Regard sur le cinéma musical arabe
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Voici dix ans, nous quittait la fabuleuse Samia Gamal. C’est à l’âge de 70 ans, et dans un anonymat consternant, que la diva décédait, laissant derrière elle, les plus belles séquences filmées de danse orientale. Elle est l’almée du voyage en orient de De Nerval, avec tout ce que cela implique de charme, mais aussi de tabous et de transgression. Véritable objet du désir pour les uns, actrice confirmée pour les autres, "Samia Forever" souhaite mettre en lumière le vent de liberté que Samia Gamal a su véhiculer. Parée de son sourire glamour, elle a su représenter la femme orientale idéalisée par excellence. C’est au travers du regard d’artistes ou et autres personnes l’ayant connu, approché, ou tout simplement aimé, que ce documentaire propose de retracer, grâce à un mélange d’archives, d’interviews, et de fiction, le destin exceptionnel de la grande Samia Gamal.

Here soon ten years, left us, one of the largest eastern dancers in the world, Samia Gamel It is at the age of seventy years old, and in a dismaying anonymity that the diva left us, leaving behind here the most beautiful filmed sequences of the eastern dance. With the occasion of this anniversary, the present biographical documentary, wish to recall to the public, the memory of this eastern actress without precedent. She was the greatest person which carried the figure of the “eastern dancer” at its top, with all that implies of charm, of the liberty of the movement and elegance. But also of taboos and transgression towards the glance of the other. The true object of desire for the ones, and affirmed actress for the others, "Samia for ever" wishes first of all, to clarify, the wind of freedom that Samia Gamel known to be in a world in prey with traditionalists prohibitions. Avoided with here glamour smile, she known to represent the eastern woman, idealised by excellence what from Cairo to Hollywood, without forgetting Paris, did not leave insensitive, the glance of films maker, or scenario writers. Where as eastern media, agree to deliver to us one Samia definitely scandalous, the occident, with some meadows exceptions, be unaware of almost the existence of her career. The aim of "Samia for ever", is to pay homage for the artist, while bringing to the spectator, a historical knowledge on the cinematographic level. Finally, in addition of this cultural contribution, it is obvious that this filmed biography can only offer to the public, a rich spectacle of music and dance, on the sound and visual level. It is through the glance of films maker and scenario writers who filmed her, and of the glance of other artists or people having known her, approached or quite simply loved the actress, that this documentary proposes to discover and recall, thanks to a subtle mixes of files, interviews, and of fiction (films), the exceptional destiny of the greatest Samia Gamel

Distinctions
  • 2005 : Images en bibliothèques - Paris (France) - Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques