[Funoon Shaabeya] is a film documenting Egyptian traditional dance and music throughout the many regions in one of the world’s most fascinating places. From original settings to regional troupes. What folklore means to Egyptians and how it has shaped their culture. Today in modern Egypt we still see evidence of its vast past through tradition, folklore and it’s people which will be highlighted in the documentary I’m producing [Funoon Shaabeya].
The term [Funoon Shaabeya] refers to traditional art in general and the film is focusing on its folklore artists. These important living traditions can still be found thanks to persistent artists who have devoted their lives to their art, young activists through cultural events and venues. You may find these venues everywhere in Egypt with its variety of dance and music styles, from the ancient to modern Egyptian times.
One of the primary challenges of understanding folkloric arts is lack of context. We are fortunate to have many free clips online in this day and age, but it’s not good enough to just copy moves and costumes. I love that this movie shows what the artists think and feel about their music and dance – in the past, present, and hopes for the future. While only a sampler of an incredibly diverse subject, this documentary is a more intimate view than most other resources, and serves as a better “jumping off point” than anything I could Google. Besides, it’s simply a gorgeously filmed and edited work of art!
– Juniper Nichols
This film is a MUST for any dancer that loves Egyptian dance but doesn’t have the opportunity to go to Egypt. Get immersed and get ready to cry when you can’t watch this over and over! In depth, beautifully shot, challenge everything you thought you knew about Egyptian dance and music with this movie.