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Dunia: Kiss Me Not On The Eyes

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Nominated: Grand Jury Prize
- Sundance Film Festival

A young student of the arts, Dunia aspires to be a professional dancer and poet. Her artistic expression is inhibited, however, by her inability to experience and express desire. Dunia's reasoning that women should not move their bodies to evoke an act of love is challenged by the ardent public intellectual Dr. Beshir played by Egyptian superstar singer Mohammed Mounir.

With his help, 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 learns that she must confront the traditions that have destroyed her capacity for pleasure before she will be able to experience it.

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  • Audio: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Director's Bio
  • Filmography
  • Review

    Dunia offers a colorful package obsessed with sensual surfaces. --Variety

    The struggles and difficulties surrounding the making of "Kiss Me Not on the Eyes" were unfortunately of epic proportions.... [My] main challenges were: To obtain permission to shoot the film on location in Cairo, Egypt as the censorship body fought the scenario fiercely... Considering it to be pornographic. [After the] permission was obtained, the next challenge was to set up production, which usually is quite a task, and being weighed down by such controversy only made it harder. Then came finding actors, who had to be convinced of assuming responsibilities for their roles. It was a long and hard process as all [the actors were] concerned about their reputation and also their safety. I would love to write and direct a modern, highly stylized and political musical, based on the paradigms of Western and Arabic musicals-modernized, combined, with artists from both worlds singing together. Maybe the graceful look I carry from the east, beyond the veil of clichés that usually stigmatizes the occidental point-of-view, will allow the orient to be restored in its just and rightful place and value. We have to dare to do what the film is doing now. If we hide and switch ourselves off because we do not want to be slapped, we will not be able to express who we are and what our heritage is. Westerners look at us in a disgusting way, we need to fix this. My excitement was beyond words. I was being fought by everyone for daring to dream and realizing this film, and all of a sudden, the best thing that could ever happen to me, happened - professional recognition by the beacon festival of independent cinema (Sundance Film Festival). --Jocelyne Saab

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    Product Details

    • Actors: Mohammed Mounir, Hanan Turk
    • Directors: Jocelyne Saab
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: Arabic
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Typecast Releasing
    • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
    • Run Time: 108 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002PB4TYA
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natacha P on September 7, 2011
    Format: DVD
    I found out about this movie through the yearly Arab Film Festival, of which I'm a great fan and supporter. As I always do, I browsed the list of movies showing for that particular year (the year I saw it was 2006). This one had caught my attention since it seemed 'artsy' and belly-dance oriented... and perhaps in some ways it is.
    However, I have to say, I walked away from the movie with rather harsh realities facing Egyptian women today, which I hadn't expected, what with Egypt usually being considered one of the more 'liberal'/modern Arab countries.
    I recall her mother's background as a dancer and the impact it has on her, her (somewhat sex-obsessed/sexually frustrated?) suitor, a few scenes that will definitely make audiences cringe (sure did when we watched it in the theaters), her bright red dress... mostly the bright red dress.

    I definitely would love to watch the movie again seeing as it's been years, and sadly as of this moment, the thing that stands out most in my mind is a statistic displayed at the movie's ending. Not at all a sweet taste left in your mouth...

    'Kiss me not on the eyes': in Arab tradition, doing so signifies you will never see the person again. My memories are a bit dim, but I know this theme of loss is present in various forms throughout the film.

    A word of caution: you just might be moved to divulge your own feminist manifesto after viewing.
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    By lchristine on November 27, 2013
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    You really can't describe this movie to someone who hasn't seen it...brilliant, beautiful, humorous, full of positive energy and life. This movie certainly shows a side of Egypt not typically portrayed in the media. Egypt's beauty, passion, and resilience flow through it. Hanan Turk's dancing is amazing.
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    By Steven Fisher on February 5, 2015
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    Great music!
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