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Now, regarding UNDERBELLY. It's informative, it's fun, and it is quite terrific.
Although I have never been interested in bellydancing, nor would I drive a great distance to see a bellydancer, I still got a real kick from watching all of these terriifc women pursuing something that they get so much enjoyment from. The ladies are having a blast, earning a buck, and living life to the fullest. How can anyone fault that?
My only "complaint" is this: there is not enough writing coming from the one and only Pleasant Gehman.
Most short story writers just plain suck. Why? Because they haven't got a clue. They seem to think that there always has to be a death, a killing or something for a story to work, for a story to have impact. This could not be farther from the truth.
Charles Bukowski knew that isn't so, and so does Plez. And she does it by not putting a bunch of b.s. in her tales to pump them up, either.
We're waiting for something to read, Princess Farhana.
By now you must assume that I dig this talented woman. Yep. Just a bit.
But having read some of Princess Farhana's writing on the subjects of Bellydance and Burlesque, I felt I knew better. I pre-ordered the DVD mostly because I wanted it, but also because I trusted her to have done this right and I wanted to remind people that they should not judge a movie by its trailers.
And Director Steve Balderson and Princess Farhana definitely did not disappoint me.
This film has been done with incredible respect for everyone involved, with yet just the right amount of irreverence to keep you laughing while you take in its message. Dancers of all shapes, sizes, ages, and sexes are represented in interviews, photos, and dances, and it's a breath of fresh air to seeing women on film who are out there and so proud of their curves and who they are.
"Underbelly" embraces reality and explores the evolution of bellydance, even as it talks about departure from traditions and how the original Oriental Dance forms are in danger of being lost due to the appearance of fusion styles. It's honest, and the burlesque scenes towards the end make a lot of sense in the context of the film. They certainly don't do anything to "cheapen" bellydance, and they do help distinguish. The two art forms -- at least in the U.S. -- do have a lot of history in common and, like it or not, so do the performers.
This film is a fabulous reminder of why we dance or, if we don't, why we should. Ultimately, it's about who we are and what we are and being okay with that. Would that more films delivered such a positive message so effectively.