Dance of the Bella

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Dance performed to humming and handclapping

Dance performed to humming and handclapping

16mm. Color. 11 minutes. 
Available in DVD, VHS video or 16mm film.
Versions subtitled in English or French.
Director-Cameraman-Editor: Taale Laafi Rosellini
Sound: Kathleen Ann Johnson
Co-editor: Linda Moss

An entrancing film of dance performed to humming and handclapping on the southern reaches of the Sahara desert. The Bella people, having survived seven years of drought and famine, dance at dusk celebrating the major Islamic feast, known as Tabasky in West Africa and Id al Adha in Arabic.

Awards and Premieres
  • Silver Star Award, New York Dance Film & Video Festival—the premiere dance film festival in the USA.
  • Premio Speciale Award, Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana, Florence, Italy.
  • World Premiere, Hemisfilm.
  • African Premiere, FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou)—the biggest Black film festival on the planet.


Purchase Now!

For Personal Viewing (Does not include performance rights):
$19

For Public Libraries (Does not include performance rights):
$59

For Educational Institutions (Includes performance rights for class or group screenings):
$149

Written permission from producer required for all broadcast screenings.

 

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