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40 Days and 1001 Nights was shown at the Amani (Peace) Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda in July, 2007, along with excerpts from the dance concert.  Both received an enthustiastic response from the audience and the organizers.
40 Days and 1001 Nights, Seeing the Islamic World Through the Eyes of a Dancer

Available on DVD, 1 hour 45 minutes

$50 + shipping
This subtitled documentary is a sensory feast of sights, sounds, music and dance. There are examples of rarely seen and some never before filmed dances. Each section uses the local music and has a completely different feel. Indonesia explodes with vibrant colors and the Acehnise ethnic rock sounds of local superstar Rafly. Egypt's Siwa Oasis features a rare glimpse of music and dance in the completely separate worlds of women and men. Zanzibar is splendid with rich musical traditions, village weddings, and fishing from wooden dhows. Jordan excites viewers with acrobatic dances and ruins from the Roman and Nabathean times. Lastly, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China portrays images of the ancient Silk Road fast forwarded to modern times.

Other books and DVDs by Tamalyn Dallal are available at her website.