Ossama’s Dance | 2006

Portrait of Ossama


The film is a portrait of Ossama, a social worker who dances and teaches dance in the oriental belly dance tradition. Although a man teaching belly dancing is traditionally acceptable, to perform the dance is, to put it mildly, considered somewhat of a social faux pas.

The Palestinian Ossama came to The Netherlands to escape the difficulties between his faith and his sexuality. His dance is an expression of his passion for belly dancing and the freedom he found having moved to The Netherlands.


Camera & edit: Esther Hertog

Visual Anthropology tutor: Metje Postma

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This film is not online in order to protect the identity of Ossama, If you are interested in seeing this film please contact me.


2012 – Beeld voor Beeld festival, Netherlands,-Student competition
2013 – Bilan du Film Ethnographique,-Paris Student competition
2013 – 12ª Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnográfico,-Brazil Student competition


Nominated for Gouden Kalf | Best Long Documentary | Nederlands Film Festival | Utrecht, Netherlands | October 2013

Nominated for: Banff – Rockie Award Nomination |Investigative & Current Affairs Programs category | June 2013

Official selection – The 2013 International Emmy® Awards Competition |Current Affairs category | October 2013

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