New York: Phoenix Films, Circa 1976. Vintage black-and-white still photograph featuring belly dancer Katarina, from the 1976 short film "Gameel Gamal" (re-released as "Oh! Beautiful Dancer"), directed by Gordon Inkeles. Studio rubber stamp on the verso.
Gordon Inkeles' 25 minute short presents a brief history of belly dancing, and the story of two young dancers, Katarina and Taia, who are breaking into the belly dance scene in San Francisco. The film contains entire belly dances by Katarina and Taia, and by their senior, Amina, who tells them to perform as if dancing for a king. The film is a satisfying introduction to belly dance aesthetics, while documenting San Francisco and it's thriving art performance culture. Katarina teaches at Stanford University's Drama department to this day, now known as Kay Kostopoulos, and also sings in the music group, Black Olive Jazz.
8 x 10 inches. A few faint creases, else Near Fine.
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, July 1, 2007 (aswandancers.org/videos.htm).