Nabila Ebeid / Ibrahim Akef نبيلة عبيد‎ (1990)

Egyptian actress Nabila Ebeid in the 1990 film ‘The Bellydancer and The Politician’.  In the first scene she’s taking a dance lesson with Ibrahim Akef.  Ibrahim Akef was a revered choreographer and trainer of bellydancers and was the cousin of famous bellydancer Naima Akef. Following this scene are two performances by Nabila Ebeid from the film itself; the first has her dancing on stage at a nightclub and the second is a scene from a movie, a ‘film within a film’.


Nabila Ebeid (1984) نبيلة عبيد


This is Egyptian actress/dancer Nabila Ebeid in the 1984 film ‘Al Raqissa w’al Tabal’ (The Dancer and the Drummer).
The film opens with Zizi Mustafa making a cameo appearance as a famous bellydancer who, following a disagreement with Abdu the drummer played by Ahmed Zaki, walks out of her job performing at a nightclub. A replacement dancer must be found quickly and Abdu brings in a local dancer named Mabaheg, played by Ebeid. This is the scene where he sees her for the first time dancing at a local wedding.  He hires her and coaches her to fame and fortune. There’s also a whole backstory about contracts and debts. Sad ending though, as she rises to fame he ends up on drugs and unemployed.