Nahed Mansour

2010, 06:00 minutes, B&W, Arabic/English

TAPECODE 1056.05

Shirley/Fayrouz explores the phenomenon of Blackface in early Egyptian cinema, and puts it into conversation with the racist history of American cinema. The work consists of a split screen featuring a racially charged scene from a black-and-white Egyptian film titled Dahab (Gold in English) and the first ever inter-racial dance scene in American film history from the 1935 black-and-white film The Little Colonel.

The featured child actresses Fayrouz and Shirley Temple are both recognized for their tap dance skills, their fame overshadowing some of their more problematic roles and depictions with regards to their relationship to older Black men they performed with.

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