Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault

2010 80 min.

VO in arabian with Catalan/Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Isabelle Lavigne i Stéphane Thibault
    • Executive Production: Lucie Lambert
    • Script: Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault
    • Photography: Stéphane Thibault
    • Edited by: René Roberge
    • Sound: Claude Beaugrand
    • Production Company: Les films du tricycle
    • Suitable for all audiences



This is the story about a Egyptian family and about a clan of women where the dancing art is transmitted from mothers to daughters since ancient times.

The matriarch leads both the family and the business, sometimes patiently, but often with an iron fist. There, chaos, fear and discussions also leave room for tenderness, vulnerability and hope for a better life. The raw beauty triumph over the cruel reality.

About direction (Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault)

Isabelle Lavigne studied at the University of Quebec and Stéphane Thibault at the University of Montreal.

Since her first documentary – JUICE- Lavigne's work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards and festivals selections. Before At night they dance, they had directed together the documentary Junior (2007), which won the award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

Awards & Festivals

  • DocsBarcelona — Best movie. Spain, 2012.
  • Camden Int. Film Festival – Special award of the Jury. USA, 2011.
  • Quinzaine des réalisateurs, Festival de Cannes. France, 2011.
  • Hot Docs - Special award of the Jury. Canada, 2011.