I Left My Uncertainty In San Francisco

There is one more event that was instrumental in me getting this documentary going…. But first let me tell you about San Francisco. Whenever I need to get away from the commercialism of LA and recharge my artistic battery, I go to San Francisco. San Francisco has some kind of effect on me that clears …

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Feiruz Aram

Feiruz Aram was one of the main dancers at the Fez in the late 60’s. But she was more than a dancer, she became family. She was recruited to dance there by my uncle Fred and she and my dad had a mutual artistic as well as an intellectual friendship.   I figured this was …

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Meeting Coach Greg

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by amazing artists. One of my dear friends is Linda Yudin, director of Viver Brazil Afro-Brazilian Dance company in Los Angeles. I have long been a fan of Linda’s work and attend all of their shows and at one point even became a back stage hand. My experience as a …

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Why Am I Making This Documentary?

I am a dancer and huge fan of Arabic arts and culture. Growing up in this environment, I took things for granted and didn’t understand the importance of what The Fez was. My dad sold The Fez when I was one and all I know of it through stories. I grew up at the Cascades, …

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What is The Fez Documentary?

My name is Roxxanne Shelaby and I am making a documentary about the Fez, the first Arabic Restaurant and Nightclub on the West Coast.   The Fez however was not just any nightclub. It was the place that became the hub of the Arab community in southern California and helped bring the Arabic culture to …

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