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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Ahmed El Maanouni
Year: 1981
Format: DVD
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Abderrahman “Paco” Kirouche, Allal Yaâla, Larbi Batma, Omar Sayed
Original Language: Arabic
Subtitle Language: English
Number of discs: 2
Street Date: 4 May 2021
Runtime (minutes): 88


The groundbreaking Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating, one-of-a-kind documentary by Ahmed El Maanouni, who filmed the four musicians during a series of electrifying live performances in Tunisia, Morocco, and France; on the streets of Casablanca; and in intimate conversations. Storytellers through song and traditional instruments, and with connections to political theater, the band became a local phenomenon and an international sensation, thanks to its rebellious lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, bolstered by images of the band’s rapt audience, Trances is pure cinematic poetry.

• 2K digital restoration courtesy of The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna
• Introduction from 2013 by The Film Foundation’s founder and chair, Martin Scorsese
• Interview program from 2013 featuring director Ahmed El Maanouni, producer Izza Génini, musician Omar Sayed, and Scorsese
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sally Shafto

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