Three films that document or re-tell the dissident histories of Moroccan cinema and music in the 70s and 80s. All screenings will include English subtitles.
In Trances director Ahmed El Maanouni follows the avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane during a series of energetic performances in Tunisia, Morocco and France, while also capturing the band members in intimate conversations, recording sessions and the streets of Casablanca. Nass El Ghiwane was a groundbreaking Moroccan band and their music had a huge influence on North African pop music in the 1970s.
While it’s a concert movie, capturing the rebellious lyrics and fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances, Trances is more than that. The songs and the music are shown in live performances, but also discussed in interviews and combined with archival footage of colonial-era Morocco in the form of flashback sequences. It’s this combination that makes Trances a one-of-a-kind documentary about musicians as storytellers and political activists.