Programmed by Benoît Hické
For more than 2000 years, the village of Jajouka in the Moroccan Rif has been perpetuating magic fertility rites a bit like the Romans’ Lupercalia, and original music played by the Master Musicians of Jajouka, an ancestral brotherhood that was a source of inspiration for the Beat Generation. This film, in the form of a folk tale, dramatises the founding legend of the myth and today’s ways of performing these rites that have a pagan feel, presided over by Bou-Jeloud, the Father of Skins and an incarnation of the god Pan.
"This extraordinary film should be watched – and above all, lived – as a fairytale experience on the borders of fiction, documentary and performance. It’s a world unto itself that lifts music and cinema to unsuspected heights, a timeless work that leaves a trace and resists the swell of contemporary images, that creates a refuge… It’s perhaps a masterpiece by the Hurtado Brothers, also known as Étant Donnés (radical musicians, the makers of notable artwork and collaborators of the dark souls of cinema and rock such as Philippe Grandrieux, Lydia Lunch, Alan Vega and Gabi Delgado). With this filmed tale, they develop their aesthetic of chaos, pushing it right to the quest for trance and picking up the baton from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Ornette Coleman, William Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge, Timothy Leary, Björk and Sonic Youth, no less.
Programmer and professor
This film is part of the DVD boxset “Jajouka, Something Good Comes to You” by Eric & Marc Hurtado, edited by La Huit and including the bonus film “Le Paradis blanc” from Etant Donnés (Eric & Marc Hurtado) and a 28-page booklet.