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France,Morocco, 1981

Production : OHRA, SOGEAV

Programmed by Benoît Hické



Our music!


Nass El Ghiwane is a group of Moroccan musicians formed in the 1970s in the heart of a poor district in Casablanca. Mixing mainstream traditional themes and secular incantations, their music draws from the melting pot of secular culture. The songs tell of joys of the world as well as mourning dead poets, proclaimed to the sound of a frenzied beat. In the backstreets and packed concert halls, the musical explosion triggered by Nass El Ghiwane sends the crowds into a trance…

Tënk's opinion

We’ll leave it to Martin Scorsese to describe the film:

“Back in 1981, I was working nights editing “the King of Comedy”. I had the television on all the time. One evening, around 2 or 3am, a film called “Trances” came on. They showed it several times, several nights running. I was mesmerised by it straight away, also by the way the documentary was devised. (…) This blend of poetry, music and theatre lets them go back to the roots of Moroccan culture. The musicians sang about their country, their people, their suffering. Since then, this movie has become an obsession for me."

Benoît Hické
Programmer and professor

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