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Call-and-Response: Workshop on Music Documentary

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Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the subject of a captivating music documentary, Trances, by Ahmed El Maanouni. As storytellers connected to political theatre, the band became an international sensation, referred to by music critics as the ‘Rolling Stones of North Africa’. With political lyrics and sublime acoustic sound, they draw on the trance tradition. Both a concert movie and an audiovisual experiment, this film is a work of cinematic poetry. Trances was the first film to be restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Fund.

In this workshop, Florence Martin will give an introduction to musical and filmic call-and-response techniques. She will talk about the representation of the musical wealth of distinct Moroccan traditions in sacred, folk and learned music: from the Amazigh oral traditions, to the Jewish, Gnawas, and Andalusian strands in music all the way to today’s rap scene in Morocco’s urban centres. This talk will be enriched with a panorama of musical documentaries in North Africa at large and Morocco specifically.

The workshop will be attended by filmmakers Ahmed El Maanouni and Izza Genini, both filmmakers from Morocco, whose films will be screened at the Filmhouse in the evening. A Q&A about making documentaries, music and festivals will be followed by a musical intermezzo and Moroccan snacks and tea by Moroccan musical chef Omar Afif, after which the Q&A will continue with a focus on distribution and reception of Moroccan and music documentaries.

This workshop is organised by Africa in Motion in collaboration with and thanks to the financial support of Exeter University’s AHRC-funded project on Transnational Moroccan Cinema.

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