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Trances - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Documentary, Music
Starring: Larbi Batma, Abderrahman Kirouche, Allal Yaala, Omar Sayed
Director: Ahmed El Maanouni
Plot Sypnosis:

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.

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1981
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 88
Specs: 2K digital restoration courtesy of The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.66:1
Audio Formats: Moroccan Arabic: LPCM Mono
Subtitles/Captions: English
Special Features: • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sally Shafto