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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 Synopsis:

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
    Release Date: May 4th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1981
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:88 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    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
    Special Features:
    • Introduction from 2013 by The Film Foundation's founder and chair, Martin Scorsese
    • Interview program from 2013 featuring director Ahmed El Maanouni, producer Izza Génini, musician Omar Sayed, and Scorsese
    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sally Shafto
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