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Zanzibar Musical Club

by
Philippe Gasnier, Patrice Nezan

2009 / 90 & 52 minutes / Production : 24 images, Les films du présent, Eikon Südwest, ZDF/Arte, LM TV

Zanzibar Musical Club
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At sunset in the streets of the ancient old town, the musical clubs of Zanzibar buzz with the joyful sounds of Taarab, the music of Zanzibar, whose style reflects two millennia of cultural exchange and the island’s place at the crossroads of the spice route. A vehicle of cultural identity and living tradition, the performance of Taarab is intrinsically linked to both the ceremonial and everyday life of the island. Its gentle rhythms accompany the listener at every step of existence- from the most solemn to the most blissful moments.
Featuring artists such as the midwife and healer Bi Kidude, one of the most revered of all Zanzibar Taabab singers, this documentary immerses us in the colour, warmth and diversity of Zanzibar’s little known Muslim culture and the Taarab poets – cultural custodians of a dynamic musical heritage that must assert itself in the face of tourism and economic change.

visa n° 118. 156

  • Selection :
    • DUBAÏ Festival International du Film de Dubaï, Emirats Arabes Unis
    • FLORENCE Festival Dei Popoli
    • ISTANBUL Festival International 1001 Documentaires, Turquie
    • LYON Festival de Films (très) Indépendants Les Inattendus, France
    • TIBURON, International Film Festival, Etats-Unis
    • TARTU Festival de la Culture Visuelle, Estonie
    • PARIS Festival du Film Ethnographique Jean Rouch, France
    • BUENOS AIRES Festival BAFICI, Argentine
    • ROME Independent Film Festival, Italie
    • MONTREAL Festival Panafrica, Canada
    • LONDON International Documentary Film Festival, Royaume-Uni
    • GYOR MediaWave International Film and Music Festival, Hongrie
    • ATHENES Agon International Meeting of Archeological Film, Grèce
    • TARIFA Festival de Cinema Africano, Espagne
    • ZANZIBAR International Film Festival, Tanzanie
    • KRIBI Documentary Beach Festival, Cameroun
    • VANCOUVER, Festival International du Film, Canada
    • SIROKI BRIJEG Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnie Herzegovine
    • LE PORT Festival du film d’Afrique et des Iles, La Réunion
    • BOGOTA Documentary International Encounters, Colombie
    • LJUBLJANA Independent Documentary Film Festival, Slovénie
    • TEHRAN Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Iran
    • MEXICO International Documentary Film Festival, Mexique
    • BELO HORIZONTE Forumdoc bh, Brésil
    • BELGRADE Magnificient7 Documentary Film Festival, Serbie
    • ZANZIBAR Sauti za Busara Music Festival, Tanzanie
    • ALGER Journées Cinématographiques, Maroc
  • Awards :
    • Jury’s Special Mention, Alger Journées Cinématographiques
    • Jury Prize, Doha Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival, Qatar
    • Honourable mention, Athens Agon International Meeting of Archeological Film, Greece